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El Ranchito

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78039 Calle Estado, La Quinta, CA 92253-2930
+1 760-564-0061
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09:00 - 20:00
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Sun 09:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
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91 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went back the next day too. We chose this place for its outside shady seating. Turned out the food was plentiful, lots of choices and big portions. We took left overs home for next days lunch and ended up returning the following afternoon. A great choice for lunch or dinner. Margaritas are refreshing and sizeable as well. Maybe we... More 

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Thank Linda K
Lake Shore, Minnesota
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450 reviews
302 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Found this restaurant simply by driving by. Looked like a fun place. We sat at the bar. Bartender ignored us most of the time, only interacted with us on his time, not when we needed service. Therefore, it took a while to get a beer and chips. I ordered the Grande Pork Burrito. Looked great. Looks are deceiving. The pork... More 

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Thank Mark A
Palm Desert, California
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68 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We come to this great place whenever we are in the area. The food is great & the service is really great also. We are always greeted & seated promptly. We have been here for lunch or dinner & weekdays or weekends. Today we had two waiters serving us. My fish soft tacos were terrific & The gaucamole was also.... More 

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Thank JMSFairfieldGlade
Calgary
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

El Ranchito has been around for several years and it never disappoints. We like to sit outside, but the inside is also nice and quaint. The food is always excellent and good for sharing.

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Thank Calberta
Kalispell, Montana
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Disappointed! Waitress got my order wrong and argued as opposed to taking it back and correcting. Other person in party said his food was warm at best. Rellenos were not as good as remembered. My wife said her grilled fish tacos were very good . Last year we enjoyed. Will try someplace new before going back. Outside seating very nice.... More 

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Thank montanabill2016
Columbus, Ohio
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Stopped here for a late lunch on a Tuesday. Really good chips and gaucamole and my husband loved the tacos al pastor. Overall pretty tasty - nice patio.

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Thank amy43212
La Quinta, California
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Salsa was overly full of onions. The food was not at all tasty. Great menu selection, but the server never came over to take our order. We walked out after 45 minutes of waiting. Salsa was terrible - mostly onions and had a horrible taste. Flies everywhere. Constantly shooing flies away. They are the most disgusting insect on earth to... More 

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Thank Pamelauop
La Quinta, California
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

We used to eat here somewhat frequently, but our stomachs, consistently, didn't feel so good afterwards. We think it's because they use lard and we're just not used to it. I love the setting, especially the outdoor patio, but it just isn't worth it. It sure tasted good going down. Maybe if you're use to this kind of food, there... More 

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Thank Movegroove
Kihei, Hawaii
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Seven of us ate here just before Father's Day. They were extremely accommodating and the prices are excellent for the great food. Nice size portions also. My sister had fish tacos and loved them. We always eat here when we go to the desert. Love it, highly recommend it!

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Thank Lisa F
Palm Desert, California
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68 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Great food & service & clean!! The price was right also. I enjoy their fish tacos, chicken taco in the shell, but everything we have had has been really good.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 20:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 78039 Calle Estado, La Quinta, CA 92253-2930
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  La Quinta
  • Phone Number: +1 760-564-0061

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