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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
Closed now
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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

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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
Good food, good service, drinks were tasty, buy not cheap

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 5, 2014
Mike M
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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17 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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South Central Orange County, CA
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94 reviews 94 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 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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418 reviews 418 reviews
275 restaurant reviews
231 helpful votes 231 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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299 reviews 299 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Golden, Colorado
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128 reviews 128 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

What a cool place, and how pretty inside. It is an old church. The food was delicious! Everything had such a great flavor. Gosh I hope I can go back someday and wish it was just down the street from me!!!! My cost per person might be off, as I didn't have to pay! It was casual though but very... More 

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Fullerton, California
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482 reviews 482 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

Anyone who works in the area knows how great Avila's is. The food is great and service is fast for lunch as they cater to the locals who are working and out for lunch. They make homemade tortillas which are awesome. There is so much on the menu that everyone can find something they would enjoy. Try the chicken tortilla... More 

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Lebanon, New Jersey
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931 reviews 931 reviews
799 restaurant reviews
333 helpful votes 333 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

It is a few blocks off the highways, so you do not get the usual drive-by crowd. We had steak and chicken fajitas and the chicken asteca sald. It was all very good with the exception of the chicken being -s chicken can be – dry. Good flavors, good atmosphere (better than a in-and-out Mexican place), good service, good beer... More 

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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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?