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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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11:00 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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 44
    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
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:
  • Bar scene
  • Dining on a budget
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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102 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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

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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36 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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Glendale, California
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191 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 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
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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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148 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 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
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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: Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?