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Avila's El Ranchito

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24406 Muirlands Blvd, Lake Forest, CA 92630-3920
+1 949-855-4989
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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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Orange County, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband asked a friend of his who lives in Mexico and commutes here to work, "where can we find the most authentic Mexican food around SoCal?" His friend recommended El Ranchito. It's okay; there are plenty of authentic dishes on the menu. But the flavors are just okay. I've been disappointed more than once because the food was too... More 

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Irvine, California
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79 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This review is for the location on Portola in Foothill Ranch which Trip Advisor does not have listed as a location. My wife and I like to use the weekends to seek out new places to have lunch, and seeing this restaurant get a recent award, we decided we needed to try the location closest to the house. The restaurant... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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260 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Taco Tuesday is a busy night. Get there by 5:15 to get a seat without a wait. Enjoy your tacos at a good price. Of course, the rest of the menu is also well prepared and tasty.

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Thank Denise B
Laguna, CA
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I am sorry to say it was about the worst Mexican food I had in a long time. Everything was overcooked and tasteless. I had the two taco combination. Maybe it was an off day for them. I don't know. I would not return. Sorry, I wish I could say something better.

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Thank likesc0mf0rt
Lake Forest, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This has been our family go-to Mexican restauraunt for years. Recommend just about everything. Be aware the burritos are huge.

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Thank Strider_11
Lake Forest, California
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Lived in Lake Forest for 30 years and just recently ate at this place. Not sure why not. But it was great! Good atmosphere, reasonable prices, good service and best of all great food. Table side guacamole, yum! I love tamales so if those are good then I will be back, tamale with tomatillo sauce was really good. Would recommend... More 

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Thank Susan M
Lake Forest, California
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Excellent service, atmosphere, and food. Prices also great. Usually a long line but it moves quickly and is worth the wait.

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Thank jbrintonbleak
Laguna Woods, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

I go here all the time every other week. It is a feel good place. The food is good and consistent . Great margaritas.

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Thank nrkeller
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

The service is OK. But don't go for that....go for the table made guacamole. Or any of their entrees. Some of the best mexican food around. The margaritas are amazing and huge!!!

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Thank Caitlin L
Lake Forest, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Food and drinks are great and the service is outstanding. My wife loves the chicken soup. I have really enjoyed everything I have tried. I really like the shrimp ceviche and the tamales. I also like several of their margaritas but the skinny one is really good and one of the better ones I have tried in the area.

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Thank Mike J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24406 Muirlands Blvd, Lake Forest, CA 92630-3920
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 949-855-4989

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