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Avila's El Ranchito

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$$ - $$$
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204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-5554
(949) 498-5000
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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!

Thank Elisa L
San Clemente, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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.

Thank Karen D
Irvine, California
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127 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Rexflash
San Diego, California
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106 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank TravelinMan760
San Clemente, California
Level Contributor
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.

Thank Steve J
San Clemente, California
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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.

Thank SoCountyGuy
San Juan Capistrano, California
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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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.

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 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

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
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
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?