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El Ranchito
  • Address:
    610 W Jefferson Blvd
    Dallas, TX 75208
    Neighborhood:
    Oak Cliff / Bishop Arts
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican / Southwestern
    Price: $30 and under

El Ranchito Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elranchito-dallas.com
  • Phone: (214) 946-4238
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: Live Mariachis everyday from 7:30 to close.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Elvis will be in the building August 17th and 24th. Join us for our semi-annual Elvis impersonator contest.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Llewelyn
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from El Ranchito
In 1983, after the success of La Calle Doce, Oscar and Laura Sanchez wanted to open another restaurant but they didn’t want to duplicate their previous success nor did they want to open just another Tex-Mex restaurant. Oscar wanted something that wasn’t found in Dallas, something that reminded him of home. Since both Oscar and Laura are from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon in Northern Mexico, they decided to open a restaurant that specialized in Comida Norteño (northern food) and Tex-Mex featuring dishes such as cabrito, mollejas, and asado de puerco. Today El Ranchito is known for it’s authentic Mexican food, freshly made tortillas and festive atmosphere where mariachis play daily. These elements – the food, the music and the friendly staff – have helped El Ranchito achieve it’s ultimate goal of creating an atmosphere where the customer feels as if they are back home in Monterrey.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food and service was great for the price, parking was a little tight but was manageable"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "How do you appropriately describe El Ranchito? I asked for sweet tea and received regular. I asked for a chicken fajita enchilada and received a beef fajita enchilada. And you know what? I'll be back! Why? Because it is a sweet, sincere restaurant with friendly service and authentic Tex Mex that tastes good! Great ambiance, also. Yes, I'll be back and simply eat what I am given! :)"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great dining experience. We set in the bar area to watch soccer/football. Service was spectacular. I don't remember the bartender/server's name but she made the experience memorable."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My title really sums it up. Food was excellent, service was great and the band sounded awesome. Would recommend it for a night out with the family, would make a great group outing as well. Reasonably priced, huge glasses of sangria, super friendly staff and well monitored lot. Check it out!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "During lunch today, I commented to my co-worker, "You know, their food is REALLY good!" He agreed. Good food. Friendly and fast service (although we asked for charro beans and were given refried). Just a nice, relaxed time; almost a step back in time. Parking is HORRIBLE, which would make me re-think arriving after 11:45 a.m. But, it's easy to recommend this restaurant for a good old-fashioned Tex-Mex lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food is out of this world! I had the Enchiladas Suizas and it was incredible. The mango margarita was also fantastic. Their refried beans are something extra special, definitely not out of a can!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Great food, Great service!! Will definitely be coming back! The mariachis were awesome!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We recently booked a table for a group of 8 for lunch at El Ranchito. And everyone left happy! This is truly a gem in Oak Cliff. The food ranges from standard TexMex to more authentic Mexican cuisine. I've been told the cabrito is fantastic, but we didn't get to try it at our lunch. My chicken enchiladas were delicious and satisfying, but the true star of the meal was the elotes. One order comes with two cobs of corn, seasoned with spices and slathered with crema. So delicious! Prices here are reasonable and this is definitely a place where you can bring a group or bring the kids. We'll definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We went to hear the mariachi group and were pleasantly surprised by the fabulous food! We will definitely be back! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I got the reservacion thru open table when we got there my reservation was no good we had to wait a long time I was really upset it was a special bday celebration"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This place is great. It also has a live Mariachis band and they were awesome. The place is kind of small and the parking is limited, but its worth it for the experience you will receive. It was perfect for what I was looking for."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "El Ranchito is what it is! It's an authentic Tex-Mex restaurant DEEP in the heart of "little Mexico" (i.e. Oak Cliff) in Dallas, Texas. The food is good. The employees are friendly and happy. One hears more Spanish than English being spoken (which I love, since Spanish is my second language). We had such a nice lunch, we WILL be back - and soon. Bien hecho, El Ranchito, y gracias por todo!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Great place - mariachi bands at dinner. Notable population of locals there. One of my favorite mexican restaurants in Dallas."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This long-time Oak Cliff restaurant serves authentic Mexican food in a somewhat rowdy atmosphere depending on the time of day you go. We went on a Sunday afternoon. With the full house and the mariachi band, the noise level was quite high. The food was good. I finally tried the goat tacos, spicy but delicious. My mojito was good and stong. It's a little pricey, so be prepared for that. There is an off-duty police officer at the door for security. It's a tough neighborhood."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Always love going to El Ranchito. The food is always good with great service. It is very lively and very loud. Fun place to go with friends or groups but when the Mariachis play you cannot hear anything except the music. So not a great place for a deep conversation unless you go for lunch when there is no Mariachis. It is a fun place and we always enjoy our visit. If you haven't been you should absolutly give it a try."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great food, great service, homemade tortillas and a feel at home kind of place. The Mariachis are load but great entertainers. We absolutely love El Ranchito!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "It was my first time at El Ranchito. We went to celebrate my birthday. I had heard both good and bad things about the place, but man, was this place outstanding! Food, service, and mariachi were great! We will definitely go back! The prices are reasonable and totally worth it."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Server seemed to be busy. He was quick to our needs but he dropped anything we needed and left running. I think I weren't on his section. He took care of us though but he wasn't personable"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "A group of 15 of us went on Elvis contest night and the place was packed as it always is on that occasion. The service was outstanding especially considering the commotion and crowds. Our waiter was excellent and not only didn't bat an eye when we asked for separate checks, but he remembered who each credit card belonged to. The food was also perfect and I'm sure the kitchen was slammed. It was a well oiled machine."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Lots of fun, food is fantastic and really inexpensive. Don't be put off by the "traditional" Mexican menu items which most Americans are afraid to try....try something new, or play it safe. Elotes are a must, the mixed grill and tacos al carbon are foodie worthy. An added bonus is the entertainment - this place has mariachis almost all the time, and fun events such as Elvis and Beatles impersonators (the Elvis show we saw was fantastic)."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "in an outstandingly authentic atmosphere!! Place was packed, the food was good, and the service was great. What a gem."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The food was very awesome and the overall vibe was amazing. I will definitely come back."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Food was good- had the fajitas. The ribs were a bit dry but flavor was good. The rest of the meal, steak chicken and sausage fajitas were very good and tender"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Great food served . Waiter seemed to be there every time we needed something. Drinks were real, People were friendly. Great place to go for real, Mexican food, cooked the way you like it."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The food was pretty good but definitely overpriced. Mariachi was great. The restaurant was full and with a mariachi it was nearly impossible to hear if you're talking in a normal tone. I liked the place but unsure if we'll return."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Just fantastic! Carlos our waiter is the MAN!!! girlfriend woke up with goat taco breathe sooooooo that was bad but everything else AWESOME"
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "They had live music with two groups playing at the same time that just made it noisy. When it was mentioned to the manager he said he didn't care that is how they did it there. You don't have a category for noise level of too noisy."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I enjoyed the ambience--great for a birthday party. The food was solid, but my Carne Asada was a bit salty. However, the handmade tortillas were incredible. The live music was awesome. I would visit again on a special occasion."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "I took my mom and girlfriend for dinner here on a Sunday night at 8pm and the place was full. The mariachi band makes it a fun experience. The salsa is the best in the city in my opinion. The food is moderately priced, and definitely above average, but not awesome. There are also several authentic North Mexican dishes. I recommend this place for a unique, authentic Mexican dinner experience."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "This was the first time attending El Ranchito excellent service. It was my best friends birthday and she had a great time."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "I absolutely love this place ! Food is great, atmosphere is great and they have the best mariachi's in town.!"
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "It's a fun, authentic Mexican restaurant.. The food is really good...."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "Food is great, and so is service! Gonzalo was my service and he definitely goes above & beyond!! Their parillada is AMAZING!!"
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "My wife and I decided to dine at El Ranchito on a Friday evening, based on several reviews, before spending an evening strolling around the Bishop Arts District. We live in Far North Dallas, so we rarely get to this part of town. The food was extremely good and moderately priced, and the service was fine, but the evening was almost ruined by the incessant, never-ending, and extremely loud Mariachi bands (they even have more than one!). I realize there were lots of kids and families, but does the music have to be so loud as to make conversation impossible? Upon entering the restaurant, the sign says: "$15.00 for Mariachi Band to play at your table." By the end of the night, my wife joked: "Do you think we can pay them $15.00 NOT TO PLAY?""
    Dined on 8/30/2013
  • "The food is very authentic and very well priced. always a line outside in the evenings which tells u how good it is. one of my favorite places to take a date or family that comes in from out of town."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "The mariachis were dynamite; took my uncle from Maryland who is a classical saxophonist and he loved it! As always, food was great and service was very good. They always seem so glad to share their culture and cuisine with us as guests."
    Dined on 4/21/2013
  • "Wow, El Ranchito is the real deal! It was very fun, very reasonable and full of locals and people of Mexican heritage. The margaritas were huge, the food was ample and pretty good. Very authentic. We ran a bit late but they held our open table reservation even though there was a big wait at the door. The mariachi band was very good. The lead singer could really belt out the songs!"
    Dined on 4/19/2013
  • "Great tex mex! Always crowded so make sure you have a reservation."
    Dined on 4/19/2013
  • "This was a nice venue. Nothing special about the food, though, and the service was fair. Would I return? Sure, but I would not be in a hurry to do so."
    Dined on 4/8/2013
  • "I have been going to El Ranchito for many years now. I just love this Oak Cliff spot. On this occasion we happen to be there for their 30th Anniversary. Margaritas, multiple mariachi's, and Elvis impersonators, could you ask for more? The food is always great, their queso is fantastic and not be missed. Another notable dish is the Parrillada Mexican which is chicken, beef, sausage and rib fajitas all served on hibachi. It's perfect for sharing with friends. TIP: If you are visiting with kids there is often women walking around with buckets of light up trinkets and glow sticks ect. Save some money and hit the dollar store first and bring your own, kids will still love it. And second, bring a few bucks to tip the mariachi's. They are amazing!"
    Dined on 3/27/2013