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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
  • 19
    Very good
  • 4
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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
Very pleasantly surprised

We were not sure what to expect at El Ranchero because it's pretty unassuming and doesn't have much impressive in the way of decor (other than a beautiful old tin ceiling), but the food was really good and the prices were soooo reasonable. Just tasty, flavorful food - nothing fancy, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
leighcecilia
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North Carolina
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North Carolina
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86 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

We were not sure what to expect at El Ranchero because it's pretty unassuming and doesn't have much impressive in the way of decor (other than a beautiful old tin ceiling), but the food was really good and the prices were soooo reasonable. Just tasty, flavorful food - nothing fancy, but yummy. The four stars is because their salsa is... More 

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Spruce Pine, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The food is ok not great. The service is the same. There salsa and fajitas are good. there servers act like they just want to be left alone!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Whenever we are in Spruce Pine, we visit El Ranchero on downtown Locust Street. I order a la carte, get 2 or 3 tasty tacos and/or burritos, enjoy the food and leave with only a small hole in my pocket.

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Spruce Pine, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 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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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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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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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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Address: 202 Locust Ave, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Phone Number: (828) 765-6222
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Spruce Pine
Cuisine: Mexican

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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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