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“Ask Mamacita for a Marguarita.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Ranchito

El Ranchito
Ranked #27 of 67 Restaurants in Lady Lake
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Odessa, Florida
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150 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Ask Mamacita for a Marguarita.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

Every Mexican place sells Marguaritas by the pitcher but what most of them won't tell you is that they don't have a liquor license and their Marguaritas really have no Tequila--they're just wine coolers with sour juices. But El Ranchito makes the real deal! And they have a full bar.

Their food is rather average, nothing special. On my most recent visit, I had enchiladas that were tasty enough but the sauce was rather bland. I prefer a spicy hot sauce but I understand they have to cater to the masses and it's safer to make Mexican food with mild or medium heat.

The staff, including the ever-present Mamacita, are Mexican themselves for the most. They are very friendly and attentive. Prices are very reasonable. It's a nice place.

Visited December 2012
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

Service was not good at all. Had to aske several times for what ever we needed. Will not return. Food was ok but nothing outstanding.

Visited November 2012
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Florida
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50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Bland Mexican”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

If you like very mild seasoning and nothing particularly exciting, this might be worth a try. I'd suggest lunch as it's a lot less expensive. NOT real Mexican food, for sure!

Visited October 2012
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The Villages, Florida
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496 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Just OK”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

Mexican restaurants usually give you a choice of 'heat'. this one didn't and the food was kind of bland with no heat whatsoever. The guacamole and salsa was good. and the $$ was pretty cheap

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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East Lansing, MI
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73 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“We love Mamacita's food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2012

This place has authentic Mexican food, and an authentic feeling atmosphere. It is not unusual to see Mamacita herself bussing tables and running around the restaurant. On occassion there is someone going table to table playing the guitar in the evenings.

Our favorite things to order:
The fajitas
The quesadilla (chicken specifically)
Any combo with rice and beans
The taco salad

Their guacamole and salsa are both really good. They'll keep filling up the chips as long as you keep eating them. They also have a full service bar with decent beer on tap and bottled beers.

Visited May 2012
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