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Avila’s El Ranchito

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1305 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3117
+1 949-376-7040
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10:00 - 21:00
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cozy outdoor patio with heaters and right in the hub of Laguna beach- casual restaurant with good food and great margaritas!

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Thank Diana W
Naperville, Illinois
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We walked in to this place with no expectations and the food was outstanding. Ahi Bowl was great and my wife had mahi-mahi tacos. It was happy hour on top of it and both meals were half price. Lot's of food and great service.

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Thank keanoreno
Vilnius, Lithuania
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We had lunch there during happy hour. The waiter was amazing: gave advice about the menu, jokes and good mood included. Loved the food! Good coctails, delicious food, great atmosphere. The prices are adequate. Full of customers

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Thank Egle D
Salt Lake City, Utah
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163 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped by one weekend evening. This place has been here for 50 years. Can't survive that long with a bad model. The food and service are good. The ambiance is not bad, especially the outdoor seating. Pricing is fair. We liked the experience and would return.

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Thank hayes_jd
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We arrived in Laguna Beach very late so only wanted to grab something quick for dinner. We once entered the restaurant we couldn't decide. Everything sounded delicious. The waiter recommended a variety of different dishes and we loved it. Real Mexican at an absolutely reasonable price.

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Thank WaLuOnTheRoad
Kentucky
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

The food was excellent! The fajitas were delicious but the guacamole was by the far the best - nice outdoor seating for people watching. Loved it

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Thank sjpKentucky
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Next to la cada del Camino hotel with the beach in the back Food was great Fast & not too expensive Good ambience Walk around after you eat Lots of shops around and gallery art studios

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Los Angeles, California
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109 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

This Mexican eatery has been in business at this location for 50 years. The food was excellent. The service was good. The prices were reasonable. It has an ocean view. That's all the good news. The bad news is that it looks like the restaurant has not gotten a coat of paint in 50 years. It is dark and gloomy.... More 

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Bristol
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85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We were staying nearby, and walked past this place almost by accident and fancied a bite to eat and a Margarita. Overall, we had a nice lazy afternoon lunch away from the crowds of Down Town Laguna Beach. Plenty ofmseating, nice breeze through the windows. Food was generally nicely done. First cocktail was good, second felt a little pre-made in... More 

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Thank The_Hatwoods
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

This is the second time we've eaten here and will probably be the last. Chips were cooked in what appeared to be stale oil. Salsa was 80% onions 20% tomato sauce. Waited over 30 minutes for simple meal. When it came, enchilada was minimally average, beef taco ok and toastada salad good although the presentation was greens on flat tortilla.

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Thank SCW757727

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1305 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3117
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-376-7040
Description
It's a chain restaurant and the other locations are in Trip Advisor - just not this one..

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?