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La Cocina DE Ricardo

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23532 El Toro Rd, Ste 11, Lake Forest, CA 92630-4703
+1 949-586-1477
10:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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Yuma, Arizona
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82 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have eaten at this restaurant for many years. The owner Mario is always friendly and staff provide great service. I especially like the beef combo Brurrito served wet. It is located on El Toro Road at Raymond Street a few blocks east of I-5 in Lake Forest (Shopping center on right side of street.)

Thank DRO O
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82 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Grandkids liked the rice and beans. We also ordered some enchiladas and chili relenos. They kept bringing us warm chips and salsa, which was great. The service was fast and food was ok.

Thank Conniemama
Lake Forest, California
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53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

This is a family restaurant and they specialize in a few dishes I enjoy. My favorite is the Chile Verde dinner plate with rice and beans. The pork is tender and moist the fat removed and the spices are very mild which I enjoy. They have very good Chile Reallano, and enchiladas and tacos the basics. their refried bean vary... More 

Thank Whimsicalartist
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709 reviews
433 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

This was my first visit to this restaurant, but a regular at his other one in San Juan Capo. It was very nice, great service, and incredibly clean. My meal this just two crispy carnitas was just amazing. So much flavor in the meat.

Thank yogiacomo
San Diego, California
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

If you want authentic ... this is the place. I honestly do not know what more to say on this. I have friends or mine that have taken their clients (from Mexico) to this restaurant and they have all said "you can bring me back here anytime". I think that speaks volumes in and of itself.

Thank bobN6078XO
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75 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

Great POTATO taco's enjoyed by my wife and myself on several Tuesdays! Nice pork or beef taco's also. CRISPY taco only is GREAT!. Add a plate of beans and rice and two beers-LESS than $20!!!!

Thank Keith G
Lake Forest, California
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162 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

Seven family members met here March 6th to celebrate a birthday. The restaurant had at least 5 other parties of our size or more. Mario was our waiter. Kind, friendly and very helpful with the menu. Taco Salad was $10.95. Burrito, De Asada De Pollo was 8.95 and wet added 2.50. Chicken Fajitas were 16.95. Breakfast Burrito was 7.95. Huevos... More 

Thank BRubin510
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

My wife and I have been coming here for years. We've introduced many friends and they also keep coming back. My favorite is the carne asada tortas and my wife's favorite is the chili verde. The salsa and chips are homemade and outstanding. Don't miss the great margaritas!

Thank Charlie M
Mission Viejo, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

my wife and i have been visiting Ricardo's since the early 90's and it never disappoints ..excellent service and food. we have been there for breakfast,lunch and dinner and have always had a great meal.

Thank dadeio
Mission Viejo, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015

We moved to Mission Viejo from Laguna Niguel nearly a year ago and have been looking for our new favorite Mexican place ever since. (For at least 20 years we'd,been driving 10 minutes away to San Clemente.) From growing up near Santa Ana's many family owned authentic places, I judge every mexican restaraunt on three things: please - nothing fancy.... More 

Thank reelcurlz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23532 El Toro Rd, Ste 11, Lake Forest, CA 92630-4703
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 949-586-1477

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