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El Rancho Restaurant

200 South Beeline Highway, Payson, AZ 85541
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Ranked #24 of 61 Restaurants in Payson
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Most recent review
- Sep 3, 2014
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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Phoenix, Arizona
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Food was bland, selection was really poor unless you want to eat ground beef. I've had better food from lunch trucks.

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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
4 helpful votes 4 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
141 helpful votes 141 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
42 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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80 reviews 80 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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