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El Rancho Restaurant

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200 South Beeline Highway, Payson, AZ 85541
928-474-3111
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average food

I love salsa & chips unfortunately the Salsa here tastes very canned. The good was ok but nothing to keep me coming back. I'm fact I did find another local Mexican restuarant that had killed salsa & better good

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Connie D
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Payson, Arizona
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Gilbert, Arizona
Level Contributor
49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everytime we go thur payson or stay in payson.. we eat here so yummy... my kids love this place.. can't go wrong.. everything is good. ..

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Thank dwm28
Payson, Arizona
Level Contributor
28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love salsa & chips unfortunately the Salsa here tastes very canned. The good was ok but nothing to keep me coming back. I'm fact I did find another local Mexican restuarant that had killed salsa & better good

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Thank Connie D
Gilbert, Arizona, USA
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I beg you. Please clean this restaurant. If you did it would be spectacular and become a destination

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Thank Jenny M
Phoenix, AZ
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We don't get to Payson often enough. Mostly when we are visiting snow, or escaping the Phoenix valley summertime heat. If it's around lunchtime, my mexican-food maven husband considers El Rancho his "to-go". Definitely for cause, as their food has always been consistent. Our latest experience was no exception -- everything was as it should be. Salsa had good flavor... More 

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Thank ltaz
Chandler, Arizona
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love this place! It's a must for us when we go to Payson. The Navajo taco is the best there and I'm never disappointed. Chips and salsa are really good as well.

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Thank Ann Marie F
Payson, Arizona
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Okay, I have been there THREE times....I always try to give a restaurant up to three chances before I decide whether I like it or not. The service is alright, the atmosphere is nothing special, the food is,well, very disappointing. I had the beef fajitas. The beef tasted, looked and felt like it was boiled! No flavor. The chili rellenos... More 

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Thank AZmountainJoy
Prescott, Arizona
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This seems to be a local favorite but we tried it two years ago and we were not impressed. On our last trip we noticed it was still busy and decided to give it another try. Again it was not good. Food was over salty, salsa is bland, and chips were oily. Not to mention the booth that they sat... More 

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Thank Zoie B
Flagstaff, Arizona
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

El Rancho has been around forever. This is because their food is consistently good, the margaritas are reasonable and decent, and the service is dependable. This will not be the best Mexican food you have ever eaten, but it will be something you can count on.

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Thank Katie B
Payson, Arizona
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Get there early for dinner or after 7p.m. to avoid the crowd. Even if you have to wait, it's worth it. As soon as you get seated, the chips and salsa arrive and your drink order is taken. If you're lucky enough to get Doug as your waiter, he'll spoil you with his service. He anticipates your every need before... More 

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Thank ransal1
Peoria, Arizona
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44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

My friend brought me to this restraunt. Her family had been stopping here since she was younger and wanted me to try it. What a great friend!! I loved the food here. Tacos were delicious!! Staff were very friendly and happy. Thank you El Rancho! We will definately be in again!!

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Thank Amanda A

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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