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Austin Restaurants

Matt's Famous El Rancho

Updated 02/04/2013

Fodor's Review

Opened by the Martinez family in 1952, this South Austin landmark does old-school Tex-Mex extremely well, and you'll hear few complaints from diners. Combination dinners are many and varied, with all the usual standbys: enchiladas, tamales, crispy tacos, and more. Diehards swear by the chiles rellenos and old-fashioned tacos. The expansive dining room can get noisy at peak hours, but the large outdoor patio is pleasant in good weather. Be sure to strike up a conversation

with the staff—some employees have worked here for decades.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

2613 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas, 78704, USA

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Phone:

512-462–9333

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Tues.

Updated 02/04/2013

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By mbdog1

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Jun 3, 2008

Great Tex-Mex in Austin...

Given what it is, the food is always consistent and great-tasting, and the service is perfectly fine. The best 'ritas in town, and the best chicken fajita chili relleno! Super fun atmosphere!

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Apr 27, 2008

Well past its prime

I can list page after page of good Tex-Mex in Austin that surpasses this place. Only the nostalgic eat here.

By Kate

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Jun 24, 2004

Long Live Matt's

The food is consistent and it is always a fun place to go. It may not be the best mexican food in town, but they DO have the best queso --- the Bob Armstrong dip is addictive. A great place to take your family, and the margaritas and tacos al carbon are delicious. This is a family run place and it maintains that family vibe!

By Amy

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Jun 3, 2002

For God's Sake, Don't Go

This place is living on the fact that it's a landmark. The food is horrible and very expensive. Yes, it's been around forever. No, the food isn't the reason. Real Tex-Mex does not taste like Hormell.

By steve

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Aug 25, 2001

frog legs anyone?

Matt's now has a stand at the Austin Airport. It's probably quieter at the airport than in the restaraunt where often families bring all their kids. Solid Tex Mex, but great frog legs.

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