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El Ranchon

September 1st, 2008 · 39 Comments


El Ranchon (Mexican)
3416 W McGraw St (Map)
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 281-9233

Gladys and Abner:  Is there anyone in Mangolia who has not eaten here?  It is a very popular neighborhood spot and the food is consistently good.  Friendly and fast service.  Perfect for families.

NWSource.com: “…I chose El Ranchon, a Mexican restaurant that serves the best sangria outside Spain, or so I was told by a fellow diner. The food was fine and I really liked the genuine friendliness.”

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  • andrea

    The best place in town to take your children. We go there about once a week. My children have learned their restaurant manners there and the staff is wonderful and just like family. Can’t say enough good things. A real treasure in our neighborhood.

  • Cal

    Andrea – Thanks, we had to sit next to you while you tought your kids their restaurant manners. Maybe start at home next time!

  • Ker

    El alimento es fantástico, el servicio es amistoso, las pastillas son frescas, los frijoles dan mí asfixío con gas

  • http://MagnoliaVoice N

    Great lively spot for a quick dinner…all age groups welcome. The food is not fancy but you can count on consistency every time and it’s good. The best part is Abraham and his friendly staff. Now there’s a business owner who knows how to welcome his customers and make them feel special!

  • Valentijn

    Great seafood dishes, which can be hard to find mexican-style! Also a nice variety, even some pretty healthy options. And of course, wonderful friendly staff.

  • Harry G

    Probably one of my top five favourite restaurants and we go there alot of the time. Delicious food and excellent staff.

    P.S. Cal, you might want to stop insulting others manners and learn how to spell.

  • http://www.vortman.com Marlin

    There is no reason to leave Magnolia to get good Mexican or Tex-Mex food.

  • John

    We love El Ranchon….the food, the service , the owners greeting you and remembering you. The
    kind of place every small town needs, and after all, isn’t Magnolia really just a small town?

  • Joe

    Fantastic food and excellent service.

  • Val

    According to http://www.decadeonline.com/main.phtml?agency=skc, at last surprise health inspection this restaurant got 5 points, with 0 high risk violations.

    • chiizus

      Wow… best score in Magnolia it looks like!

  • chiizus

    Food is ok… I prefer La Palma on 15th, but the one thing I love about El Ranchon is the guacamole. It is TO DIE FOR. Best guac I've ever had anywhere, EVER. Period. Which is probably why they charge a totally unreasonable amount for a side of it. But I'll usually splurge for it.

    I have noticed when I was getting take out there for lunch semi-regularly, the prices seem to change from week to week. Like, I almost thought the clerks just either didn't know what the right prices were or made them up. One day a dish would be a few dollars more or less than the same dish was a week before.

  • lawton

    The food is OK. Kind of bland. Not really like they are cooking for themselves. More lettuce than should be allowed on tostadas. Where's the meat? The staff is consistently friendly and the service is good. One reason to go elsewhere for Mexican. Senor Moose.!

  • MagMayor

    Commonly known as “The Ranch”. El Ranchon is my son's favortie place to grab a burger. I love the Ranchon Burrito with a side of Margarita on the rocks.

  • MagMayor

    Commonly known as “The Ranch”. El Ranchon is my son's favortie place to grab a burger. I love the Ranchon Burrito with a side of Margarita on the rocks.

  • amusedpen

    It's dependable formula Mexican food for gringos, but the atmosphere and the family-anchored service is some of the best. With places like Senor Moose and La Carta de Oaxaca doing a land-office business, let's hope we seem a little more adventure on the menu soon.

  • amusedpen

    It's dependable formula Mexican food for gringos, but the atmosphere and the family-anchored service is some of the best. With places like Senor Moose and La Carta de Oaxaca doing a land-office business, let's hope we seem a little more adventure on the menu soon.

  • oohda

    i agree with amusedpen: how about some specials.

    it is a very friendly restaurant.

    they remember what i like to drink…..

  • bill bibet

    I love the staff and owner, always friendly and fun. I really enjoy all the food, in spite of the fact all my mexican friends say it is not authentic….oh well.

  • http://whoknows Marcia

    I go to this restaurant alot.

    I am always made to feel comfortable and enjoy my food even if I am alone and reading my magazine.

    Maybe the food is not gourmet or real Mexican, but it tastes good. Comfort and service is more important to me.

    Raul and Abraham always make me feel welcome, although I just can’t figure out which are their sisters or their wives , but they are always gracious too..

  • Mia Eva

    Sorry I know this is a busy place but has to be the worst Mexican food I have ever had…margaritas are awesome though.

  • tootie12

    Fish tacos are new to the menu. Theirs are dipped in egg batter – so if you have a problem with eggs, like I do, not for you!

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    Regular customers since they opened about 17 years ago. Good food, and great people. It’s what we call formula Mexican (what Americans expect), and we’re always encouraging them to expand the menu, but we certainly won’t stop going there. Great Chinese coffee (ask Raul to explain).

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  • Traceyk

    El Ranchon is a wonderful restaurant. Great family atmosphere, food is always good and the staff couldn’t be nicer. 2 thumbs up to Abraham who makes the regulars feel like family.

  • Marlin

    Best Mexican style food restaurant in Magnolia.  Friendly staff, good service, and reasonable prices.
    Marlin
    Marlin

  • Marlin

    Best Mexican style food restaurant in Magnolia.  Friendly staff, good service, and reasonable prices.
    Marlin
    Marlin

    • Brea

      Marlin – This is the only Mexican style food in Magnolia.

  • Mag

    Puta!

    • Kait

      What is puta?  I didn’t see it on the menu.

  • Lara

    Queso, queso, queso. Enough said. Yummy.