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El Rancho

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1523 East White Mountain Blvd., Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ 85935
(928) 367-4557
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11:00 am - 9:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Pleasant surprise after avoiding this restaurant for years!

A few years ago, after long waits for mediocre meals in a noisy environment, we stopped going to El Rancho. This weekend, however, we tried again because our first choice restaurant was mobbed with people waiting. We were seated in a booth in the bar area of the restaurant--no wait, no... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
Cindy C
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Carefree, Arizona
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Pima, Arizona
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We stopped yesterday for an early dinner after recreating in the mountains and were dusty and thirsty and hungry... Very good service prompt with chips and such. The Margaritas were especially good and tasty. And it was Happy Hour so inexpensive. Four different orders of food. All were very good or excellent. All of us really like the green chili...... More 

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Show Low, Arizona
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

El Rancho Restaurant is the best Mexican food restaurant in the White Mountains great food great service and great people I love you guys LORIBUG

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Carefree, Arizona
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

A few years ago, after long waits for mediocre meals in a noisy environment, we stopped going to El Rancho. This weekend, however, we tried again because our first choice restaurant was mobbed with people waiting. We were seated in a booth in the bar area of the restaurant--no wait, no crowds, no noise. I ordered a skinny margarita which... More 

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Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Always love going for Margarita Tuesday, the staff is super friendly and the food is delish! Sylviana and her sisters have worked very hard to make sure everyone feels welcome and if you leave hungry, that's your own fault. The portions are just right.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

After the Arts and Crafts Show, we ate dinner here, a little earlier than the normal dinner time, on a recommendation from a new acquaintance. The restaurant is huge, with several seating areas; one area for TV watchers, and another for those who want to hear live music, and then a third for special groups. We chose the entertainment side.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Best Mexican food on the mountain ask for Gwen! The rest of the Mexican food places on the mountain have a terrible taste, this is at least authentic.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

El Rancho is a nice little Mexican restaurant in the heart of Pinetop. All in all I'd say it's pretty good. I especially recommend the cheese enchiladas with red sauce, homemade chips and salsa, and strong but tasty margaritas. My fiancé loves this place and we go about once a week. As I said, I would characterize the restaurant as... More 

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Tucson Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We loved it! We even took 2 quarts of green chili back to our cabin to enjoy. The service was great, the margaritas were wonderful, everyone was very friendly.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Been dropping by for years. Went in last night and got a red chile burro. The meat was in these nasty cubes that were kind of cold inside. (From a can?) Not the good, old school Mexican food I was expecting. I will add that the salsa seemed a bit tastier!

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Show Low, Arizona
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We eat at El Rancho just about every other week and love it. The waitstaff is great and meet your every need. If your craving Mexican food be sure to give it a try.

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Additional Information about El Rancho

Address: 1523 East White Mountain Blvd., Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ 85935
Phone Number: (928) 367-4557
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Pinetop-Lakeside
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 8:00 am
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 am
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1523 East White Mountain Blvd., Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ 85935
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Pinetop-Lakeside
  • Phone Number: (928) 367-4557

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 am

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