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El Rancho Restaurant

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200 South Beeline Highway, Payson, AZ 85541
928-474-3111
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Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Surprisingly Delicious

This was our second choice for dinner while in Payson. Our first choice has an hour long wait time, and we didn't have the time. We decided to give El Rancho a try and weren't disappointed. We were in and out before we would have even been seated at the other place. The food and service were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
Cheryl M
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Mesa, Arizona, United States
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This food was definitely an example of attention to detail. The spicy chicken quesadilla was bursting with flavors of melted cheese, green chili pepper and jalapeños with perfectly cooked and richly seasoned chicken. Margaritas were amazing as well as the great great service! Can't wait to get back here!

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Mesa, Arizona, United States
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This was our second choice for dinner while in Payson. Our first choice has an hour long wait time, and we didn't have the time. We decided to give El Rancho a try and weren't disappointed. We were in and out before we would have even been seated at the other place. The food and service were both great. We'll... More 

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Arizona City, Arizona, Usa
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Service was good, food was good, patio allows pets to join the family, however smokers are also there, which detracts from the appeal

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We stopped here mid week while escaping phoenix heat. The menu was full of great items, specialty and simple. They offer items heavy on cheeses, but customize workout hesitation. As good as the Phoenix mexican places around town. Service was excellent! They were very busy and staff didn't skip a beat. I recommend this place and will return.

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Payson Az
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Good food and great service...the chips and salsa are non stop....Lots of traditional choices on the menu with a la carte and combos to choose from..

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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Let's start with the good. We have eaten here many times and 9 times out of ten, the food is great. What seems to be WORSENING is the SERVICE. The last 2 times (including this time) that we have eaten here, we have been met with the most rude server we've ever encountered - Penney. Bad attitude right off of... More 

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Arizona
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Been awhile since we ate at El Rancho and were very disappointed. For starters the salsa awful. The entrees we hoped for improvement but again -ugh ! Pork was greasy, beef in burrito was scarce & everything was too salty.

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Mesa, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I ordered the Southwestern Smothered Chicken, and it was so delicious! The chips were good and the salsa was fresh and chunky. Steven was our waiter and he did a great job, not letting anything run out. The food arrived in a very timely manner. The only thing I didn't like was the under-aged boys who were also "working" there--I... More 

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Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I would agree with most of the reviews here. There is nothing spectacular about the restaurant, but it's not all that bad either. I would say it's fairly "Americanized Mexican", as another reviewer put it. The service was very nice and fast. I would add that it's a bit on the expensive side for what it is, but it's still... More 

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Payson, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

If you like your Mexican food a bit more Americanized, so to speak..cone here. The food is good, staff is friendly. Usually pretty busy, so that should tell you something. Been there many times through the years, and in all that time, the only thing I've ever had that I didn't like, was the white cheese sauce on enchiladas..just not... More 

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Additional Information about El Rancho Restaurant

Address: 200 South Beeline Highway, Payson, AZ 85541
Phone Number: 928-474-3111
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Payson
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 200 South Beeline Highway, Payson, AZ 85541
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Payson
  • Phone Number: 928-474-3111

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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