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Matt's El Rancho

Matt's El Rancho

Tex-Mex Restaurant and Bar$$$$
South Lamar, Austin
126 Tips and reviews
  • Mexican food
  • bob armstrong dip
  • tacos
  • margaritas
  • Tex-Mex cuisine
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  • John B.
    Don Armstrong queso is a must!!
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha SmithMarch 24
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Upvoted Apr 11
  • 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 S.
    Isaac 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.
  • Wayne O.
    Wayne OlkowskiJuly 4, 2013
    Bring a tazer and a can opener to get into your car!
  • Larry S.
    Larry ShumakeJuly 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Chile Renellos are very good. Nice patio with a koi pond.
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleJune 19, 2013
    This ATX institution has never strayed from its winning formula of authentic Mexican food made from scratch, on the premises, and according to revered family recipes.
  • Kyle W.
    Kyle WalkerJune 11, 2013
    White people Mexican food. Most of it is bland and over priced. The queso sucks. All that being said, for the most part the staff is quite awesome (if you don't count the managers).
  • Rudy E.
    Rudy EnglandJune 1, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Beware the pigeons overhead on the patio!
  • M E.
    M E 🙉May 27, 2013
    They don't use fresh line juice for their skinny Rita's. So they really don't offer a skinny Rita. They don't bother to tell you that either. You have to ask for olives with your Mexican martini.
  • Shelby G.
    Shelby GeenMay 23, 2013
    I'll take a large Bob!
  • Jorge F.
    Jorge FloresMay 5, 2013
    Best migas I have ever had!
  • Katy T.
    Katy TafoyaMarch 15, 2013
    A gluten free enchilada sauce? That's an awesome sauce!
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SweatMarch 12, 2013
    Do Not get portobello fajitas! Im still working on feeling better a day later!
  • Bob C.
    Bob CashMarch 4, 2013
    It was OK. I'm a Mexican Food snob from LA and this is no where near the quality at home. Chips & Salsa were Excellent, should've had a Margarita.
  • Teresa C.
    Teresa CisnerosFebruary 22, 2013
    Prickly Pear margarita is awesome!!
  • Diana M.
    Diana MayFebruary 18, 2013
    Excellent Carne Guisada. Warning on kid-friendly...there are more kids than a Chuck-E-Cheese. Kinda weird.
  • Tarrah M.
    Tarrah MillerFebruary 17, 2013
    Ask for the sherbet!
  • Will M.
    Will McKennaFebruary 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the chipotle ranch sauce!
  • Russell R.
    Russell RJanuary 23, 2013
    Stay away from the house frozen margarita! It's terrible! Chili rellenos are awesome!
  • Eric H.
    Eric HortonJanuary 4, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Lots of their food can be made gluten free, but you need to ask. Chips are all clear, though, they have their own fryer.
  • Heather M.
    Heather MooreDecember 20, 2012
    Get the Bob Armstrong dip!! Taco salad is amazing too!! Everything here is good!
  • JasonSeal
    JasonSealNovember 19, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    They are extra accommodating for Gluten Free diet!!
  • James L.
    James LansberryNovember 15, 2012
    Try Matt's special. Great meal.
  • Ramona C.
    Ramona Cruz-PetersNovember 11, 2012
    The Queso is a must, and the fajitas are awesome.
  • Greg
    GregNovember 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Matt's = Love
  • Kristin F.
    Kristin FieldsOctober 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Looooove this place!
  • Molly S.
    Molly SchroederSeptember 29, 2012
    Bob Armstrong dip is a must! We liked it with black beans!
  • Perry N.
    Perry NelsonAugust 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bob Armstrong dip (aka delicious queso) is worth the trip.
  • John D.
    John DeLongAugust 16, 2012
    Frozen sangria margarita. Do it now. Also, the patio is walled and covered in fans, so you can enjoy outside even in the heat here.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MitchellAugust 12, 2012
    Rock hard chips and slow, slow service. Bummed. Never had problems here before...
  • ATX
    ATXJuly 21, 2012
    Animal balloon artist on site.
  • Paulie D.
    Paulie DeryJuly 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Classic American-Mexican! Amazing quaso and great patio.
  • Kelly K.
    Kelly KrauseJuly 16, 2012
    Don't do it. You're better off at Torchy's.
  • aaron h.
    aaron haleyJune 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a large bob!! Best queso in town!
  • David K.
    David KottkeJune 8, 2012
    Tacos Carbon w/ charro beans.....hungry just thinking about it.
  • Celeste M.
    Celeste MckeonMay 28, 2012
    Go see the neighborhood around here. Cool people live in that neighborhood.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KaplerMay 28, 2012
    Where the white unite over frozen margs and mediocre Mexican food.
  • Weston Y.
    Weston YoungMay 27, 2012
    Get raspberry sherbert. It's delicious.
  • Rob Q.
    Rob QuigleyMay 25, 2012
    Some people turn their noses up to this place, but they shouldn't. Good tex-mex and a great patio and delish drinks.
  • Eater
    EaterMay 22, 2012
    We've never gone home unhappy after a visit to Matt's, thanks to their Bob Armstrong dip, affordable range of price points and dedication to classic Tex-Mex. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Aja H.
    Aja HabingreitherMay 12, 2012
    Skinny Margaritas are the deal. Mission accomplished!
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LairdMay 12, 2012
    Best guacamole I've ever had!!!!
  • Marissa S.
    Marissa SolomonApril 29, 2012
    Queso and fish tacos rocked.
  • Audra S.
    Audra SharpApril 25, 2012
    Eat brisket tacos!!
  • PearHaven
    PearHavenApril 13, 2012
    Take your date here for the chicken old fashioned tacos and enjoy a great frozen margarita!
  • Green Label Sound
    Green Label SoundMarch 12, 2012
    RAC says, "Go to Matt's El Rancho for some more great tex mex..."
  • Ann T.
    Ann ThaxtonMarch 12, 2012
    Smoked chicken dillas r the best!
  • Sharon S.
    Sharon SchweitzerMarch 12, 2012
    Shrimp a la Matt Martinez platter is my husband's favorite.
  • April B.
    April BennettJanuary 27, 2012
    Great place if you to make a reservation for a large group of people or need to get your party catered.
  • Patrick P.
    Get a shot of Cazadores.
  • Jarod N.
    Jarod NeeceNovember 16, 2011
    Matt's Knockout Martini's and Shrimp & Bef Fajitas on Flour.
  • Kevin A.
    Kevin AdairOctober 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order everything
  • jodi h.
    jodi hendersonOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Matt's not only has good food, but a great atmosphere. Check out the patio on a nice day. (Along with a margarita and some Bob Armstrong dip!) Read more
  • Jaffe L.
    Jaffe LoebAugust 28, 2011
    Rats and roaches. Fuck this dirty shithole
  • Shane A.
    Shane AAugust 20, 2011
    You have to try the brisket tacos... Best meal in Austin.
    restlessnapkin.comAugust 18, 2011
    This is one of the greatest spots to enjoy with a large group of friends. Sit on the patio and enjoy being in Austin.
  • Heather H.
    Heather HooverAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the "Smokey Bob" - off menu- it's a regular Bob Armstrong, but with beef brisket!
  • CultureMap Austin
    CultureMap AustinJuly 14, 2011
    If you're wondering about appetizers, the Bob Armstrong dip is a big "duh." Finish off your triple threat appetizer with some tacos al carbon and a margarita.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Amy H.
    Amy HorowitzJuly 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bob dip rules!!!! You can get brisket instead of ground beef.
  • Park S.
    Park SilkensonAugust 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Nachos, nachos, nachos!
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