Stables Ranch Grille - Tubac Golf Resort

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfectly situated between the beautiful Fountain Courtyard and the famous Island Green is Stables Ranch Grille, the resort's signature restaurant. Named for its historic significance, Stables' rustic dining room and lively bar were favored by Hollywood's most famous western movie stars including John Wayne and Stewart Granger.

In 1996 the resort was again in the limelight, hosting notables Rene Russo and Kevin Costner during the filming of 'Tin Cup'. The gathering place of this fabulous resort hideaway, Stables is known for its simply perfect steaks, fresh fish and unique Mexican specialties. Executive Chef John Wooters creates the menus, directs the kitchen and enjoys planning banquet and specialty wine and tequila dinners. Stables is known throughout the region for its ambiance, cuisine and hospitality.
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RH
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Service is extremely slow. Food was lukewarm after waiting a long time. At least the bread was tasty.

OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Visiting the Tubac area and picked out from reviews. All was good. Only minor issue is noise, which I tend to be more aware of as I age and my hearing goes.

SW
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

I was very excited to dine here & the menu sounded great when checking their website. We had a reservation & were seated on time. The service was a little slow but adequate. The ambiance was very nice & this was the best part of of the dining experience. I ordered the chicken breast & my husband the meatloaf. My chicken breast was rather tough & also dried out, even though covered in a sauce with peppers. I felt like it was not a very good quality piece of chicken. My husband had the meatloaf, which he said was ok but nothing special and has had much better. All in all, eh...ok, but frankly shocked this is rated as a top restaurant by AZ Highways.

GE
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Very consistent with nice ambiance

CC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Used to be a favorite.... very disappointed with prices, service, seating arrangement

BH
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We like to die in here while it is still light outside. The view from the windows of the dining room is quite beautiful. The dining room itself is rustic rather than elegant. Also, when the dining room is filled to capacity the noise level is uncomfortably high. The food and service are excellent, however.

OT
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our annual trip to Arizona to visit the in-laws always includes dinner on the patio at The Stables. The setting outside is fantastic as the sun goes down. The waitstaff is attentive and the drinks are fun. The food this visit was disappointing, including one steak that was difficult to cut, much less chew. My hope is this was just a bad night because the Stables has been a tradition we look forward to every year. This is such a beautiful little desert resort.

LH
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Lovely place, however our service was slow. Our waiter, Carlos, was great- very attentive. However, the food was slow to come out. We ordered a hot appetizer but it didn’t come before our entree. It was served with our entree and it was cold. I ordered the Sea Bass and it was excellent. My husband ordered the ribeye steak and it was just mediocre- wasn’t hot and sizzling and wasn’t the cut of meat we expected for the price. The bread pudding dessert was amazing. Carlos took the appetizer off our bill, which we appreciated. We’ll give them another try, but won’t order the steak next time.

LH
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Thank heaven for Carlos! We had been seated for fifteen minutes with water and menus but no waiter. The waiter for the table next to us was catering to every little request of theirs without aver acknowledging our existence.

Finally Carlos came over and said”I don’t know why no one is helping you but I’ll take care of you”. After that his service was outstanding and the food was excellent.

BD
Tucson
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Wait staff needs more professional training. The setting is beautiful and the ambiance is wonderful.

MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was very poor. Server did not attend to us at all. Food was only warm when served. Food was very good.

I felt the server tried her best but was over matched in terms of the demands.

I would return as we have been pleased in the past.

DW
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Christopher's excellent and friendly service made the food and overall experience even better than our previous visits.

BR
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have been here many times and always pleased with the friendliness of staff.
The food and drink is good with a wide selection to choose from.

o
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The resort grounds are reason enough to go to this restaurant, but the food was what made the night. I was pleasantly surprised. Creative takes on traditional dishes. Not your typical gold club food. The only downside was the cleanliness. Our table had food and silverware underneath it when we arrived, there was a horrible septic smell coming from somewhere, and through I asked twice, there was never any hand soap in the ladies room. Little things like that make me worry about kitchen cleanliness, and seem especially egregious when one considers how much one pays to eat there.

DG
Portland
42 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The place is nice inside and out, the food was above average but there was a table with several older men who were loud and used to many expletives, and there were children and women in the eating area and the none of the service people were bother by it or said anything.
I did not intervene, bad, very bad.

TM
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome environment, the entrees were outstanding, and our sever was attentive without being overbearing. We will DEFINITELY be back again

p
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance of the Stables Ranch Grille is rustic warm and authentic. Everyone in our party of three thoroughly enjoyed their meal. My husband and I had the ribeye and they were perfectly prepared to med rare+. Service was prompt without being burdensome. The only suggestion I offer is to not have the golf cars parked outside the dining room in front of the pond, hence ruining the view! The view is beautiful with the pond, green grass, mountains and animals...the golf cars do nothing but distract from enjoying what makes the grille a wonderful place to dine.

VG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super food!

JW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, wonderful cozy, rustic atmosphere with a great view.

F
Tucson
20 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice get together to celebrate a birthday with friends. Excellent cocktails and wine list. The menu had many diverse choices. Dessert was the molten lava cake to share. Wonderful experience.

a
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always a great experience. Food good a usual as is the service.

JS
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to dine at the Stables Restaurant was one of the most enjoyable experiences in dining than I have had in a very long time. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys fine dining!!

BS
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We love this resort and this restaurant. We have dined here many times. We noticed this time that the waitstaff seemed rather distraught and not very happy. We also feel that they need to up their game on their menu. For example: What was listed as flatbread was actually a frozen pizza. The margaritas were fabulous!

JS
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service average and food good but not over the top. We ordered a bottle of wine but she only poured the first glass and didn’t offer to cork the remaining wine as we were staying at the Resort but did not finish the bottle of wine. It was my husbands birthday and I told them that when I made the reservation but nothing special was done for him from a desert perspective. We did order a blueberry bread pudding which was very good, I had chicken pasta dish and my husband had the beef stew. Both were good. I think more effort from the waitress would’ve made the difference.

J
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stables remain one of our favorite restaurants. Western atmosphere, great food and excellent service. Mid day patio dining is great as well with views of the golf course.

N
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The food was not what we ordered and awful. Husband ordered Blueberry Belgian Waffle with a side of bacon and I ordered Strawberry Banana Candied Pecan French Toast. We waited a very long time (mind you they were not busy, it was a Thursday between breakfast and lunch). The nice waiter came out and said cooks dropped his waffles and it was last of the batter and what else did he want. Um, so you can’t whip up more batter? Wow. So he orders pancakes. A while later out comes the food. Husband’s pancakes are so-so (not fluffy at all) and his bacon is like beyond dead. Dark brown and devoid of flavor or meatiness. Just blah and disintegrated when touched. Then comes my French toast (inner two cold, outer two warm) with NO candied pecans. I ask politely for them. The gal (new to us) says she will bring a side dish of them. Our male waiter comes back with cold walnuts. I am allergic to walnuts and note I would have ordered something else had I known they didn’t have the nuts. The strawberries were white. Ew. So all in all it was terrible. The waiter was nice, the view was awesome and they didn’t charge for my French toast. But we won’t be back which is a shame. Years ago the food was great and matched the great view so it was a wonderful restaurant; now...skip it!

CD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We repeatedly return for big events like birthday celebrations. Have never been disappointed with food or service. When we go in December, we get to see the Christmas decorations. Love walking the grounds. As with most public places, noise level is hard for those with hearing disabilities and hearing aids. Too late, we thought about having asked for a table away from the other diners for possibly more quiet (this last visit that may have been an options). As all visiting family enjoys this locale, we will be returning.

w
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Stables is always a winner, the Prime Rib on Wednesday night is fantastic!!!!

OT
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very difficult to find after dark! Area not well lit at all!

ET
Tucson
115 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I knew my cousins would be thoroughly impressed with dining at Stables. Everyone loved the ambience, the food, and great service. This is my favorite place to dine in all of Arizona.

MB
Tucson
31 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The server Guillermo saved the day. It appears as if the staff was unable to handle the pace of work. Although Guillermo was not assigned room our section. He was the only one diligent and accommodating. Dessert options were great and the view of the golf course

PO
Boise
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful and made all the better by Marta our server. She is special! Please let her supervisor know from us!

BW
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Perfect! Great server.

AZ
Tucson
12 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this location is lovely, the food and drinks exceptional, and Monica is a really special bartender! We 4 ladies thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

RH
Tucson
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very Nice !

ME
Portland
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

We had hair cooked into one of our dishes
It was replaced but no further compensation or apology was offered
I found this to be very disturbing
Considering we eat here often
Mike E

C
Tucson
30 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Great view great food great service

PS
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tin Cup Margarita is the best Margarita I have ever had in a restaurant! The Chile Relleno is perfect. Light golden brown, gently fried and stuffed with heavenly melted cheese. Well worth the drive from Tucson!

G
Tucson
16 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Tried their Tuesday Pasta Night but was not as impressed as ordering a fresh pasta dish

SB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Tubac Resort - our son and daughter in law got married there 4 years ago. We always try to take a weekend during the summer. It's the perfect getaway from Tucson! Everyone we came across couldn't be nicer and more helpful.

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