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Avila's El Ranchito

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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24406 Muirlands Blvd, Lake Forest, CA 92630-3920
+1 949-855-4989
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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Lake Forest, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great guacamole! Great food and drinks! They are always so friendly and kind, I just love it here. Excellent service. I crave this place all the time.

Thank Theresa W
Prescott, Arizona
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267 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I began eating at Avila's at the original in Huntington Park more than 20 years ago and have eaten at several of their many family owned locations over the years. We love the food, the servers are helpful and friendly, some things (gratefully) never change. Big selection of margaritas....Tons of great food....what else do you need???? Don't hesitate to give... More 

Thank davefoshee
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58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My son told me about this restaurant so I met him there for lunch. Really good food and service (a bit slow) but after eating the food it did not matter. Want to fell your are south of the border try Avila's.

Thank Chris S
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love going here with the family and extended family. Their margaritas are excellent ! Haven't had anything that wasn't good here.

Thank marriedCalifornia
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117 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a wonderful girls lunch out. Service was wonderful! Huge menu to choose from :). I ordered a bowl lunch (forgot the name) like a burrito bowl. Anyways, loved it! Everything was fresh and yummy! I will stop by here again on one of my visits to the area.

Thank Ohbeck
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

A very nice place to have dinner. Good cocktails and fast service. Guacemole prepared on your table is excellent. Rest of the food is good, not great.

Thank Irmo K
Rochester, New York
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46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Came in late on a Sunday night , an hour before closing. Service was quick and friendly. Prices were good , food delivered fast. Never felt rushed to leave.

Thank krobson5
Prescott Valley, Arizona
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93 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Th is stop at El Ranchito was probably my third or forth over several years. The decor is something you will only find in very few places. It's colorful, funky, very eclectic. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and a full bar. We stopped in around noon on a weekday and the place is packed inside. We started with Margaritas,... More 

Thank Rick C
Orange County, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

My husband asked a friend of his who lives in Mexico and commutes here to work, "where can we find the most authentic Mexican food around SoCal?" His friend recommended El Ranchito. It's okay; there are plenty of authentic dishes on the menu. But the flavors are just okay. I've been disappointed more than once because the food was too... More 

Thank Skinnyshelley
Irvine, California
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87 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This review is for the location on Portola in Foothill Ranch which Trip Advisor does not have listed as a location. My wife and I like to use the weekends to seek out new places to have lunch, and seeing this restaurant get a recent award, we decided we needed to try the location closest to the house. The restaurant... More 

Thank Steve_N_018

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24406 Muirlands Blvd, Lake Forest, CA 92630-3920
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 949-855-4989

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