James Ranch
11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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dolebludger
Durango, CO140 contributions
Jul 2021
We liked the food, views, and atmosphere. We did not like the total lack of service, given the food prices. Here, one has to order at a counter, give a cell phone number (what do you do if you don’t have one) so they can call you to pick up your order yourself. And when you are finished, you are expected to clean your own table. Yet. ‘tip jars” abound. Who am I supposed to tip? This place us totally self service. This is not an ant-tipping post. As locals in Durango,we tip service personnel generously at places that give good service. But James Ranch has zer service. The the requirement that you bus your own table places their service below that at McDonalds — where no tipping is even suggested. But at James Ranch we were expected to clear our own table after spending over $110 for lunch for five, after we had used the tip jars. JR, at your prices, could you give us some I?
Written July 22, 2021
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Thank you for stating that there are good things about our place. We have done our best through our website and other listings to make it clear that we are a fast causal concept. Fast casual does not include servers. We have a couple of hardworking bussers that are collecting the dishes from tables as well as making sure they are cleaned and sanitized. With the labor shortage, we are grateful they can accomplish that. We do not ask (or require) people to bus their own tables, but many do considering that is what takes place in a lot of fast casual concepts like Zia Taqueria, Grass Burger, Birds, etc. For those guests that do bring their items to our bussing station, we are grateful because we are very busy this time of year and even with two bussers it can be a lot. You mentioned that you "had" to use the tip jars. Like any restaurant, tipping is optional. Gratuity is a form of gratitude that many of our guests do voluntarily. Perhaps they do it because they know its been tough, this industry is very challenging and with labor shortages the way they are, they feel for our whole team that are working extra hard to offer the best service and food we can. Those tips are share with all team members from our bussers and dishwashers to the team sweating over the hot grill. We are grateful that some guests express their gratitude with generosity and we are also grateful for guests that express their gratitude through patience with busy days, a smile and a verbal thank you. As far as the prices are concerned, they are based on the cost of the ingredients. Our ingredients are 80% local, 98% organic because that's our standard. If we were to change our concept and have servers, the prices would have to be higher. We have chosen to offer higher quality ingredients over table service. That's our concept and it's unfortunate to know that we did not meet your desires.
Written July 25, 2021
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Harvey C
Cincinnati, OH173 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
The setting is a newly constructed wood beam restaurant and store with indoor and outdoor seating with views of the mountains. It’s a nice drive out jog town ans one can continue a little and turn around by the Purgatory ski resort. Burgers are the main fare with all the expected sides. Interestingly, the non alcoholic coconut and other drinks were amazing. We would return in heartbeat.
Written March 14, 2021
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greyhead59
Houston, TX11 contributions
Nov 2020
About 10 miles north of Durango (half way to Purgatory Ski Resort), the James Ranch is just off the highway. The burger is a gourmet style burger that is among the best I have ever had. The fires are wedge cut and cooked to a crispy consistency. We order the plain fries (just salt) and they were probably the best wedge cut fries I can recall. We got there after dusk so we weren't able to fully appreciate the beauty of the area, but what we did see was beautiful and peaceful. The only thing I would change would be to get there earlier to fully enjoy the outdoor eating scenery. Needless to say, it is something I would recommend as a dining option for anyone that goes to Durango.
Written November 6, 2020
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SnooksintheDesert
Palm Springs, CA514 contributions
Aug 2022
This place was close to our rental & we got a gift card from our hosts. We went early on a weeknight & got the last parking space, and stood in a very long line for upscale burgers. It started to pour down rain, so one of us grabbed a two-top inside & waited. It was 45 minutes after arrival before we had food.. We made the mistake of ordering chips, that we later watched just poured out a a bag, so would not recommend ordering those. Burgers & beer were fine, but the bill was 50 bucks for two, so not a good value, especially as it really has only counter service, and is a mad house, so would not return.
Written August 13, 2022
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Williamsport, PA1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Friends
This place was highly
recommended by a friend. It is a
self serve place and it's very
expensive. They said they cook
their burgers pink throughout.
Pink is fine..raw "Red" ground
beef is not. It's over $15 for a
burger that doesn't even include a
side. In addition, we asked for
some extra sauce and after
spending $60 for 2 beers, 2
burgers, and 1 fry…they wanted to
charge me for some more sauce.
Way over priced especially when
you have to order and do a pick up
window. SO..., Disappointed. Never again!!!!!!
Written June 9, 2022
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Brett T
Dallas, TX28 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Located on 550 about 15 minutes north of downtown Durango, James Ranch Grill is definitely worth the trip. The outdoor patio is beautiful when open, and the new indoor seating is very comfortable. Specialty Burgers and fries are all delicious. But they also have some yummy salads and soups. Wine and beer are also available. If you have time, stop in the James Ranch market right next door for gifts and fresh meat and cheese.
Written February 8, 2020
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Ed M
Scottsdale, AZ106 contributions
Oct 2020 • Solo
I ordered the mushroom burger which was pretty good, you could taste the fresh meat. I was shocked at the price, over $15 for a burger (no fries, pickles, onion, etc) just meat and some mushrooms. The scenery was awesome but not sure the food was with the price.
Written October 24, 2020
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h3305
Houston, Texas74 contributions
Jul 2020
We love James Ranch and visit it multiple times whenever we spend time in Durango. Burgers are great and the outdoor seating looking over the ranch to the mountains cannot be beat. But since they opened their new facility, service is, well, confused. Each time we went last month, either our order was not correct, or an order before ours was not correct (so we could not pick up our order or drinks until they fixed that one).
Don't pass up a chance to pick up some good local veggies, meats and ice cream at the market!
Written August 2, 2020
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Michelle R
Durango, CO310 contributions
Feb 2020
Farm to Table restaurants are thriving and sought after. However, the James Ranch has taken it a step further by being a "Table ON the Farm" dining experience. Enjoy local sustainably grown and consciously produced food products from greens to beef expertly prepared ON the Farm. The new building is step up from picnic tables on the grass and NOW offers dining all winter long! (See website for days/hours).
The scenery on the ranch says it all....open space, grass, mountains, fresh air and sunshine is the way to produce food. Outdoor dining available whenever the weather suits you.
I had the delish squash veggie "burger", my friends had the burgers made with beef grown and raised on the ranch. The grocery/gift shop offers seasonal organic veggies, James Ranch beef and James Ranch cheeses, eggs and a variety of local food products and gifts.
This is an ultimate Durango dining excursion.
Written March 6, 2020
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Wow Michelle, thank you for sharing your experience! You encapsulated everything we are striving to offer our guest and community. Thank you!
Written March 7, 2020
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Yvonne M
31 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
This place is a great setting for lunch. They have a great market with local sourced meats and many other things.
We went for lunch. I had a burger with a salad and hibiscus tea. Very good! My family, also, had a burger, but did not care for the natural colas. “At all.” My husband said he thought it was a bit pricey and a couple we met on the train felt the same way the day before. I have to say that the setting is worth the price.
Written July 19, 2020
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  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Wed - Sat 11:00 AM - 7:30 PM


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