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El Ranchito-Arlington

4.3
4.3
20 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
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

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday - Thursday: 10:00am - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 10:00am - 11:30pm

  • Phone number

    (817) 987-4560

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 20 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good food!
  2. R

    Richard

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Ranchito , is a very recomendable place if your looking for a good time ! The food is awesome I highly recommended.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and I loved hearing the live musicians perform.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The food was OK, don’t expect to be wowed and feel like this is amazing Mexican. I had fajitas with beef, the beef was very chewy & salty. The tortillas were cold and the salsa was ok.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner.
  6. H

    Hilda

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Waitress was not very. Had to ask for straws 3 times, plates for appetizers. Asked for a glass for beer and she brought a tea glass WTH?!.. Kept asking if we needed check constantly... until we said no! We will let u know and its not like people were waiting to be seated. We were still eating.. smh
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Place is clean, you get greeted, food taste good, but service over all was slow & our drinks weren't refilled.
  8. RJ

    RobertJ

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Service was slow to get started and slow again to get the check at the end, but everything in between was good. The food was pretty good. I personally like Pappasito’s, Uncle Julio’s and Abuelos better (in that order), but this food was good, not far behind Abuelos. The margaritas were great, but a bit overpriced. I had a couple of Patron top shelf margaritas that were great, but were $13. I felt this was a couple of dollars too high compared to similar restaurants.
  9. DL

    DonnaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time here. They seated us in front of the fireplace on Christmas Eve. We had a group of 8 family members and the service was excellent. We all loved our food. Salsa was very spicy, chips were fresh, margaritas were very good! Can’t wait to go back.
  10. H

    Heather

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charlie was an awesome server for our big party. Mariachis and food were great!
  11. a

    amparom

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The environment was good and the food was okay the music was really what we like it. The Mariachis play great
  12. JH

    JenniferH

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Ranchito is the best!! It is our go to place when company comes and whenever we want some authentic Mexican food. Sooooo good!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good. Margaritas need work.
  14. l

    likestodine

    Dallas

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    As soon as you walk in you feel welcomed at El Rancito! This is our 2nd visit and I’m guessing it’s the manager that greets guests when they come in. Nice touch! They don’t look at table requests and have a table in the middle of traffic they like to try to get rid of. Lol. Just ask for another table and they happily comply. The table arrangement or lay out if the whole restaurant is strange because there are too many tables in the middle taking away from a cozy feeling you want in a restaurant. Plus ....TOO many TVs!!! This is not a sports bar. You can’t hear the TVs....it’s just distracting movement taking away from great food! You can’t get away from them in any room! The servers need to become trained on the happy hour prices! They cheerfully find out when asked. The friendliness and helpfulness of seevers is top notch! They know the menu and our server, David, was the perfect balance in serving but not being over bearing. Everything is in house and delicious! The corn appetizer unique and great flavors ! The charro beans delicious! Even the rice differed from the typical, having excellent flavor. Ignore the TV if you can and enjoy great food and service.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2017

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    We went to celebrate a birthday and chose this restaurant because we heard they had a mariachi band. Unfortunately, the mariachi band never played one song. They were there but just sitting around the restaurant playing on their phones so we kept thinking that they were going to go on. After being there an hour, I went and asked when the mariachi band was going to start playing and was informed that they only play on request and it cost $20 per song. We decided to still pay the $20 and went to request a song and they did not know it. We asked for another song and they did not know it. We decided to just leave. We were at the restaurant a total of 2 hours and never heard one song. Very disappointed. Will not go back nor would I recommend this restaurant. Food and Service was just average.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was awesome very attentive! We will be visiting again!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had a guest coming from Canada. We enjoy the food and the Mariachi, but only got to listen to them for a bit. They need to come around to other sections more often.
  18. C

    Carol

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food Great experience Great service Happy customer
  19. MP

    MikeP

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great addition to the Arlington restaurant scene! Fantastic food, and the service was outstanding! Won't hesitate to return!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    87 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great first time experience after a long wait for Ranchito to finally open. Definitely upscale from the usual Tex-Mex, strolling mariachis...will be back very soon to try other menu offerings.

FAQs

El Ranchito-Arlington does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

El Ranchito-Arlington is rated 4.3 stars by 20 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

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Google Map for El Ranchito-Arlington

3517 S. Copper St, Dallas, TX 76015

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday - Thursday: 10:00am - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 10:00am - 11:30pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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