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Avila’s El Ranchito

1305 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3117
+1 949-376-7040
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good36%
  • Average19%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1305 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3117
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

This restaurant is a pleasant surprise and almost seems where the locals would eat. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The portions are adequate and delicious. I can't recommend this restaurant enough.

Thank Matthew H
Reviewed 25 September 2017

Eat here on the evening before flying home the next day. The waiter gave us some advice on the menu and what would go together. This was the best Mexican food I eat whilst touring California for 3 weeks. It seemed really authentic and there...More

Thank Alpina1
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Good price, good food and good service. They also have an outside eating area which was nice. It is right next to The Capri Inn where we stayed.

Thank Maximillian L
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Avila's El Ranchito is a small Orange County chain of Mexican eateries. The Laguna Beach branch is in a space that used to be two (in)famous gay piano bars (the Little Shrimp and Victor/Victoria's), so it has a history of fun. The space is great--...More

Thank Russ_W_and_Kevin_E
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Disappointed- food took forever to come out. It was pretty good but overpriced. If the service was better, it would have been worth it. The staff was too busy talking to each other at the bar to check up on us.

Thank Doug H
Reviewed 28 August 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening in this 'authentic feel' Mexican restaurant, which was reasonably priced for the quality of the food. We particularly loved the fajitas and the refried beans with the melted cheese. Huge thanks to Francisco who really looked after us and worked...More

Thank Mpk5
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped in for lunch after visiting the Mammal rescue center and Sawdust Festival. Sat outside parallel to PCH. Wasn't crowded but probably will later on. Food was pretty good, my quesadilla could've had some onions n peppers in it and a healthier dallop of...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

We ate at many restaurants during our vacation at Newport, including #1 rated Mama D's and this was my favourite restaurant. It was very reasonably priced compared to others we are at and great Mexican food. Highly recommended

Thank hajobry
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Group of 7 of us we had a reservation but still had to wait a half hour as this restaurant is small. they sat us quickly and the wait staff was very attentive. The chips and sals are great, but ask for the "extra hot"...More

Thank Tim G
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Great experience at Avila's El Rachito. We arrived during Happy Hour and took advantage of the both the drink and entree specials. The salsa that is served with the chips is delicious. Food was prepared as ordered and was served quickly. Service was great. This...More

Thank welovedmaine08
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1305 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3117
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-376-7040
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