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All 185 San Clemente Restaurants

Avila's El Ranchito

204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 498-5000
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Ranked #18 of 185 Restaurants in San Clemente
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
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Hanover Park, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

The food here is really good, but the night we were there the service was really poor. It was not that crowded as we went early in the evening, but the service was slow and our waitress was quite unpleasant and inattentive.

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New York City, New York
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132 reviews 132 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This restaurant is located in the charming downtown area of San Clemente, and because it appeared popular we decided to give it a try as we enjoy authentic Mexican food. We decided to treat ourselves to a Cadillac Margarita which turned out to be a disappointing choice - it tasted like orange juice without tequila! The chips and salsa and... More 

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San Clemente
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Always a great choice! Great margaritas and the absolute best happy hour in town. Comfortable and excellent location.

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San Juan Capistrano, California, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great authentic Mexican food- big Tequilla bar- Momma's soup is a favorite! All dishes taste like real Mexican kitchen recipes not just beans, etc. covered in cheese.

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Owen Sound, ON
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We had dinner there and it was fantastic. My friends had the chicken burrito which was huge and I had the chingolingo platter. It included rice, refried beans and guacamole. Their margaritas are also delicious. Definitely will go again.

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Lakewood, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

Great tacos and nachos and draft beer ( their own). Our bartender was attentive and very nice. The atmosphere was great and in observance if those around me, some locals and some visiting like us. We were her in July and drive 30 minutes from our resort to come to Avila El Ranchito. They have other locations as well.

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CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is a relative new restaurant in San Clemente, But ever since opening is has been very popular. We love the chicken soup. The restaurant is family owned and has several other locations in Orange County.

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Hamlin , New York, United States
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157 reviews 157 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Big family dinner...9 of us...quick seating, easily accommodated, they obviously have large groups regularly. Quick (not rushed) service. I'd say "typical" menu listings for Mexican fare. I had the fajitas, with plenty of meat, fresh, nice tortillas...both corn and wheat...and more rice and beans than I could finish (probably too many chips) Reasonable prices. Not too noisy, as is often... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Delicious margaritas and very tasty vegetarian dishes. Prices are very reasonable and the meat dishes looked tasty too. Guacamole and salsa fresh and spicy! Good service, friendly atmosphere and professional servers. Will definitely be back again. Worth the wait if you go on a busy weekend evening, nice little town with quaint shops as well. Easy parking too.

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San Clemente, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Several of my friends and I agree.They make the BEST Sangria!! It is refreshing, colorful & Delish!!

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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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