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Avila's El Ranchito

Certificate of Excellence
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24406 Muirlands Blvd, Lake Forest, CA 92630-3920
+1 949-855-4989
10:00 - 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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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very nice place to have dinner. Good cocktails and fast service. Guacemole prepared on your table is excellent. Rest of the food is good, not great.

Thank Irmo K
Rochester, New York
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came in late on a Sunday night , an hour before closing. Service was quick and friendly. Prices were good , food delivered fast. Never felt rushed to leave.

Thank krobson5
Prescott Valley, Arizona
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82 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Th is stop at El Ranchito was probably my third or forth over several years. The decor is something you will only find in very few places. It's colorful, funky, very eclectic. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and a full bar. We stopped in around noon on a weekday and the place is packed inside. We started with Margaritas,... More 

Thank Rick C
Orange County, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

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 

Thank Skinnyshelley
Irvine, California
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86 reviews
51 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 

Thank Steve_N_018
Lake Forest, California
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268 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 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.

Thank Denise B
Laguna, CA
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52 reviews
30 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.

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.

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 

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.

Thank jbrintonbleak

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
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?