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Matt's El Rancho

Matt's El Rancho

Tex-Mex Restaurant and Bar$$$$
South Lamar, Austin
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  • Tips
    Perry N.
    "Bob Armstrong dip (aka delicious queso) is worth the trip."(10 Tips)
    Shane A.
    "You have to try the brisket tacos... Best meal in Austin."(7 Tips)
    "Order The Bob and brisket tacos or old fashion tacos"(3 Tips)
    Jenny B.
    "Bob Armstrong queso dip is a MUST... Sooo good!"(3 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon147 Tips and reviews
  • Mexican food
  • margaritas
  • tacos
  • Tex-Mex cuisine
  • large bob
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  • Heather M.
    Heather MooreDecember 20, 2012
    Get the Bob Armstrong dip!! Taco salad is amazing too!! Everything here is good!
  • Heather H.
    Heather HooverAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the "Smokey Bob" - off menu- it's a regular Bob Armstrong, but with beef brisket!
  • Chelsea M.heart icon on user image
    Chelsea MJanuary 5, 2020
    Loads of specific tequila choices for the margaritas
  • Molly S.
    Molly SchroederSeptember 29, 2012
    Bob Armstrong dip is a must! We liked it with black beans!
  • Ramona C.
    Ramona Cruz-PetersNovember 11, 2012
    The Queso is a must, and the fajitas are awesome.
  • Perry N.heart icon on user image
    Perry NelsonAugust 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bob Armstrong dip (aka delicious queso) is worth the trip.
  • Erik G.
    Erik GonzalezMarch 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the tacos al pastor and wash it down it with one of the best mex-marts in town.
  • Russell R.
    Russell RJanuary 23, 2013
    Stay away from the house frozen margarita! It's terrible! Chili rellenos are awesome!
  • M E.
    M E 🙉May 27, 2013
    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.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RuizMay 17, 2018
    Be sure to start with the Bob Armstrong Queso!
  • Celeste M.
    Celeste MckeonMay 28, 2012
    Go see the neighborhood around here. Cool people live in that neighborhood.
  • Topher J.heart icon on user image
    Topher JamesAugust 25, 2021
    Pretty well everything. Needs a better beer selection tho.
  • Elyse P.
    Elyse PFebruary 11, 2011
    Grilled vegetable chile relleno, with queso! YUM! Honestly the veggies are so good!!
  • Erin G.heart icon on user image
    Erin GApril 14, 2018
    Brisket flautas were delicious
  • Logan W.heart icon on user image
    Logan WestFebruary 28, 2016
    TexMex, Brisket Tacos, Cheese Dip, Matt's Special
  • Lemon F.
    Lemon From MexicoDecember 8, 2016
    Must visit restaurant on your next Austin Trip.
  • Paulie D.
    Paulie DeryJuly 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Classic American-Mexican! Amazing quaso and great patio.
  • Rudy E.heart icon on user image
    Rudy EnglandMay 12, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Beef tostadas compuestas with Ranchero sauce!
  • ᴡᴡᴡ F.
    Good food, fast, great for large groups.
    DONALD MOORESeptember 25, 2013
    Very nice date-nite spot, and great food :)
  • Isaac B. S.heart icon on user image
    Isaac B. SanchezDecember 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Just had dinner at Matt's El Rancho. Carne Guisada Plate was tasty and the service was great! Not overly priced!
  • David B.
    David BlaylockAugust 23, 2014
    Home of the Huge Chip.
  • Wayne O.
    Wayne OlkowskiJuly 4, 2013
    Bring a tazer and a can opener to get into your car!
  • Coral
    CoralJanuary 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the brisket or beef old fashioned tacos. Salmon is slammin' too!
  • John B.heart icon on user image
    John BonebrakeMay 12, 2017
    Don Armstrong queso is a must!!
  • aaron h.
    aaron haleyJune 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a large bob!! Best queso in town!
  • Sharon S.
    Sharon SchweitzerMarch 12, 2012
    Shrimp a la Matt Martinez platter is my husband's favorite.
  • Kyle W.
    Kyle WalkerJune 11, 2013
    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).
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SweatMarch 12, 2013
    Do Not get portobello fajitas! Im still working on feeling better a day later!
  • Mike W.
    Mike WalekeDecember 1, 2019
    I thought it was a little too greasy and not enough flavor on the taco. The chips were too thick.
  • Ben
    BenAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Make sure they offer you sherbet or a praline for dessert.
  • Jorge F.heart icon on user image
    Jorge FloresMay 5, 2013
    Best migas I have ever had!
  • JasonSealheart icon on user image
    JasonSealNovember 19, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    They are extra accommodating for Gluten Free diet!!
  • Shane A.
    Shane AAugust 20, 2011
    You have to try the brisket tacos... Best meal in Austin.
  • Amy H.
    Amy HorowitzJuly 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bob dip rules!!!! You can get brisket instead of ground beef.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PersaudOctober 4, 2013
    This place is the best! Best Mexican food!
  • Teresa C.
    Teresa CisnerosFebruary 22, 2013
    Prickly Pear margarita is awesome!!
  • Matt S.heart icon on user image
    Matt SchobeyNovember 22, 2016
    Best texmex there is.
  • Pineapple F.heart icon on user image
    Pineapple FroyoJuly 13, 2021
    Shrimp fajita was good. Fish tacos wasn’t. Service was also disappointing.
  • Amanda M.heart icon on user image
    Amanda Mangan RapkochNovember 28, 2019
    Oh the Queso is so darn good.
  • Fede S.heart icon on user image
    Fede Santa CruzJanuary 2, 2023
    Queso and fajitas, 🐐
  • Joycott
    JoycottApril 16, 2014
    Get some delicious tacos on Earth Day, and 5% of your check goes to eco-friendly causes.
  • Jaxheart icon on user image
    JaxMarch 25, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Order The Bob and brisket tacos or old fashion tacos
  • Jarod N.
    Jarod NeeceNovember 16, 2011
    Matt's Knockout Martini's and Shrimp & Bef Fajitas on Flour.
  • Luke S.heart icon on user image
    Luke SteinMarch 25, 2018
    Asadero tacos
  • Ken C.heart icon on user image
    Ken CagleMarch 11, 2015
    Waiters, you are a waiter. Swallow your fucking pride and do your job with some integrity.
  • Dennis C.
    Dennis CruzApril 24, 2011
    Matt's Knock Out Martini, made with Cazadores Tequila- the best! And a Big Bob!
  • Isaac B. S.heart icon on user image
    Isaac B. SanchezOctober 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Smoked Chicken Enchiladas very tasty.
  • Jace D.
    Jace DeloneySeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Best michelada in Austin.
  • Michael M.heart icon on user image
    Michael MuseJuly 26, 2013
    My favorite queso ANYWHERE
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