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El Rancho Restaurant

Mexican
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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
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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

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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Close to hotel

This restaurant was next door to the hotel where we stayed so it was convenient. We went early (around 5:00 p.m.) and they were already busy which was very promising to us. Their food was good but the margaritas were not that great; however, we did drink them so they must not have been that bad.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
queen313
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Twin Lakes, Colorado
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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Twin Lakes, Colorado
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71 reviews 71 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This restaurant was next door to the hotel where we stayed so it was convenient. We went early (around 5:00 p.m.) and they were already busy which was very promising to us. Their food was good but the margaritas were not that great; however, we did drink them so they must not have been that bad.

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Payson
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

My spouse & I winter in Payson, AZ from Northern MIchigan. We eat out often, especially in Payson. We had eaten at a Mexican restaurant last winter season & it was good, but had more of a small town cafe atmosphere. This year we decided to try El Rancho & we're very pleasantly surprised. The decor is Mexican both inside... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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66 reviews 66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

Ate lunch here for my third time...seem to just drop in if passing through Payson at lunchtime. I like it. Always great service, good menu at fair prices, good quality food well prepared and presentation.

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Payson, Arizona
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Went to dinner for my birthday and this is my to-go-to place for Mexican food. The staff are always very friendly and helpful. I usually get the taco salad and as usual was very good. We live in Payson and that is the only mexican food place we go

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Payson, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Three of us ate here a few weeks back (middle of January 2015), ordering a variety of menu choices. No need to go into detail because all I can say is the food was average typical Mexican one can find almost everywhere. You know... smothered in cheese with beans and rice. What else is there to say. It was okay,... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

They make awesome margarita's real good Mexican food! Prices are reasonable, staff is also very good

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Prescott
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96 reviews 96 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Used to live in Payson and frequented El Rancho often. While visiting recently, I stopped in and had a green chili pork burrito dinner with rice and beans. I found the flavor not as good as I remembered and the meat was very skimpy. Just disappointed this time. Not the same as before. As before, the atmosphere and service was... More 

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Payson, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

As an Arizona native and resident of Payson for much of my life, we have found that El Rancho has the best Mexican food for my tastes. The restaurant is clean, friendly, and offers outdoor dining even.

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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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186 reviews 186 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Stopped in on the way to my sister and brother-in-law's cabin east of Payson. One of their favorite restaurants in town. We started with the Housemade salsa and Chips which were tasty. I enjoyed the Crispy Fried Beef Taco and Green Chili Housemade Enchilada. The sides of Refried Beans and Rice were not that flavorful however. Our server was friendly... More 

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Payson, Arizona
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We love taco Tuesday at el Rancho. Tacos for a dollar can't be bet. Also have cheese enchiladas with the choice of red or green. Since I am a fan of green sauce this $1.50 item is great for me. I love the chunky salsa. Always have excellent service whenever we go. My oldest, who lives in the Valley requests... More 

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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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