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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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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good34%
  • Average15%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible4%
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“carnitas” (9 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 days ago via mobile

So I’ve always had mixed reviews on this restaurant but keep going back... I love the building, it seems so authentic and charming. The service used to be awful but keeps getting better and now I would even consider pretty good. The food is great...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Aberry05
Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I where looking for some authentic Mexican food, up until now we had only found gringo type. We drove by this little gem and descided to stop. So glad we did. They served the very best margarita we had top drawer all...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 132Susan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have vacationed the La Quinta area for the past a few years, and El Ranchito has become one of our favorites! We decided to head out to this restaurant on the day that we arrived in the area, and were not disappointed. The food...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Dare2BGroovy
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

My husband and I came here for a last minute dinner and were very pleasantly surprised. The reviews do not reflect the great service and food that we had. I highly recommend the red sangria and Carnitas. We live here part time and will definitely...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank e4travel
Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

This is a very cute authentic looking Mexican restaurant. The service and atmosphere was amazing but the food was just so so. I would go back but maybe just for a beer and an appie.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank julesohara2017
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

Date of visit: September 2018
1  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.

Date of visit: August 2018
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

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank 382ryano
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.

Date of visit: January 2018
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

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Sandi Z
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch
Restaurant features
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, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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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