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El Ranchero

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24551 Texas 494 Loop #111, Houston, TX
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 10:45 am
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77 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good, fast service close to Hwy 59/I-69 and good food. It won't knock you out, but is a very good option close to the freeway. I like the Tostada Especial. I have had their margarita and it is good also. Plentiful chips and salsa, done right.

Thank Phil P
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I always enjoy going to El Ranchero. The food is delicious, the service is quick, and the staff is friendly. When the Mariachi band is there then the atmosphere is intensified. I look forward to the next time me and the gals can sit down and enjoy another one of those top shelf margaritas and fajitas.

Thank legendguest
Pittston, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2017

I sat at the bar, which I normally do when I am traveling and donning alone. Only one TV...Hum... No big deal. The place was packed! After tasting the food, I see why. I ordered a dish that was beef tips and diced chicken breasts slow cooked in tomatoes and jalapenos. There were cooked onions and red pepper strips also.... More 

Thank Bill S
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

First time to visit. Good service, great food. I had the El Ranchero, wife had the #11. We were extremely happy with the taste and quantity of the food you receive. We will definitely be back soon. Tamales are to die for. Only negative was the parking spaces are too narrow. Hope my doors aren't dinged.

Thank Richard A
Houston, Texas
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed November 21, 2016

This is an good place for a quick meal or to take a large group. The service is always very good. The food is good and consistent if not exceptional.

Thank janiceivy
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2016

I always order chicken quesadillas. They were good here as were the chips and salsa. Tasty margaritas also. We went on a Saturday and the parking lot was almost full but we didn't have to wait for a table and the service was good. The two singing guitarists added to the atmosphere; yet the noise level was not too loud... More 

Thank Tebby1
Houston, Texas
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Have been going here for years. About the best texmex food around and good prices. Not fancy at all, but can't be beat for quality. Consistency. And value. Getting hungry thinking about this plqce!

Thank hofbrau123
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226 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2016

Great chips and salsa. Enjoyed the char grilled beef special and tamales dish with gravy (quite heavy but delicious) service was very good and fast. People seem to come and go so good people watching. Decent quality and quantity and good value.

Thank vancouvermtv
Porter, TX
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147 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

A favorite for years. Always consistent good food, great service. My favorite is Fajitas el Rancheros. The queso is creamy and delicious. One of the owners is always present and welcoming.

Thank Terik
1 review
Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

I had ordered take out. Got there 30 minutes later to pick it up l and they didn't even put my order to the kitchen. When I asked to pick up my order, they looked around frantically for a couple of minutes when they found my order written down on a sheet of paper on a clipboard, under 6 other... More 

Thank Jake M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 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 - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:45 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24551 Texas 494 Loop #111, Houston, TX
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston

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