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El Ranchito Taco Shop

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13654 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064-4781
+1 858-748-0270
06:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 21:00
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Poway, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Having recently moved up to Poway from Chula Vista, my wife and I were looking forward to finding a North County replacement for our South Bay favorites like Lolita's, etc. The folks we bought our home from recommended El Ranchito down the street, and I have to say they were right. Really good carnitas, great burritos, delicious frijoles, and a... More 

Thank appellateatty2016
Poway, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

They have a large and varied menu and, in my opinion, the best carnitas around. Flying Saucers, tacos, tostados, burritos are all delicious. Friendly staff

Thank Charles K
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Doing some heavy duty shopping in a strip mall in Poway, CA. Stopped for a quick and easy lunch at El Ranchito Taco Shop...best decision I made all day. The place is great for lunch, very clean from tables to floors, service was outstanding, and the food was super delicious - very authentic. I was shocked to find such a... More 

Thank 70elizabethy
Poway, California
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

My favorite taco shop in Poway. Always quality. Some place may have bigger burritos, but the quality of product is not there. This place is amazing and consistent.

Thank Scott S
San Diego, CA
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2015

I think anything you order will be good. It's not fancy Mexican food and it's always fresh. My fish taco was overcooked last time but it usually isn't.

Thank Kathy E
San Diego, CA
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203 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2015

If I could have given this Mexican place 3 1/2 stars, I would have. The menu is quite extensive. I've never seen so many different choices for burritos!!! I had a combination plate with a chicken taco, chicken enchilada (instead of cheese) and bean tostada. The serving was very large and came with lots of rice. It definitely satisfied my... More 

Thank maringfro
Poway, California, United States
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

I visited on the recommendation of the young woman who cut my hair. She said she worked there during high school and it had great food. She was right. I've had rolled tacos with guacamole and carne asada burrito, and both were excellent. They have a substantial salsa bar too.

Thank Robert F
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2015

Unreliable! I had scheduled El Ranchito's taco truck for my mother's memorial and celebration of life. Communication with Jr. was next to impossible and should have been a warning sign but my neighbor was happy with their prior catering experience. Jr. failed to deliver proof of insurance to the facility despite indicating this was not a problem and daily follow-up's... More 

Thank Jeff F
San Diego, California
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108 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

I typically avoid those hole-in-the-wall Mexican walk-in restaurants. But, several people told me El Ranchito Taco Shop was "really good." Boy, were they right! This little dine-in or carry-out restaurant is exceptionally good. You should try it the next time you're in Poway, California (just northeast of San Diego). They'll prepare any order to your specifications (green peppers don't like... More 

Thank Tom H
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145 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

I've been going to El Ranchito since the 80's, and their carnitas has remained one of my favorites anytime. I recently moved out of town, and while I have tried many of my new local restaurants, nothing beats El Ranchito. I had a chance to eat there again in April, and that only solidified my desire that they consider opening... More 

Thank Jonathan B

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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
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 13654 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064-4781
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Poway
  • Phone Number: +1 858-748-0270

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