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El Ranchito Taco Shop

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13654 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064-4781
858-748-0270
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6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Poway, California
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

My favorite taco shop in Poway. Always quality. Some place may have bigger burritos, but the quality of product is not there. This place is amazing and consistent.

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Thank Scott S
San Diego, CA
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I think anything you order will be good. It's not fancy Mexican food and it's always fresh. My fish taco was overcooked last time but it usually isn't.

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Thank Kathy E
San Diego, CA
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193 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

If I could have given this Mexican place 3 1/2 stars, I would have. The menu is quite extensive. I've never seen so many different choices for burritos!!! I had a combination plate with a chicken taco, chicken enchilada (instead of cheese) and bean tostada. The serving was very large and came with lots of rice. It definitely satisfied my... More 

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Thank maringfro
Poway, California, United States
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I visited on the recommendation of the young woman who cut my hair. She said she worked there during high school and it had great food. She was right. I've had rolled tacos with guacamole and carne asada burrito, and both were excellent. They have a substantial salsa bar too.

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Thank Robert F
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Unreliable! I had scheduled El Ranchito's taco truck for my mother's memorial and celebration of life. Communication with Jr. was next to impossible and should have been a warning sign but my neighbor was happy with their prior catering experience. Jr. failed to deliver proof of insurance to the facility despite indicating this was not a problem and daily follow-up's... More 

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Thank Jeff F
San Diego, California
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101 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I typically avoid those hole-in-the-wall Mexican walk-in restaurants. But, several people told me El Ranchito Taco Shop was "really good." Boy, were they right! This little dine-in or carry-out restaurant is exceptionally good. You should try it the next time you're in Poway, California (just northeast of San Diego). They'll prepare any order to your specifications (green peppers don't like... More 

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Thank Tom H
Bangkok
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131 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I've been going to El Ranchito since the 80's, and their carnitas has remained one of my favorites anytime. I recently moved out of town, and while I have tried many of my new local restaurants, nothing beats El Ranchito. I had a chance to eat there again in April, and that only solidified my desire that they consider opening... More 

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Thank Jonathan B
Poway, California
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

There are 2 El Ranchito Taco Shops in Poway and both serve delicious Mexican food. The menu is large and varied and always crowded with happy customers.

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Thank JohnandLyndaI
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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526 reviews
404 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

I was hoping it would have been better but it was just ok. I ordered fish tacos and nachos and they were ok, not great flavor or creative. I doubt I will go back

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Thank adam-kelley
San Diego, California
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The Soft Tacos at ANY of the El Ranchito's are awesome. They are really more like street tacos, just the right size and price. The carne asada's are good, but for a real treat get the carnitas. Writing this is making me hungry.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mexican, Fast Food
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 13654 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064-4781
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Poway
  • Phone Number: 858-748-0270

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