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Avila's El Ranchito

2201 E 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92705-3801
+1 714-547-9129
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Mar 4, 2018
“Great place to eat.”
Nov 23, 2017
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM Hours
$$ - $$$
2201 E 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92705-3801
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

Had the Carne Asada and Shrimp. Shrimp was not great. Everything else was good. Service and and drinks were very good.

Thank Timruns
Reviewed November 23, 2017 via mobile

Always reliably delicious food and service with a smile, attentive, not overbearing. Flavors similar to homemade cooking.

Thank Michael J
Reviewed June 22, 2017 via mobile

Always enjoy having a meal at el ranchito. Great quality food and home made tortillas make it even better. My family recently went for father's day and enjoyed the food and environment. We have also reserved an area of the restaurant for a baptism event...More

Thank glendaa725
Reviewed May 27, 2017

Locals have loved this restaurant for decades, ever since Mama Avila started cooking her family recipes. Tucked away on First Street, you have to know it's there, but it's worth hunting for. Authentic Mexican dishes in great old decor it's perfect for lunch, dinner or...More

Thank Valerie C
Reviewed March 9, 2017

We went there for supper for the first time with friends, both the atmosphere and the food were second to none. Our server Michelle was very helpful and friendly, one of, if not the best Mexican food restaurants that I have gone too, would definitely...More

1  Thank Normie59
Reviewed October 8, 2016

It is a family owned and (I am told family run) business. Excellent food and a very fine atmosphere, reminiscent of Mexico. The service is very good and the fare is excellent. There was live music when we visited. very fine for a family outing.

1  Thank montraveller030
Reviewed August 23, 2016 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
Reviewed August 22, 2016

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...More

Thank 1975Susan
Reviewed August 15, 2016

This is a fun Mexican restaurant that offers a wide-selection of typical Mexican Food. However, their chicken soup is the best. They also offer low-calorie meal & beverage options.

Thank LSolis2013
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2201 E 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92705-3801
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Santa Ana
  • Phone Number: +1 714-547-9129
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