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Avila's El Ranchito

$$ - $$$Mexican, , Latin
204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-5554
+1 949-498-5000
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good43%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“chips and salsa” (15 reviews)
“enchiladas” (17 reviews)
“soup” (11 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-5554
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Great family style restaurant on quaint Del Mar street. Try Taco Tuesday or any day and you won’t be disappointed. Make sure to order the special Juan Margarita.

Thank wcshepherd2
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The food is pretty good.i especially like the albondigas soup and their house soup with chicken and avocado. There are alot of Mexican restaurants and taco shops in town and this is probably the most expensive. Ambience is nice, street side on Del Mar.

Thank mark d
Reviewed 5 days ago

With so many delicious and AUTHENTIC Mexican restaurants around, it amazes me that people actually like this restaurant. Really boring food, and lazy service.

Thank Stephen J
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent some time on day on vacation checking out San Clemente, and happened upon El Ranchito around lunch time and stopped in. My son raved about the quesadilla he got, asking the waitress to tell the chef how much he loved it. I had...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been going here for years. It's a family run chain of restaurants. They have kept the authentic style of the woman who created the menu with a flare for seasoning and ingredients. This location has a full bar, is usually packed and has indoor...More

Thank Bill R
Reviewed May 17, 2018

We can always rely on a great traditional Mexican meal at this great restaurant in the heart of downtown San Clemente. Great spot for people watching while enjoying a tasty margarita.

Thank sjworldtravels
Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

El Ranchito is one of our “go-to’s.” I could eat the salsa with a spoon. The tacos are the best, love the chicken soup, burritos and margaritas. The service is excellent so don’t order food right away if you want to relax with a cocktail...More

Thank Linnnnne
Reviewed February 11, 2018

Typical Mexican food, all average to good. Chips were good for sure. Tried several items at our table, and we were all pretty happy. Chilaquiles were rated as "not the best i have had", but we all had a nice time. Not a brunch menu,...More

Thank Alicia K
Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

This place is my wife and I's favorite place to eat when we visit San Clemente. We go to visit our marine and every time we go we eat here AT least once. To my please we went twice this trip. We come down from...More

Thank Thoman2500
Reviewed January 4, 2018

The family atmosphere was great and the food, authentic and delicious. The menu offered some unique appetizers - try the appetizer platter for mini versions of everything, it was truly delicious, and the homemade salsa complemented the chips well - which are brought immediately to...More

Thank TraceyMonte
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Ernie G
August 6, 2016|
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Response from Linda D | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they serve breakfast every day, all day!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-5554
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-498-5000
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