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Avila's El Ranchito

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2201 E 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92705-3801
+1 714-547-9129
11:00 - 21:30
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Fredericton, Canada
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We went there for supper for the first time with friends, both the atmosphere and the food were second to none. Our server Michelle was very helpful and friendly, one of, if not the best Mexican food restaurants that I have gone too, would definitely go back.

1 Thank Normie59
Montreal, Canada
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32 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

It is a family owned and (I am told family run) business. Excellent food and a very fine atmosphere, reminiscent of Mexico. The service is very good and the fare is excellent. There was live music when we visited. very fine for a family outing.

Thank montraveller030
Los Angeles, California
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82 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

I had lunch at this quaint Mexican restaurant. I ordered their Avila's soup which is made with chicken soup and vegetables. Very delicious!! Their chicken tacos were good, too. Nice place to have lunch or dinner with friends or family or special someone.

Thank stregine
Tustin, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 August 2016

I have been going to El Ranchito for over 25 years. Their food is great and their staff is very warm and welcoming, especially Kathy. Kathy has a loyal following of customers as she is probably the best waitress my husband and I have ever had the pleasure of dining with. Everything on the menu is great, we have tried... More 

Thank 1975Susan
Tustin, California
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016

This is a fun Mexican restaurant that offers a wide-selection of typical Mexican Food. However, their chicken soup is the best. They also offer low-calorie meal & beverage options.

Thank LSolis2013
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151 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

A little expensive, but very tasty carne asada tacos with fresh made tortillas. The chips and salsa are one of he best around. It is in an old pueblo so it feels very authentic. Excellent service and definitely family friendly.

Thank Melinda P
Santa Ana, California
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331 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

One of my favorites and we also hold meetings here for my Alumni Association. Very Accomadating and the food is excellent!

Thank Tina B
Garden Grove
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45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2016

The service is great and they make tortillas fresh everyday the food is great and a great selection to chose from

Thank Olivia D
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

The Chile relleno was amazing. Super fresh and fluffy... Obviously fresh and not canned. If you like carnitas make sure to try them here, they are tender and moist but still have that crispy outside char and you can taste a hint of lime in them and nobody makes better guacamole. The staff is so friendly you leave feeling like... More 

Thank Judy A
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182 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2016

Came here with coworkers for lunch, had their specialty soup...delicious couldn't finish it, came with tortillas, fast service and delicious food, would go again

Thank Ann G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
10:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2201 E 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92705-3801
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Santa Ana
  • Phone Number: +1 714-547-9129

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