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El Rancho Authentic Mexican Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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1241 W Main St, Gaylord, MI 49735-7407
+1 989-732-0307
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped on our way though town and enjoyed our tasty lunch. Quick service, good food, good prices! Conviently located just off the interstate. They do have changing tables in the bathrooms as well, if you happen to be traveling with a baby

Thank Stacey R
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here with friends of ours for lunch. Food was great. Service was prompt. There were so many choices and options on the menu it was hard to make a decision on what to have. I had the chimichanga. It was excellent. There burritos are massively huge so bring your appetite, and the Margherita are strong but very good... More 

Thank Jess6688
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a long day playing outside wanted a margarita and some yummy Tex Mex food and this place did not disappoint. Left full and happy.

Thank Suzyp72
Findlay, Ohio
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Very nice authentic atmosphere and food. Reasonable prices, quick and good portions. Walking distance to Hampton Inn. Snowmobilers, this is a great place to refuel after a long day on the trails and its not crowded so you don't have to wait for a table.

Thank grasssnod
Gaylord, Michigan
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

No Mexican-lite food here, it is the real deal, prepared and presented by Mexican and South Americans in a friendly atmosphere. It's biggest problem is that it is easy to drive past without noticing it's located among other small shops. Don't fail to pass it by, and tell Cesar that you learned of his restaurant on Trip Advisor; he will... More 

Thank cygans2
Indianapolis, Indiana
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Very nice and clean place. Staff was quick to greet us and take our orders. Loved the food and the place wasn't overpriced.

Thank broughtonfamily611
New York
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103 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

This place is very unassuming and doesn't scream traditional Mexican at all. My husband actually asked if this place was fast food or had seating. Walked in and was greeted with chips and salsa. Different spin on queso fundido was surprisingly good. Authentic tacos were a hit. Loved the inexpensive children's menu. We will definitely be back.

Thank SarahSesaw
Fort Gratiot
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

This is real authentic mexican. Not some frozen stuff brought in on a restaurant supply truck. Staff is very friendly. We had fajitas and chili poblanios, both were done perfect. Also good drink selection and several tapps. The restaurant is very well decorated and clean. Price was fair we will be returning for more.

Thank Craig B
Beverly Hills, Michigan
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188 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The food is quick and the menu is large. Almost too large. The staff's English is lacking. I'm not sure if that comes across as unfriendly. The food came out fast and good. The interior is showing its age. The seats are all ripped and taped.

1 Thank Clark W
Cheboygan, Michigan
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

You get chips and salsa right away. When you order, you get what you ordered, such as a taco and tamale well that's what you get I though some beans or rice might be along with it, but not. The taco salad for about $10.00 was pretty small and had to ask for salsa to go with it. Other Mexican... More 

Thank Bill S

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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1241 W Main St, Gaylord, MI 49735-7407
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Otsego County  >  Gaylord
  • Phone Number: +1 989-732-0307
opened a few months ago

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