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Mexican, Southwestern
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Reviewed June 24, 2022

I have eaten here 2-3 times when visiting my father. Food is good and the service is great. In fact, I would say the service is better than 80% of the local restaurants. Definitely a good place to stop for a bite or a drink...or two.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed October 31, 2021 via mobile

Food was ok service was bad. I got one glass of tea for the entire meal, didn’t even finish it. Waitress walked by several times and never acknowledged the empty glass on the edge of the table. No it wasn’t like they were swamped with...customers and several other employees passed by as well. My second bad experience here with service. No tip and no positive review.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed May 4, 2021

Everything looks like it was cooked from mass-market frozen packaged products and/or came out of cans. Rice and refried beans tasted OK. The meat in the enchilda was some kind of salty weird stuff -- supposed to be beef, but I don't even know what...it was. Worst is teenage son threw up his chili relleno six hours later.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 16, 2021 via mobile

Good food, service, selection and prices. Highly recommend!! What else can I say? Had enchiladas and a Modelo

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed March 3, 2021 via mobile

Good food and good service. Never disappointed, and always plenty left over to take home with you for another meal.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed February 2, 2021

The food was bland, tasteless, no flavor, no spice nothing about this food was good. We won’t buy anything from this Restaront, and we won’t go there in person.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed October 26, 2020 via mobile

Great little place outside of Main Street. Had a little trouble finding it. The address is actually 76 Not 176. So the trip advisor map took us a little out of the way. Food was fresh and tasty. Outside seating was fabulous for social distancing.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed July 9, 2020

Some friends of our son recommended this hidden gem! We had seen a couple of other Mexican restaurants on the main drag downtown and probably wouldn't have known about this one if they hadn't recommended it. It's still downtown but just a street or two...over so maybe we wouldn't have seen it. Their food was very good and their margaritas were great. They came in small, medium, and large. Yummo. Their queso was outstanding too.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed December 26, 2019 via mobile

Standard fare Americanized Mexican dinner. Would’ve liked a little more spice to the salsa but overall was good. We were given a bowl of hotter sauce when requested. Very reasonable prices.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 6, 2019 via mobile

No complaints here. Clean atmosphere. Pretty good Mexican food. Salsa chorizo dip and chips were also very good.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 15, 2019 via mobile

Ate lunch Thursday 11/14/19 at 1:15. Two other tables occupied. Staff standing around bar hollered "sit anywhere." Floor was sloped to the point uncomfortable. Menu was typical quick Mexican menu that is overwhelming with combination choices. Picked a salad and taquitos. Both were delivered with...the tortillas seriously over cooked, very dark around the edges. We asked another server if they appeared overcooked and he agreed. Then there was a conference between all the staff before the original server returned to take them back. Then the food was good, but we never saw server #1 again. Guy at register was unconcerned when I raised the issue of odd service. Then I asked why the menu listed 4 taquitos and I got three. He handed me $1.25 and said there was "confusion" about my order. Weirdest and worst customer service ever.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 13, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I had an evening meal there tonight; I can’t call it dinner; it was disgusting. We arrived to no welcome at eight pm and seated ourselves. My husband ordered taco salad and I had chicken soup; these are our standard orders in...Mexican restaurants. My husband’s salad arrived long before my soup, which was nothing but chicken broth and some immediately defrosted chunks of chicken that were totally tasteless. My husband’s taco salad with beef was bland. Service was lacking. Our waitress visited with another booth and finally my husband had to walk down to her and ask for the check. We left no tip because the service was as unacceptable as the food. Our swan song at this restaurant!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 8, 2019

Each time we have eaten there the quality and quantity has been great. Excellent service, friendly servers.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 18, 2019

We ate here on Friday, June 14th. We arrived early evening, right around 5pm. We were seated immediately and lots of chips and salsa were brought out to our table of six people. I really loved the chips. Hot and fresh! The salsa was made...from scratch and tasty. I ordered combo #4 which was 2 tacos, an enchilada, and one other thing. I cleared my plate rather quickly. Everyone else seemed to enjoy their meals as well. I would definitely stop in again if I was in the area. There was a musician who started to sing and play a guitar, but we were done after two or three songs so didn't hear much of him, but it was nice. It was variety type music, Jimmy Buffet, etc.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed February 22, 2019 via mobile

Food was below average. Wait staff friendly. I’m not sure if the host has no personality or is just rude. Probably both. She is consistent third time I’ve been in there and she is rude to everyone. Won’t be back.

Date of visit: February 2019
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El Ranchero is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4