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Avila's El Ranchito

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Monday - Friday 11am - 3pm. Add a cup of Mama's Avila Soup for $3.99. Prices may vary upon substitution on any special. Choose one. All items include rice and beans $8.99
ground beef, shredded beef, or chicken
shredded beef, chicken, or pork
veggie, cheese, shredded beef, or chicken
Chico Quesadilla
ground beef, shredded beef, or chicken
shredded beef, chicken, or veggie
shredded beef or chicken
shredded beef or chicken
Chile Relleno
fresco style or traditional
Monday: Natalie Special
Tuesday: Jacob's Street Tacos
Wednesday: Chimichangas
Thursday: Tacos & Caldo
Friday: Mayan Treasure
Chico Margarita (12 Oz)
Chico Presidente Margarita (12 Oz)
All specials dine-in only. Must purchase a beverage to get specials. Prices may vary upon substitution on any special
3pm - Close
Two-Item Combo
3pm - Close
Steak or Chicken
Come join the fun every Tuesday night, 4pm - Close!
Shredded Beef or Chicken
Carnitas, Asada, or Charbroiled Chicken
Chico Presidente Margarita (12 Oz)
US$10 - US$15
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Mexican, Latin
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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All reviews table side guacamole chips and salsa chile relleno fajitas street tacos black beans soup chicken steak mexican restaurant baja bowl cadillac margarita outstanding meal mexican food fix great margarita favorite location forest location
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

My co-workers had the pleasure of dining at Avila's El Ranchito. We often visit this restaurant for our celebratory luncheons. The food is okay - not wonderful. Service was great. Prices are reasonable. If you are in the area and are craving Mexican food, then...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 1californiagirl
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed June 16, 2018

This is my very favorite location out of all the Avila’s restaurants. It is eclectic and they know how to make you feel welcome. Have to wait 20 minutes on average for a seat. But it’s worth it. They are quick to bring chips and...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Julie H
Reviewed January 6, 2019

Overall, I really enjoy their food. It's pretty consistent, and delicious. You really can't get much better in the Lake Forest area, unless you are going into a little hole in the wall place, where the food is authentic, but it's not a dining experience....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ASays
Reviewed January 3, 2019 via mobile

Really great food. Thought the staff could stand to care a bit more on their service. The wait to get refills on drinks, chips, or salsa always took forever. When getting our check it was never split so it took forever for them to split...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 541madelinek
Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

We love the Avila's El Ranchito restaurants. This was this first time to this particular location. Everything was great from the service we received to the food we ate. Nice job as always!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Valor24
Reviewed December 16, 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch with the hubby. Have to say the food was off the mark and we should have gone to the one in Laguna Niguel like we usually do. I had enchiladas and my hubby had a tosada salad. Both were ok. Tortillas...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Tacky T
Reviewed November 14, 2018 via mobile

Decided to give them another try since we have been going there monthly for a number of years. Maybe the fact that they are doing construction and needing to squeeze people in is causing the poor service and crowding issues. This time we were seated...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Greg H
Reviewed November 13, 2018

Business lunch. I had the daily special - three street tacos - you can choose a separate protein for each one. We also had some of the table made guacamole. The portion was very good and included excellent black beans. The chips and salsa were...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank StephenN37
Reviewed October 27, 2018

The Restaurant was authentic Mexican. The menu had a great variety from mild to spicy. The drinks were a good size. There was also a mariachi band for our entertainment. Very good

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank sbburrows
Reviewed October 21, 2018

The Avila’s El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant that we visited last night was in Lake Forest, California. I discovered that this is a restaurant chain which is family owned and has been in existence since 1966, so well over 50 years! Our Lake Forest location is...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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