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El Ranchito Taco Shop

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Mexican, Fast food, Southwestern
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34580 Monterey Ave, Ste 103, Palm Desert, CA 92211
+1 760-320-9182
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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Placerville, California
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have eaten many of their menu items and they are all very good. The staff are all very nice and helpful. We eat there at least once a week when staying in Palm Springs.

Thank bcwelsh
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food here, fresh and tasty. Small but you can always fund a seat, homemade salsas and dressings for salads. Very big portions.

Thank Karen B
Level Contributor
21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had the carnitas taco. Really full of moist tender shredded pork. Had an old fashion ground beef taco and it was delicious. 2 cheese enchiladas were stuffed full and could only eat one. Excellent place for quick and yummy Mexican fix.

Thank Joella M
Boise, ID
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was motivated to visit due to previous reviewer mentioning El Gallito, which was also my favorite Mexican restaurant in the area for many years, and which has sadly closed. Have found the food at El Ranchito to be of quite good, consistent quality, the premises clean, and the servers helpful.

Thank Snowtravelers
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is a good place to get very good shredded beef tacos, carnitas, chicken tacos, re fried beans and many other traditional Mexican foods. Food is ordered at the counter like a fast food restaurant and is prepared quickly. However, the food tastes as good as, if not better than, it would in one of the better sit-down restaurants. Now... More 

1 Thank jmk060
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This is the place where all the local workers go for lunch. Do not try to eat there at lunch time during the week. Excellent food for a great price! It is sandwiched between Del Taco and Pollo Loco. It makes you feel sad for the people that do not know about El Ranchito. It is a small place with... More 

Thank Beth H
Marina Del Rey, CA
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63 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

I am a Mexican food and salsa fanatic. I came here a few years ago and remember it being okay. I had the opportunity to come back yesterday and it was great! The place was packed at 2pm on Saturday. I ordered a carnitas taco with rice and beans. The girl behind the counter recommended a kid's meal, so that... More 

Thank Cheryl S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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115 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Right between a Del Taco and a Pollo Loco, El Ranchito Taco Shop is worth seeking out. Kind of a TexMex taco with lots of stuff in it. They are delicious. Sweet and spicy and as hot as you want to make it. They have more options for taco sauce than any place I'm familiar with. Good taste, good price.... More 

Thank K A
vancouver canada
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

We've visited the desert many times now, and made a much need stop at El Ranchito this evening. I had to write this review while it's fresh in my mind! This isn't fast food, but more like great food done quickly! There was 4 of us in our party, two adults, two teens. Dinner was $32. We had plenty of... More 

Thank luvsit
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

The customer service is excellent and the prices are very reasonable. We had a fish taco and a carne asado taco. The filling was fine but the tortilla was no bueno. If you go to a French restaurant you expect good French bread ...hence a Mexican restaurant should have excellent tortillas.

Thank Eastport95

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Fast food, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34580 Monterey Ave, Ste 103, Palm Desert, CA 92211
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Palm Desert
  • Phone Number: +1 760-320-9182

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