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Avila’s El Ranchito

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$$ - $$$
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1305 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3117
+1 949-376-7040
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

best margarita ever had!!!! food beautifully presented and very tasty... fun eating on the patio..lively spot. Server Francisco mad the evening fun and entertaining

Thank ongreatlakes
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113 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

The food was just not very good. I may have higher than normal expectations for Mexican food, but I was surprised at the lack of flavor in the food. The service was good, average speed, and the location is excellent.

Thank SirTravelLover
Findlay, Ohio
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015 via mobile

We traveled all day and started walking from hotel, and those was first restaurant we saw. The food was decent, service pretty good, margaritas excellent!

Thank Terri A
Mason, Ohio, United States
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77 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2015 via mobile

I stopped here on a business trip and really enjoyed the food. The true test is when I brought the family out from Ohio. One of the best meals we had on the west coast. Not much of a view but the service and food were outstanding. We drive an hour and a half out of the way just to... More 

Thank Joe C
Los Angeles, California
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015

My husband and I grabbed a quick dinner before the pageant. Luc dinner before the pageant kily we didn't have to wait for a table, it gets busy here! The prices are pretty good and the servings are nice size. If you sit inside, you do get a view of the ocean

Thank dkla_diann
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015 via mobile

We stopped here on our way up the Pacific Coast highway. I wasn't that hungry, so I got the soup/salad combo. I really enjoyed the soup, but the salad wasn't that great. We had a nice view of the ocean sitting in a corner table. Compared to other Mexican places we went on our trip, this one just wasn't that... More 

Thank Twyla T
Laguna Beach, California
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015

This is one of our fav places to hang in Laguna Beach for really great margaritas & delicious Mexican food! The authentic chicken soup ( a MUST try!) with all the fixings keeps the locals coming back summer & winter- completely casual, beachy vibe...all that you'd expect Laguna Beach to be. Pick the patio! There may be a wait, but... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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224 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2015

Restaurant was crowded for cheap $2 Taco night, great atmosphere, very buzzy, nice Margaritas, chicken Taco was tasty, one was plenty for me but my husband had a beef and chicken and enjoyed. Would recommend for a cheap eat out night.

Thank Janis W
Laguna Niguel, CA
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88 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2015

The party of 4 I was with all agreed that 3 of the 4 cocktails we ordered did not contain much alcohol. As this is my pet peeve the evening went south soon after. The food was so-so at best. The only positive was the server who was friendly and very efficient and the ocean view which was unexpected.

Thank HRHofOC
Glendale, Arizona
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2015

Superior place for delicious Mexican food and great margaritas. It has a nice outdoor area to eat, it's definitely worth a visit!

Thank Melody M

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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
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television
Good for
Kids, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
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
It's a chain restaurant and the other locations are in Trip Advisor - just not this one..

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?