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“Way better than the Rooftop across the street !”

Avila’s El Ranchito
Ranked #37 of 182 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: It's a chain restaurant and the other locations are in Trip Advisor - just not this one..
Reviewed May 20, 2013

Coming here after leaving the Rooftop was a tremendous turnaround with service and food. The service here far exceeds what we went through by 10x and the food amazed us with the portions and taste. After ordering drinks and food, we were amazed at our bill being half the price we paid across the street at the Rooftop. So much more relaxing here with TV screens at the bar and outside seatings with propane heating torches everywhere, WE were so pleased that we came back the next night. Best steak tacos I've ever had !

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Thank DRDU
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

...of okay food, reasonably priced. The patio was well-heated with propane torches, so at least we were warm and our food stayed hot on a cool evening.

Thank SAREsq7
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Glad we kept looking until we found this place! Excellent food and great beverages. You have to try the Cucumber cosmo!

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Thank Lisa0525
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

The restaurant was nice but we chose to sit outside and that was a great decision. The drinks were good, the service was excellent and the food was delicious. Our waiter even made a few suggestions based on our hunger meters and they proved to be spot on.
The bonus was, the hotel was right across the street from the hotel where we were staying, so we didn't even have to find a parking place!

1  Thank Robert S
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

I eventually figured out that this is a small restaurant chain in southern California, but that wouldn't stop me from going back again and again to this intimate and fun Laguna Beach restaurant. My wife & I had a delightful dinner with a very attentive waiter who made the experience all the more enjoyable for us. But for me, the real judge of a mexican restaurant's character lies in it's salsa, and their fresh salsa (although a little less chunky than mine) is still very very good, and the waiter wasn't shy about bringing me bowl after bowl. Also, the guacamole was as fresh & delicious as any we've ever had, & we eat a lot of it. Overall; great food at reasonable prices, a nice outdoor patio (or you can eat indoors too, if you prefer), in a fun and friendly atmosphere!

Thank The-Salsa-Meister
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