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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Tasty Mexican Food in Pinetop

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
Briana I
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Tucson, Arizona
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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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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
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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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Pima, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We stopped in last Thursday... Not the summer crowds... Still friendly prompt service and quick with lots of chips and salsa... We had enchiladas and tacos... Very good, quick and hot. Absolutely the very best green chili I have had. I guess I do not understand the negative reviews... One of my go to places on the mountain.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I have been coming to the White Mountains since I was a kid and we have been coming here since I can remember. I love their enchiladas, tamales, quesadillas, burritos, and the awesome chips and salsa while we wait for the main dish. So yummy!

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Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

El Ranch is truly a Pinetop landmark but the food is a BIG question mark. Met some friends there for lunch on December 26th and experienced the worst tacos that I can ever remember. 40 years ago when El Rancho was the only Mexican joint on the mountain is was hit or miss. Today was a sad experience for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We were in Show Low on a Sunday night in November. Many restaurants were closed in this area but we then we found El Rancho. We were immediately welcomed and it felt like home. We were getting take out so we could watch the ASU game in our hotel room at the Hampton Inn and told them we only had... More 

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

Went in on Sunday of Labor Day and sat at the bar for margaritas and a cheese crisp. I ordered their top shelf marg and it was pretty good. Unfortunately, the bar is really starting to look run-down and shabby. The bartender was serving tables, so he wasn't very attentive and we had to flag him down when drinks needed... More 

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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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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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