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El Rancherito

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4303 Broadway, Mount Vernon, IL
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Dining options: Dinner, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great Mexican food in Southern IL

This restaurant is a find! Excellent Mexican food - huge portions, amazing variety, great service, attractive and bright interior, outdoor patio, and great prices. I'd recommend highly and will certainly return,

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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244 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on a day trip and decided to stop here. We found the food and service to be excellent. The decor was quite colorful and created a nice dining atmosphere. Our service provided fast and pleasant service. The food was very tasty. I especially liked the tostada I had.

Thank Lorin G
O'Fallon, Missouri
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40 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped at this restaurant on our way home from Metropolis to St. Louis. Excellent margaritas and food. Ordered chimichangas and it was delicious. Our server was great for our group of 6 always attentive to refilling our chips and drinks. Will be a future stopping spot for us in our travels.

Thank trhops
Mount Vernon, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The food at this place is very good, real Mexican food. The staff is great, very motivated to please you. Even when I overhear people routinely asking for an Americanized version of the food, they cheerfully serve it how ever you like. Try it the way it was intended tho, it really is very good!

Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This restaurant is a find! Excellent Mexican food - huge portions, amazing variety, great service, attractive and bright interior, outdoor patio, and great prices. I'd recommend highly and will certainly return,

Thank susanne703
Chesterfield, Missouri
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

This restaurant has a huge menu. It includes all of the standard Mexican/American fare, as well as some items unique (in our experience) to this restaurant. Four of us had dinner here twice in the space of three days. In all cases, the food was very good as were drinks from the bar. I had chile verde on one visit... More 

Thank TomInMo
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

My wife and I grew up and live in the Southwest and enjoy good Mexican food. El Rancherito was a pleasant surprise, and an unexpected find in southern Illinois. We had dinner, and found it very good. The restaurant appears to be owned and operated by Mexican folks, so the food is authentic Mexican. Wouldn’t hesitate to eat there again.

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Sebring, Florida
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85 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The stage is generally set for a poor dining experience when several employees walk by you without making any kind of eye contact while you are standing at the hostess podium waiting to be seated. The next clue was that, after finally being seated, three other tables that came in after us were waited on before we were. Just as... More 

Thank Motherroad
Fort Lauderdale
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is a terrific Mexican restaurant. The food is well prepared and attractively presented. The atmosphere is colorful and festive. The service is friendly and efficient. They even let me practice my Espanol. This is a first class restaurant. We feel as if we have visited Mexico. The flan was muy bien!

Thank Elizabeth C
Mount Vernon, Illinois
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Good service and great food. I've eaten here at least 200 times. I get something different every time and it's all fantastic

Thank Ljcopple
Garland, Texas
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I had steak fajita quasidillas that was cooked well, seasoned with queso and pico de gallo. Service was prompt and waiter was courteous.

Thank malex2015

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4303 Broadway, Mount Vernon, IL
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Mount Vernon

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican


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