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Avila's El Ranchito

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204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 498-5000
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All 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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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not a real huge Mexican food fan so keep that in mind when reading this review. This is more of a traditional Mexican restaurant. The chips were good but the salsa wasn't my favorite, it was just ok. I got the Chimi-Changa with shredded beef. I would prefer just regular beef but they didn't have it on the menu... More 

Thank Marvin S
San Leandro CA
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126 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here with a group of 16....crazy, but we were really treated well, the food was very good traditional fare, the pitchers of Margaritas kept the atmosphere light, and the staff did an amazing job keeping up with everyone's demands.

Thank byoung3rd
San Clemente, California
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good food and flavors. The service is good and they have inside or outside seating. Great place to people watch since the location is on the main business street -Pico. Parking is on the street or municipal lots. Great for families as well as friends meeting for lunch or dinner.

Thank Lee192672
Seville, Spain
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142 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love chile rellenos and it is rarely that you get a fresh poblano chile that is perfectly cooked. I thought I would give it a try. My husband and I ordered the chilie relleno and a cheese enchilada. The enchilada was delicious, but the chilie relleno was just okay. the chilly was fresh, roasted and well-prepared, but the cheese... More 

Thank Kay W
Surprise, Arizona
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190 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Wife and I enjoyed a lunch siting next to the open windows along the street. Good was good, service excellent, facilities clean nice downtown location.

Thank Fred K
San Clemente, California
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81 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Looking for a classic mexican combo plate like you remember from your youth? This might be your place. The family atmosphere combined with good drinks make this a no-brainer when visiting downtown SC. Come early and enjoy a happy hour cocktail while they make your food.

Thank RealRoadWarrior
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581 reviews
349 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Our first time was amazing, we had a chili relleno to die for and a beef machaca this was an amazing experience and we will return.

Thank yogiacomo
San Clemente, California
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Foid is good, authentic and great family restaurant. Staff is friendly. A real hit spot for locals and visitors Great margaritas and chips and salsa

Thank 3vickih
Laguna Niguel, California
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

The location is nice enough on Delmar street. the service was okay not great. the staff is friendly. the food was warm when we got it. The food did not have much flavor and seemed kinda salty. Better off getting a beer than a magarita,seemed like more mix than anything else.

Thank cpierobello
Hull, Massachusetts
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Expert staff and great food. Generous portions and very tasty. Nice atmosphere . Clean and airy. Defiantly would return.

Thank TamiPetro

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: (949) 498-5000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?