Santa Ana

Santa Ana – Indoor & Patio Dining

Established in 1983. It all started back in the kitchen in 1966, when the Avila family came to the United States from Guanajuato, Mexico. Mama brought her delicious family recipes. Today Avila’s El Ranchito is still family-owned, family-operated, and family-loved.

Victor Avila built this location in 1983 and still operates it today with the help of his long-time General Manager, Karen Edwards. Featuring several Banquet rooms, Avila’s is the host of many milestone Birthday parties, Anniversary celebrations, Bridal Showers, Intimate Wedding receptions, Quinceañera celebrations, Celebration of Life memorials, and Happy Hour Office parties.

Santa Ana


2201 E. 1st Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 547-9129


  • Sunday-Thursday 11 am to 9 pm
  • Friday & Saturday 11 am to 10 pm
  • Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3 to 8 pm
  • Taco Tuesday 3 to 9 pm

News and Media

*Avila’s El Ranchito founder Salvador Avila dies at 99

Salvador Avila, patriarch and founder of Avila’s El Ranchito restaurant empire, passed away from natural causes in Newport Beach on July 28. Read more here

*Salvador Avila’s legacy lives on through his family-owned El Ranchito restaurants

The chain of Avila’s El Ranchito Mexican Restaurants feels like it has always been around. With locations throughout Orange County, it’s a reliable establishment for a satisfying meal and a refreshing margarita. Read more here

*Avila’s Founder, Salvador Avila – January 6, 1923 to July 28, 2022

Salvador Avila was a family man. His passion and determination was to provide for his wife Margarita and his six children; José Luis, Salvador, Victor, Sergio, María Elena, and Margarita. PapaAvilaStory

Celebrity Bryan Cranston steps in as Guest Bartender at Avila’s Newport

Emmy award-winning “Breaking Bad” actor, Bryan Cranston stepped in as a celebrity guest bartender at Avila’s El Ranchito – Newport  Beach Peninsula location as restaurant operators, 3rd generation of Avila women took part in the fun serving up fabulous cocktails from Dos Hombres…