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El Rancho Authentic Mexican Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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1241 W Main St, Gaylord, MI 49735-7407
+1 989-732-0307
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Fort Gratiot
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is real authentic mexican. Not some frozen stuff brought in on a restaurant supply truck. Staff is very friendly. We had fajitas and chili poblanios, both were done perfect. Also good drink selection and several tapps. The restaurant is very well decorated and clean. Price was fair we will be returning for more.

Thank Craig B
Beverly Hills, Michigan
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187 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

The food is quick and the menu is large. Almost too large. The staff's English is lacking. I'm not sure if that comes across as unfriendly. The food came out fast and good. The interior is showing its age. The seats are all ripped and taped.

Thank Clark W
Cheboygan, Michigan
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

You get chips and salsa right away. When you order, you get what you ordered, such as a taco and tamale well that's what you get I though some beans or rice might be along with it, but not. The taco salad for about $10.00 was pretty small and had to ask for salsa to go with it. Other Mexican... More 

Thank Bill S
Port Huron, Michigan
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124 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

I am a huge Mexican food fan and have what I consider high expectations when it comes to Mexican food. This place was fantastic. The food was great, bathrooms very clean as was the rest of the place, service was good and quick.

Thank Rick P
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

Awesome shrimp anything.......they do shrimp right! Superior tamales......fantastic margaritas.......and bottomless chips and salsa!

Thank bdutcher
Waterford, Michigan, United States
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158 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Mexican lunch for you birthday? Why not!!! We were joined by another couple and enjoyed a selection from the luncheon menu at El Rancho. The service was great and the food also great and reasonably priced. We enjoyed our dining experience today and will certainly return.

Thank Chuck C
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

I have been here a few times. The food and service are good. They have specials on Sunday which I appreciate. It's usually pretty quiet during the day, we haven't been here at night.

Thank J K
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78 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

After visiting the southwest, I know what to expect when it comes to Mexican food. This does NOT fit the bill. I had the enchilada rancho, no flavor. It was served in a foil packet that when I opened it, everything fell out. I will not be returning.

Thank Plb1959
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

TacoBell would have been far better. Bad food, bad service ( our bad for not leaving with them vacuuming at 8:15) really almost inedible food

Thank Lisakmerritt
Sterling Heights, Michigan
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160 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Good food - huge variety to select from. The pitcher o frozen drinks were great good food and drinks :)

Thank Love2Travel100

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1241 W Main St, Gaylord, MI 49735-7407
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Otsego County  >  Gaylord
  • Phone Number: +1 989-732-0307
opened a few months ago

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