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El Ranchito Restaurant

78039 Calle Estado, La Quinta, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92253-2930
+1 760-564-0061
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible4%
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“carnitas” (8 reviews)
“guacamole” (7 reviews)
“beans” (4 reviews)
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Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly
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78039 Calle Estado, La Quinta, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92253-2930
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Reviewed 4 September 2018

A great example of California Mexican food. We were looking for an early lunch and El Ranchito filled the bill. With many options to choose from. Tasty food at a reasonable price too. I had the chilaquiles which had great flavor. Worth stopping by

Thank david g
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Service was horrible and the food was actually worse. This is the worst Mexican restaurant I have ever been to. Do not waste your or money.

Thank Steve V
Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

We were looking for a place to take the edge off of our hunger, El Ranchito did the trick! We were seated quickly and greeted by the owner and a waitress. They were both very nice. We ordered a chicken quesadilla and carnitas. The carnitas...More

Thank Ryan O
Reviewed 28 March 2018

This is a friendly place. We enjoyed our dishes and margaras. Service was speedy and cheerful. And the price was very reasonable. The patio would be great for good weather.

Thank Arthur H
Reviewed 19 March 2018

While strolling around old town we stopped in here for lunch on the patio. What a great way to end the day. Service was excellent and the plates are huge. So come hungry. There is a good selection of combinations to choose from. If you...More

Thank Sandi Z
Reviewed 7 March 2018

Went with another couple as we have always had goog food and service in the past. Other couple said their food was fine but our food certainly was not. We both had Camarone(shrimps) one as a Fajita dish and mine with garlic and butter. The...More

Thank overlookBc
Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

Found this charming little place while entertaining some guest. Tasty food and a great ambience. It was chilly so we sat inside but can’t wait to come back an enjoy that beautiful little patio for drinks and snacks.

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 20 February 2018

We ordered two combinations between the two of us. Food was ample and hot. I was very happy with the cheese tamales, cheese rellenos and beans. The rellenos seemed more authentic - not drowning in batter and cheese, so you could see and taste the...More

Thank TorontoSandee
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Pleasure? Yes, I was a bit surprised when that word appeared in my head as I was contemplating the title of this review. My husband and I have been to El Ranchito twice in the few years that we have spent part of the winter...More

1  Thank Dare2BGroovy
Reviewed 31 January 2018

Great Mexican food. Portions are huge and very delicious. Guacamole and salsa were fabulous too along with the margaritas

Thank Gretchen M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 78039 Calle Estado, La Quinta, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92253-2930
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Greater Palm Springs  >  La Quinta
  • Phone Number: +1 760-564-0061
  • E-mail
Welcome to El Ranchito Restaurant. We have been serving Authentic Mexican Food in the Coachella Valley for more than 25 years. Located in Old Town La Quinta, we offer a variety of fresh Mexican cuisine and a full bar. We are a family owned and operated restaurant that serves fresh, traditional Mexican Food. Our food is made to order using only the freshest ingredients. The menu is full of classic Mexican dishes made from scratch using family recipes handed down through the generations.
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