Matt's Famous El Rancho

Mexican Restaurant and Bar
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
Drinks:
Full Bar
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
8.7/10

Based on 273 votes

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Total Visitors
6,133
Total Visits
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  • What you need to know
    Perry N.
    Bob Armstrong dip (aka delicious queso) is worth the trip.(8 Tips)
    Jax
    Order The Bob and brisket tacos or old fashion tacos(3 Tips)
    Shane A.
    You have to try the brisket tacos... Best meal in Austin.(4 Tips)
    jodi h.
    (Along with a margarita and some Bob Armstrong dip!)(11 Tips)
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  • Tex-Mex cuisine
  • enchiladas
  • tequila
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  • gluten-free food
  • taco salad
  • great value
  • good service
  • family-friendly
  • migas
  • spicy food
  • happy hour
  • casual
  • Miriam G.

    The guacamole is just sour cream and food colouring. Yuck!

    Miriam Goldman · 1 week ago
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  • Dustin H.

    Great food, can get very crowded though on nights and weekends. Good outdoor patio and great salsa.

    Dustin Haley · 1 week ago
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  • Ken C.

    Waiters, you are a waiter. Swallow your fucking pride and do your job with some integrity.

    Ken Cagle · March 11
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  • 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

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  • Jordan Rule

    Solid menu all around, but you'll leave stuffed

    Jordan Rule · February 25
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • DONALD M.

    Very nice date-nite spot, and great food :)

    DONALD MOORE · September 25, 2013
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  • Jace D.

    Best michelada in Austin.

    Jace Deloney · September 1, 2013
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  • Ben

    Make sure they offer you sherbet or a praline for dessert.

    Ben · August 18, 2013
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  • Christopher C.

    Now I remember why I haven't been here in ten years. This place sux!!

    Christopher Collins · August 4, 2013
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  • Michael M.

    My favorite queso ANYWHERE

    Michael Muse · July 26, 2013
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  • Beverly S.

    fajitas are awesome.

    Beverly Swanson · July 10, 2013
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  • Wayne O.

    Bring a tazer and a can opener to get into your car!

    Wayne Olkowski · July 4, 2013
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  • Larry S.

    The Chile Renellos are very good. Nice patio with a koi pond.

    Larry Shumake · July 1, 2013
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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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  • Kyle W.

    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).

    Kyle Walker · June 11, 2013
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  • Rudy E.

    Beware the pigeons overhead on the patio!

    Rudy England · June 1, 2013
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  • M E.

    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.

    M E 🙉 · May 27, 2013
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  • Shelby G.

    I'll take a large Bob!

    Shelby Geen · May 23, 2013
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  • Jorge F.

    Best migas I have ever had!

    Jorge Flores · May 5, 2013
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  • Katy T.

    A gluten free enchilada sauce? That's an awesome sauce!

    Katy Tafoya · March 15, 2013
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  • Nicole S.

    Do Not get portobello fajitas! Im still working on feeling better a day later!

    Nicole Sweat · March 12, 2013
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  • Bob C.

    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.

    Bob Cash · March 4, 2013
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  • Teresa C.

    Prickly Pear margarita is awesome!!

    Teresa Cisneros · February 22, 2013
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  • Diana M.

    Excellent Carne Guisada. Warning on kid-friendly...there are more kids than a Chuck-E-Cheese. Kinda weird.

    Diana May · February 18, 2013
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  • Tarrah M.

    Ask for the sherbet!

    Tarrah Miller · February 17, 2013
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  • Will M.

    Try the chipotle ranch sauce!

    Will McKenna · February 9, 2013
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  • Russell R.

    Stay away from the house frozen margarita! It's terrible! Chili rellenos are awesome!

    Russell R · January 23, 2013
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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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  • 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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  • JasonSeal

    They are extra accommodating for Gluten Free diet!!

    JasonSeal · November 19, 2012
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  • James L.

    Try Matt's special. Great meal.

    James Lansberry · November 15, 2012
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  • Ramona C.

    The Queso is a must, and the fajitas are awesome.

    Ramona Cruz-Peters · November 11, 2012
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  • Greg

    Matt's = Love

    Greg · November 10, 2012
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  • Kristin F.

    Looooove this place!

    Kristin Fields · October 28, 2012
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  • Molly S.

    Bob Armstrong dip is a must! We liked it with black beans!

    Molly Schroeder · September 29, 2012
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  • Perry N.

    Bob Armstrong dip (aka delicious queso) is worth the trip.

    Perry Nelson · August 29, 2012
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