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

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…

*Margarita Avila is remembered for her strength, spirit and skill.

The Orange County restaurant world lost one of its pioneering finest this week with the death of Margarita Avila, matriarch of the Avila’s El Ranchito family-owned chain whose beloved Mexican food recipes helped make the restaurant group a regional success…

*Margarita Avila, the 93-year-old matriarch behind the empire

Margarita and Salvador Avila opened their first restaurant in Huntington Park in 1966. For more than 50 years, Margarita and Salvador Avila’s El Ranchito restaurants have been a go-to in Orange County for combo plates and margaritas. Regulars will definitely…

At 50, Avila’s El Ranchito is still all about family

When patrons of Avila’s El Ranchito sit down to eat, they’re handed a menu bearing a picture of Margarita “Mamá” Avila. The matriarch of the Mexican food restaurant group is standing by stacks of plates. Her face beams. The photograph suggests…