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“no surprises” 3 of 5 stars
Review of El Corral Restaurant

El Corral Restaurant
2201 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718-6517
(520) 299-6092
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Ranked #273 of 1,604 Restaurants in Tucson
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Tucson, Arizona
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“no surprises”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Fare priced average food and good service. A good idea to get there early for a table. Very busy place because the price is right.

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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Tucson, Arizona
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Third Try . . .El Corral is out!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

This restaurant has been a place I've taken out-of-town guests since 1973. What happened to them? The historic restaurant is nostalgic of the old Tucson west and the smell of the wood burning grill is enticing as you enter - that's where it ends.

The service is only average. There was a young grill-master who is staged in the middle of the front part of the restaurant as a centerpiece so you can watch the large grill in action. Unfortunately, the young man spent the entire time either rolling his eyes, looking up at the ceiling or texting on his cell phone. The table-side salad was just okay and three of us who ordered the fillet's found them all to be chewy and tough. The baked potato was good and the Sangria was fizzy like a 7-UP punch or something?

It's the old saying, "You get what you pay for", the price was very reasonable -but I would have been happy to pay a little more and get a good meal in this gem of Tucson history! I've tried it now 3 times in the past 6 months with our visiting guests - no more. It's a shame, I really like the atmosphere.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Fun Western Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We had a fun meal at El Corral on the Saturday evening before Easter. The restaurant is in a historic house on the North side of Tucson. We were fortunate to have a table by a window with a view of the Catalina Mountains. The meal started with ordering an Onion rings appetizer for the table. The onion rings may have been the highlight of the meal. The salad was prepared family style at the table which I thought was fun. The prime rib was very good and tender. Not the best ever, but a fun experience. The prices are fairly reasonable for a restaurant that is a Tucson tradition. I would suggest for both a vistor or resident of the Tucson area.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Forest Grove, Or
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157 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Average Steaks at an average price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Family type place, rather noisy, doing a good business for a thursday evening. Steas were so so, definitely not choice or prime quality. Wine pour was fair, sides were good. Nothing outstanding. Much like Longhorn, sub Saltgrass. Would return, but would not seak out.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Columbus, Indiana
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Disappointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

We were sooooo disappointed with this place. Our friends recommended it. We all ordered prime ribe medium and it was so rare it was bloody. The salads were small but good. The bread was good. Might try again just but would try the steak.

Visited March 2013
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