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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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10:00 am - 10:00 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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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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
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I go to Avilas with my gal pals. margaritas & the good food. We always come out of there with smiles. the food is good and the service has always been great. No complaints. The guacamole is one of my favorite things to eat. Chile relleno is my second favorite. Although my cousins favorite... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Frostieone
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Orange county
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San Clemente, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Chicken Fajitas are the best you will taste. My favorite is the Mayan Burrito, chicken and rice with a killer tomatillo sauce! The service has always been excellent, they all are really glad you are there.

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Thank Donald B
Orange county
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I go to Avilas with my gal pals. margaritas & the good food. We always come out of there with smiles. the food is good and the service has always been great. No complaints. The guacamole is one of my favorite things to eat. Chile relleno is my second favorite. Although my cousins favorite is the shrimp fajitas. Always a... More 

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Thank Frostieone
Chester, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

nice homely Mexican food, we had nachos which were amazing! the staff are really friendly, the only problem with our visit was that the food took a while to come out but they were busy and it was worth the wait. besides, we were on holiday so it wasnt a big deal

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Thank davewood6797
San Clemente, California
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Great outdoor patio where you can bring your dog. Love the pitchers of margaritas and the carnitas will feed two - bring your appetite!

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Thank Karen W
Costa Mesa, California
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Great authentic Mexican restaurant. Great service, great food. Casual place in the center of town. The chicken soup recipe date from far back, and is excellent as well as any taco and burrito. Prices are definitely affordable. Lines to get in on the week end

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Thank jpcapiton
Edmonton, Canada
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

We enjoyed a very delicious Mexican dinner on the patio as a group after our training course one evening. I had the tamale and the cheese enchilada which were both very tasty. To top it off we split a Flan dessert and it was phenomenal. They didn't rush us and let us visit on the patio without making us feel... More 

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Thank Mary A
CA
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

This is a mainstay on the main street of San Clemente, Camino Del Mar.Avila's never disappoints. Good food, good service and good bar. The chips, salsa and water are always replenished. The wait staff is attentive and on the ball. The Mexican fare is above average as the turnover in clientele is high. Gringo authentic. Need less salt on the... More 

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Thank cjsc
Berkeley
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

If you've ever tried to figure out what differentiates a great dining experience....it varies among people. Some people want to be wowed by amazing, unique food. Some people expect world class service, and yet others are looking for a predictable, comfortable and decently priced simple experience! Well.....the beauty of Avila's El Ranchito (at any location, but for today's purposes, in... More 

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Thank Robert R
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Been going here for years with family, mostly for lunch. The food selection is what you expect from any mid-range mexican food restaurant in California. The margarita selection is on par with any of the higher range places. Good sports viewing as well.

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Thank Peter G
New York City, New York
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63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

I grew up in California and no longer live in the state. I miss Mexican food the most. I was recently in San Clemente and ate at Avila's El Ranchito and boy howdy it was delicious. Fantastic salsa, I wanted to lick the bowl clean. Had a really good Chili Releno with beans and rice. Service was very friendly and... More 

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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, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children
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?