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“Average Food Bring a Jacket. Drafty in the Winter!”

Avila's El Ranchito
Ranked #2 of 275 Restaurants in Lake Forest
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Reviewed January 9, 2013

The best item on the menu is the Chicken Soup. Kind of pricey compared to other Mexican restaurant's in the area.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

This is good Mexican food - their specials are always very good. They have numerous decorations and things to look at. It was one place we could go out when my son was a baby because all the things on the walls would keep him entertained.

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Avila's stuff is homemade, and some other locations may be better - but this is in our neighborhood so we end up eating there about once a month ... but usually on Sundays so our kids can eat free (always a good thing). The service is always spotty ... usually not so great. The food is tasty and, as I stated, homemade. Their chips and salsa (bottomless, of course) are very tasty. Margs are also very good.
This restaurant is very interesting architecturally ... half of it is an extended patio. Most of the tables are crammed next to each other, so don't go there to have an intimate conversation.
For good Mexican food, at a relaxed pace (aka, slow service), this is your go-to place.

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Reviewed August 9, 2012 via mobile

Very noisy atmosphere and sub par food. For me the highlight was the plastic elephant on my drink. I won't be going back.

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Thank meeser
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Great margaritas and you have to try the Nachos Especial, it's not the nachos you got used to - but so much better! And inexpensive! Our favorite location is San Clemente though, but Lake Forest is a very unique experience. Try it!

Thank Sandra S
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