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El Ranchero

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Mexican, , Latin
4617 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203-1520
+1 703-524-1010
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  • Excellent16%
  • Very good31%
  • Average29%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible16%
8 Nov 2017
“Muy Bueno ”
22 Jun 2017
“Sad...this WAS one of my favorite neighborhood places”
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
4617 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203-1520
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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

El Ranchero is a bit hard to notice as it sits off to the side of Wilson Blvd just west of Ballston, in a mostly residential area. Parking is limited but the atmosphere is friendly and the Tex-Mex style fare is tasty and moderately priced....More

Thank DrChipB
Reviewed 22 June 2017

I've been going to El Ranchero for years. While the service was uneven at times, the great food, relaxed atmosphere, and outdoor patio made it one of my favorite spots in the neighborhood. We went last night and found that something has changed dramatically. It...More

Thank Scott B
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Our team stopped by the El Ranchero for lunch today and I was pleasantly surprised. There was mixed reviews for this place, but today's lunches we excellent and fresh. We were a party of five and they were able to get our orders within 5...More

Thank Frank K
Reviewed 11 April 2017

There aren't a lot of great restaurants in this area. The food at El Ranchero is average, but decent Mexican food. They have a great patio if it's nice out.

Thank TravelingGuy4400
Reviewed 8 September 2016

There are several decent Tex-Mex or Latino restaurants in the Arlington area, and we've visited most of them. Having grown up in California and lived in Central America, I'm always interested in small family style places where the owners and staff are hospitable and the...More

Thank DrChipB
Reviewed 3 September 2016

This was hands down the worst Mexican food I have ever eaten. The chips and salsa weren't even palatable. I don't even know how that is possible. The margaritas are straight out of a bottle, I couldn't even move my seat back it was so...More

Thank zoeandcooper
Reviewed 29 January 2016 via mobile

Stopped in once, but never wanted to go back due to seriously uninspiring, overpriced food. Owners are bad neighbors and do not care about their basic civic responsibilities.

2  Thank Ipu-wer
Reviewed 25 January 2016

Years ago, El Ranchero was a gem in Arlington. Originally turned on to the restaurant by a group of Texans who said it was the most authentic in Northern Virginia. Unfortunately, that was years ago. On a recent visit, couldn't have been more disappointed. Tasted...More

2  Thank MichaelVirginia2015
Reviewed 21 December 2015

We have been here in the past and enjoyed the food and service. Our most recent visit was really disappointing. The free chips were stale. I ordered the chicken chimichanga and got two, I guess chimichanga's, that were smaller than a typical size egg roll...More

1  Thank Ben T
Reviewed 30 November 2015 via mobile

This restaurant sets just outside of the area of town with limited parking. Although small, they do offer a parking lot. The restaurant is small with a small bar in the entrance area. A few beers are offered on tap with a few more in...More

Thank Melody86
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 20
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4617 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203-1520
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-524-1010
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