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Avila's El Ranchito

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204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 498-5000
Website
Today
10:00 am - 11:00 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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 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
Busy Place!

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
bedil
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Placentia, CA
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Dining on a budget
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
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Placentia, CA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Glendale, California
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189 reviews 189 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Friends recommended Avila's El Ranchito. We have two other go-to Mexican restaurants in the area, so we had been dragging our feet. Sunday, we gave it a try for dinner. We were absolutely delighted to discover a Mexican restaurant offering authentic homemade soups. I ordered a cup of the menudo, which came with all the trimmings ( chopped onion, cilantro,... More 

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hemet, ca
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is your standard chain Mexican food with a smokey chipotle style menu. Good but nothing to write home about.

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Lakewood, Washington, USA
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135 reviews 135 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
229 helpful votes 229 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I finished walking the downtown shopping area and decided to stop in around 5pm for an early dinner. Happy hour was in full swing at the bar but I wanted grub. I selected Camarones Diablo with medium heat. It came piping hot with rice, beans and tortillas. What a treat. It was tasty and filling. No need for desert. My... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We stopped in here on the way back from whale watching in Dana Point, as I was craving tacos. Great fresh corn chips that were still warm, with amazing, spicy salsa. I could have eaten that all afternoon with my margarita and been content! A perfect margarita it was (and a happy hour special to boot!) I had great shrimp... More 

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Sacramento, California
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260 reviews 260 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

On our most recent visit to San Clemente, we stopped in for refreshment after doing a bit of walking in the town! My wife tried the Coconut Skinny Margarita, which she really like because it offered all the flavor without the sweetness. I tried the Pomegranate Margarita, which was very tasty and loaded with Pom flavor! Bar tender was very... More 

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San Clemente, Risaralda, Colombia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Open window seating looking onto Del Mar. Great for people watching. Average food and Drinks. It is enjoyable. Pricey for Mexican food.

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Fresno, California, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

That's a hard byline to hold on to but the do it service. I'd absolutely have to agree with it. I'd recommend the margaritas and chile rellenos. Breakfast looks incredible as well so we will most certainly be back!

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Upland, California, United States
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251 reviews 251 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Good Mexican food, served promptly with a smile. Nothing too wild. Excellent steak/shrimp in garlic butter sauce. Steak well done but still not rubberized. Good chips and hot salsa. Try Avila's on draft beer. Not bad! Nice architecture.

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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: Special occasions, Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Entertaining clients, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?