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Avila's El Ranchito

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204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-5554
(949) 498-5000
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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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San Juan Capistrano, California
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

Thank CoastalPicRick
San Diego, California
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40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We vacation in San Clemente every year. I prefer Mexican restaurants. This place is celebrating its 50th anniversary. I know why. The prices seem a bit high, but believe me, the portions are worth it. And the quality. You may have to wait for a table, but it's worth it. Outside is best, if you can get it. We've been... More 

Thank Bill D
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like Avila's for a good Mexican food fix. The food is good and the portions are large. The salsa is not my favorite but if you get a 1/2 order of guacamole and mix them it turns out great. It's a good place to go for lunch or dinner. Casual attire.

Thank Robert M
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great location is the only positive thing I can really say about this restaurant. Mediocre food that doesn't have the love behind it like when you go to a real Mexican restaurant. . Fast food , that isn't cooked like it should be put on a plate that you pay way too much for !! If want to pay more... More 

Thank merlesgirl2
San Diego, California
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our second trip in one month, first for lunch and then for dinner. Fresh crispy tortilla chips, quick service, and attentive wait staff awaited us. Recommend for the health conscious folks...the delicious Skinny Mahi Tacos!

Thank CAPoppy28
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of people love this place. I just don't get it. I think their food is just so so, but they do make a good margarita. If you want some better and, by the way, more interesting Mexican food, head up the street to South of Nicks on the corner of Del Mar and El Camino Real, just past the... More 

Thank Karen M
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132 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We love the feel of this place, windows open, friendly bartenders and gusts t the bar. Drinks were good. Ceviche was just average. Seemed large batch produced, not a lot of flavor.

Thank ScarlettHippie
San Clemente, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ordered fajitas...they gave me 3 tortillas. When I requested more I was told it would cost a dollar more....really? Last time t went. Service was slow, also. Food was just adequate.

Thank Robin S
San Clemente, California
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place is just your average joe Mexican food. The chips are too thick and almost seem like they are from a bag. The salsa seems like it is from a jar.

Thank carlandkati
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 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

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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
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, 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 92672-5554
  • 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?