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Avila's El Ranchito

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2201 E 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 547-9129
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 - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Mexican Food near Snata Ana Freeway

We asked the hotel staff where they would recommend GREAT Mexican food ... and this was their first choice. We noticed on a sign near their entry that they were awarded a

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
John R
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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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Surprise, Arizona
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

By far the worst fajitas I have ever had. The service was very slow. I had barely enough meat for one tortilla. When I told them I did not care for it, they just smiled and gave me the bill. I would avoid this restaurant

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We asked the hotel staff where they would recommend GREAT Mexican food ... and this was their first choice. We noticed on a sign near their entry that they were awarded a

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Houston
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124 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

In Newport Beach...probably other choices with beach and water views but this was good and had very nice service. I asked for balloons for the kids, and they were happy to provide them.

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South Central Orange County, CA
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98 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Note to self: Never let others' recommendations raise your hopes. I'd heard this was a great place for Mexican food, and some of the reviews bore this out. I had a chile verde burrito, and it was just OK. We went on a Saturday afternoon when it wasn't too crowded. Service was fine, the decor was fine, but the food... More 

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Went to lunch here and met a friend. Menu is extensive, but, although there is a sign outside advertising a buffet, there is no buffet. Food was good. Service was very good. I'd recommend this place for lunch.

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Santa Ana, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The best Mexican joint in the area. Yes, this is a chain, and I have been to 2 other of their locations and they are all comparable. Great place to sit down with a casual atmosphere, and great authentic food! Fajita burrito is my go-to!

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Anaheim, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I don't know how I got talked into coming here again. Its not even an average place. Came here before and wasn't happy my first visit, but I decided to try it again for a happy hour/ retirement party, and we sat in the cantina. The prices for happy hour were pretty good.. .but you have to hunt down the... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

This restaurant was recommended to by a colleague and I was not disappointed. The food was very good and reasonably priced, with serving sizes being ample. An added bonus was the freshly made corn tortillas.

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Sacramento, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

Delicious. Perfect dinner. My Mayan Treasure burrito was excellent!! My wife's Baja Bowl with grilled Mahi was also very good.

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Orange, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

One of my favorite places to dine. The bar has several TVs to catch the game. Tortillas are made fresh on location. My favorite was the carne asada tacos. Now that I have been watching what I eat, I order off of their 'Light' menu. Their chicken enchilada's are awesome! Love their salsa too! Expect to spend $10-15 for lunch.

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Additional Information about Avila's El Ranchito

Address: 2201 E 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone Number: (714) 547-9129
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Santa Ana
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 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2201 E 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Santa Ana
  • Phone Number: (714) 547-9129

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
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
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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