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El Rancho Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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200 S Beeline Hwy, Payson, AZ 85541-4811
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All 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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West Covina, Ca
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70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want, eat in the lounge during the week. The bartender is Danni she is as cute as a button and knows her stuff. Talk about a great personality, and she makes a great drink. Daniel, is the fry cook and also helps Danni this young man never stopped working, he was constantly busy. We need more young people... More 

Thank MissBlue2
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10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The shrimp fajita salad was great. The service was great as well. The only thing I didn't like is that the salsa was not spicy at all and I was sat by all the traffic on a small table since I was alone. Great food and service but not authentic for my taste. Decor was good.

Thank Jose R
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40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here to try the joint after seeing reviews, a mistake as the food quality was very low end, think taco bell / del taco here folks for way too much $$$......but be very careful of the 350 degree + hot plates they put in front of you as my wrist was burned, this after it was sitting on the... More 

Thank UtahDaytripperUtah
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127 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for the Taco Tostada all you can eat special on Monday....for $8.49 two tacos, a tostada and rice and beans and plenty of chips & salsa. Problem was the tacos are just like the ones you can get next door at Del Taco at 3 for $1.29. Rice was from a box and a spit of beans on... More 

Thank UtahDaytripper
Payson, Arizona
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

They offer a taco tuesday.The salsa is tasty.The food has changed since the older cook retired it is still good,when catching the right cook.It is not that pricey and there is always specials

Thank njeye
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

This time we shared the Chicken Fajitas, and they were EXCELLENT! Our waitress, Heather, is always sweet and attentive. Great chips and salsa, too, that are served free before the meal. Great lunch for the two of us for about $15! Delightful atmosphere.

Thank Lyn M
Morristown, NJ
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

We stopped toward the end of a long travel day, and were grateful to be seated right away. Not much of a wait at all for drinks and food, and we enjoyed the terrific chips and salsa in the meantime. Service was friendly and efficient. We each enjoyed our meals--so fresh and tasty, and ample servings without being a ridiculous... More 

Thank BornBlue
Scottsdale, Arizona
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

El Rancho definitely has the best Mexican food in Payson. My favorites are the tacos and enchiladas. Steer clear of the huevos rancheros. Ask for hot sauce to spice up the salsa they give you with the chips. It's a little bland, mostly canned tomato flavored with green chilis. Also, if you have a margarita order it and a short... More 

Thank Dana T
Sun Lakes, Arizona
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75 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

Stopped in for lunch on our way home from :Pinetop; we haven't been here in several years - the restaurant has had a make-over, but the food remains the same - delicious! Very friendly service!

Thank dessertgranny
Tucson, Arizona
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

This eatery was great for us as they have a pet friendly patio. We had a Navajo Taco which was delicious as well as my wife's special burger. The beer was ice cold and the service was prompt and friendly Like most Mexican/American restaurants their prices were very reasonable

Thank thebusybea

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 S Beeline Hwy, Payson, AZ 85541-4811
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Payson
  • Phone Number: 928-474-3111

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?