El Ranchito

4.3
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209 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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.
What 209 People Are Saying
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.2
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4.3
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AE
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service!

T
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was delicious however our server took very long to bring out our tortillas with the fajitas as well as refilling our chips . She was very sweet and nice thou. I think she needed help. Also the Mariachi sings when requested so the entertainment is sporadic and not consistent. We requested one song and they were very entertaining and sounded great.

b
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience5

I would only recommend for drinks and the mariachi that comes . It was my 40th birthday and unfortunately some of the food was not good and we still got charged for it . We kept having to get the waiter . Also there was spilled glass underneath the table that no one came to clean had to ask twice.

C
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great festive atmosphere with Mexican decor and Mariachis. Great food and attentive service. What more could you ask for ?

AQ
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food,outstanding customer service,and very clean.

D
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

service was great my order was wrong twice but fixed eventually other than that everything was great

J
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried because a friend told us about the place . We went as our date night & loved the food & environment so then decided to take my mother for her birthday dinner

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our family’s New Year’s Eve dinner here and everything was grade A! The food, the ambience and the no wait since we made our reservation through Open Table - I would recommend both to anyone and everyone! Happy 2019!!

GM
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Music was great
Make sure to make reservations
Food is good at reasonable prices
Fastest bus service I have ever seen
They can flip a table in under a minute
Manager was active and supervising the seating and service
Hard to find a front of house manager like that
We will be back

NA
Memphis
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was so welcoming and food was delicious. Will definitely go back

OT
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place as always!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fast waitress was really nice and the food was great

OT
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always!!!

L
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite Mexican restaurant, on our second visit, we were hooked!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

C
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was great. A bit too loud. My guest and I were having to practically scream at each other the whole time.
After we paid for our meal the waitress was basically rushing us up from the table. The service staff should definitely work on hospitality.

MD
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love, Love this place! The mariachi, the food and the service is amazing. I try something new every time and I’ve never been disappointed😘😘😘😘

TS
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service!!! Will definitely return!

JO
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good. Atmosphere is always great. It was a slow night, so that made for a better experience. We have been there when the wait is way over an hour. Having a reservation through Opentable was definitely a plus. The mariachi was amazing. Same mariachi we used for my daughter’s quinceañera in August. We celebrated my beautiful wife’s birthday. Great time

OC
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have visited this restaurant all of my life. We have been there for family Sunday lunch, birthdays, etc. Good variation in menu to satisfy everyone. They accommodate big parties. Just be prepared that there are often Mariachis playing which certainly bring a great but loud atmosphere!

OT
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience4

El ranchito is good if you want the real Mexican restaurant experience with mariachi and fresh made tortillas.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would give this restaurant 10 stars!!!! We celebrated our parents birthday Saturday (January 21st) we were able to reserve online which is a plus, and when we arrived they made room for 15 people and it wasn’t over crowded like they knew how to handle this big crowd. From the food to the drinks and how kid friendly the place was oh god even the mariachi was the bomb!!!!! Had the kids dancing which is rare! This place is our new get together leaving Ranitas which is up the street, I already told my friends about this place I’ve snapped this place it’s a live party and really fun environment we didn’t want to leave. Got there at 7pm didn’t leave till almost 10:30pm. Best place in dallas it’s a must to stop by. Thanks again for making an already special day even more better

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The cheese sauce was a bit disappointing. Every thing was great!!!

PG
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and we had excellent service but we ask for sangria and they brought us non-alcoholic sangria and didn't know about alcohol sangria

JL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 8 had a terrific time. The food was excellent, our server (Rosa) was very nice and the ambience (including the mariachi band) was fun. We were celebrating our son's birthday and the restaurant was very accommodating to let us bring our own cake. Rosa brought it out and lit the candles, etc. The dinner menu had lots of great options. I had the specialty goat tacos and they were terrific. The corn tortillas were especially good too!

JH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite Mexican restaurant ever! Ambiance, food and margaritas are the best!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

P
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JZ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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😀😀😀

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SA
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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?

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

EN
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall4food4service2ambience4

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