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Avila's El Ranchito

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2201 E 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 547-9129
Today
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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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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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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123 reviews 123 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 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 98 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 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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426 reviews 426 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
240 helpful votes 240 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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309 reviews 309 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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
95 helpful votes 95 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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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
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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