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El Ranchito Restaurant

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78039 Calle Estado, La Quinta, CA 92253-2930
+1 760-564-0061
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 20:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This little Mexican restaurant is in old town La Quinta,Ca. When we arrived we were greeted immediately. We sat outside on the Patio and had our chips and salsa immediately. Our drink order was taken and lunch ordered within a few minutes. Our food arrived so fast and every bite was delicious. We ordered the steak fajitas which was plenty... More 

Thank Rebecca M
Spokane, Washington
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been here several times. Food is very good as are the margaritas. Service is excellent and they are always very friendly

Thank valerievanhorn
Byron Center, Michigan
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is great. Service was amazing. Food and drinks came quickly; at least 3 people helped out with our table. Chips, pico de gallo and salsa kept coming. We were a party of 10 - 3 couples and 4 kids. No "kids" menu but the kids had quesadillas and tacos and they were happy. Our food was very good.... More 

Thank SurgeMSU
Eastvale, California
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227 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We both had a combo plate. Both were really good. Enchiladas are wonderful ( cheese or beef ) Service was great and very friendly. Margaritas are also very good. Look forward to going again next time in the area

Thank Countrydude4444
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

This is a charming family-run Mexican place in la Quinta. The best dish is their chicken fajitas. Enough for two and absolutely delicious. A must-visit whenever in the desert.

1 Thank yyyy11yyyy
Omaha, Nebraska
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205 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

El Ranchito is always a fun place to go when in Old Town La Quinta. This visit was with family and we had great service, good food and awesome margaritas. We had the guacamole dip for starters and I ordered a taco salad. Others had enchiladas, a burrito and a tostada. Friendly, efficient wait staff and authentic Mexican food very... More 

1 Thank lynnprin
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
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91 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We went back the next day too. We chose this place for its outside shady seating. Turned out the food was plentiful, lots of choices and big portions. We took left overs home for next days lunch and ended up returning the following afternoon. A great choice for lunch or dinner. Margaritas are refreshing and sizeable as well. Maybe we... More 

Thank Linda K
Lake Shore, Minnesota
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479 reviews
324 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Found this restaurant simply by driving by. Looked like a fun place. We sat at the bar. Bartender ignored us most of the time, only interacted with us on his time, not when we needed service. Therefore, it took a while to get a beer and chips. I ordered the Grande Pork Burrito. Looked great. Looks are deceiving. The pork... More 

Thank Mark A
Palm Desert, California
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71 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

We come to this great place whenever we are in the area. The food is great & the service is really great also. We are always greeted & seated promptly. We have been here for lunch or dinner & weekdays or weekends. Today we had two waiters serving us. My fish soft tacos were terrific & The gaucamole was also.... More 

Thank JMSFairfieldGlade
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

El Ranchito has been around for several years and it never disappoints. We like to sit outside, but the inside is also nice and quaint. The food is always excellent and good for sharing.

Thank Calberta

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 15
Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 78039 Calle Estado, La Quinta, CA 92253-2930
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  La Quinta
  • Phone Number: +1 760-564-0061
Welcome to El Ranchito Restaurant. We have been serving Authentic Mexican Food in the Coachella Valley for more than 25 years. Located in Old Town La Quinta, we offer a variety of fresh Mexican cuisine and a full bar.

We are a family owned and operated restaurant that serves fresh, traditional Mexican Food. Our food is made to order using only the freshest ingredients. The menu is full of classic Mexican dishes made from scratch using family recipes handed down through the generations.

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