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EL Ranchito Mexican Restaurant

Mexican, Southwestern
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445 NE 1st Ter, Crystal River, FL 34429-4250
+1 352-795-5251
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132 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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.

Thank AdventureUnlimited01
Mount Vernon, Ohio
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242 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 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 

Thank RNRVTravler
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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5 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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190 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 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,

Thank Pepusina
Frankfurt, Germany
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61 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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 

1 Thank ircute
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

We stopped in after a morning of kayaking and boy, was it a great stop on our vacation. Don't be put off by the looks of the restaurant. It is in strip mall, but looks deceive. The interior is bright, inviting, clean, and reflectes the culture of Mexico. I loved it. My husband had the enchiladas and rice. I had... More 

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Crystal River, Florida
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

This is the second time I've eaten here. Service is good. Prices are reasonable, and the food is great for the price. I think it's currently much better than Don Pepe's in Dunnellon, which seems to be going down hill in quality.

Thank John W
Montreal, Canada
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

This was the first restaurant we visited upon arriving to Crystal River for one week. The owner (I think) welcomed us with a genuine smile when we walked in. I had the fajitas while my husband had the burrito. We both ate extremely well and the waitress checked on us often. Great quality food for a reasonable price. If we... 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
Mexican, Southwestern
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 Ter, Crystal River, FL 34429-4250
  • 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?