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El Ranchito Restaurant

78039 Calle Estado, La Quinta, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92253
+1 760-564-0061
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good31%
  • Average16%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fajitas” (10 reviews)
“taco salad” (4 reviews)
“soft tacos” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
$$ - $$$
78039 Calle Estado, La Quinta, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92253
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every time we visit La Quinta, CA, we always go to El Ranchito. Everything is delicious. Margaritas, burritos, taquitos, carnitas, etc.. We have family there so we go A LOT. A must try.

Thank Nicole L
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Delicious honest to goodness real Mexican food - makes you feel like you are eating "home cooked" meals.

Thank Joni W
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

This is a where the locals eat. Good food and good prices. Also a full bar. If you shop at Ralph's grocery there is a coupon on the back of the receipt (if you are lucky).

Thank jgfsdg
Reviewed 14 April 2017

This little Mexican restaurant is in old town La Quinta,Ca. When we arrived we were greeted immediately. We sat outside on the Patio and had our chips and salsa immediately. Our drink order was taken and lunch ordered within a few minutes. Our food arrived...More

Thank Rebecca M
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Been here several times. Food is very good as are the margaritas. Service is excellent and they are always very friendly

Thank valerievanhorn
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

This place is great. Service was amazing. Food and drinks came quickly; at least 3 people helped out with our table. Chips, pico de gallo and salsa kept coming. We were a party of 10 - 3 couples and 4 kids. No "kids" menu but...More

Thank SurgeMSU
Reviewed 4 April 2017

We both had a combo plate. Both were really good. Enchiladas are wonderful ( cheese or beef ) Service was great and very friendly. Margaritas are also very good. Look forward to going again next time in the area

Thank Countrydude4444
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

This is a charming family-run Mexican place in la Quinta. The best dish is their chicken fajitas. Enough for two and absolutely delicious. A must-visit whenever in the desert.

1  Thank yyyy11yyyy
Reviewed 26 February 2017

El Ranchito is always a fun place to go when in Old Town La Quinta. This visit was with family and we had great service, good food and awesome margaritas. We had the guacamole dip for starters and I ordered a taco salad. Others had...More

1  Thank lynnprin
Reviewed 13 February 2017 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...More

Thank Linda K
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 78039 Calle Estado, La Quinta, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92253
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Greater Palm Springs  >  La Quinta
  • Phone Number: +1 760-564-0061
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Welcome to El Ranchito Restaurant. We have been serving Authentic Mexican Food in the Coachella Valley for more than 25 years. Located in Old Town La Quinta, we offer a variety of fresh Mexican cuisine and a full bar.

We are a family owned and operated restaurant that serves fresh, traditional Mexican Food. Our food is made to order using only the freshest ingredients. The menu is full of classic Mexican dishes made from scratch using family recipes handed down through the generations.
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