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El Ranchito

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8138 Guide Meridian Rd, Lynden, WA 98264-9421
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Great Mexican Food

This is a great Mexican family run restaurant. The food is Awesome. good sized portions, just like being in Mexico :-)

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 19, 2015
Ken W
Abbotsford, Canada
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Abbotsford, Canada
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This is a great Mexican family run restaurant. The food is Awesome. good sized portions, just like being in Mexico :-)

Thank Ken W
Lynden, Washington
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

The food was just ok, the guacamole was brown and way past the serving date. What was most disturbing was all the dirt on the ceiling vents, the dirt on the booths, the dirty carpet. Cleanliness should be #1 when serving the public. Wouldn't recommend to anyone.

Thank jwlldsgnr
Lynden, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We've done take-out here a bunch of times...I wouldn't be shocked if grandma is in the back cooking...slow simmered ol'school goodness...large portions...fairly priced...quick and easy for us

Thank seeker3675
Lynden, Washington
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

family operated, true blue food, good service... just like home cooking.. great for family, friends, business

Thank Creation S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

My wife and I have eaten here 4 times. It is a family restaurant with great ingredients and good sized lortions. The right level of spice for someone who thinks Mexican food is spicy, with good salsas on the side for those who like spicier food. All 8 of the dishes we've had have been very good. Their lunch specials... More 

Thank kurtotic
Lynden, Washington
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The food is typically good, but the prices just seem to keep climbing, making it worth a trip to Bellingham to get more quality (the quantity is good) for the money. The service is interesting in that sometimes it's thorough, and other times you might be looking around and grabbing water pitcher to fill your own cup. If you want... More 

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Carthage, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

Haven't been in the area long and this was the first restaurant we've come too. The chicken fajitas were AMAZING the beer was served with frosty mugs. Service was great and food came fast. Will definitely be our go-to in the future. They even brought small deserts afterwards for everyone on the house. Very impressed!

Thank jennygirl05
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Whenever we go across the border from Vancouver to Bellingham for shopping or / and movie, we eat there before returning back so we decided to have dinner and checked out the Mexican places and found this one very close to the Aldergrove Border Crossing on way back home and We sure were not at all disappointed! The atmosphere was... More 

Thank SS P
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I have eaten here a few times now as the options for dining out are fairly limited in Lynden. Last time we came in we had decided that the food was less than mediocre, and probably wouldn't return, but we decided to give it one more try today. Never again. Disappointing doesn't really adequately describe the overcooked... More 

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San Marino, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I ate here Monday night. The hostess-waitress wasn't personable at all. My enchilada had weird looking hamburger in it, like tiny pellets. The tamale came from a restaurant-supply place, I'm sure. Tasteless, hard as a rock, and dry inside. I ate about half my meal. The salsa with the chips was good. This place used to be very busy with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8138 Guide Meridian Rd, Lynden, WA 98264-9421
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Lynden
  • Phone Number: 360-354-8388

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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