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La Rancherita Mexican Restaurant

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(14 Reviews)

4325 Glenwood Ave Ste 3000, Raleigh, NC 27612

(919) 785-1951

Today: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Phone: (919) 786-7209

Corona, Pacifico, Tecate
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Crabtree Valley Mall
Northwest Raleigh

La Rancherita Mexican Rstrnt

Mexican Restaurants, American Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: American, Mexican, Latin American

Wi-Fi: Free

Alcohol: Full Bar

Attire: Casual

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Specialties: Banquets

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 

This place is AWFUL. I will never go back and waste my time or money here. We walked in and were seated promptly, but they didn't bother to even offer us a seat for our 1 year old infant. After several minutes someone came for our drink order and we asked them for a child seat. Several minutes later they returned with one of the plastic booster seats, NOT one of the wooden chairs. A few minutes later another person tried to take our drink order again, illustrating how disorganized they are. After another 5 minutes or so someone finally came to take our order and bring chips and salsa. The salsa, often an indicator of how good a Mexican restaurant is, was runny, bland and loaded with gigantic hunks of onions and whole cilantro leaves, which made it inedible. My Fiance finished her Dr. Pepper (It didn't take long since it was ALL ice) and we had to flag down our waiter for a refill after several more minutes of him walking past us. She tells him ""Dr. Pepper"", he asks her ""diet?"", which I personally was insulted by as she is in incredible shape and does not drink diet sodas, not to mention that it is his JOB to remember simple things like a drink order. After wrestling with trying to keep our infant in a plastic booster, we finally just moved ourselves to the table beside us where there were TWO of the wooden child seats that have the lap-belts on them. We ended up getting up and walking out after waiting for our food for FORTY MINUTES and never being acknowledged. Don't waste your time with this place, there are FAR better Mexican restaurants in Raleigh than this sad excuse for a business. We didn't even get to eat here. We got better service at the sandwich place we went to afterward.



Provided by Citysearch - 
My fave so far in NC

I moved here a year ago from California. I crave Mexican food every now and again. This place has great food! AND I can watch football while I eat and drink my Margis!! I can't compare it to the food back home, but in Raleigh, this is where I am when I have to have a taste of Mexico :)

Erika Shoemaker


Provided by Citysearch - 
We love it!

Pitchers of top shelf margaritas are inexpensive and HUGE! We love the salsa and the tacos de bistec (steak tacos) are simple and delicious. We have been to a lot of mexican restaurants in Raleigh that are MUCH more expensive and this one is by-far our favorite.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not as good as Californian Mexican.

Service was great but overall, I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone I know. It was on par with every other Mexican restaurant I've been to in North Carolina but it wouldn't hold up in California.



Provided by Citysearch - 
YUM, YUM, and YUM! The salsa rocked!

For our monthly Girl's Night Out with work, we went to La Rancherita. Their fresh salsa rocks! Very fresh ingredients, loaded with flavor, and great use of cilantro! Yum! The service was really good with our group of 6 for din din. We sat upstairs, so it was a little more private than being down on the main floor in a big open area. I ordered the Tiras de Pollo, which was smoked chicken with a creamy sauce, some rice, and refried beans. That was also EXTREMELY tasty! I would go back again...and again...and again...and again. :)



Provided by Citysearch - 

I would give this place a 5 for an average score but others have over-rated it so much that I think a 4 will help balance it some. It's ok authenic mexican, meaning you probably have about 60-70% chance of getting what you order and service is slack. If you like authenic mexican---it's no different than any other. Someone raved about the salsa. Sorry to say it's the same cheap tomato sauce with onions and cilantro. You don't have to be an elite foodie to know that everything and I mean everthing is average at best here. Reasonably priced greasy mix of the same ingredients. Not very clean. Not a very nice decor. Nothing to see here. Keep on moving. Granted I eat a lot of Mexican and often prefer Tex-Mex---Believe me when I say I know Mexican food inside and out. I have eaten and hundreds of mexican restraunts. I cook a lot of Mexican and everything I make is much much better. I don't mean to say I am somebody important, just that I am very qualified to rate this restraunt and the best I can say is...average at best.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Salsa I have ever had..!!! Great customer service, great food, great Margarita's!!

What else is there to say... You have to check out this place. They are sort of hard to find - they are located at Crabtree mall in the same block as Barnes and Noble. Their store front faces Blue Ridge road, so be sure to drive around to that side of the block to find 'em. Parking is not an issue either. Next time you are at Crabtree Mall and want some great Mexican food without having to wait 3 hours to eat/drink - give La Rancherita a try, I don't think you will be disappointed..!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellent Service and Food

I'm still an El Rodeo enthusiast, but La Rancherita is right up there! Everything is very fresh and the service is phenominal. My parents were visiting and I took them there- they said they preferred Fiesta Mexicana in Cary but were extremely satisfied with the entire meal. I took a coworker there for lunch and he couldn't stop raving about the food and service. He said nothing was too spicy, nothing was bland and everything was hot and fresh. Definitely a gem in the land of Crabtree's chain restaurants.



Provided by Citysearch - 

La Rancherita is the best kept secret in Raleigh. The food is fresh and excellent. The service is always good and it is very inexpensive.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Viva Mexico!

Fresh chips, homemade salsa with cilantro, chunky fresh guacamole and amazing margueitas. The service was polite, attentive and the patio was clean and pleasant. The prices were great. As a previous review pointed out, you hard pushed to spend over $30 for 2. We enjoyed two courses, plenty of chips and salsa, 3 margueritas, a corona and a diet coke for $37 and the food was fantastic.

I went there after reading the reviews here and its true as people had said. Its a little place, little forboding from the outside but ask anyone coming out what they thought and they cant stop gushing over it. Its truly Raleigh's best Mexican food. The friend I took with me was born and raised in Texas and knows and enjoys her Tex Mex. Her eyes were positively crossed in joy as she ate her Enchilada's.

Will definately visit again soon.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Tucked away but great value

My husband and I used to be El Rodeo fans, but not after eating at La Rancherita. The food is aways fresh and hot! The prices are extremely reasonable if you are on a budget. They always have great drink prices too. It's hard for two people to spend over $30 in one seating! It always confuses us when we go on Friday or Saturday night and the place is dead. I don't think many people know where it is located - behind the Barnes & Noble, Pier One, Toys R Us - same building, just down the side across from Just Tires.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best keep secret in Raleigh

The food at this place is great and always consistent. The staff is friendly and will be happy to converse in Spanish (if that is your thing). My roommates and I go about once a week and they are never packed because it seems no one knows about them. I was a dedicated El Rodeo fan until La Rancherita a must try.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great lunch spot

I'm not much of a mexican food lover but have to say that after attending a lunch meeting at La Rancherita, I've certainly acquired a taste for their food. Not only was the lunch awesome, they served by far the best chips and salsa. The chips were thick and crunchy, the salsa was thick and chunky, the queso dip was very good. For someone not usually thrilled about Mexican, this place rocks.