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All 133 Waukegan Restaurants

El Ranchito Michoacano

1310 N Lewis Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085
(847) 623-6936
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Ranked #3 of 133 Restaurants in Waukegan
Sun - Mon 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: American, Mexican, Seafood
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new jersey
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62 reviews 62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We were searching for a late lunch near Great Lakes, and after reading review from Trip Advisor we decided to try it. Excellent service, clean and the food was fresh and authentic. We started with margaritas that was great and not overly sweet or processed. We shared a chicken quesadilla as an appetizer, which was light and fresh. As our... More 

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Davenport, IA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I had civiche tostada for app and it was probably the best I've ever had, very fresh!!! Tounge tacos were also very good and tender and flavorful. Fish tacos very good. Sons steak tacos awesome. Rice and beans on spot. Only complaint is their table salsa wasn't that good and green sauce was so acidic I couldn't eat it. But... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I went to this restaurant with my mother, (a great Mexican cook), last Friday afternoon. It was quiet and we were seated promptly. The margaritas were great, nice and strong. The chips were fresh and the salsas were smokey, and delicious. I ordered a skirt steak and enchiladas. Both were great just like moms makes. My mom had the ceviche... More 

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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We were seated right away on a Saturday night. Very friendly staff. Nice, clean, but not opulent ambiance. Ordered chips and salsa to start, chips were fresh and salsa and peppers were very delish. Hubby ordered the Mole Chicken and it did not disappoint. I asked for the waitresses recommendation, she suggested the Camarones Al Queso, it was the perfect... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 via mobile

Great menu. Fajitas, rabbit, and lengua all were great. Homemade tortillas brought back memories of getting fresh tortillas in Mexico. Loved it!

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Gurnee, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We were looking for a good Mexican restaurant close to home that had authentic Mexican food for Cinco De Mayo. So many of the ones we went to closed, moved or just plain changed. I called a few days before to make reservations and they were happy to change them as I had to call again because our numbers kept... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is real mexican food. This is not texmex or taco bell style. Was surprised to find this here North of Chicago.

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Dallas, Texas
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79 reviews 79 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Our son wanted Mexican food after his graduation from Navy Boot Camp. We picked El Ranchito Michoacana because of the reviews here. When we arrived, there was another Navy grad and his family eating there also. The people were friendly. The service was good and quick. The chips and hot sauce were good and refilled when needed. The food was... More 

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Highland Park, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

This lovely place has to be the cleanest and most classy mexican restaurants in the area. The staff is most welcoming and the owners are always around to see how your meal is going (they dont wait until after you pay like most joints) my husband and i love that! The food is 5 star restaurant quality for a very... More 

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Gurnee, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Great little find. The shrimp and pineapple dish was amazing! Tasty and fresh guacamole. Would definitely recommend! :

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Additional Information about El Ranchito Michoacano

Address: 1310 N Lewis Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone Number: (847) 623-6936
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Waukegan
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Seafood

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