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El Ranchero Restaurant

202 Locust Ave, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
(828) 765-6222
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Ranked #11 of 32 restaurants in Spruce Pine
Most recent review
- Apr 13, 2014
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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Portland, Oregon
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

I didn't have high hopes for this restaurant after recently having gone to another in Spruce Pine, but I was pleasantly surprised. The food was good. I liked the chicken chimichanga best. We will return to this restaurant when we want Mexican food.

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Blowing Rock, NC
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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Missed having my weekly Mexican fix visiting friends in the area. El Ranchero, while not the same as my regulars elsewhere, is a nice substitute when traveling here. Service is good and food good to very good. All selections were equally good. Is nice to have this option when here.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

They have a large menu with a lot of choices and it's just what you'd expect a good Mexican restaurant to have. Friendly service and lots of seating.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Our favorite was the chili con queso, which they serve with a generous portion of Mexican spiced beef on top. The service is good if not overly friendly, and the rest of our meals were fine.

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Garner, NC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

We had lunch here, typical mexican fare. Food and service was great.

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Spruce Pine, North Carolina, United States
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3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

I've had real Mexican food, and I've had all of the standard fare offered to us gringos. This is pretty much middle of the road. Good, but nothing spectacular. Portions are okay, prices to match. But nothing that has caused me to get really excited about visiting there too often. Mexican restaurants are becoming like Chinese places, two on every... More

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Spruce Pine, North Carolina, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

El Ranchero is one of my family's favorite places to eat in Spruce Pine. We tend to eat there on Sunday's, which is always a busy day for this restaurant. My husband is Mexican and he enjoys the food, but when I asked him if it was authentic, he said not really. He says the food is prepared different, perhaps... More

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