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El Ranchito Restaurant

78039 Calle Estado, La Quinta, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92253-2930
+1 760-564-0061
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible4%
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“fajitas” (10 reviews)
“taco salad” (5 reviews)
“soft tacos” (2 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
$$ - $$$
78039 Calle Estado, La Quinta, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92253-2930
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Reviewed April 4, 2017

We both had a combo plate. Both were really good. Enchiladas are wonderful ( cheese or beef ) Service was great and very friendly. Margaritas are also very good. Look forward to going again next time in the area

Thank Countrydude4444
Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

This is a charming family-run Mexican place in la Quinta. The best dish is their chicken fajitas. Enough for two and absolutely delicious. A must-visit whenever in the desert.

1  Thank yyyy11yyyy
Reviewed February 26, 2017

El Ranchito is always a fun place to go when in Old Town La Quinta. This visit was with family and we had great service, good food and awesome margaritas. We had the guacamole dip for starters and I ordered a taco salad. Others had...More

1  Thank lynnprin
Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

We went back the next day too. We chose this place for its outside shady seating. Turned out the food was plentiful, lots of choices and big portions. We took left overs home for next days lunch and ended up returning the following afternoon. A...More

Thank Linda K
Reviewed January 29, 2017

Found this restaurant simply by driving by. Looked like a fun place. We sat at the bar. Bartender ignored us most of the time, only interacted with us on his time, not when we needed service. Therefore, it took a while to get a beer...More

2  Thank Mark A
Reviewed December 8, 2016

We come to this great place whenever we are in the area. The food is great & the service is really great also. We are always greeted & seated promptly. We have been here for lunch or dinner & weekdays or weekends. Today we had...More

Thank JMSFairfieldGlade
Reviewed November 23, 2016

El Ranchito has been around for several years and it never disappoints. We like to sit outside, but the inside is also nice and quaint. The food is always excellent and good for sharing.

Thank Calberta
Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

Disappointed! Waitress got my order wrong and argued as opposed to taking it back and correcting. Other person in party said his food was warm at best. Rellenos were not as good as remembered. My wife said her grilled fish tacos were very good ....More

Thank montanabill2016
Reviewed November 16, 2016

Stopped here for a late lunch on a Tuesday. Really good chips and gaucamole and my husband loved the tacos al pastor. Overall pretty tasty - nice patio.

Thank amy43212
Reviewed July 25, 2016

Salsa was overly full of onions. The food was not at all tasty. Great menu selection, but the server never came over to take our order. We walked out after 45 minutes of waiting. Salsa was terrible - mostly onions and had a horrible taste....More

Thank Pamelauop
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $15
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 8:00 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 - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 78039 Calle Estado, La Quinta, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92253-2930
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Greater Palm Springs  >  La Quinta
  • Phone Number: +1 760-564-0061
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Welcome to El Ranchito Restaurant. We have been serving Authentic Mexican Food in the Coachella Valley for more than 25 years. Located in Old Town La Quinta, we offer a variety of fresh Mexican cuisine and a full bar. We are a family owned and operated restaurant that serves fresh, traditional Mexican Food. Our food is made to order using only the freshest ingredients. The menu is full of classic Mexican dishes made from scratch using family recipes handed down through the generations.
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