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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
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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
Good for:
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 16
    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
Most recent review
Great Mexican food on the main strip

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
KarenM155019
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Toronto, Canada
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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93 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

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
Top Contributor
242 reviews 242 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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231 reviews 231 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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Hanover Park, Illinois
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

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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138 reviews 138 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 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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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: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
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?