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“Delicioso” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Rancho Plus

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El Rancho Plus
101 South Maple Avenue # C, Purcellville, VA 20132
(540) 338-7640
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Ranked #20 of 37 Restaurants in Purcellville
Cuisines: Mexican
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Hamilton, VA
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57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Delicioso”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Tucked away in a small strip mall in Purcellville, you might overlook El Rancho Plus. That would be a grave mistake. This family run restaurant is our favorite spot for simple, freshly prepared south of the border fare. While they are open evenings and for breakfast on the weekends, we've only been there for lunches. There are two family friendly, pleasant dining rooms with booths and tables. You will rub elbows with locals--neighborhood families, construction workers on lunch breaks or teachers from the nearby middle/high schools. The menu is large and they typically offer 4-6 specials daily. Prices are reasonable, and tortilla chips and salsa appear quickly at your table after being seated. The delicious food is way above ordinary tex-mex standards and they are more than willing to tweak any selection you might request. Servings are large and nicely presented. You can actually hear and smell the sizzling fajitas before you see them! Service always comes with a smile and is both fast and efficient. The restaurant is extremely clean and the Latino music in the background and the flowers on each table are nice touches. So when your tastebuds require a Mexican fix, El Rancho's good fresh food, served by friendly (and smiling) staff, in a very pleasant atmosphere will satisfy every time.

Visited March 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Hamilton, Virginia
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222 reviews 222 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 91 cities Reviews in 91 cities
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
“El Rancho is our son's favorite place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

We have been here 3 times in the past month.
Food is consistent, it's good. I wish there was a little less "fried" type items and salads with dressing and cheese in shells, but that's me. Margaritas are good, better than some other local places, not as good as others. Good for purcellville.
I do recommend and I will go back, I enjoy taking my son here because he is happy eating his usual "bean burrito" and lemonade. And I like to try the specials and the chicken burritos.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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near Washington, DC
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64 reviews 64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Nice local restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We really miss a certain South of the border retaurant in Leesburg, VA, that closed some time ago, sigh. That written, El Rancho is almost an institution. The place is kept clean (and I like clean, even the rest rooms have been fastidious every time we've visited), the service is good, the people are local. I like the taco salad (which is generous), the spinach products (which are not always available). Members of the family are fond of the Rancho's Fiesta and Acapulco. The BBQ is better than some other places in town, in my opinion. Wish the salsa was "hotter".

Visited October 2012
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Leesburg, Virginia
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Pseudo-Mexican”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

This place is a below-average Tex-Mex Restaurant. One example of the poor quality of the cuisine is that they use shredded Velveta cheese in lieu of mexican-style or even cheddar cheese.

Visited March 2012
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NorthernVirginia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“I had to try it twice to make sure. I can now say conclusively: this is really bad.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

Bland food, over priced, completely inflexiable on the menu. I love Mexican food and will usually find good in about any small restaurant. But just not this one. I want to support local businesses, but this place is just over priced, has a "professional" but entirely unfriendly staff and food that is at best, not going to hurt you. Look elsewhere.

Barryville has some good places, as does Leesburg. Just skip Purcellville for Mexican. Bummer.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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