Best Mexican sit-down restaurant: Avila’s El Ranchito

STAPLE OF THE TOWN: Avila’s El Ranchito sits at the corner of Ola Vista and Del Mar. Danielle Generaux

Danielle Generaux | Student Life Editor

February 11, 2022

There are so many quality Mexican restaurants in San Clemente: Ricardo’s Place, La Siesta, South of Nick’s, and El Jefe to name a few. With so many to choose from, which one surpasses the rest? This year, the Triton Times voted Avila’s El Ranchito for Best Mexican Restaurant in town.

Established in 1996, Avila’s El Ranchito features delightful recipes from Guanajuato, Mexico. These recipes have been in Mama Avila’s family for generations, and every one of the 13 locations in Los Angeles and Orange County is run by a family member. This warrants “the reputation the family has earned for treating our customers like part of the family” mentioned by the Avila’s El Ranchito Restaurant website. According to the website, Sergio Avila and his daughters, Maribel and Valerie, can frequently be found at Avila’s El Ranchito in Corona Del Mar.

“My favorite meal is the chicken tacos because the chicken is seasoned super well and the tacos are very fresh and great to eat after a long day,” senior Savannah Bachelor said.

DELICIOUS beef taquitos, chips, and salsa served at Avila’s El Ranchito. Danielle Generaux

The menu at Avila’s features over 50 different combinations of meals and desserts. Avila’s highlights six delicious specials:

  • Enchiladas de Camaron
  • Sergio’s Shrimp Tacos
  • Blackened Mahi Tacos
  • Valerie’s Mahi Mahi Burrito
  • Mari’s Quesadilla Del Mar
  • Camarones a la Diabla

They also have seven “favorites”—five of which, listed below, are gluten-free.

  • Fresco Chile Relleno
  • Mahi Veggie Bowl
  • Baja Bowl
  • Street Tacos
  • Grilled Fiesta Platter

The other two favorites are “Chingolingas,” which is a chicken-filled tortilla pastry, and “Quesadilla Avila,” which is Avila’s take on the classic quesadilla.

Avila’s El Ranchito is nestled at the corner of Del Mar and Ola Vista, and its proximity to the Pier makes it a perfect location for a sunset dinner and beach walk. If you’re even near Del Mar and looking for a great Mexican meal, Avila’s El Ranchito is the place for you.

2515 E Coast Hwy
Corona del Mar, CA 92625

(949) 644-8226



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