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El Rancho Authentic Mexican Restaurant

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1241 W Main St, Gaylord, MI 49735-7407
989-732-0307
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: opened a few months ago

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  • 39
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  • 27
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  • 13
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  • 6
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  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent Mexican Restaurant

We have eaten at this restaurant before and it's always been very good. Good food and good prices! We will eat there again, I'm sure the next time we're in the Gaylord area. Lots of different menu items to choose from and we always seem to enjoy everything we've ordered.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 6, 2015
Bob_Naismith
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Charlevoix, Michigan
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Buxton, North Dakota
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79 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visit this restaurant with several clients while traveling through the area. We visited El Rancho for lunch during the week. The service was less than acceptable. I believe the bartender was our server but he spent most of his time on his cell phone. Also, we asked for a dish of spicier salsa and it was hotter but had... More 

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Thank hunterhersh
Gaylord
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

All the locals love it as the 'go to' Mexican place and it was chosen for our staff's holiday dinner.

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Thank cupoteaGaylord
Charlevoix, Michigan
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

We have eaten at this restaurant before and it's always been very good. Good food and good prices! We will eat there again, I'm sure the next time we're in the Gaylord area. Lots of different menu items to choose from and we always seem to enjoy everything we've ordered.

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Thank Bob_Naismith
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Great service, yummy food and awesome margaritas! Not too spicy, full of flavor and served quickly. Very friendly staff.

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Thank snoridge
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

For all of you Gringos who do not speak Spanish, "Comida" is food! And every bit of it is authentic Mexican here at The El Rancho. I always have a chili relleno, a taco and an enchilada, at any new Mexican restaurant I dine at for the first time. These three dishes give me the best cross-section of Mexican food... More 

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Thank Dan C
Mishawaka, Indiana
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68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

Compared to where I live I thought the food was very bland and average. I also thought it was odd that a very small margarita was almost 8 bucks. Granted the food portions after large I was disappointed. The wait staff was very quick and nice though

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Thank Jennifer H
Sterling Heights, Michigan
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123 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

Gaylord only has 4 mexican resturants. Two are fast food mexican and 2 are sit down mexican. We find this mexican resturant authentic and tasty. They have good chili rehano and tostadas.

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Thank Love2Travel100
Cheboygan, Michigan
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Keep in mind if you visit Northern Michigan, Gaylord has 2 Mexican restaurants. Okay, 4 if you count Qdoba and Taco Bell (does anyone?). And there are just a few more choices in the surrounding cities, so...N. MI isn't exactly a bastion of awesome Mexican fare. The other choice in Gaylord, La Senorita, which is just down the road from... More 

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Thank Editrix1711
Oakland, MI
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

My husband & I stopped in here for dinner while traveling up to northern Michigan for Labor Day weekend. The waiter kept walking by us (after our menus were closed) and doing a 'thumbs up' (everything okay?) and we said 'yes'....we wanted to order, but he kept racing by us. I know they were extremely busy, but it would have... More 

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Thank Bethany S
Brooklyn, Michigan
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

food was amazing, the red sauce was not the best but everything else was fantastic. will go back again

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Thank Libby C

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1241 W Main St, Gaylord, MI 49735-7407
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Otsego County  >  Gaylord
  • Phone Number: 989-732-0307

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

opened a few months ago

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