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Avila's El Ranchito

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

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  • 6
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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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Lake Forest, California
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78 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This a place to go for a good meal, not the greatest but you will be satisfied , ok service, nice location, I asked for guacamole with My dinner and they offered me avocados instead, as I said, it is not the Greatest but not bad either.

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Salina, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We'd just arrived, and asked to take a friend to dinner. She picked this place- we'd never been- and found the food and ambiance to be wonderful. I don't remember what each of us had, but the food seemed to vanish quickly enough. Most memorable was the sangria that was handmade for us- either by the owner or by the... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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67 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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131 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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310 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 235 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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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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?