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Avila's El Ranchito

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204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-5554
+1 949-498-5000
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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San Clemente, California
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When this was in Laguna Hills, the food was great. It's now just ordinary and pricey. Every time we go, we get disappointed. Watery sauces and average meats.

Thank Lolasuejen
Raleigh, North Carolina
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

This restaurant has delicious chips, salsa and chicken mole enchiladas. I didn't even pay attention to what the rest of my family ate since they devoured their food while I kept thinking why can't mole sauce taste this good on the East Coast. When in San Clemente, this is a must eat at restaurant.

Thank Icarl
Pierceton, In
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We went for lunch and were very satisfied. The waiters were very attentive and prompt. Between the two of us we had a tamale, enchilada, and chicken chimichanga. All were very delicious and filling. My hubby said it was the best tamale and enchilada he'd ever had. The chips and salsa were awesome. The salsa was just the right spices... More 

Thank rynker55
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

The food was killer! I got the shrimp enchiladas and my girlfriend got the mole enchiladas! We would be back if we lived here!!!

Thank SaltCityFalken
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

El Ranchito is one of my favorite restaurants in San Clemente. I love the Mexican food here. The staff is usually very friendly, and although they may sometimes be overwhelmed with the number of customers they have I don't think I have ever left dissapointed. Excellent food, drinks, and service! I can't wait until I am back again.

Thank rjodonnell
Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

Great chips and Salsa-Lovely bar with a happy hour too! I love the Tortilla soup and the tacos. Fresh and very homemade feeling that I like.

Thank Satoria
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 October 2016

We love this place! The food and drinks are awesome! Love the seafood dishes and the chips and dip are delicious! Great service! Highly recommend!

Thank Elisa L
San Clemente, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Best fresh chips and salsa around town. The Mama Avila's caldos soup is delicious and always made fresh. The prices are reasonable and the service is great.

Thank Karen D
Irvine, California
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135 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

We stopped for lunch for the second time in about 2 months. The atmosphere is more funky beach bar than Mexican Ranchito, but the food is great. The complimentary chips are as fresh as they come and warm when served. The complimentary salsa is fresh and flavorful with just the right amount of heat. We had the blackened Mahi tacos... More 

Thank Rexflash
San Diego, California
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108 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

When a restaurant’s still going strong after 50 years, something has to be right! On a trip south on Hwy 5 my lunchtime hunger forced me to find a place to be satisfied. Since we were close to San Clemente, we exited the freeway and began our search. On the main street we saw this beautiful Mexican restaurant with its... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-5554
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-498-5000

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