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Zane Grey Country Barbecue at Kohl's Ranch Lodge

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Kohl's Ranch Lodge Road, Payson, AZ 85541
928 478 5174
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: Zane Grey Country BBQ is located inside Kohl's Ranch Lodge, near Tonto...
Zane Grey Country BBQ is located inside Kohl's Ranch Lodge, near Tonto Creek in the largest Ponderosa Pine Forest in the world. Our menu is simple, authentic smoked "Barbecue & Great Wood-fired Pizza."
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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice experience except for the hostesses

When checking into the lodge we were told they had a barbecue restaurant and a saloon. My family selected the barbecue restaurant. We arrive at the hostess desk and mumble that we were looking for the restaurant. One of the hostesses said well they both have the same menu and she just stood there... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Elizabeth W
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Mesa, Arizona
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Phoenix
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I go into more detail in my review of Kohl's Ranch (which is the hotel where this restaurant is located), but our entire group (about 10 of us) were very pleased with this restaurant. The quality is surprising good and the service was friendly. Considering you're in the middle of the forest, the value is pretty good too.

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Thank TIMB0
Mesa, Arizona
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When checking into the lodge we were told they had a barbecue restaurant and a saloon. My family selected the barbecue restaurant. We arrive at the hostess desk and mumble that we were looking for the restaurant. One of the hostesses said well they both have the same menu and she just stood there. The other hostess stood there as... More 

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Thank Elizabeth W
Phoenix, Arizona
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88 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here while we stayed at Kohl's Ranch for one night. I was totally surprised how good it was, considering it is part of the resort and off the road. The hamburger was flame grilled and wonderful, and my friends had the pizza and pulled pork that was the same. Good job Kohl's for keeping the standards up on... More 

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Payson, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

We had dinner on a weeknight in the bar. There was one other table of diners and the bartender was the server as well. The menu was not extensive. I had a brisket sandwich and my husband had a BBQ "platter". For what the platter cost, we thought more food would have been on it. The service was fine and... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

The soup was okay. Not spicy as advertised in their "special" of the night. Hub and said his sandwich was okay. Not worth the cost. The following days we opted to drive into town to eat. Friendly staff.

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Thank Packerpete2015
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Had dinner there while staying at Kohl's Ranch. Servers were excellent- friendly and professional. Food- just average. The French dip was good, but the fish sandwich my hubby had was overcooked. Brad, our server/bartender was great.

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Thank josephinen515
Midland, TX.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Everything at Kohl's Ranch is good. The service and food at the restaurant is very good. Coffee is available at check-in for the early risers before the restaurant opens in the mornings.

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Thank Dan L
Payson, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

This restaurant has changed over the years since I started going in 2000 so was surprised to find it had moved most meals into the bar area. Menu had also changed from "fine dining" to BBQ and pizza, which almost caused us to leave but all were glad we stayed. The pizza was thin but with risen crust and great... More 

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The fish fry was very good and a large portion! The breakfast was excellent and reasonably priced. We would have eaten there more often but we enjoy cooking and the accommodations for that were great!

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Thank Mary R
Tucson
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258 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We had breakfast here and were impressed with the size of the serving based on the price - it was substantial. Plus it was very tasty. The room is decorated in items from around the area with historical pictures. It is clean and cozy, well lit with pleasant, prompt service.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Kohl's Ranch Lodge Road, Payson, AZ 85541
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Payson
  • Phone Number: 928 478 5174

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Pizza, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Zane Grey Country BBQ is located inside Kohl's Ranch Lodge, near Tonto Creek in the largest Ponderosa Pine Forest in the world. Our menu is simple, authentic smoked "Barbecue & Great Wood-fired Pizza."

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