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El Ranchito’s 50th Anniversary Celebration


El Ranchito is our favorite family restaurant. We have created so many family memories over the years while enjoying their authentic Mexican cuisine.

After my older son had developed a life-threatening allergy to beans, we had to find a Mexican restaurant that has a clean kitchen, so there wouldn’t be any cross contamination. Avila’s was the only Mexican restaurant in Orange County where my son did not have any signs of an allergic reaction because they pride themselves on serving high-quality food in a kitchen that has proved to our family over the years to be allergy friendly.

El Ranchito Soup

Our family enjoys dining at the Laguna Niguel and Lake Forest location on a regular basis where we savor the delicious cuisine and are treated like family by the friendly staff.

This year, Avila’s is celebrating their 50th Anniversary, and you’re invited to join the celebration. We invite you to celebrate your love for Avila’s at your favorite location throughout the summer. We hope to see you at one of these upcoming celebrations.


June 23, 2016, Huntington Park (6703 Santa Fe Ave.) – The original Avila’s El Ranchito restaurant, entrusted to daughter Margarita, laid the foundation for the success of the restaurant collection, and generation-after-generation of locals embrace the beloved staff, most of who have been working alongside the Avila family for years.

June 30, 2016, Foothill Ranch (26771 Portola Parkway) – Son Sal, his daughter Monica and son Jeremy opened the location earlier this year, ensuring the family legacy will continue with a third generation of Avilas.

July 7, 2016, Lake Forest (24406 Muirlands Boulevard) – Sal opened this south Orange County location in 1998, and it reflects his eclectic surfing travels.

July 14, 2016, Huntington Beach (318 Main Street) – Son Sergio continued to embrace the Avila family’s love of surfing by opening this themed restaurant in 1999. Growing up, the Avila boys surfed in Huntington Beach after school, and this downtown Surf City restaurant is not far from their favorite surfing spots.

July 21, 2016, Corona Del Mar (2515 East Coast Highway) – Sergio and his daughter Maribel established this location in 1996 in the heart of Corona Del Mar’s cozy village community.

Aug. 4, 2016, Santa Ana (2201 E. First Street) – Son Victor established this location in 1983, which is known as a hot lunch spot among downtown residents and also cherished for its several cozy fireplaces.

Aug. 11, 2016, Newport Beach (2800 Newport Boulevard) – Son Sergio introduced Orange County to Avila’s El Ranchito when he established this flagship restaurant on the Balboa Peninsula in 1975.

Aug. 18, 2016, Seal Beach (209 Main Street) – Elyse, third-generation Avila family member, owns this location and can often be found on the floor talking with Seal Beach’s guests. She opened it in 2015.

Aug. 25, 2016, Orange (182 South Orange Street) – A restaurant with the storied history of Avila’s El Ranchito deserves a location among one of Orange County’s most historic neighborhoods. Grandson Marcus opened this one in Old Towne Orange in 2011.

Sept. 1, 2016, San Clemente (204 Avenida Del Mar) – The summer of fiestas wraps up here, where son Victor opened this location in 2003.

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