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1523 East White Mountain Blvd., Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ 85935
(928) 367-4557
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Today
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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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 16
    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
Mexican food at its best

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
Nancy W
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Show Low, Arizona
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55 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Arizona
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

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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Pima, Arizona
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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Arizona
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Service is fast. Food is dependably good. I like their tacos. You can sit in the bar (which is busy and has big screen tvs) or in one of the two dining rooms. The owners are always at the cash register and are very helpful.

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Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My family has been coming here for 3 years now and we have yet to be disappointed! Food: The food is absolutely to die for! It is always delivered promptly and it toasty hot. The menu is extensive, but not overwhelmingly so. Any Mexican dish you can think of is available and any they make sure that whatever alterations you... More 

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Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The food was very good. I would recommend getting their hots wings they are excellent. The service was very good.

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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
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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