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Avila’s El Ranchito

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1305 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3117
+1 949-376-7040
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Newport Beach, California
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I went to Laguna Beach to get out of the house with all the rain and all.........We felt like Mexican Food, so my wife suggested Avila's El Ranchito. We arrived around 11 am finding the place pretty empty. Since it was not raining, we sat outside next to a heater and all alone. We had Ceviche, Abonigas,... More 

Thank marcusf558
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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82 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Taco night. They had some kinda special and I tried nachos, chips, tacos and some local brew. I was fairly priced, but perfectly average for Mexican. Good deal and we where all happy. If it wasn't Laguna it could get another star. We would go back.

Thank KeithMack
San Diego, California, United States
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good Mexican fare and friendly service. Reasonable Prices for Laguna Beach and lots of locals were pulling up for to go food, good sign...

Thank Bob F
Saint Louis, Missouri
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Driving down the PCH and we stumbled across this gem. I got a margarita and the taco combo......best tacos ever!! My husband got the California burrito, which ha fries cooked in it! Service and the view were great! It is pricey, but worth it! Also, very roomy an clean bathrooms

Thank Katherine S
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Good food. Slow service. Great view of the ocean from inside. Great deck outside-no view from front deck.

Thank Joferrell
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Cozy outdoor patio with heaters and right in the hub of Laguna beach- casual restaurant with good food and great margaritas!

Thank Diana W
Naperville, Illinois
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We walked in to this place with no expectations and the food was outstanding. Ahi Bowl was great and my wife had mahi-mahi tacos. It was happy hour on top of it and both meals were half price. Lot's of food and great service.

Thank keanoreno
Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We had lunch there during happy hour. The waiter was amazing: gave advice about the menu, jokes and good mood included. Loved the food! Good coctails, delicious food, great atmosphere. The prices are adequate. Full of customers

Thank Egle D
Salt Lake City, Utah
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175 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped by one weekend evening. This place has been here for 50 years. Can't survive that long with a bad model. The food and service are good. The ambiance is not bad, especially the outdoor seating. Pricing is fair. We liked the experience and would return.

Thank hayes_jd
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We arrived in Laguna Beach very late so only wanted to grab something quick for dinner. We once entered the restaurant we couldn't decide. Everything sounded delicious. The waiter recommended a variety of different dishes and we loved it. Real Mexican at an absolutely reasonable price.

Thank WaLuOnTheRoad

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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
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1305 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3117
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-376-7040
It's a chain restaurant and the other locations are in Trip Advisor - just not this one..

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