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Avila's El Ranchito

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2101 Placentia Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
+1 949-642-1142
09:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 22:00
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Bakersfield, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here for dinner before a show for a bachelorette party. We were sat on the patio which always means slower service. It took a good 15-20 minutes to get our drink order in, but the drinks were good and well received. The chips and salsa were delicious. Prices were mid-range and the food was very tasty and not... More 

Thank Nicole R
Newport Beach, California
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Short walk from large parking lot to festive entry, promptly greeted by friendly staff, ushered to the dining room, past a busy and absorbed cocina, seated to a spacious booth, with homemade warmed tortillas awaiting, and bountiful chips placed aside the indigenous tangy salsa; Sizzling fajitas satisfy and amaze. Always a pleasant family atmosphere at this 4-decade storied locale. Next... More 

Thank BFDiner
Orange County, California
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151 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Avila's, Costa Mesa, is our neighborhood favorite. We usually sit at the bar and order directly from Tony. He is very attentive and friendly. We usually go for Taco Tuesday when they offer specials on drinks and select appetizers. Always good.

Thank Bunny0016
Orange County California
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128 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The Avila soup is my absolute fave. This charming, family run business has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember. It's like comfort food. The staff is incredibly friendly. They have fresh made tortillas right in front of you, and boy are they good. The bartenders always make a good cocktail. We've done birthdays and celebrations... More 

Thank JHuante
Irvine, California
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

The restaurant tries to look like a Mexican house (I guess, I have never actually been to Mexico). Bright colors, lots of flowering plants, tile floors, stucco walls. The staff was competent - chips and salsa came right away, as did water. The salsa was very good and was the only thing that was. I ordered a tostada with chicken... More 

Thank Dolores G
Orange, CA
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150 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Lunch today was great. Shrimp, spicy and the garlic shrimp were excellent, fish tacos, and chili rellenos, too. Guacamole was fresh and tasty. Service was impeccable.

Thank Melissa M
New Meadows, Idaho
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102 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

After a long day we decided to walk over to El Ranchito for a drink and late evening snack. This restaurant has been here forever and I have never had anything but a great meal here. The "Bar Nachos" were exactly what I wanted and hit the spot. Outstanding service.

Thank deggs
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106 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

I've been coming here for 30 years. I have never had a bad experience. The food is top quality and every meal is fantastic.

Thank brenagain
Honolulu, Hawaii
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78 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Fun breakfast place with yummy food. Great service and this place has been busy every time we come here. Favorite salsa paired with fresh tortillas delivered right off of the grill to your table, oh and don't forget the guacamole, the food is always fresh and tasty here! Ole'

Thank Sheri S
Costa Mesa, California
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157 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

I popped in here for a late afternoon snack, and the nachos that I ordered were not appetizing. They just ladled a bunch of greasy pork over the chips. I could see the grease puddled under the chips. They also do not offer happy hour discounts on their cocktails. I paid full price for my nothing-to-crow-about mojito. I won't be... More 

Thank FineDinerPatty

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2101 Placentia Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 949-642-1142

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