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Avila’s El Ranchito

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1305 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3117
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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10 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the second time we've eaten here and will probably be the last. Chips were cooked in what appeared to be stale oil. Salsa was 80% onions 20% tomato sauce. Waited over 30 minutes for simple meal. When it came, enchilada was minimally average, beef taco ok and toastada salad good although the presentation was greens on flat tortilla.

Thank SCW757727
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77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

I'm not a big fan of this chain. The food is ok, but overpriced. the drinks are always weak. this is a nice location though

Thank Susan R
San Clemente
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

The location of the Avila's Restaurant is one block from the beach on the corner of Cress Street and Pacific Coast Highway. Like in any small beach town, parking can be a challenge but it is nothing out of the ordinary if you plan accordingly. The staff (host/servers/bar) are friendly, prompt, and professional. The seating inside allows for the best... More 

Thank Matt H
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Having lived in Orange County decades ago, we always try to stop at one of the El Ranchitos. We went to this one this trip and the food is the same as it was decades ago. Like everything else, the prices went up but the food and service are the same....good. If you like soup, their House Special Chicken Soup... More 

Thank Kenny S
Laguna Beach, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

The service is amazing. Rodger is a sweetheart. The food is great. I would highly recommend this place. I have dined dozens of times here, always a good experience.

Thank blewiis
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

not a full menu! very overpriced and very small portions, the sasla and avacado bowl are very good.theres no parking and very small place not much room to pick from.

Thank Yamaras c
Portland, Oregon
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Interesting menu. The grilled chicken is beautifully seasoned and not dry. My wife really enjoyed the Avacado Bowl, also with grilled chicken. The fresh salsa was very good and the tortilla chips were decent. The bar was nearby & some of the patrons there were loud and obnoxious, but not terrible. We opted to sit inside and enjoy the ocean... More 

Thank TCheney
West Palm Beach, Florida
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64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016 via mobile

I'd say the worst part of this restaurant is the service. The hostess initially told us there was a 20 minute wait for first available. 45 minutes later our names were called. The server rarely came by to ask if we needed anything. I ordered the tacos. I tried 5 different tacos. They were average I guess. Nothing special. I... More 

Thank Jim M
Chino Hills, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016 via mobile

This place is awesome it's one block up from the Capri Laguna on Cress st .and coast highway . The food is reasonably priced you get free chips and salsa and the food is Big portions. This places is the go to spot if you're staying at the Capri Laguna eat there you will not be disappointed.

Thank JAS595
Seattle, Washington
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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

I got my halibut tacos to go. I had a few specific requests (no avocado, no beans), and my order came out exactly how I wanted it. This isn't the world's most fabulous Mexican food, but it filled the bill. Generous serving, good flavor. Not inexpensive (almost $20), but Laguna Beach dining can be pricey - even for a casual... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 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
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1305 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3117
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: 949-376-7040
It's a chain restaurant and the other locations are in Trip Advisor - just not this one..

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