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Matt's El Rancho

Matt's El Rancho

Tex-Mex Restaurant and Bar$$$$
South Lamar, Austin
  • Has a stamp of approval from Eater and Austin Chronicle
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    • Austin Chronicle
  • Perry N.
    "Bob Armstrong dip (aka delicious queso) is worth the trip."(10 Tips)
    Shane A.
    "You have to try the brisket tacos... Best meal in Austin."(6 Tips)
    "Order The Bob and brisket tacos or old fashion tacos"(3 Tips)
    Douglas A.
    "Matt's is "old Austin"....great TexMex, a great family place!"(5 Tips)
131 Tips and reviews
  • Mexican food
  • bob armstrong dip
  • tacos
  • margaritas
  • Tex-Mex cuisine
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  • Jennifer R.
    Be sure to start with the Bob Armstrong Queso!
  • Erin G.
    Erin GApril 14
    Brisket flautas were delicious
  • Luke S.
    Luke SteinMarch 25
    Asadero tacos
  • Tom A.
    Tom AdamsJanuary 5
    If you’re going on a weekday, get there before 5, that’s all I’m going to say! Great food, great drinks.
  • Lucy
    LucyNovember 13, 2017
    One of the best family go-to’s for Mexican food in Austin! Highly recommend the cheese dip - Matt’s special recipe with avocado and bacon mixed in.
  • Lennon J.
    Lennon JonesAugust 1, 2017
    Best Tacos Al Carbon EVER!!! Bob dip is good as well
  • John B.
    John BonebrakeMay 12, 2017
    Don Armstrong queso is a must!!
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha SmithMarch 24, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Austin classic. Great for groups. Great margherita, have to get the Bob Armstrong and the fajitas
  • Bernie Z.
    Bernie ZamoraFebruary 19, 2017
    Dinner last night w Chad, Guy, Meredith, and friends. Queso and Mexican Martini is muy delicioso... everything is else is alright!
  • Rami I.
    Rami IsmailFebruary 3, 2017
    It's a big but somewhat busy place with good food. I had a lovely beef fajita. We had amazing service, fast and very friendly. Does serve Mexican Coke.
  • Ed R.
    Ed RamirezJanuary 6, 2017
    Very reasonable lunch specials. My favorite lunch plate is the Tacos Al Pastor. Oh, of course, get a Bob (small or large).
  • carmella m.
    carmella milicia-russellDecember 26, 2016
    I love the food just like my Momma used too make it.
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SDecember 13, 2016
    The Bob Armstrong dip is life. Try it with tortillas too, it's amazing. Their margaritas are so good as is their sangria.
  • Lemon F.
    Lemon From MexicoDecember 8, 2016
    Must visit restaurant on your next Austin Trip.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SchobeyNovember 22, 2016
    Best texmex there is.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MNovember 15, 2016
    Brisket tacos!!!
  • Theodore K.
    Theodore KSeptember 28, 2016
    Bob Armstrong dip.
  • Douglas A.
    Douglas AllenSeptember 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Matt's is "old Austin"....great TexMex, a great family place!
  • Dianey S.
    Dianey SandovalAugust 14, 2016
    This place has some good Mexican food... The beef enchiladas are so delicious.. The sauce has that authentic Mexican flavor... 😋🇲🇽👍🏼
  • Scott L.
    Scott LindsayJune 17, 2016
    Bob Andersons Queso
  • Sara
    SaraMay 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Outdoor patio is the place to sit on a nice day or evening. Margaritas Are delicious.
  • Logan W.
    Logan WestFebruary 28, 2016
    TexMex, Brisket Tacos, Cheese Dip, Matt's Special
  • Brandon H.
    Brandon HaverlandDecember 5, 2015
    No idea why this is as popular as it is. Mediocre Mexican food at best.
  • mathew m.
    mathew murphyNovember 25, 2015
    Decidedly mediocre food. You're there for the drinks.
  • May ♍.
    May ♍October 29, 2015
    An Austin staple since1952. Fantastic and fresh food. Try the nachos, fajitas, and the fresh homemade tortillas both corn & flour. The Bon Armstrong dip is amazing. For a drink go for the TKO martini
  • Jeff G.
    Jeff GSeptember 23, 2015
    Get the shrimp-enchiladas. Good tex-mex outside the city.
  • Miriam G.
    Miriam GoldmanMay 17, 2015
    The guacamole is just sour cream and food colouring. Yuck!
  • Dustin H.
    Dustin HaleyMay 16, 2015
    Great food, can get very crowded though on nights and weekends. Good outdoor patio and great salsa.
  • Ken C.
    Ken CagleMarch 11, 2015
    Waiters, you are a waiter. Swallow your fucking pride and do your job with some integrity.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The Bob Armstrong dip is the best dip in Austin, which is why it’s on our list of The Tastes That Make the City: Austin. Read more
  • Pao
    PaoDecember 6, 2014
    Chips and tortillas homemade ! Recommend the fajitas
  • Isaac Ben S.
    Isaac Ben SanchezOctober 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Smoked Chicken Enchiladas very tasty.
  • David B.
    David BlaylockAugust 23, 2014
    Home of the Huge Chip.
  • Charles V.
    Charles VestalAugust 11, 2014
    The QUESO.
  • KATIE G.
    KATIE GAugust 6, 2014
    Enchiladas, tacos, pralines. They're all fantastic. This place's longevity speaks for itself.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseMay 16, 2014
    Sit on the back porch. Get the Mexican Martini. Best queso this Texan has ever had. SERIOUSLY
  • Rudy E.
    Rudy EnglandMay 12, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Beef tostadas compuestas with Ranchero sauce!
  • Marcus F.
    Marcus FryerMay 5, 2014
    Good food, fast, great for large groups.
  • Joycott
    JoycottApril 16, 2014
    Get some delicious tacos on Earth Day, and 5% of your check goes to eco-friendly causes.
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy CrusottJanuary 4, 2014
    Fish tacos, fried, corn tortillas & cilantro dressing.... SO GOOD!
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 2, 2013
    It is indeed famous and is by far my favorite Mexican food restaurant in Austin. Great prices for great food. Friendly atmosphere. STRONGLY recommend.
  • Paul D.
    Paul D ⛱November 9, 2013
    They will make a margarita using fresh squeezed jalapeños to make it more spicy.
  • Katy T.
    Katy ThompsonOctober 11, 2013
    Get the Relleno, it's great down to the pecans and raisins. :)
  • Michael P.
    Michael PersaudOctober 4, 2013
    This place is the best! Best Mexican food!
    DONALD MOORESeptember 25, 2013
    Very nice date-nite spot, and great food :)
  • Jace D.
    Jace DeloneySeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Best michelada in Austin.
  • Ben
    BenAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Make sure they offer you sherbet or a praline for dessert.
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher CollinsAugust 4, 2013
    Now I remember why I haven't been here in ten years. This place sux!!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseJuly 26, 2013
    My favorite queso ANYWHERE
  • Beverly S.
    Beverly SwansonJuly 10, 2013
    fajitas are awesome.
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