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Avila's El Ranchito

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2201 E First St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 547-9129
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Los Angeles, California
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58 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I had lunch at this quaint Mexican restaurant. I ordered their Avila's soup which is made with chicken soup and vegetables. Very delicious!! Their chicken tacos were good, too. Nice place to have lunch or dinner with friends or family or special someone.

Thank stregine
Tustin, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have been going to El Ranchito for over 25 years. Their food is great and their staff is very warm and welcoming, especially Kathy. Kathy has a loyal following of customers as she is probably the best waitress my husband and I have ever had the pleasure of dining with. Everything on the menu is great, we have tried... More 

Thank 1975Susan
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

A little expensive, but very tasty carne asada tacos with fresh made tortillas. The chips and salsa are one of he best around. It is in an old pueblo so it feels very authentic. Excellent service and definitely family friendly.

Thank Melinda P
Santa Ana, California
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270 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

One of my favorites and we also hold meetings here for my Alumni Association. Very Accomadating and the food is excellent!

Thank Tina B
Garden Grove
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

The service is great and they make tortillas fresh everyday the food is great and a great selection to chose from

Thank Olivia D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

The Chile relleno was amazing. Super fresh and fluffy... Obviously fresh and not canned. If you like carnitas make sure to try them here, they are tender and moist but still have that crispy outside char and you can taste a hint of lime in them and nobody makes better guacamole. The staff is so friendly you leave feeling like... More 

Thank Judy A
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134 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

Came here with coworkers for lunch, had their specialty soup...delicious couldn't finish it, came with tortillas, fast service and delicious food, would go again

Thank Ann G
Santa Ana, California
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

I like this restaurant because the staff treat you like family. I don't think the food is amazing. It's not bad it's just not particularly inspired and, in my opinion, not especially tasty. However, the staff are so great don't mind a visit once in a while.

Thank JoyMcN
Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016 via mobile

Service makes a huge difference when you pay $12 for a couple of tacos. Avila's offers a great dinning experience that goes well with the quality food coming out of the kitchen. The best part of coming here is the exceptional service provided by Kathy. We will wait just to be seated in her section. If you are a regular... More 

Thank Jose A
Long Beach, California
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209 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

Good food for carnivores and vegetarians. I ordered the Chile rellano burrito. It was HUGE and yummy. It is happy hour here from 4 to 8pm. Well drinks are $4.75 there are $4 plates. The bartender is friendly and efficient. I will be back.

Thank Sailing_Sweetie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
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
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2201 E First St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Santa Ana
  • Phone Number: (714) 547-9129

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