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Matt's El Rancho Inc

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(54 Reviews)

2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

(512) 462-9333

Today: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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General Info
Established in 1952, Matt's El Rancho is a family-owned and operated restaurant that offers a range of Mexican cuisine. It operates a full-service bar that provides a variety of specialty drinks, including martinis, margaritas, pina colada, mojito and michelada. The restaurant has a party room and patio that can accomobate nearly 120 people and serves as a venue for special occasions, holidays and company events. Matt's El Rancho s bulk menu includes salsa, tostadas, tamales, rice, taco meat, vegetable fajitas, refried beans, chicken enchiladas and pralines. It offers a varietyof lunch, dinner and appetizer menus. The restaurant s dinner menus feature shrimp, fajita tacos, hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Matt's El Rancho is located in Austin, Texas.
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Phone: (512) 462-9028

Phone: (512) 462-9337

Fax: (512) 462-9028

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all major credit cards, amex, diners club, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
South Lamar

Matt's Famous El Rancho

Matt's El Rancho Mexican Restaurant

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Mexican Restaurants, Party Planning, Meeting & Event Planning Services, Caterers, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, General Merchandise, American Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Mexican & Latin American Grocery Stores, Latin American Restaurants, Steak Houses, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Mexican, American, Latin American, Steakhouse

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Wheelchair Accessible: Wheelchair Accessible

Good for Kids: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Worth the drive!!

My wife and I went to Matt's El Rancho for a date night. Our waitress was fantastic. We really enjoyed the laid back atmosphere. The menu was extensive, prices were reasonable, and food was delicious. We look forward to going back soon!



Provided by Citysearch - 
So So

The last time we went there the food was o.k. but the waiter acted like he had a burr in his underwear. The time before that the food was cold and the manager was a jerk. We waited two years before we went again. Thought by then the people had all changed. No such luck. The food was fair AND the waiter knocked over my water glass. Never went back. It's too loud and clang bangy in there.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very Consistent and Good

Love Matts!! Been coming to this place for 5 years now. Drinks are great! The Brisket quesadillas are da bomb!! Shrimp Nachos are great too!!



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Serious down grade...

Well first I want to say the service was absolutely on top of things! Every one that we saw from the time we walked in until we were seated, served and left was very nice.
The food on the other hand was the pits! It's like they down graded their cook and the quality of the food. I have eaten there a long time ago, and was expecting to be WOWed like I was then...Sad to say, I was not..
My friend had the veggie fajitas and she said they were horrible, no flavor and rubbery. Her rice was also not seasoned in a Mexican style. She could have brought her own soy sauce, and just put the veggies on the rice and she would have had make shift Chinese food. She also ordered a side of queso, which was good and the chips were great!
My brother had the chile relleno and said that the pepper was cleaned out so thin that he could not even taste the pepper and that the beef inside of it was so bland, no season or flavor what so ever. He also had a side of guacamole which would have been very good if the would not have ruined i with putting salsa on top of it.
I had the guacamole enchiladas with beef inside and a queso/ red sauce on top. I asked for queso topping but i guess the cook didn't think that I needed it..So I only got it on one side of my enchilada. The beef inside was VERY bland no flavor and my rice was over flavored.
I was just so disappointing that we paid so much money for such horrible food. I wish they would go back to what ever they used to do about 7 years ago..

Pros: Great service
Cons: Horrible food



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Great Lunch Prices

Always a bustling restaurant, the great thing I think is the lunch special prices. Despite the rising prices of restaurants nowadays, this restaurant keeps the lunch specials at a low flat $5-6. I must say i was a little disappointed in the salsa though.

Cool Dad


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A True Austin Tradition

For those of us born in Austin, Matt's is more than a restaurant. It is where we grew up. Our families took us once a week and we take our families once a week and so on. The place has been in business for over 58 years so they must be doing something right. I know Austin has changed a lot in the last 15 years or so. Now trailer taco stands are all the rage and if a place has been in business 10 years, it is considered a landmark. I am not knocking those places because I like them too. But I was born in this town. I know the real deal. And I am in no way condemning people who move here. Heck I love it. If you love Austin that is great. The more the merrier. For those that don't know, Matt Martinez was an Austin legend. A legendary boxer and a legendary man. The Martinez's started with nothing and built everything from scratch. Matt Sr. and his wife Janie worked 18 hours a day in a little place with just a few tables while Janie cooked and Matt hosted, waited, and bused tables. I've been there so many times I know the story. I am attached to the place for different reasons. I love the food. Despite what some think, the food is all homemade, from the chips, flour and corn tortillas, salsa, guacamole, etc. And no, the cheese is not processed. It is old fashioned queso. The decor is classy. The staff is friendly and the family is more than accomodating. If I have ever had any problem it was resolved immediately and for going there literally thousands of times I can count on one hand the times that I've had a problem. Great place. Great tradtion. They are busier than ever and it is crowded but sometimes there is a reason for a crowd. It's good. It's always good!



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Austin's Best Tex-Mex

In 1968 I visited Matt's on a High School trip with about 13 other people. It was the first time i had ever eaten Mexican Food I loved it . Couldn't get enough of it. I have eaten Mexican all over Texas... I have eaten mexIican food in Mexico. Matt's is like coming home and eating Mexican food how it should be. I now live outside of Austin on Lake LBJ. I have driven back and forth to Austin for both business and nonsense for almost 30 years and i refuse to go to Austin on Tuesdays because Matt's is closed. I have even been known to sneak off by my self and drive the 70+ miles just to eat the Chicken Rellenos with the Green Sauce on the Luncheon Menu. I recommend it to everyone...



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My family and I love this place. It's not really close to our home but whenever we go to the Big Top Candy shop, we make it to Matts for lunch or dinner!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Don't fill up on chips!

The chips and Bob queso were awesome! The kids Tacos lacked some flavor but most kids would find them right on the money. I prefer the migas which were bursting with flavor with the right balance of crunch and ooze. Mom would not switch plates with me so I had to be happy with three bites. The kid bean cheese nachos were good..but then not good enough to get more than a 1 shrimp trade of my dad's Shrimp Ala Matt Martniez which was nicely flavored and grilled. Sis had a plate of beautiful melted yummy cheese enchiladas and rice and beans which she devoured( high praise from the non-eater) The service was amazing very friendly and attentive without being cloying(my new word this week :) )...the pralines to go were a fun little bonus.

good cook


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Great ambiance,great service!

The frog legs is great my Boyfriend never hand one and definitely loved it! The quesadilla is kinda oily but the guacamole salad is awesome.
I hope they would consider toning down the hotness of the salsa dip unless... they will not consider children as their valued customer when there is family who will decide to eat there.Myabe they can make a milder version of it for those kids and have gi problem...



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We are new to Austin and made a great find tonight! Love this place! Love ""the Bob"" too, as we found out the best cheese dip I have ever had is called here in Austin!



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Best Queso!

The Brisket Bob is outstanding!! They have a great chicken chili rellenjo and pretty good service. It's usually always packed so be sure to go early.



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Average Tex-Mex

Started off great with good mexican martinis and margaritas. They carry a new tequilla called Chinaco Silver - very good!

Ordered the brisket tacos. The meat was semi-dry, like it had been sitting under a heat lamp all day. My gf ordered the vegetarian enchiladas, and they were above average. Very loud place with a relatively younger crowd. Cool atmosphere, but average overall.



Fabulous Service

I went tonight with a friend of mine, we were seated in under five minutes and our server, Kari, was fantastic! She was personable and helpful but not at all overbearing or pushy. I loved my mole enchiladas that she recommended I try and I will definitely be back!



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Lousy Food! Not Worth the Wait or Money

Tasteless food, deafening and definitely not worth waiting for a table. To top it off, my stomach paid the price, too. High greasy/fat Tex Mex. Have had better fast food Mexican food. The place is definitely not what I remembered from 10+ years ago.



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Horrible service, horrible wait, and horrible food!!

We waited over an hour for a table for four on a Thursday night. They didn't appear to be that busy. The waiter was clearly not interested in us as we waited 20 minutes for him to take and receive our drink order (which was tea and water). We ordered and the food was cold and tasteless. I will never recommend Matt's to anyone. Go someplace else!



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Service was horrible and the food was close behind it.

We went as a group of 6 for my friends birthday and it took literally 20 min to get our drinks and the place was not even busy. The waiter was friendly but talked to us like we were 12 and i still couldnt figure out why. After waiting over 45 min for our food it wasnt even very tasty. This place was highly recommended to us, but i surely wont be recommending this place to ANYONE. Pick Casa Garcia, Little Mexico or La Feria over this place ANY DAY




Matt's uses a secret ingredient (Everclear) in their ritas, so don't have too many or you will be taking a cab home. Really noisy, but that is part of the fun. I have been going here since I was 2 and it is a family favorite!



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Great authentic Tex/Mex

Very good service and the waiters/waitresses are very knowledgeable on what they're serving from the tequilla menu to the food they were great. 2nd time I've been to Matt's and the 2nd time I've been to Austin.
Definitely a must do in my opinion.

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