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El Ranchito

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1 Lagrande Blvd, Lady Lake, FL 32159-2384
+1 352-750-3335
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Summerfield, Florida, United States
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319 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have tried this place over and over again to try and see if they have improved their food, but to no avail. It is average at best. I wish that another place with great food would move into the area such as El Toreo. This is NOT authentic Mexican food, it is more like TexMex!

Thank Randy C
Level Contributor
19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Service is great.unbelievably great selection . I've eaten there many times & they are always consistent. 2 people can have a delicious lunch for as little as $12. I can't tell you what to eat as I have always tried something different.i highly recommend El Ranchito. My husband had the faiths & loved it.

Thank Janet C
The Villages, Florida, United States
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57 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Foods good, I've had better but I've also had worse. The restaurant could use a complete remodel. It's dark, dingy and the upkeep is suspicious. I've not seen any evidence of uncleanliness but it looks like it could use a real good scrubbing. I might just have to find another Mexican restaurant for lunch. There are several within a short... More 

Thank Susan S
The Villages, Florida
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72 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

Sat last night as a party of 6. Finally got a server who never brought 3 more settings until after we had all the food. Asked for more chips and had to wait for the busser as not his job. Never refilled water or took dirty dishes off the table. Had to find him to get a check. Always the... More 

Thank Robert S
Silverton, Oregon
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

I used TripAdvisor to find a Mexican restaurant and this had a good rating. I found the food tasteless, I didn't know if I was eating rice or beans, even the texture was the same. Don't waste your time or money 💰

Thank hollyhcg
Lady Lake, Florida
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

El Ranchito has been a local favorite for at least 12 years that I know of. Off the beaten path, in a strip mall between a convenience store and a blood bank, it could be passed by if not for its stellar reputation as THE place for the best Mexican food and value for your buck. Friendly staff, entertainment, etc.... More 

Thank Laura D
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96 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

This place has gone down in food quality since I was last there. Only 2 out of 3 of us enjoyed our dinners: taco salad and chicken/cheese quesadilla were bad! The quesadilla was very salty and fried tortillas had an off taste. Will probably not go back. Only good thing was our waitress and the entertainment.

Thank Sheryl G
The Villages, Florida
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

As soon as I took the first bite I was wondering what to order on my next Vista. Had the best Chilies Relleno ever. Can't wait see what I try next Cheerful atmosphere, pleasant staff.

Thank dianepenci
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Love the Mexican here. They have happy hour till 5pm and have light chips and nice salsa. You can ask for mild but I like it hot and spicy. I had a combo plate with a taco, enchillada and a burrito and it was more than I could eat. The chicken nacho plate is also huge and it is also... More 

Thank Gayle E
The Villages, Florida
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

A very traditional Mexican restaurant. The food is very good and the margaritas are very good, too. The servings and offerings are authentic and very tasty. The service is good and the seating is comfortable. I feel it's the best Mexican. I prefer the burritos and anchiladas. The chips and salsa are fresh and so good! It's a very friendly... More 

Thank Mick H

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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 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Lagrande Blvd, Lady Lake, FL 32159-2384
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Lake County  >  Lady Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 352-750-3335

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