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“Great Meal!”

Avila's El Ranchito
Ranked #54 of 563 Restaurants in Costa Mesa
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 20 April 2016

How did we not know about this place? We lived in Orange Co for a number of years and never knew about it. Visited last weekend and some family took us here. The food was amazing. Loved the enchilada sauce and my husband is a huge mole lover and thought theirs was great. Chips and salsa were fresh and we loved that they bring you fresh corn tortillas with butter with the chips and salsa. We ordered guacamole and it was very tasty. I liked that you can order mixed grilled veggies instead of beans and rice. They were very tasty. Staff was friendly and the manager came by and talked to us. We learned the it is a family business and they have 8 locations and each of the Avila's kids owns/manages one restaurant. Food was yummy. We will be back next time we are in town. Thanks for a great meal!

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Reviewed 22 March 2016

Great food, atmosphere and service. Their chicken soup is outstanding and a meal in itself. Don't miss it.

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Reviewed 12 February 2016

Avila's Costa Mesa is the go-to place for good Mexican food. There is a nice variety and everything is delicious! They now offer an option of grilled vegetables if you don't want beans and rice. The staff is very friendly. It is always very busy with customers coming and going. On the noisy side, so a great place to eat with family or friends, not for a romantic interlude. You must try the Avila Soup (chicken and rice soup). On weekends they serve an wonderful mole. Full bar.

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Thank Amanda V
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Reviewed 3 January 2016

This restaurant is located in an industrial area. You might pass it if you are not attentive. As such, it is a hidden gem of a Mexican eatery. Lots of booths, free chips and salsa, good drink selection, but most of all the selection of Mexican dishes is extensive. The price is really reasonable and the service quite attentive. We will return here. The portions are generous and food is fresh.

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Thank chumbud
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Reviewed 3 December 2015

A popular place and busy at lunchtime. Nothing out of the ordinary as far as menu, decor or service. No real complaints, but I would suggest paying for your meal with cash, as 3 charges of $40 to a Guatemalan pre-paid telephone card were made on my credit card just after I left the restaurant.

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Thank Tony L
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