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El Ranchito

4.5
189 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican / Southwestern
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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
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Phone number
(214) 946-4238
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Llewelyn
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Entertainment
Live Mariachis everyday from 7:30 to close.
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Special events & promotions
Elvis will be in the building August 17th and 24th. Join us for our semi-annual Elvis impersonator contest.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 189 People Are Saying
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4.3
service
4.7
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4.3
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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Wonderful atmosphere

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 4, 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!

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on September 15, 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 !

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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?

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5.0Dined on August 25, 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

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5.0Dined on August 23, 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!

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!!

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on May 3, 2017

Always an awesome dining experience.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!!

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2.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2016

Awesome as always!!!!!

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2016

Awesome and fun!!

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