Liberty Station - DC Ranch

4.2
33 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Liberty Station, an American tavern and smokehouse is open daily for lunch and dinner. Liberty Station serves American comfort food and BBQ with regional touches, including several nods to the Keeler family’s Boston roots. The bar at Liberty Station offers vintage cocktails created in a very classic style, and local craft beers, plus a wide array of wine options.
Acclaimed Executive Chef Anthony Apolinar heads the kitchen. Chef has created a menu that includes creative “shareable” appetizers, pasta and salads. Entrees feature fresh seafood, steaks and chops. Liberty Station smokes many of their high quality meats on a custom made smoker, prominently displayed on the west side patio of the restaurant.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Barbecue
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(480) 278-7044
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Anthony Apolinar
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Neighborhood
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 33 People Are Saying
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Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I was here shortly after they opened and loved it. However there was a problem this time. We made a reservation on Open Table, when we arrived they claimed there was NO reservation. I showed them my phone where it was confirmed. The manager offered seats at the bar. We were hungry, tired and knew we wouldn’t get it anywhere else so we took it. No compensation was made with food or drink. And strangely I received by open table points. No reservation, yeah right !!!

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RH
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thought it was a very good smokehouse choices with good sides

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KM
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great service - food was delicious -my grilled cheese with tomato soup was delicious. The deviled eggs were disappointing lacking flavor. Will definitely dine there again. Everyone enjoyed their fish and chips.

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DS
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The best thing I can say about this restaurant was the service. It was impeccable.
Jay was our waiter, and he was attentive and informative. The food was tasty and
I would definitely return.

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I
New Mexico
21 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and daughter were sufficiently impressed that they were anxious for me to try this new addition to Market Street at DC Ranch. It did not disappoint. My brisket was lean and very tender, cooked to perfection. My wife's pulled pork sandwich was also tasty, as was her cole slaw. Beer selection was good and service was excellent. We'll be back!

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J
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We would definitely go back! Food was great.

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H
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Like the atmosphere, service and food here. Wall-eye and trout were great. Waiter was extremely accommodating when I did not like my cocktail. It is a friendly pleasant dining experience.

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LA
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved our service by Jay! He was outstanding and made our visit.

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TW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had Thanksgiving meal here. Our server Jey made our day!

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DS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was below average. Not worth the price. Chicken came out cold and took forever to be reheated. Rest of party almost done with meal before it was brought back out.
Sever was not helpful and seemed liked he did not want to be there. Tried to get his attention and was completely ignored. Will not be back.

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h
Phoenix
60 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The brisket was very good. The sides were poor. The corn bread was a dry muffin with little corn taste. The cole slaw had no flavor and was just chopped cup cabbage. No comparison to the slaw at American Grill across the street!The fish tacos had the smallest amount of fish. The manager was kind enough to remove the charge for the tacos which we would never order again. All in all not a real reason to return

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JB
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service at a reasonable price.

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OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We loved Market Street Kitchen but are disappointed with Liberty Station. The new menu doesn’t have as much variety and it seems that the quality is not what it was with Market Street Kitchen. We’ll still give them another shot

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J
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The latest restaurant to occupy what seems like a jinxed corner in DC Ranch.... lots of prior turnover. Liberty Station looks like it should establish itself, thanks in part to having an existing success in Cave Creek. This site borrows much of the old layout from Market Street Kitchen, and the focus on smoked meats (pork, brisket, chicken) should go down well in the area, which doesn't have much of that cuisine.
Food was good but not memorable, and the service a bit uneven - one of our drinks came only after a third request. Staff was friendly and pleasant, but didn't seem that experienced. Ambiance is fine and should draw weekend crowds in the winter, but can it thrive in the summer?

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G
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time to Liberty Station and we were very pleased. The fish and chips were the best I have had in a long time. Service was extremely friendly and helpful. We will be back.

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J
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I like the atmosphere a little better than the other location, the food is good at both of course and service was egually as good too.

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Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The very limited menu had me stumped when it was time to order. Not many healthy options so I only ordered an app.
A boy at my table ordered the kids noodles and I was appalled by the 2” of butter in the bottom of the bowl, why would you serve that?

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T
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and kid friendly! Manager and wait staff was awesome and very attentive!! Never had to ask for anything!

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KS
Phoenix
38 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fish & chips! Also try their excellent meats done in their smoker! The service was friendly and the atmosphere was fun. Would recommend!

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S
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new place. All aspects - food, drinks, service, atmosphere - will bring us back.

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GS
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

My wife and I shared the brisket. It was too tough to eat and we had to send it back. The have us a portion of the pork shoulder and that was much better

On the brighter side our server was excellent.

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S
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite place.

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SS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good. I’ve been there twice, some inconsistency between the two visits on portion size but definitely very food. I will go back and I’d recommend trying it if you like BBQ

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EN
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

very good restaurant for a neighborhood place. Food and Service is outstanding! What more can you ask for?

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c
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent. Jay was our water and he was tops! Thank you!

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s
Phoenix
58 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Marginal at best. But it's new

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TF
Phoenix
75 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Upon our arrival, we were told we did not have an Open Table reservation, and that was the best part of our night. It only went down from there!

And then, We were told they didn't have any more openings - even though there were three tables open. When we showed the manager our Opentable Mobile app reservation, they let us in. Gee, thanks !

Then when one of our out of town guests ordered a cocktail and we waited 25 minutes, the manager told us she order a complex drink and they didn't have all the ingredients at hand. Our fault I guess. He did comp her drink but it was her fault !

When we couldn't find our waiter - for a long long time, we asked the manager if we could order. When my wife got her burger - it did look good - she asked for mustard. Again, our manager, not the waiter showed up and said they don't carry MUSTARD because they don't get people asking for mustard anymore ! REALLY - No one asks for mustard ? In a restaurant that serves burgers???

BTW - The restaurant was only 1/4 full at most during the whole experience.

People, you have to understand that this restaurant and its servers and manager are not new - this restaurant has just been rebranded and is owned by the same owner. Nothing in new here. These people should be very experienced.

But with the SNOW BIRDS coming in to towns, Liberty Station will not doubt snag many un-expecting patrons.

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A
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've thoroughly enjoyed Liberty Station at the Carefree location and love that there's one right here, in our own neighborhood! The food was delicious. The service was impeccable and, when we commented on a minor issue, it was addressed immediately. Highly recommend this food food fare!

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S
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 3ambience 3

Too heavy and fatty for us. We had the ribs but these were overpowering. The sweet potato fries were cut mammoth size and very oily. The coleslaw was good. We took none of our leftovers home.

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MS
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic menu and service. Wonderful appetizers and a diverse menu with options for everyone.

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B
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very happy to have this restaurant closer than their second location up in Carefree. Food was excellent as was all of the staff. Chris (GM) was very attentive and friendly.

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JP
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time here. Sat at the bar. Food was very good particularly the brisket. Sides were average. Service was excellent. Will go again.

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AR
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We had very good service and the BQ platter which was good, but not exceptional.

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