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

El Ranchito Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elranchito-dallas.com
  • Email: info@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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
Diner Reviews
  • "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