About 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.

610 W Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican / Southwestern

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

Cross Street:
Llewelyn

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(214) 946-4238

Website:
http://www.elranchito-dallas.com/

Entertainment:
Live Mariachis everyday from 7:30 to close.

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Elvis will be in the building August 17th and 24th. Join us for our semi-annual Elvis impersonator contest.

El Ranchito Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (7)
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Authentic (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Fun (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good for a Date (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
People Watching (2)
Spicy (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Cozy (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Live Sports (1)
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent service and the food was outstanding! Celebrated a 21st birthday and everyone had a blast.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our group loved this palace... Love the food and the service was great!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great service. Thank you for making my mom's day truly special.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was great! Service was good. It's very family oriented and great to get together and enjoy atmosphere/ambiance.
We were seated right away which was great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Fun, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We always come here to celebrate birthday dinners beyond amazing friends family as well as our kid have so much fun here

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Very AUTHENTIC, the food was amazing and we really enjoyed the atmosphere. We drove 45 minutes to give it a try and it WAS WORTH IT!!!!! MOLE, TRIPAS AND MOJELAS😀😀😀

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Rene was our waiter and he provided excellent service. we had a table of 10 yet everything was great! we had a perfect time !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Delicious cabrito and very festive atmosphere. Fun place to celebrate a birthday or special occasion with family and friends.

Tags: Casual, Live Music, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Just for fun!!! Awesome food. Awesome service!!

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 2, 2017

My family and I have been going to El Ranchito for a while now. Whether it's a weekend family meal or a special occasion, they never disappoint. The food is great, authentic Mexican full of flavor and perfectly cooked. The servers are also very friendly and professional. What's there not to like about this place?

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Amazing experience. The waitress was out of this world and gave complimentary refills. The horchata was perfect, and the food was flavorful and made with love. They even sang me happy birthday and gave a complimentary sopapilla! 10/10

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We attended for Elvis night, it was incredible!! Good food and drink but a little pricier in comparison to similar fajita plates, but considering that we got to see Elvis and enjoy the ambiance it was worth it!

Tags: People Watching, Seasonal
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Fantastic Margaritas! The meals were excellant. Had a great time!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We had an excellent dining experience celebrating a family birthday, would absolutely recommend this place for the food and ambiance. This is not the only time I have been here, several other times have been just as fun and enjoyable as the time before, would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a wonderful meal and an exciting atmosphere!!

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Spicy, Authentic, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 8, 2017

My wife and I were celebrating our 22nd anniversary. My wife is the one who mentioned El Ranchito and I called to make reservations. Upon our arrival we were greeted and received very well. We were there 30 minutes early so we went to the bar and had a couple drinks. We were then escorted to our table and continue to have a fantastic fabulous time with the mariachis playing great music and them dancing. Our waiter was Carlito's and was fantastic on making sure that we were well served with everything on the menu. My wife and I will have a very memorial 22nd anniversary thanks to El Ranchito.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Romantic, Spicy, Hot Spot, Organic, Great Beer, Casual, Live Music, Worth the Drive
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Love the kitsch of this place. We had a great waiter. Not many vegetarian options and they are mostly cheese (not the healthiest ingredient). I had stopped going there because at night the mariachis are deafening, but they weren't there at lunch:)
Wouldn't mind the mariachis either, if they just weren't so LOUD.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Just OK food and Margaritas. Probably won't return. Too many other Great Mexican Food Restaurants around Oak Cliff

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

I wish we had gone to Taco Bell. Seriously. The mole I had was bland and chicken parts weren't recognizable.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Always an awesome dining experience.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Great atmosphere! It was fun, live mariachi and delicious food! My friend's birthday celebration turned awesome thanks to the this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Live Music, Fun, Happy Hour, Casual, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Dallas)·Dined on March 25, 2017

All six adults had grilled meat. The meat plate for three was just right for 3-4 people. We had beef, sausage and chicken. We did not get shrimp. We also got Guacamole. It was cooked medium to well and did not take long. The meat was tasty. We had a two and six year old. The server provided them with crayons and kid menus to draw on. NOTICE- they do not carry kid only drinks such as apple juice or milk. Bring your own. The only disappointment is my wife wanted to come here for the Mariachi bands. We came early (6:30) because the kids get hungry. We knew the bands (often two bands) start at 7 pm. (Saturday nite). We left around 7:45 pm and the members were just wondering in. If you want the music (and it is fun to listen to) come after 7:30. I understand if you make a request you are expected to tip $20. Listening is free. I would love to hear other comments on this. My first beer was not cold enough (Pacifico). I complained and my second beer was cold. Make a Reservation on Weekends.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on March 20, 2017

El Ranchito staff did great with keeping up with the last minute reservation and reservation modifications. Food great! Atomosphere great! Staff friendly!

Tags: Live Music, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Server could not be bother to refill drinks had to ask other staff for help in refills of water and tea.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Food very good and margaritas are awesome! Love the vibrant colors and atmosphere! Mariachi band is top-notch!! Worth the wait and the drive!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 24, 2017

$20 per mariachi song is a lot and the menu items are expensive too

Tags: Live Music
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 13, 2017

My wife and I went for Valentine's Day. The staff was a little slow at serving us, but once they did everything was outstanding. The food was excellent. Overall everything was great. I recommend this place for date night or romantic moments.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Live Sports, Spicy, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 4, 2017

The Mariachis played 10 songs while we drank and enjoyed the music and singing. We had a great time and after 15 years of dining at El Ranchito we always leave happy and full!

Suggestion: Make reservations. It gets really busy on the weekends, but the wait is worth it.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Groups, People Watching, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fun, Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Awesome as always. Fun fun atmosphere . Are there at least once a month. Food is always fantastic and the drinks are fabulous!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Great ambiance for the long surving neighborhood joint. Lively mariachi band was terrific and really made the place festive. Unfortunately, my palate wasn't as entertained by the food. Chile con queso was oddly watery, bland, and pale. Queso isn't hard to make to begin with and any place worth their salt that serves Tex-Mex or Mexican food shouldn't mess that up. Salsa and chips were nice; warm chips meeting with a slightly spicy red salsa. Her fajitas had a nicely cooked down assortment of yellow peppers and onions however the beef was overcooked and made out of a pounded down piece of meat more fitting for a torta than fajitas. I ordered the fried tripe but got fried intestines. That one's on me as I know the translations in the offals game can vary from organ to organ. What was inexcusable was the abundant amount of "material" still left in the tract. A rocks and a frozen marg were severed cold and strong but my unfinished chalice was replaced with silverware setting for four. I'm taking that as a hint that we overstayed our welcome? Good place for some traditional music or even better, Elvis impersonators but can't recommend the food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 14, 2017

I think that some of the menu items need tweaking. The shrimp cocktail is not so good and the other items were fair. The wait staff seems overwhelmed and $20 for one song from the Mariachis seemed steep. Not as nice when I first visited years ago. They also seemed to be rushing you out by clearing the table while you are still eating. They knew it was a birthday party and no special treatment like with other places. Disappointing. Sorry but wouldn't recommend. I had 7 in my party and it was $180 and $40 on Mariachi didn't seem worth it. Only ordered 3 alcohol beverages, so it wasn't like we were all having cocktails. Needs improvement.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 8, 2017

We took my father for his 70th birthday. The meal was fabulous! The service was amazing. The mariachi band playing him 'las mañanitas' was the icing on the flan!

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 6, 2016

Awesome as always!!!!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 23, 2016

Awesome and fun!!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Continues to be a great go to for some different Tex mex. Food And service perfect. top shelf Rita's were excellent.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Live Music, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 8, 2016

We arrived and told them that we had a reservation through Open Table and we were sited right away.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 24, 2016

The most outstanding service from our waiter, he was personable and attentive despite the crowded restaurant, we only had to request things once, especially bringing out the cake when the mariachi started the second song as I requested..The restaurant overall was really good and we look forward to returning...the only one thing I would mention is that please explain when making the reservation that the party cannot be seated until everyone is there...
Thank you
Fabian and Susana...

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Our group usually goes here at least once o month we love the atmosphere, the food is awesome and the margaritas are the best!! We always ask for our favorite server Jovanna. She is so efficient and always takes such good care of us. Even if She is off when we go we enjoy any server we have. Never had a bad experience. Thank you El Ranchito!!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Margaritas are out of this world. We have had Jovanna as our server every time we have gone and she is the best. Very attentive and knows how to guide you through the menu. Love Mariachis in the evening so it can get loud

Tags: Spicy, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Fun, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 6, 2016

It took a long time for me to get my table. The table that was given to me was to small for party. It was very cramped and it was really hot.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 6, 2016

Always such a fun place!!

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