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El Ranchero Restaurant

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202 Locust Ave, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
+1 828-765-6222
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Good Mexican fare. Servers are friendly and fast. Little waiting....salsa bar is nice and has several choices. Prices on the low side...always fresh.

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Thank Randall R
New Jersey
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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Everything I've ever had here is great. We make it a point to come here when we have visitors. The portions are NICE... The food is tasty Mexi authentic. Sometimes you have to wait so get there early if you're in a hurry. The sauce bar is wonderful and has about 8 different flavor homemade sauces. try a little of... More 

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Thank Ron_E_B
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60 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

We we're pleasantly surprised by this restaurant! We love Mexican food and decided to try this place while on vacation at a nearby cabin. I had the beef fajitas and my husband had a burrito. The kids enjoyed quesadilla and French fries. It tasted great! The service was really friendly and the food came out quickly. I also had a... More 

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Thank Luv2travel1308
Bakersville, North Carolina
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is some very good Mexican food! The service was very good and the chimichangas were out of this world!

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Thank sarahsinnc
Burnsville, North Carolina
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Went on a Tuesday night. Our server took our beverage and food order and we never seen him again. Never was asked by anyone if we needed refills or if our food was ok. The salsa that comes with the chips is gross and only a few of the salsas from the bar was decent. Plus we was charge more... More 

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Thank l0vethemtns
Jackson, Georgia
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88 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

I had a chille relleno and taco, rice and beans. The Chile Relleno was surprisingly hot which is a plus in my book. Recommended.

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Thank Amethyst-King
Spruce Pine, North Carolina
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016

We've enjoyed delicious, freshly prepared meals at El Ranchero with church, book club and private parties. I like their booths and the private, upstairs dining area. They stay busy. Our vegetarian and gluten sensitive friends can always find something to order. They have a whole fish dish which I choose, following the example of my Mexican neighbor. They unnecessarily, but... More 

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Thank mejspnc
Canada
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50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Great Mexican food at this place!! The price is amazing and the food comes out hot and sizzling and authentic!! We had a great lunch here!! Definitely go in. With every bite.

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Thank Jennifer Ruffol... H
Spruce Pine, North Carolina
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Hardly ever eat out, but it was a birthday celebration for our out of town sister, and she wanted Mexican food. The waitress was prompt, hospititable, even taking a pic of the 3 of us. But....she got the 2 orders totally wrong. One ordered the chicken quesadilla dinner and was given an expensive shrimp one. She dislikes seafood, so a... More 

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Green Mountain, North Carolina
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 July 2016

El Ranchero has the best Mexican food in Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. Even the expensive places in Asheville cannot compete with El Ranchero. It's just good, inexpensive food; well-worth the visit.

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 202 Locust Ave, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Spruce Pine
  • Phone Number: +1 828-765-6222

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