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Avila's El Ranchito

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204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-5554
+1 949-498-5000
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food was killer! I got the shrimp enchiladas and my girlfriend got the mole enchiladas! We would be back if we lived here!!!

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Thank SaltCityFalken
Chicago
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

El Ranchito is one of my favorite restaurants in San Clemente. I love the Mexican food here. The staff is usually very friendly, and although they may sometimes be overwhelmed with the number of customers they have I don't think I have ever left dissapointed. Excellent food, drinks, and service! I can't wait until I am back again.

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Thank rjodonnell
Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016

Great chips and Salsa-Lovely bar with a happy hour too! I love the Tortilla soup and the tacos. Fresh and very homemade feeling that I like.

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Thank Satoria
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

We love this place! The food and drinks are awesome! Love the seafood dishes and the chips and dip are delicious! Great service! Highly recommend!

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Thank Elisa L
San Clemente, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Best fresh chips and salsa around town. The Mama Avila's caldos soup is delicious and always made fresh. The prices are reasonable and the service is great.

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Thank Karen D
Irvine, California
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135 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

We stopped for lunch for the second time in about 2 months. The atmosphere is more funky beach bar than Mexican Ranchito, but the food is great. The complimentary chips are as fresh as they come and warm when served. The complimentary salsa is fresh and flavorful with just the right amount of heat. We had the blackened Mahi tacos... More 

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Thank Rexflash
San Diego, California
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108 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

When a restaurant’s still going strong after 50 years, something has to be right! On a trip south on Hwy 5 my lunchtime hunger forced me to find a place to be satisfied. Since we were close to San Clemente, we exited the freeway and began our search. On the main street we saw this beautiful Mexican restaurant with its... More 

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Thank TravelinMan760
San Clemente, California
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

If you ever wondered what CalMex food is like this is the place. Located on Del Mar in the heart of downtown San Clemente a moderate walk to the beach but excellent stop off if you are just window shopping on Del Mar.

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Thank Steve J
San Clemente, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Great margaritas, varied and extensive menu. Enchiladas and chili relleno is a house speciality and is terrific. Chips & salsa fresh and spicy. Friendly and responsive servers. Really good value.

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Thank SoCountyGuy
San Juan Capistrano, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Parking on Del Mar is always a challenge, but the location is great - try to get a table next to the street-facing windows. The food is very good and the value is outstanding. Complete bar for even the fussy.

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Thank CoastalPicRick

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-5554
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-498-5000

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?