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El Ranchito

4.4
4.4
210 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

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • 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

  • 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 210 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

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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
  2. b

    bydkml

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    can never go wrong with the food here, absolutely one of the best mexican restaurants in oak cliff
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My grandfather enjoyed the food and we had great service.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing! Great energy and staff! Food was 4/5 but will be going again.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  6. EM

    ElizabethM

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is always great and the service is good and friendly
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  8. JD

    JoeD

    West Palm Beach

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Good and will go back
  10. AL

    ALANW

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and atmosphere
  11. PG

    PaulG

    Dallas

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dad’s birthday Everything was excellent ( service/ atmosphere and the food) will make reservations for future parties. Thank you for your amazing service.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    89th BD celebration for our Mom, Grandma & Great Grandma. Wonderful, efficient service! Very accommodating!
  13. e

    enriqued

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great authentic Mexican food and atmosphere (music & partying).
  14. EM

    ElizabethM

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  15. c

    cely

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    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.
  16. IV

    IsaacV

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    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.
  17. MV

    MariV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best authentic Mexican food! Coming from California has been a disappointment not able to find real good Mexican food!
  18. PG

    PaulG

    Dallas

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was amazing will keep coming back!
  20. PA

    PatriciaA

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  21. VM

    ValerieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The music is AMAZING! The food is SO GOOD! The atmosphere is perfect! This is where the good Mexican food is at!
  22. N

    Nathan

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved every bit of it! Super helpful staff and live music playing with well versed musicians.
  23. G

    Guest

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2021

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    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.
  24. HU

    HUCK

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome environment and Amazing food. Service was amazing our waitress was Amazing very hard worker new what i needed when i needed it never had to as for anything. Mariachis were awesome as well.
  25. PG

    PaulG

    Dallas

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was very glad that they had table separated due to the pandemic. I was glad that they required guest to wear mask.
  26. B

    Brenda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and waiter was so friendly! Highly recommended!
  27. CJ

    CarmenJulia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. I'm never disappointed. Drinks are delicious. Music is great. Food is hot and delicious. Love it ❤
  28. G

    Group

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Average. Dark. Not enough safe distance space between dinners for Covid restrictions. Service was good. Limited parking.
  29. AF

    AngieF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for helping give my fiancé a great birthday surprise. Everyone love the food which was excellent and drinks were outstanding thank you for bringing the cake after everyone was ready. Highly recommending this place keep up the great work. Angie Fraga
  30. PG

    PaulG

    Dallas

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had s great waiter, the restaurant was practicing social distancing.
  31. AT

    AllenTXmom

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a group of 9 and everyone enjoyed their dinners and drinks. One of our favorite places and it didn't disappoint!
  32. LC

    LuisC

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were there for a birthday get together. Atmosphere was amazing! Food was excellent!
  33. TW

    TeriW

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elvis night is a treat!
  34. GM

    GaryM

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Lots of fun Good food reasonable prices
  35. LT

    LonT

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    A great place for mariachi bands. If it weren’t for them, I would not go. 3 of our 8 had finished their meals before the other 5 came out. Worst queso in Dallas. Margarita’s are not very memorable. The entrees were great though. I love the space. Lots of memories that represent oak cliff.
  36. AE

    AEGarcia

    Dallas

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great service!
  37. T

    Tery26

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  38. b

    blanca

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 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.
  39. C

    Cornishgal01

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great festive atmosphere with Mexican decor and Mariachis. Great food and attentive service. What more could you ask for ?
  40. AQ

    AlexandraQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food,outstanding customer service,and very clean.

FAQs

El Ranchito is rated 4.4 stars by 210 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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

  • 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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