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El Ranchero Restaurant

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202 Locust Ave, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
(828) 765-6222
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  • 6
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Closest thing to the carne asada that I loved in San Diego...

Just WOW! I'm probably biased, because my first date with my wife was at El Ranchero, back in 2009. But! I've eaten at "Mexican" restaurants all over the country. Yeah, if I could have one or the other RIGHT now? I'd scarf down a carne asada burrito from Adalberto's in San Diego... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 2, 2014
David S
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Spruce Pine, North Carolina
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Spruce Pine, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Just WOW! I'm probably biased, because my first date with my wife was at El Ranchero, back in 2009. But! I've eaten at "Mexican" restaurants all over the country. Yeah, if I could have one or the other RIGHT now? I'd scarf down a carne asada burrito from Adalberto's in San Diego (http://www.yelp.com/biz/adalbertos-mexican-food-san-diego-2) - and they only get 4 of... More 

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Spruce Pine, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I just love this place, I could eat there everyday...very friendly and fast service... best Margaritas in town too!!!

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Burnsville, Minnesota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Great mexican restaurant fare and they have the best margaritas too! This is a destination for locals and visitors alike.

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We have been coming here for the past two years when on vacation. The kids beg to come back here each year(several times). The service is great, very fast and friendly. Very Clean. Reasonably priced! Always have enough left overs for lunch the next day. Husband is a big eater, he enjoys the Burrito Aztec. Will definitely return!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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103 reviews 103 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Really decent Mex food in the lower part of Spruce Pine. Interesting menu, not your typical fare. Good chorizo tacos, beef enchiladas. Wife had liver tacos. All good, and reasonably priced. With appetizer, two of us ate for under $20.

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Burnsville, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

unexpectedly wonderful Mexican food on the lower street in Spruce Pine. Seems to be family run and has been open for at least 4 years-so it is popular enough to have staying power.

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Spruce Pine, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

El Ranchero is an authentic Mexican resturant located in downtown Spruce Pine. The menu is very extensive and an alacarte section allows you to create you own dishes. The Margaritas and guacamole are all home made and excellent. Above all this resturant is affordable for all families!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We were in town to hike Mt. Mitchell and were staying in a campground at the base of the mountain. We drove into Spruce Pine for dinner and stopped at El Ranchero for dinner (recommended by the campground hosts). The restaurant was clean, the service was great and the food came out quickly. We were happy with the meal we... More 

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The Mineral City ,Spruce Pine NC
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I usually eat here one a week. The food is really good and service has always been prompt. Everything I've ordered has been perfectly prepared and piping hot. Our meals usually run around $12.00 for the both of us. I would recommend eating here.

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11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

We were visiting the area for several days and had lunch there twice. Good food, friendly service, lots of food for low prices. Best chiles rellenos I have had. When they bring your chips and salsa, the salsa is in a carafe so you can use it on your entree also. We liked the atmosphere, kinda spare and casual. Worth... More 

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  • Address: 202 Locust Ave, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Spruce Pine
  • Phone Number: (828) 765-6222

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