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El Ranchero

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226 Main St, Vista, CA 92084-6008
+1 760-724-7680
11:00 - 20:00
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Vista, California
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Reserved back room for family gathering. Quick service and owner Narcisso made sure all was good. When you leave you will be told "See you tomorrow."

Thank Joe V
San Diego, California
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67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

My expectations were moderate when I first entered. Sun-bleached A-Frame menu board in front was unappetizing and the interior was pretty barren. But we were hungry. Service was a little slow and she was kind but very quiet and shy. Still, the food and prices were decent. I had the Chicken Tacos and my wife had Vegetatian. Both flavorful. Beans... More 

Thank 4chrisryan
Vista, California
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140 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

The Strawberry Festival in Vista draws a really large crowd for our city! With that being said, there were lots of vendors vying for your money! This place has great carne asada tacos though! The salsa has a good kick to it! The rice and beans were just ok. It's pretty small so don't bring a big group. It's a... More 

Thank Denise C
Vista, California
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136 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2015

The place might be going through growing pains, as they were using the menu from a former owner, with items no longer offered crossed out by hand. Pretty tacky. The food is ho-hum Mexican, and there is a long wait to be served.

Thank tijuanade
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 August 2015

Very good value for your money. Basic and some improvised dishes. Try there enchilada calabaza. Pork carnitas is very good too.

Thank Lawrence Martin K
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104 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2015

I was with some girlfriend having lunch when my brother called. He came with my niece and we had a blast! The food and the atmosphere was wonderful! Old style Mexican feel and charm. So going back!

Thank Latnldy1
vista, ca
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2015

Service is GREAT....Atmosphere very authentic...Food is very good and authentically Mexican traditional entree's...priced right for good family meal

Thank h2opolo
Vista, CA
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2015

My husband and I were super excited to try this place a couple weeks ago. It was pouring rain and we didn't want to go to the store. When we entered the restaurant was empty and the hostess/server and the cook we're sitting at a table talking. It still took them over a minute to greet us. When we were... More 

Thank CatLady36
Hemet, CA
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119 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2014

We were with our toddler and another couple in Vista for the Strawberry Festival Run and wanted a sit down place where they'd refill our Ice Tea. The good smell of Mexican food drew us in. Like another reviewer, I felt the chips and salsa were unremarkable and were not refilled. The strawberry margaritas were just OK. That said the... More 

Thank SereneEcho
Orem, Utah
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145 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2013

Unlike my first visit here, I liked my meal, a chicken chile verde burrito. Still don't like the complementary chips and salsa much--chips are not as fresh-tasting as other Mexican restaurants we go to. The owner-operator is a very hearty host and the service is good; they re-filled drinks frequently.

Thank Gary W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
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Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 226 Main St, Vista, CA 92084-6008
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Vista
  • Phone Number: +1 760-724-7680

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