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“Food is very good/service is not very good”
Review of El Ranchito

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El Ranchito
Cuisines: Mexican
Restaurant details
Sioux City, Iowa
Level 6 Contributor
366 reviews
265 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Food is very good/service is not very good”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

I am torn as I write this review. El Ranchito is one of my favorite places to eat because of the food. My friends, family and I go back each time because of the food and because we hope the service will be okay.
El Ranchito is authentic Mexican so one should not expect it to be like Taco Johns or Taco Bell. . . thankfully. The staff members are all Hispanic and in many cases, the clientele is Hispanic as well.
Often, it is a 10+ minute wait to get someone to come to the table with menus. They will bring one small complimentary basket of chips and one dish of salsa but if you order more, you will be charged.
There is a bar connected to the restaurant and if you can get your waitress to stop by to take your order, the beer is usually pretty cold.
Expect authentic food here. The food is delicious and the portion sizes are large.
If you like guacamole, you should try it here.
With regards to service, the quality decreases if the group size is large. The servers tend to ask just one person if they need a beverage refill and then take off to get it without asking others if they need something. I have notes servers to be a bit cranky as well. Somehow, the food makes up for that.
El Ranchito is a popular place for Hispanic families to hold their daughters' 15th birthday parties. If you have never seen one of these events, a quinceanera, consider it a treat if one is taking place while you are here. Connected to the restaurant is a huge ballroom/party room. The quinceaneras are held there and everyone in attendance is dressed up in their finest. If you are dining in the restaurant, it can get a bit loud. If you are lucky, you might get invited to join the celebration. We have several times.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank IowaLakeGirl78
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Topeka, Kansas
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2012

After reading these good reivews we were looking forward to dinner. The service was NOT great--indeed it was cold and unfriendly. Others (locals and regulars I supose) were waited on and served much more quickly than we were. The food was too spicy for me.

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank KansasCousin
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Winnebago, Ne
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best in South Sioux City”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

This is our family favorite. We've tried just about every Mexican place in South Sioux City and this is by far the best. We have tried almost everything on the menu and have never been disappointed. We try and make it a weekly event.

  • Visited July 2012
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3 Thank Crystal R
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“True mexican food”
Reviewed September 27, 2011

dont miss this one it is authentic with the best chips and salsa ever. Service is great and atmosphere is great.

  • Visited September 2011
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2 Thank rollie l
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