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Avila's El Ranchito

204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 498-5000
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Ranked #28 of 180 restaurants in San Clemente
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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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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Colorado
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135 reviews 135 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Decent, not great. Wait staff tried to provide good service, but a bit chaotic in the room so the atmosphere was a bit short on relaxed dining. The food was served fast and hot, and the manager did ask if all was okay. I'd go back, but only if it was one of the easiest of the nearby restaurants to... More

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San Clemente, California, United States
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90 reviews 90 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We went here for dinner last night and we will probably go back . The only negative thing I can say about this place is the service was a bit spotty, but it was only little things like slow drink service and not getting water after asking but it was Sunday and they were pretty busy . We both thought... More

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Mission Viejo
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72 reviews 72 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

great location in down town San Clemente. Restaurant is open with out side dinning. Meal was nice friendly and attentive service.

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The salsa, crunchy beef tacos, and chicken soup have been enough to keep me coming back for years. It is just a solid, go-to kind of place - not "off the charts" in any direction but always very satisfying.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

After dinner at the beach, we walked up the street to find dessert. We all shared empanadas and fried ice cream, and I had an awesome pomegranete margarita. The chips and salsa were awesome too!

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Since it was such beautiful weather during lunch, we opted to be seated outdoors. The service was very attentive and friendly. We ordered one of their appetizers for the four of us and had a couple of beers. The presentation was awesome. The only thing better was the taste of the food. It was very delicious and enjoyed by each... More

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San Clemente CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

right in the center of town on del mar. sit in the bar by the fireplace or in one of the booths. awesome margaritas and specialty amazing soup - chicken, rice, avocado, onions, with corn tortillas it becomes a meal.

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Ottawa, Canada
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215 reviews 215 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Left the kids in the hotel room (no, they aren't toddlers - they are teenagers; they are fine on their own) so husband and I could have a meal on our own. Hotel front desk clerk recommended Avila's when we asked for a place to go grab a meal ... SO GLAD he did. It was a Tuesday night (Taco... More

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Sacramento, California
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194 reviews 194 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We stopped in late and sat at the bar. Service was friendly, and prices were good. We had the fresh guacamole (very good and amply portioned) and shared the carne asada steak dinner. The steak was thicker than the usual meat, but cooked perfectly and very nicely seasoned. They use Serrano peppers for heat, so if you want to dial... More

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Estes Park, Colorado
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81 reviews 81 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

Ordered the lunch quesadilla special with shredded beef... yum! And tried the piña colada Margarita... SPLENDID! Not that thick coconut cream rum drink of old, but coconut 1800 tequila, pineapple juice & fresh lime, served on the rocks. Sat outside in back, sun shining... paradise! Service prompt & friendly too.

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