Matt's Famous El Rancho

2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, United States
Hours:
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon, Wed–Thu, Sun
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
8.7/10

Based on 259 votes

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  • Austin Chronicle

    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.

    Austin Chronicle · June 19, 2013
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  • Ryan C.

    get your free sherbet or praline after any meal.

    Ryan Cain · September 27, 2009
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  • CultureMap Austin

    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.

    CultureMap Austin · July 14, 2011
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  • Jeff N.

    Get the Bob Armstrong dip. Soooo good.

    Jeff Neely · December 27, 2009
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  • Eater

    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]

    Eater · May 22, 2012
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  • restlessnapkin.com

    This is one of the greatest spots to enjoy with a large group of friends. Sit on the patio and enjoy being in Austin.

    restlessnapkin.com · August 18, 2011
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  • Village Voice

    SXSW Recommendation from Sietsema- some of the best Tex-Mex in the world. Chili con queso (a spicy dip made with a cheese that owes a big debt to Velveeta) is legendary, and so are their enchiladas.

    Village Voice · March 3, 2011
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  • Ryan

    Don't forget they are closed on Tuesdays. I have found myself driving to Matt's many times on the WRONG day of the week, only to find myself crying in the empty parking lot. Never again!

    Ryan · March 6, 2010
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  • Coral

    Try the brisket or beef old fashioned tacos. Salmon is slammin' too!

    Coral · January 31, 2011
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  • Jenny B.

    Bob Armstrong queso dip is a MUST... Sooo good!

    Jenny Buttler · July 10, 2010
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  • Lisa L.

    Best guacamole I've ever had!!!!

    Lisa Laird · May 12, 2012
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  • Eric H.

    Lots of their food can be made gluten free, but you need to ask. Chips are all clear, though, they have their own fryer.

    Eric Horton · January 4, 2013
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  • Ann T.

    Smoked chicken dillas r the best!

    Ann Thaxton · March 12, 2012
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  • Holly R.

    MIGAS. GUACAMOLE. MIGAS. GUACAMOLE. yep.

    Holly Robertson · May 31, 2011
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  • KATIE G.

    Enchiladas, tacos, pralines. They're all fantastic. This place's longevity speaks for itself.

    KATIE G · August 6, 2014
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  • Nancy C.

    Fish tacos, fried, corn tortillas & cilantro dressing.... SO GOOD!

    Nancy Crusott · January 4, 2014
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  • Social News Network

    It is indeed famous and is by far my favorite Mexican food restaurant in Austin. Great prices for great food. Friendly atmosphere. STRONGLY recommend.

    Social News Network · December 2, 2013
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  • April B.

    Great place if you to make a reservation for a large group of people or need to get your party catered.

    April Bennett · January 27, 2012
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  • Trevor M.

    This is Tex Mex done right, straight up. Great brunch on the weekend, impressive tequila selection.

    Trevor Mccurry · May 28, 2011
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  • Sarah H.

    Smoked brisket tacos and tacos al pastor are both yummy.

    Sarah Harris · September 3, 2010
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  • Brian H.

    Try the Bob Dip...it's the perfect combination of queso, beef, and guac!

    Brian Hall · July 26, 2010
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  • Ben G.

    Queso is so-so.

    Ben Gatzke · February 28, 2010
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  • Heather M.

    Get the Bob Armstrong dip!! Taco salad is amazing too!! Everything here is good!

    Heather Moore · December 20, 2012
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  • Greg

    Matt's = Love

    Greg · November 10, 2012
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  • John D.

    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.

    John DeLong · August 16, 2012
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  • aaron h.

    Order a large bob!! Best queso in town!

    aaron haley · June 28, 2012
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  • Jason K.

    Where the white unite over frozen margs and mediocre Mexican food.

    Jason Kapler · May 28, 2012
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  • Rob Q.

    Some people turn their noses up to this place, but they shouldn't. Good tex-mex and a great patio and delish drinks.

    Rob Quigley · May 25, 2012
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  • Marissa S.

    Queso and fish tacos rocked.

    Marissa Solomon · April 29, 2012
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  • Audra S.

    Eat brisket tacos!!

    Audra Sharp · April 25, 2012
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  • jodi h.

    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

    jodi henderson · October 12, 2011
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  • Heather H.

    Try the "Smokey Bob" - off menu- it's a regular Bob Armstrong, but with beef brisket!

    Heather Hoover · August 18, 2011
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  • Albert G.

    Espolon tequila margarita is awsome

    Albert Guilarte · June 5, 2011
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  • Erik G.

    Get the tacos al pastor and wash it down it with one of the best mex-marts in town.

    Erik Gonzalez · March 1, 2011
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  • Isaac S.

    Just had dinner at Matt's El Rancho. Carne Guisada Plate was tasty and the service was great! Not overly priced!

    Isaac Sanchez · December 30, 2010
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  • Dolapo F.

    the tacos here are an affront to everything good in the world

    Dolapo Falola · December 21, 2010
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  • Jordan Rule

    Solid menu all around, but you'll leave stuffed

    Jordan Rule · 3 days ago
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  • Those L.

    The bob armstrong dip is the best dip in Austin

    Those Lists · 1 week ago
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  • Pao

    Chips and tortillas homemade ! Recommend the fajitas

    Pao · December 6, 2014
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  • Isaac S.

    Smoked Chicken Enchiladas very tasty.

    Isaac Sanchez · October 19, 2014
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  • David B.

    Home of the Huge Chip.

    David Blaylock · August 23, 2014
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  • Charles V.

    The QUESO.

    Charles Vestal · August 11, 2014
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  • Michael M.

    Sit on the back porch. Get the Mexican Martini. Best queso this Texan has ever had. SERIOUSLY

    Michael Muse · May 16, 2014
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  • Rudy E.

    Beef tostadas compuestas with Ranchero sauce!

    Rudy England · May 12, 2014
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  • Marcus F.

    Good food, fast, great for large groups.

    Marcus Fryer · May 5, 2014
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  • Joycott

    Get some delicious tacos on Earth Day, and 5% of your check goes to eco-friendly causes.

    Joycott · April 16, 2014
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  • Paul D.

    They will make a margarita using fresh squeezed jalapeños to make it more spicy.

    Paul D ♨ · November 9, 2013
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  • Katy T.

    Get the Relleno, it's great down to the pecans and raisins. :)

    Katy Thompson · October 11, 2013
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  • Michael P.

    This place is the best! Best Mexican food!

    Michael Persaud · October 4, 2013
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  • Park S.

    Nachos, nachos, nachos!

    Park Silkenson · August 21, 2011
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