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El Ranchito Restaurant

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3048 Atchison St, Riverbank, CA 95367-2015
209-869-0196
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
EL RANCHITO IS A RIVERBANK LANDMARK

I don't know anyone in this town who has not eaten here. You can not miss the place as you go over the overpass, and if nothing else, curiosity makes you go in. There are quite a few Mexican restaurants in town, but this is a top five on anyone's list.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Douglas D
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Riverbank, California
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Riverbank, California
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114 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I don't know anyone in this town who has not eaten here. You can not miss the place as you go over the overpass, and if nothing else, curiosity makes you go in. There are quite a few Mexican restaurants in town, but this is a top five on anyone's list.

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Oakdale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

BEST Camarones ever! Served Friday-Sunday, get your order in before they run out. You will love the spice and garlic on these filet shrimp. They go down best with their amazing Top Shelf Margarita.

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Thank Denise H
Sonora, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

My husband and I had lunch there and as always we were not disappointed, at all! We have been going there for 37 years and it only gets better! We had their chicken and beef taco dinners. The pea soup was wonderful an I don't care for pea soup. And the tacos beans and rice are the bomb!

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Thank Lori S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We went for dinner on a Sunday evening. Unfortunately there was a wine festival in town and many of the patrons were loud and rowdy. The staff was apologetic for the extreme noise, although they didn't do anything about it and service was quick and efficient. The food was average Mexican fare, nice chips but salsa a bit too spicy.... More 

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Thank Donald S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

I'm not kidding people. Hubby and I have traveled all over the country and seriously this restaurant, run by four siblings for about 40 years, has the BEST margaritas we have ever had. Not too much lime, not too sweet. Order the Cadillac and the Grand Marnier liqueur comes on the side for you to add. They only serve halibut... More 

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Turlock, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

The service isn't all that speedy and the food is just OK. I was hoping that since the prices were a little above average for a Taqueria that the food would compensate but I was wrong. With all the other Taqueria's in town I probably won't be back.

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Thank William L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

Well I will tell you I'm not much on Mexican food but the shrimp they have is one of the best shrimp flavores I've had the food I'd great with great service but be warned only served 2 days a week if shrimp is what you prefer.

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Thank Arnet g
Lafayette, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

Margarita Monday is a great local experience. This family run place is fun, friendly and packed with interesting people. Margaritas are well made and priced right and the service is excellent. Did not eat the food on this trip.

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Thank SJDTravel1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

The food was very good, had flour chips I've never had anywhere else. Margaritas were amazing, I guess they use a homemade mix. They definitely give you bang for you buck in the alcohol department. I had a steak and my wife had the Halibut. Hands down best steak and fish in this AREA! Must try. Great service!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

You have wrong menu listed! You have wrong menu, incorrect menu on your website.... Wrong menu listed... Wrong menu listed for El Ranchito Restaurant in Riverbank Calif 3048 Atchison street.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3048 Atchison St, Riverbank, CA 95367-2015
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Riverbank
  • Phone Number: 209-869-0196

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  • Cuisine: Mexican

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