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Matt's El Rancho

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#130 of 3,186 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence2015, 2017 - 2018 Winner
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APPETIZERS​
Small 6.25
Large 8.25
Bob Armstrong Dip
Mexican restaurants everywhere have tried to duplicate this el rancho original
Small 5.25
Large 7.25
Chile Con Queso
8.25
Smoked Beef Flautas
(8) Served with green sauce and chile con queso
10.25
Shrimp Avocado Pico
An el rancho original, served chilled with your choice of tortilla chips or crackers
Nachos
Served with Jalapenos and onions
7.50
Queso Flameado
Homemade chorizo and monterrey jack cheese broiled, served with fresh corn tortillas
5.95
Matt Jr Potatoes
Spicy fries grilled with jalapenos and onions
(5) Handbreaded- served with homemade ranch dressing 6.75
(1) Topped with ranchero sauce, cheese, served with taco meat and beans 4.75
Stuffed Jalapenos
Cup 4.50
Bowl 6.75
Tortilla Soup
With fresh vegetables, chicken, monterrey jack cheese and tortilla strips
Cup 4.95
Bowl 7.25
Caldo de Res
SALADS​
4.25
Dinner Salad
7.95
Taco Salad
(Beef or chicken), substitute fajita meat for $1.50 extra
2.95
Sliced Avocado Salad
Small 2.95
Large 7.25
Guacamole Salad
9.25
Combination Salad
With beef or chicken fajita, bell pepper, cilantro, celery, tomato, and radishes. Served with your choice of dressing.
13.25
El Rancho Caesar Salad
Grilled​ chicken, salmon, or shrimp served on a bed of crisp romaine lettuce tossed in our caesar dressing. Topped with parmesan cheese, chipotle crisps, and sliced avocado
BURRITOS​
8.95
Queso +1.00
Tex-Mex
Beef burrito topped with chili con carne and cheese, served with rice and refried beans
9.25
Queso +1.00
Chicken
Topped with sour cream, monterrey jack cheese, and your choice of ranchero or green sauce, served with rice and refried beans
8.25
Queso +1.00
Bean and Cheese
Topped with sour cream, american cheese, and your choice of ranchero or green sauce, served with rice and refried beans
HOUSE FAVORITES​
Quesadillas
Made with monterrey jack, American cheese, grilled onions and bell peppers. Served with sour cream, pico de gallo, topped with guacamole
(4) 10.50
(2) 8.95
Flautas
Grilled and served with your choice of ranchero or green sauce. Topped with chil con queso, sour cream, and guacamole. Served with rice and refried beans. Beef, chicken, bean and cheese or pecan smoked brisket
Shrimp 10.50
Beef 8.50
Chicken 8.50
Tostadas Compuestas
(2) Open faced tostadas with ranchero or green sauce, sour cream, lettuce, tomato, cheese, jalapenos, onions and a guacamole salad
6.99
Chalupas
(2) Bean and cheese chalupas with jalapenos and onions. Served with a guacamole salad
9.99
Chicken Mole
Served​ with guacamole salad, rice and refried beans
GRILL​
Our steaks are 100% natural, hormone and antibiotic free from niman ranch. The best of the best
16.50
Crenshaw Steak
8 oz ribeye topped with grilled bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, jalapeno peppers and ranchero sauce, served with guacamole salad and (2) chicken flautas
15.95
Ribeye Steak
An 8 oz ribeye served with a guacamole salad. Choice of bean and cheese chalupa or french fries
15.75
Steak Tampiquena
8​ oz. Choice sirloin grilled with onions and bell peppers, served with a guacamole salad, cheese enchilada, rice and choice of ranchero or green sauce
13.75
Chicken Tampiquena
8 oz. Chicken breast grilled with onions and bell peppers, served with a guacamole salad, cheese enchilada, rice and your choice of ranchero or green sauce
16.50
Agujas Rojas
8 oz. sirloin served with two monterrey jack and onion enchiladas with our new Mexico red sauce. Served with frijoles a la charra and a guacamole salad
16.25
Agujas
8 oz. Choice sirloin steak served with guacamole salad, cheese flautas, and frijoles a la charra
16.50
Carne Asada
8 oz. Choice sirloin served with a guacamole salad, bean and cheese nachos and a soft beef taco
10.95
Chopped Sirloin a la Mexicana
6 oz.Chopped sirloin with guacamole salad and a bean and cheese chalupa
SIZZLING FAJITAS​
Served with grilled onions and bell peppers, rice, refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, pico de gallo and flour tortillas
Half pound 12.95
1 Pound 22.95
Beef, Chicken or Combo
Half pound 20.95
1 Pound 31.95
Shrimp
Half pound 11.95
1 Pound 21.75
Grilled Vegetables with Portobello Mushrooms
Beef 10.75
Chicken 10.75
Shrimp 13.95
Ultra-Lite Fajitas
Served with grilled vegetables over a bed of spanish rice
9.95
Grilled Vegetables
CHILE RELLENOS​
Served with guacamole salad, ranchero or green sauce, rice and refried beans. Garnished with Texas pecans, raisins, sour cream and onions
14.25
Ranchero
Green
Jumbo Shrimp
12.95
Ranchero
Green
Shrimp
9.95
Ranchero
Green
Beef
9.95
Ranchero
Green
Chicken
9.95
Ranchero
Green
Cheese
9.95
Ranchero
Green
Grilled Vegetables
9.95
Ranchero
Green
Whole Bean and Monterrey Jack
Light version (without batter) of chile relleno is also available
MEXICAN SEAFOOD​
We exclusively carry gulf coast seafood unless otherwise noted.
17.95
Shrimp A La Matt Martinez
(6) Grilled jumbo shrimp with bean and cheese flautas, and a guacamole salad
14.95
Shrimp A La Mexicana
Grilled shrimp on a bed of rice smothered with peppers, onions, tomatoes, ranchero sauce and monterrey jack cheese, topped with sour cream, jalapenos and onions. Served with a guacamole salad
14.75
Fried Jumbo Shrimp
(5) Fried jumbo shrimp served with homemade tartar sauce, a dinner salad, french fries, and texas toast
13.95
Atlantic Salmon
8 oz. Grilled filet with cilantro garlic cream sauce. Served with an avocado salad, mango pico de gallo, rice and black beans
12.95
Tilapia +1.00
Fish A La Mexicana
Grilled catfish filet served on a bed of rice smothered with peppers, onions, tomatoes, ranchero sauce and monterrey jack cheese, topped with sour cream, jalapenos and onions. Served with frijoles a la charra and guacamole salad. Substitute tilapia $1.00 extra
11.25
Tilapia +1.00
Mojo de ajo style +2.50
Fish Filet
Grilled or fried catfish filet served with guacamole salad and your choice of bean and cheese chalupa or french fries. Substitute tilapia $1.00 extra, mojo de ajo style $2.50 extra
12.95
Frog Legs
Grilled or fried served with homemade tartar sauce, guacamole salad and choice of bean and cheese chalupa or french fries
TEX MEX DINNERS​
Complimentary sherbet or homemade praline served upon request with all tex-mex dinners
10.75
Deluxe Dinner
Guacamole salad, chile con queso, beef taco, tamale, beef enchilada, rice, refried beans and iced tea
10.25
No. 1 Dinner
Beef taco, beef enchilada, tamale or chile con queso, rice, refried beans and iced tea
9.95
Matt's Special
2 Green enchiladas (beef, chicken or cheese), beef or chicken taco, chile con queso, rice and refried beans
10.95
Carne Guisada
Guacamole salad, bean and cheese nacho and rice. Served with fresh flour tortillas
6.95
El Rancho Salad
Guacamole salad, beef taco, and chile con queso. Add (1) beef, chicken or cheese enchilada 7.95
MEXICAN PIZZA​
An el rancho original crispy flour tortilla topped with ranchero or green sauce, monterrey jack cheese, sour cream, jalapenos and onions. Served with a guacamole salad
11.95
Ranchero
Green
Shrimp
8.95
Ranchero
Green
Beef
8.95
Ranchero
Green
Chicken
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Wow-the Salsa is HOT, but absolutely delicious and the margaritas are made with fresh lime juice, not the mix. Food was excellent, served in a very festive environment. Chips, salsa, and a cheese dip were shared among the people at our table. Prices were very...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Love2TravelUS
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here as a guest to Austin with relatives who live in Austin. I guess it must be popular because we went at 7pm on a Thursday night and couldn't even find a parking spot in the huge parking lot. Had to park across the...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank S Q
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food, great service, I forgot my sunglasses and the server brought them to me before I left. My husband loves Tex mex and the tacos were perfect. The frozen margs and fans kept us cool outside. The only negative I have to say about...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank Colavaere
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food is excellent and they have the best queso in Austin called the bob. They also have great flour tortillas and burritos. Would totally recommend.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Tannergalow
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Billing itself as King of Mexican Food, this was our fallback position for our one night in Austin after the highly recommended by local friends Terry Blacks was posting signs about being out of food and still and frighteningly long line. We were not disappointed...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank grandmastermichaelp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place lived up to its reputation. Good food and plenty of it. All our dishes were hot and abundant. Definitely worth the stop. My only complaint is their quirkiness about not splitting tickets.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Charles B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We heard a lot about this place but had never visited. My fear was a place spewing out tourist Tex-Mex. Well, it’s not, we started off with some great chips and salsa, and the salsa had a good kick to it. We added the obligatory...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank RainyDayDreamAway
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My fiancée and I ate here a few weeks ago. We live in South Austin and every time we’d drive by we noticed how busy it was and the sign out in front about it being a TripAdvisor 2018 Top 10 winner (or something like...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank trevorjayoliver
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I both got the ASADERO TACOS. They were named by TEXAS MONTHLY as "one of the 120 Tacos you must eat before you die!" They are Beef Tenderloin Tacos with Grilled Asadero Cheese, Onions & Rajas in Corn Tortillas. I have never...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank kyjames
Reviewed July 6, 2019 via mobile

So Matt’s is my happy place and I’m a little disappointed that I’ve never reviewed it before now as I’ve been coming here once a week for 10 years. Truly. Everything is good. All the time. The margaritas (mine = skinny on the rocks en...More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Please call the restaurant and ask for the manager on duty, Paul
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at I saw- they only use the freshest foods,vegetables and meats...all top notch value in price and portions.I didn't see anybody get sick or ever heard of anybody dying after eating there-it's all good food I really don't... More
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