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El Ranchito, Dallas, TX

El Ranchito

4.4
4.4
226 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
  • Phone number
    (214) 946-4238
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Oak Cliff / Bishop Arts
  • Cross street
    Llewelyn
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Entertainment
    Live Mariachis everyday from 7:30 to close.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 226 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

226 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time we will definitely go back! The food, service and the music was great!

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  2. olgag

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter was great. He got all orders correct for being a big party.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my 5th time eating here. The food and experience was top notch.

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  4. BernieV

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our evening at El Ranchito, thank y’all.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El Ranchito always has great service and food!! My grandfather loves hearing the mariachis play music he grew up with!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it. The service was especially good. Everyone was very accommodating and patient. The mariachi was also great.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was wonderful. Not charging for photos would be great though!

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  8. ChristianA

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always great! Service as well! We have not found a better Mexican restaurant in this area, so we drive 45-55 minutes just to go here.

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  9. RValle

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Foods delicious the service is great the mariachis are remarkable and fun bring all your family and friends

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  10. CurtisM

    Dallas

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating a Birthday and had a great time! Our waitress was awesome and the meal delicious 😍 Always a good time here🤩

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  11. MichelleR

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly and great atmosphere. The food was very good and had lots of options for everyone in our party.

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  12. Norm

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We took a group of 13 at lunchtime, a difficult task for almost any restaurant. It was great. The service was still snappy, the food came out quickly and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service as usual and food was bountiful. All of the service staff was great and also had a great sounding mariachi band.

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  14. AnnC

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time, celebrating our mothers 80th birthday! Our server was wonderful, and the restaurant was as wonderful as always. And of course the food was delicious! Thank you for making the celebration so wonderful. Ann

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  15. Maria

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We come here for special occasions because of the mariachi band. They are excellent, our server was super nice and efficient, and the food was delicious.

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  16. JeffreyJ

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was very accommodating for our gathering.

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  17. DanielH

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent experience as always. Service and food were great.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a birthday for my mother and I love this place and the family got to experience the food for the first time. Great as always

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  19. bydkml

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    can never go wrong with the food here, absolutely one of the best mexican restaurants in oak cliff

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My grandfather enjoyed the food and we had great service.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Great energy and staff! Food was 4/5 but will be going again.

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  22. olgag

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Father’s Day

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  23. ElizabethM

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is always great and the service is good and friendly

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for cinco de Mayo. We had an amazing time. Enjoyed the ambiance, decor, mariachi band. Food was soooo good and so was the service. I’ll definitely be back.

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  25. JoeD

    West Palm Beach

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good and will go back

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  27. ALANW

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and atmosphere

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  28. PaulG

    Dallas

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dad’s birthday Everything was excellent ( service/ atmosphere and the food) will make reservations for future parties. Thank you for your amazing service.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    89th BD celebration for our Mom, Grandma & Great Grandma. Wonderful, efficient service! Very accommodating!

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  30. enriqued

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great authentic Mexican food and atmosphere (music & partying).

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  31. ElizabethM

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve heard about this place for years. And it is good goalie problem it is very busy at peak times so I’d recommend going a little bit after that as the waiters were very busy but they kept up. And the food is very very good.

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  32. cely

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Too bad for this place, it once was very enjoyable ambiance PLUS the food was great. Service is still very good but all the food was bland and precooked. I hope they can figure it out since this is such a classic.

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  33. IsaacV

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    We went there for daughter n law birthday. We went for Mariachis but we had no idea it is $20 per song and they should be playing songs no matter what for the ambiance. The food expensive and tacos al carbon barely had meat. Waitress was good and attentive. We will go next time for Tex-Mex to Campisanos. Very dissappointed.

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  34. MariV

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best authentic Mexican food! Coming from California has been a disappointment not able to find real good Mexican food!

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  35. PaulG

    Dallas

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a family dinner and our waitress was very attentive, nice and very helpful. She did excellent job on taking the order and making sure everything was correct.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was amazing will keep coming back!

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  37. PatriciaA

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to celebrate my mom’s 50th birthday and was pleased with the overall experience! Will definitely recommend it to anyone that would love a good place with mariachis. Thank you El Ranchito for the best birthday experience for my mother!

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  38. ValerieM

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The music is AMAZING! The food is SO GOOD! The atmosphere is perfect! This is where the good Mexican food is at!

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  39. Nathan

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved every bit of it! Super helpful staff and live music playing with well versed musicians.

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  40. Guest

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was not the greatest. They took too long to bring food. Once food arrived it was cold. We had 1 waiter for 20 people. We needed 2 waiters. It was too much for the waiter. The guests had to wait for tickets to pay for at least 20 min. The guests were getting restless. I am torn about recommending the restaurant for large parties because of the serv.

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FAQs

El Ranchito is rated 4.4 stars by 226 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for El Ranchito

610 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Llewelyn
  • Neighborhood
    Oak Cliff / Bishop Arts
  • 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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican / Southwestern
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Live Mariachis everyday from 7:30 to close.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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