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1014 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201-4908
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The reputation its known for is as the after-bar, hunger joint. And true enough, if its late, your downtown, and slightly hungover, its an AMAZING choice for good food. I am writing solely to also tell people that it also happens to be the best Mexican food in town. I have going there for 15 years and have never once... More 

Thank Skander Y
Faustino V, Owner at El Rancho, responded to this review

Dear Skander Y, Thank you for your long time loyalty to El Rancho, and thank you for taking the time to give us a great review!!! El Rancho will always love you guys. More 

Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

It doesn't matter if it is 11:00AM or 3:00AM, El Rancho is amazing. Great for lunch, dinner, or late night... you can never go wrong. It is always a stop I have to make when I visit Columbia.

Thank Montgomery H
Faustino V, Owner at El Rancho, responded to this review

Dear Montogomery H, Thank you for stopping by El Rancho every time you are in Columbia, I know it brings you lots of priceless memories. We will always be here for you, doing our best to serve you. More 

Columbia, MO
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6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

Family run Mexican style food. Booths counter service. Good for a quick bite when downtown. Huge burritos with all of the toppings. Little rough late night as they get some bar traffic after midnight to eat but they keep it real for many years in CoMo

Thank gcraig6900
Faustino V, Owner at El Rancho, responded to this review

Dear gcraig6900 Thank you for taking your time to review our business, and we wish you the best. We know we are not perfect, but we do our best to serve you. More 

Columbia, Missouri
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10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

I really like the totally open preparation area at El Ranch; always nice to see your dish being prepared. This is not elegant dining, but all of their entrees taste great. I'm no nutritionist, but I imagine that daily meals at El Ranch would result in increased girth. Great for the occasional lunch, dinner, or late-night binge.

Thank Tim P
Goiania, GO
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

Good place to eat after nightclubs. The food is cheap and enough portions. The best plate is chicken nachos. You can enjoy the decoration by the time the you gonna wait in the huge line (if you go after 1:30am)

Thank Lorrainecris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2016 via mobile

I went to this place a lot in my college days because the food was great and acceptably priced. Now every time I come back to central Missouri I never miss a chance to stop here because it is still consistently great, the cooks still remember my wife and I, and the only this that every changes is the young... More 

Thank David C
Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Food is excellent ... midday or late night. The line hurries along. people watching is excellent. Tasty, inexpensive with friendly, fast service.

Thank Cason B
Columbia, Missouri
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Before Chipotle came to town, they had one of the largest burritos in town. I love their Chicken Fajita burrito and their Chicken Nachos. Very friendly staff.

Thank Sharon H
Columbia, Missouri
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354 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

El Rancho is a Columbia institution, serving great value lunches (such as the lunch fajitas) and catering to students with the munchies after the bars close. Casual, friendly place with welcoming grill cook (who takes your order).

Thank LMOverby
Fulton, Missouri
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81 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

The food is okay here, but it's not a place I would choose to go to regularly. Their prices on the dinner specials are good but if you're not getting the special, you're paying too much for average tasting food in my opinion. I was also super disappointed that they don't serve sweet tea! Patio space is very limited.

Thank AvaFaith

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    2 of 5 stars
Average prices
$3 - $10
Mexican, Latin
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1014 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201-4908
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: 573-875-2121

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