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EL Ranchito Mexican Restaurant

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445 NE 1st Terrace, Crystal River, FL 34429
+1 352-795-5251
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Jackson, Georgia, United States
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted Mexican and the place of choice was closed due to it being New Years Day, so we settled for this one. Took them 10 minutes to seat us, then 10 minutes to bring what must have been the stalest most tasteless chips I have ever tried to eat. Needless to say, I only ate one and started to... More 

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Homosassa, Florida
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89 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived just after the lunch rush around 2:00.The food has always been pretty good, fresh and hot. We were the only ones eating when a non Hispanic came out of the kitchen and decided it was time to tell a story to the owner and dropped the F BOMB several times pretty loudly while he told this story.REALLY RUINED THE... More 

Thank Heidi H
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73 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Just moved here and we had eaten at the chinese restaurant a few doors down which is now our go to for chinese so we saw the mexican restaurant and thought we would try it. First off it is very clean next service is great. The food is awesome. I got chicken quesidillas and they were soooo good. Hubby got... More 

Thank dredgeboater
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156 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

The menu is a little confusing (the quesadillas didn't list meat on the menu but arrived full of chicken). The mild salsa was warm and tasted like tomato sauce, we prefer cold chunky salsa but not spicy. The menu had lots of choices and the prices were incredibly reasonable for the lunch items.

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Mount Vernon, Ohio
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142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Food servings were generous and the wait staff were very friendly. The taco salad was flavorful but the bean burrito was bland with little flavor. Thank goodness the salsa was very good so that helped! The dining room is small and feels very closed in when the room is full and the bench seats are hard wood, but service was... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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86 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I ate lunch here as part of a group of 11. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. Our waiter even offered (offered) to give us separate checks. The food was tasty with lots of it at a reasonable price. The restaurant is clean and has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. I will be back!

Thank Loca4Poca
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

We had a group of 12. We called ahead and they were very accommodating. We had great service, plenty of attention and lots of tasty Mexican cuisine. Definitely will return!

Thank Deb S
Crystal River, Florida
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

The food here is always very good and the wait staff are friendly. The menu is quite extensive so there are lots of choices to suit everyone.

Thank Teresa C
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73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

ALmost everything was closed in town, restaurants, bars, gas stations, the cinema. All town was floded because of the Hurricane, but this place was open, and luckily they serve good food. For me it would have been enough just the drink with the tortilla chips that we got for free while waiting. It was very nice! Thanks for being OPEN,

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Frankfurt, Germany
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62 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

The pros & cons. I want to say right out the gate, the service is very good, they are so nice, the place is clean, even the ladies room, the steak tacos are seasoned to perfection, their salsa is amazing. So the atmosphere is not bad, the seats are hard flat wood & after a bit, you really start to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 445 NE 1st Terrace, Crystal River, FL 34429
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Crystal River
  • Phone Number: +1 352-795-5251

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