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Avila's El Ranchito

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2101 Placentia Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
+1 949-642-1142
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09:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 22:00
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New Meadows, Idaho
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114 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Walking distance from my daughter's house. Fun to walk over for a drink or lunch. Great menus with something for everyone. Recommend bartenders Antonio and Ernesto! Don't miss the handmade warm tortillas.

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Thank deggs
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Found this place for a late lunch. It was really nice family place and the food was good and it was a lot.

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Thank Pierre R
Bakersfield, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

We went here for dinner before a show for a bachelorette party. We were sat on the patio which always means slower service. It took a good 15-20 minutes to get our drink order in, but the drinks were good and well received. The chips and salsa were delicious. Prices were mid-range and the food was very tasty and not... More 

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Thank Nicole R
Newport Beach, California
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Short walk from large parking lot to festive entry, promptly greeted by friendly staff, ushered to the dining room, past a busy and absorbed cocina, seated to a spacious booth, with homemade warmed tortillas awaiting, and bountiful chips placed aside the indigenous tangy salsa; Sizzling fajitas satisfy and amaze. Always a pleasant family atmosphere at this 4-decade storied locale. Next... More 

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Orange County, California
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155 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Avila's, Costa Mesa, is our neighborhood favorite. We usually sit at the bar and order directly from Tony. He is very attentive and friendly. We usually go for Taco Tuesday when they offer specials on drinks and select appetizers. Always good.

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Thank Bunny0016
Orange County California
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128 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The Avila soup is my absolute fave. This charming, family run business has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember. It's like comfort food. The staff is incredibly friendly. They have fresh made tortillas right in front of you, and boy are they good. The bartenders always make a good cocktail. We've done birthdays and celebrations... More 

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Thank JHuante
Irvine, California
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

The restaurant tries to look like a Mexican house (I guess, I have never actually been to Mexico). Bright colors, lots of flowering plants, tile floors, stucco walls. The staff was competent - chips and salsa came right away, as did water. The salsa was very good and was the only thing that was. I ordered a tostada with chicken... More 

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Thank Dolores G
Orange, CA
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164 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Lunch today was great. Shrimp, spicy and the garlic shrimp were excellent, fish tacos, and chili rellenos, too. Guacamole was fresh and tasty. Service was impeccable.

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Thank Melissa M
New Meadows, Idaho
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114 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

After a long day we decided to walk over to El Ranchito for a drink and late evening snack. This restaurant has been here forever and I have never had anything but a great meal here. The "Bar Nachos" were exactly what I wanted and hit the spot. Outstanding service.

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Thank deggs
brenagain
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109 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

I've been coming here for 30 years. I have never had a bad experience. The food is top quality and every meal is fantastic.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2101 Placentia Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 949-642-1142

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?