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Matt's El Rancho

$$ - $$$
South Austin
Mexican, Southwestern
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2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704-4732
+1 512-462-9333
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Mon 11:00 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Matt's is the best place for family, drinks and food. Whether you're looking for happy hour or a large family gathering, the staff is ready to serve and are always so friendly and helpful. Also, they have great chorizo!!

Thank Danielle S
Paul C, General Manager at Matt's El Rancho, responded to this review

Thank you Danielle for the great review! More 

Killeen, Texas
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very good Mexican food. Love the excellent queso. The best part, you never have to wait for a table, the place is so huge. If you never been, you should add this restaurant to your list of places to try.

Thank tsomerville
Paul C, General Manager at Matt's El Rancho, responded to this review

So happy you enjoyed the Queso....but have you had the BOB ARMSTRONG DIP? Thanks for the awesome review! More 

Little Rock, Arkansas
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had one day with Austin friends and this is were they took us for lunch. No wait for sitting outside by the garden. The fresh squeezed limeade was yummy. The Asadero Tacos was recommend by our friends. It was very different with the melted cheese a homemade corn tortillas. Very large portions. A bit pricey with cheese dip, alcoholic... More 

Thank Kay Y
Paul C, General Manager at Matt's El Rancho, responded to this review

Thanks Kay, Did you know we serve Brunch on the weekends? Glad you enjoyed your Tacos! More 

Bozeman, Montana
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All around good mexican food. Excellent queso, tacos and enchiladas. Wide selection of traditional mexican, tex-mex and southwestern dishes.

Thank geotrekker2016
Paul C, General Manager at Matt's El Rancho, responded to this review
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Thanks Trekker! More 

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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been going to Matt's for 50 years. I've never had a bad experience there and the food is excellent. Their pralines are the best ever!

Thank Sandy G
Paul C, General Manager at Matt's El Rancho, responded to this review

Thank you Sandy for taking time to pass along your review and for being such a long time guest. We appreciate you! More 

Austin, Texas
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140 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Matts is an Austin standard for Tex-Mex. If you want to have the most unique menu item and a delicious chile relleno, then try the one at Matts. My favorite is the one with ground beef top with green sauce. And then they all come topped with pecans raisins and sour cream. They are the best! Matts deserves more stars!

Thank Kyllito
Paul C, General Manager at Matt's El Rancho, responded to this review

It just doesn't get much better than Chile Rellenos at El Rancho! Thanks! More 

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403 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been going to Matt's El Rancho since the early Eighties. Both at the original location in downtown and the newer spot on Lamar. The location may have changed, but the quality is the same. The best Margaritas, and really good traditional Mexican dishes, not just Tex Mex! Very good salsa and Chips. The Enchiladas are among the best.... More 

Thank albebuc
Paul C, General Manager at Matt's El Rancho, responded to this review

Thanks for your loyalty! See you back soon, Paul More 

Austin, TX
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Matt's is our family's go-to place for weekend evenings; we are there several times a month. We love relaxing on the patio with perfectly mixed margaritas and visiting with family friends who also flock to Matt's for the same reasons. You'll see some tourists and even an occasional celebrity dining at Matt's, but for the most part, this is a... More 

Thank crimsonowl
Paul C, General Manager at Matt's El Rancho, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. See you on the patio! More 

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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Matt's is a favorite of mine and is usually the family's night out go to! Chile Relleno is amazing, stuffed zucchini, Bob Armstrong, Texas Fries, Monster chicken fried steak... the list goes on. Never a disappointment!

Thank Taykin2016
Paul C, General Manager at Matt's El Rancho, responded to this review

Chicken Fried Steak at el Rancho. That's one of our favorites! Have you had it on the weekend brunch menu with eggs and Mexican hash browns? Now that's amazing! Thanks for the awesome review, Paul More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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260 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Too many taste buds and palates are already trained to like Tex-Mex so stepping into the authentic Mexican meal can be a shocker but something easily acquired. Bob's Bowl as an appetizer is SPOT-ON, melted queso w/guacamole and seasoned beef - perfect for the large thick chips and heavier salsa. plenty to choose from on the menu from beef and... More 

Thank budbeerman
Paul C, General Manager at Matt's El Rancho, responded to this review

Hi Bud, I must say I'm a bit confused? After all the great feedback you gave us on how fantastic we were, then you gave us a 3 out of 5 rating? Thanks for the great feedback but please consider updating this review / rating. I'm wondering if you accidentally hit the wrong button? We really take pride in our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704-4732
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > South Austin
  • Neighbourhood: South Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-462-9333

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