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Avila's El Ranchito

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204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 498-5000
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Today
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 40
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  • 44
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 4
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Solid and reliable

Great food, great menu. Same as every other Avila's El Ranchito. Good service, good food. Can't go wrong here. Nice central location on Del Mar Ave. Try the chicken soup!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2015
bradsthompson
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San Clemente, California
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Santa Ana, California
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133 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Stayed the weekend in San Clemente and walked to downtown and had lunch at Avila's always good food and friendly people!

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We were looking for a Mexican meal and found that there was an 1&1/2 hour wait at another restaurant. What a lucky break as we walked down the street and found this gem. Although busy, service was incredibly fast and friendly with chips and salsa (hot) arriving within a minute of being seated. It's a good menu and food was... More 

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San Clemente, California
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I love this place, live 5 minute walk from here. Happy hour is awesome with some of the best Taco's you will ever eat along with beer and margarita specials.

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Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
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98 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Stumbled on this gem on our first night in San Clemente ... I had no idea it was a chain. The service was friendly and fast. The food was plentiful and tasty. The value was outstanding.

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Redlands, California, United States
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Shrimp Diablo is THE best ever ! the menu items are authentic and so delicious, it is hard to choose. The staff is wonderful, they know the menu inside out and give great recommendations. We had a menu item that needed to be adjusted for food allergies and the staff went out of their way to make sure it was... More 

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Miami, Florida
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This restaurant never disappoints. The food choices are vast, and everything we have had each time have been just great. The shrimp dishes seem extra flavorful. The service is prompt, and they don't blink an eye at special requests. Overall, a great place to have an enjoyable dinner.

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San Clemente, California
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Great food, great menu. Same as every other Avila's El Ranchito. Good service, good food. Can't go wrong here. Nice central location on Del Mar Ave. Try the chicken soup!

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San Clemente, California
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I have always loved El Ranchito...i love their extensive tequila selection...their great margaritas and guacomole made tableside. I have tried lots of their menu items and always enjoy the carnitas...infact everything is excellent. Sunday menudo is yummy. I usually go to the original one in Lake Forest but now that i live in town....this is new home for me,

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Placentia, CA
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The food was pretty good for a chain Mexican food restaurant but the place was a little noisy. The server was very nice and we would definitely return.

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Boulder City, NV
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61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Food was good, well presented. Courteous service. Shouldn't be in a hurry when you go. Patio dining would be quieter. Would return.

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Additional Information about Avila's El Ranchito

Address: 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
Phone Number: (949) 498-5000
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: (949) 498-5000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?