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El Rancho Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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200 S Beeline Hwy, Payson, AZ 85541-4811
+1 928-474-3111
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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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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Flagstaff, Arizona
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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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.

Thank Katie B
Payson, Arizona
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94 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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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Peoria, Arizona
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56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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!!

Thank Amanda A
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Typical Mexican food restaurant. Food and service are average. Chimis are good. Nothing special, but it is consistent.

Thank Craig M
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2015

When we last visited this restaurant the service was very attentive and the food was great. We enjoyed the outdoor cafe and had been recommending it to friends ever since. We had not been there for a while and had a chance to stop in a couple of weeks ago. Well I'm not sure if they had a change in... More 

Thank SDSPhoenix
Payson, Arizona
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

We haven't been here for quite awhile nor will we return. Horrible, greasy, bland food. Watered down Margaritas. Lackluster service. Don't bother with El Rancho!

Thank KarenfPayson_Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

We go to eat there every time we travel through Payson. I absolutely love the beef fajitas! An order for 1 will feed 2. The beef is tender and the veggies a cooked to perfection. The service is always good and the food is hot. One of the best things about this restaurant is they are usually quick in serving... More 

Thank JustGalee
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

The food was not very good. The enchiladas were drowning in this rather nasty cheese and the staff was not very nice. One of the staff members tried to move us to a different table which we were fine at the table we were sitting at. The bathrooms were kinda clean the restaurant itself has a cheesy western Mexican feel.... More 

Thank Becca B
Scottsdale, Arizona
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143 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2015

El Rancho looks like a converted house which is part of its charm. I can't say much about their rice and beans, but their beef fajitas are fantastic. The beef is tender, delicious and mixed with the right amount of chopped onions and peppers.

Thank Gary G
Chandler, Arizona
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168 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

We always go here and it is always delicious. I think it's great Mexican food. Love the cheese crisp. Servers always pleasant. Nothing fancy but good food

Thank travelisfun2011

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
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: +1 928-474-3111

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