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El Ranchito Michoacano

Mexican, American, Seafood
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1310 N Lewis Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085
(847) 623-6936
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good for lunch

I've only had lunch here and I've not been disappointed. It's an authentic Mexican restaurant and the staff are very friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Waukegan, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Warm, inviting exterior. Patio for summer dining. 1/4 full at 7pm Sat night. Young hostess plesant but no clue about menu. Ordered giant $15 lime Margherita. Could not taste alcohol. Complimentary salsa, chips, and pickled veggies attractively presented. Salsa spicy, chips room temp and flat. Fahitas good on sizzling plater. Partner ordered garnishes on side but kitchen forgot. Ordered refill... More 

Thank droffilc
Waukegan, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've only had lunch here and I've not been disappointed. It's an authentic Mexican restaurant and the staff are very friendly.

Thank CJ0K
Gurnee, Illinois
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42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

I came here on a recommendation of a colleague. I didn't expect to have some of the most delicious Mexican food I've had in the area. The food was cooked and flavored perfectly! My husband and I both had the shrimp enchiladas. We both were stunned at how wonderful they were. We also enjoyed the chips and salsa. The guacamole... More 

Thank firedancer8780
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

In Chicago to see our kid graduate from Navy Basic Training, and decided on this restaurant after seeing it on trip advisors list. Excellent food! I don't think you could have gotten any better!! Hand rolled tortilla and taco shells, fresh salsa and great margaritas! The service was Awesome, and the owner stopped by our table to make sure we... More 

Thank Ndngrl7
north port florida
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This small well kept nicely decorated restaurant has an amazing variety on its menu. Good prices and friendly staff. The owner is the chef. This was a unexpected surprise as to food choices and quality. would definitely recommend it. Also has a small bar.

Thank rumpunchrobee
Riverwoods, Illinois
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We love this restaurant. We've always had great meals here. They tend to have unusual specials that have never disappointed. I particarly like their seafood casserole.

Thank irkababes
new jersey
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62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 

Thank 4Funnsun
Davenport, IA
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88 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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 

1 Thank artickiss
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1310 N Lewis Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Waukegan
  • Phone Number: (847) 623-6936

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, American, Seafood


Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?