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Matt's el Rancho

Matt's el Rancho

Mexican Restaurant and Bar$$$$
South Lamar, Austin
119 Tips and reviews
  • Mexican food
  • bob armstrong dip
  • tacos
  • margaritas
  • Tex-Mex cuisine
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  • Varun G.
    Varun Gadia2 days ago
    Must visit restaurant on your next Austin Trip.
  • Matt S.
    Matt Schobey2 weeks ago
    Best texmex there is.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel M3 weeks ago
    Brisket tacos!!!
  • Theodore K.
    Theodore KSeptember 28
    Bob Armstrong dip.
  • Douglas A.
    Douglas AllenSeptember 9
    Matt's is "old Austin"....great TexMex, a great family place!
  • Dianey S.
    This place has some good Mexican food... The beef enchiladas are so delicious.. The sauce has that authentic Mexican flavor... 😋🇲🇽👍🏼
    Upvoted Sep 14
  • Scott L.
    Bob Andersons Queso
  • Sara
    SaraMay 10
    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
    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
    Upvoted Nov 4
  • Jeff G.
    Jeff GieseaSeptember 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
    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.
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