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El Rancho Restaurant

200 South Beeline Highway, Payson, AZ 85541
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Ranked #20 of 60 restaurants in Payson
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Most recent review
- Aug 13, 2014
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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74 reviews from our community

54% Recommend
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English first
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Tuesday nite tacos, $1, and cheese enchiladas $1.50. Both were very good, cheese was superb. But so was the made-fresh-daily salsa. I wish this restaurant was at home. Everyone was friendly.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We were on our way back to Phoenix after spending the day on the lake and our friends suggested this restaurant so we gave it a try. I LOVED the food, it was to die for . I've eaten in lots of mexican joints , but this one was the best. I had the shrimp tacos and my hubby ordered... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The food was good. Service was ok. Ordered chimi and quesadilla so nothing fancy. Would give it another try next time we are in town.

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Glendale, Arizona
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211 reviews 211 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I now know what is perhaps the most important job in a restaurant. The greeter/door staff can set the tone. In this case the front staff was brisk, accusatory and didn't take the time to understand a question. So that didn't start it off so well. I was there with my mother-in-law who doesn't hear well. I asked if there... More

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El Mirage, Arizona
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I was in Payson recently to play in a men's soccer tournament. Some of the team visited El Rancho since it was close to some of our teammates' hotel. The restaurant has a nice authentic atmosphere. A reservation was made for 15 people; we were seated in proximity but not all together. It just was not a great experience all... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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88 reviews 88 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We enjoyed a hearty Mexican lunch. Everything was tasty, service was friendly; nothing was very disappointing and nothing was outstanding.

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Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

This place had a pretty full parking lot, so I figured I was making a good choice. I was very wrong. Service was slow and all the servers wanted nothing more than for the evening to end. Chips and salsa were boring and watery and the margarita was all sugar water and froth. The entree was obviously straight from the... More

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Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic
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82 reviews 82 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Many of our friends eat here often, but my husband and I avoid it like the plague. We eat here only when our friends out-vote us because we always go home with indigestion and the food is not even close to being authentic Mexican cuisine. If you aren't really into Mexican food, you may like eating here.

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Ganado, Arizona
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75 reviews 75 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We were coming back home from a trip to Phoenix and my wife asked if we could do Mexican. We had nothing to go on other than signs we saw on the way to Payson, so we took a shot and tried El Rancho. Good choice! Very good choice! I really prefer Tex-Mex and it has not been easy to... More

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

this is near our Majestic Mountain Inn where we stayed, so we tried it, as the lobby clerk at the Inn said it is good also. We weren't disappointed. had a good meal there and would go back again...

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