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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 - 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

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  • 41
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Nice and relaxing place to hang out for a Mexican dinner

Nice and relaxing place to hang out for a Mexican dinner. Located just in the city centre of San Clemente.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
Steen123456789
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Fredericia, Denmark
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Dining on a budget
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frederick, maryland
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437 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 467 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Really wanted the snapper Veracruz style that was on menu but it was not available. The fish tacos were good but nothing special. The place was loud and chaotic.

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Fredericia, Denmark
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Nice and relaxing place to hang out for a Mexican dinner. Located just in the city centre of San Clemente.

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San Clemente, California, United States
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

sometimes crowded with long waits at peak hours - like most places in town. sometimes you can squeeze in at the bar if you have 1-2 people so look at the end. Nice people watching and friendly staff. Nice selection of beverages. Decent salsa

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San Clemente, California
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This place...a chain..has gotten out of control. The prices have risen substantially while the quality and service have slipped noticeably. The manager...hopefully he's gone...was less than cordial and helpful. I suspect he's a family connect and will not be fired. There are plenty of better choices in San Clemente, though this place has the location.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Mediocre at best. The service was slow. The food was mediocre. Since there is so much Mexican food everywhere in Southern California, there is a lot of food to compare each restaurant too. This restaurant needs to step up its game. I've had much better Mexican food and service and I'm from Massachusetts.

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Santa Ana, California
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143 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Stayed the weekend in San Clemente and walked to downtown and had lunch at Avila's always good food and friendly people!

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We were looking for a Mexican meal and found that there was an 1&1/2 hour wait at another restaurant. What a lucky break as we walked down the street and found this gem. Although busy, service was incredibly fast and friendly with chips and salsa (hot) arriving within a minute of being seated. It's a good menu and food was... More 

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San Clemente, California
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I love this place, live 5 minute walk from here. Happy hour is awesome with some of the best Taco's you will ever eat along with beer and margarita specials.

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Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
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98 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Stumbled on this gem on our first night in San Clemente ... I had no idea it was a chain. The service was friendly and fast. The food was plentiful and tasty. The value was outstanding.

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

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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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: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?