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El Ranchero

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern
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176 N Caldwell St, Brevard, NC 28712-3336
+1 828-883-4000
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 10:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Go here for great carnitas. I'm very picky and the carnitas were served freshly fried yet tender. Also ordered a quesadilla Mexicana (shredded beef n refried beans n very cheesy). Generous portions. Sides were fresh. Guacamole was fresh but bland for myself. Rice was a bit bland also. Good value. Serving 2 for under $20 with tip. With leftovers. Satisfied.

Thank joem32082
Ruskin, Florida
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

Waiters very attentive and pleased to see you. HUGE margarita's. Food very reasonably priced. Never had a veggie nacho plate before but it was suprisingly delicious. Loaded with mixed veggies.

Thank jjer2015
Brevard, North Carolina
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348 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

Admittedly I had not eaten here for about 4 years because my first experience had not been very favorable, but I had heard several positive comments from friends and gave it another try. I'm glad I did. The food is typical Tex-Mex but is good quality and well prepared. Our waiter was not only very attentive, continually refilling beverages and... More 

Thank wvlivingston
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

Nestled on a backstreet, this restaurant was a good find. The host and wait staff were very nice, the food was great and the margarita rocks were cold and delicious. Favorites were the Pollo Fundido and beef quesadilla. We chose porch dining and had a visit from some rather shy squirrels as we enjoyed our margaritas. This is a definite... More 

Thank Rebecca A
Palm Harbor, Florida
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101 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

I ate here last night and enjoyed a very good meal with friends. We did not lack anything....good food, excellent service, and "homey" atmosphere. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Tom D
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

I love the Milanesa and the flan! My drink is always full and the service is always on point. Plus it doesn't break the bank!

Thank Ryan J
Raleigh, North Carolina
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116 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

We like to stop by this place after a long bike ride as the have a great outdoor seating area. The menu is typical Mexican restaurant fare and the prices are reasonable. The service is typically speedy and they keep the chips and salsa coming while you wait.

Thank allydog0606
Brevard, North Carolina
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

Brevard has a number of Mexican restaurants, each one is good, but El Rancho stands out for me. The food is consistently good; the service fast; the wait staff pleasant, and the atmosphere just right. It is conveniently located just off the Main Street with good parking.

Thank Pamela B
Brevard, Nc
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

Have had lunch here many times over the last 3-4 years. Service is good, food is the best among the 5 Mexican eateries in town. Special dishes such as tacos al pastor are shown when you enter. Good price on Mexican beer.

Thank Pituophis
North Carolina
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132 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2015

I have been here at least 10 times this year and am never disappointed by the food, the beer or the prices. I'll keep coming back again and again for lunch, dinner, etc.

Thank MsK48979

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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
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 176 N Caldwell St, Brevard, NC 28712-3336
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Brevard
  • Phone Number: +1 828-883-4000

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