Ranchos Cocina

  • 1830 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92107 | Directions
  • 619-226-7619 | Website

Also 3910 30th St., North Park, 619-574-1288. Healthy, creative Mexican and vegetarian cuisine in a tropical setting. A big plus: zero attitude. Top picks are the seafood dishes and the house-made mole sauce with a zillion ingredients. Inexpensive.


Day Hours
Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Restaurant Details

Detail Status
Cuisine Mexican
Price range of entrées $6 - $18
Delivery No
Outdoor seating Yes
Party room Yes
Reservations accepted Yes
Kids menu Yes
Occasional live music No
Vegetarian friendly Yes
Vegan friendly Yes
Payment Options Accepts credit cards

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This is the best place for my health conscious buddy and I to enjoy Sunday dinner. Rancho's has added an organic, pay-by-the-pound salad bar, but our waiter allowed me to substitute a house salad instead of rice and beans with my taco/enchildada combo plate, for no extra charge. There is so much to choose from on the extensive menu, but my buddy swears by the salmon taco's. The restaurant has grown triple in size since first opening, so no waiting for a table! The eclectic decor, though, still makes this a cozy, warm, attractive place to catch up with an old friend and enjoy fantastic food!

Glorious mushrooms, potatoes and tofu. That’s what you’ll find at Ranchos Cocina, or just plain Ranchos as the regulars call it. This laid back Ocean Beach spot will remind you of the good old days of O.B’s hippiedom in the late sixties and early seventies, minus the swirling clouds of pot smoke. They do have macramé and hanging plants, though. Ranchos serves up super healthy and delicious Mexican food with a nice assortment of vegetarian versions of their standard chicken, beef and fish dishes. So if you’re craving enchiladas, tacos or burritos you can get them filled with all sorts of good things. The vegetarian fillings include cheese, tofu, potatoes, lard-less beans, and what I can only describe as a cross between a mushroom veggie burger and a falafel. It’s savory and has a nice texture. You can even stir things up a little. Maybe you’d like to try some potato filled rolled tacos romantically coupled with a mushroom filled burrito, while your carnivorous friends are noshing on salmon filled tacos and chicken mole enchiladas. They give you big baskets of thick, greasy, (fried in one of the healthy oils, I assume) salty chips with delicious garlicky salsa that creates a pretty good after-burn. Fortunately their iced tea comes in huge cups. Both the beans and rice are vegetarian, which is extremely appreciated and rare. So go ahead, order a combo plate! The salsa verde, which is one of your choices to smother your enchiladas, is green divinity. It’s tart with the lemon/lime flavor of tomatillos. Maybe this is what people are talking about when they say “Go Green.” Ranchos also serves breakfast, so slip on your Birkenstocks and have your huevos any way you like them. You can have eggs, egg whites only, or tofu in your scramble. Healthy and tasty.

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