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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
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
Good for:
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 33
    Excellent
  • 42
    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
Most recent review
Busy place at lunch

Food was good, well presented. Courteous service. Shouldn't be in a hurry when you go. Patio dining would be quieter. Would return.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Boulder City, NV
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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97 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Boulder City, NV
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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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186 reviews 186 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
216 helpful votes 216 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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245 reviews 245 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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233 reviews 233 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?