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El Rancho

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1014 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201-4908
573-875-2121
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2 of 5 stars
Delicious Mexican food

Before Chipotle came to town, they had one of the largest burritos in town. I love their Chicken Fajita burrito and their Chicken Nachos. Very friendly staff.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
Sharon H
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Columbia, Missouri
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Columbia, Missouri
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Before Chipotle came to town, they had one of the largest burritos in town. I love their Chicken Fajita burrito and their Chicken Nachos. Very friendly staff.

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Columbia, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

El Rancho is a Columbia institution, serving great value lunches (such as the lunch fajitas) and catering to students with the munchies after the bars close. Casual, friendly place with welcoming grill cook (who takes your order).

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Fulton, Missouri
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74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The food is okay here, but it's not a place I would choose to go to regularly. Their prices on the dinner specials are good but if you're not getting the special, you're paying too much for average tasting food in my opinion. I was also super disappointed that they don't serve sweet tea! Patio space is very limited.

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Maryville, Illinois
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77 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

There is always a line for this place - out the door! The later the night, the longer the line! But the food is worth it. Must have the burritos! So good and tasty. Quick to get your food too and prices are crazy low!

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Faustino V, Owner at El Rancho, responded to this review

Thank you Jayne D for your wonderful comments about El Rancho. We are looking forward to serve you. it will always be our pleasure. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I love el Rancho. The grilled chicken is great. It's not fancy so don't expect to be wowed. But get the grilled chicken nachos. You'll be happy you did.

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Faustino V, Owner at El Rancho, responded to this review

Hey MIZ-MOM thank you for your comments and you're right the grilled chicken nachos are the most popular thing on our menu. Hope to see you soon More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

They need to remove their sign "authentic mexican food" W/O exaggerating, El Rancho was the nasties restaurant I've ever been to. Iwas born and raised in Mexico and they do not offer Mexican food or even come close to it. Please stay away from this place unless you feel like wasting $10 on a disgusting meal.

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Faustino V, Owner at El Rancho, responded to this review

Hello mdvar! I am the owner of El Rancho, and I was also born and raised in Mexico, and believe what we serve is the top of the line Mexican food. You may think that cow stomach in soup, brain tacos, and pig feet in mole is authentic Mexican food. Well, I was born in Mexico and I don't even... More 

Columbia, Missouri
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Not fancy, but made in sight and delicious. If I had to give a favorite, it would be "everything". They have beer and flavored soda as well as a fountain drink. Staff is always engaging and a great street view.

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Faustino V, Owner at El Rancho, responded to this review

Toolooze thank you for your great remarks. I'm Glad you're pleased with us and we'll keep trying our hardest to keep you happy. Our best reward is to see you being pleased. More 

Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Best Mexican food in Columbia. The burritos are excellent, and the grilled chicken nachos may just be the greatest late night snack I have ever had. I spent many evenings here while at Mizzou and make sure I visit every time I'm back in town. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys Mexican food.

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Faustino V, Owner at El Rancho, responded to this review

Hello Mr. John F, Thank you for your feed back. I'm glad you are fond of El Rancho. We will keep trying our hardest to keep you guys pleased. Alumni keep coming back even after they graduate, some of them from nine years ago and we're surprised that they still remember our names and their favorite dish. They come back... More 

Columbia, MO
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Every thing is made to order. It's really tasty, open very late, informal, and reliable. Terrific rice and beans, soft corn tacos, tamales, fajitas, and much more.

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Faustino V, Owner at El Rancho, responded to this review

Thank you Mr. Gort, We're looking forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for your feedback. More 

Columbia, Missouri
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

My family and I wanted to try a new Mexican joint. We had heard about El Rancho so decided to give it a try. It was OK. It seems to be more of a college hangout. We won't go back though. Between trying to find a parking place downtown and then the food being mediocre, we won't go back. You... More 

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Faustino V, Owner at El Rancho, responded to this review

Hello Miss. Melissa Thank you for trying us out! and also for your feed back. We know parking as been in issue, how ever, our wonderful city has just built three parking garages about a block from our establishment, which makes it a lot more comfortable and easy to get a parking spot. Also, because we are a fast food... More 

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Additional Information about El Rancho

Address: 1014 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201-4908
Phone Number: 573-875-2121
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Average Prices: USD 3 - 10
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1014 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201-4908
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: 573-875-2121

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 10
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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