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El Corral Restaurant

2201 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718-6517
+1 520-299-6092
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good29%
  • Average18%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
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“tamale pie” (76 reviews)
“prime rib” (148 reviews)
“ribs” (48 reviews)
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American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2201 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718-6517
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Reviewed yesterday

We have eaten here many times over the past twenty years. It seems the steaks have gone down hill a little from the good old days but the prime rib is always a great meal. Mesquite grilled red meat, it doesn't get much better. Salads...More

Thank John A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very buissy when we arrived. We got a buzzer en ten minutes later a table was ready. Place was crowded and full. Service was quick. Starters shrimpcocktail eas very good. Maincourse comes with a fresh salade and we choose the baked patato. We enyod our...More

Thank amerikafan53
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Excellent prime rib, atmosphere and great service. Tamale pie a favorite for our group. Enjoyed the history of the steakhouse. Fun time for all.

Thank dporter0054
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place that takes pride in serving excellent steaks and prime rib dinners. It is not a fancy place and the patrons were casually dressed. The servers wear jeans and the whole atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly. My wife and I...More

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not only do they have great steaks, their prime rib is really good!! Portion sizes are good size for the price you pay!

Thank Harleycart
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family, friends and I (7 of us) had a wonderful celebration for birthday, anniversary and retirement at El Corral. I called ahead and they gave us a separate room. The filet mignon was out of this world and everyone loved the prime rib. The...More

Thank Janet K
Reviewed September 11, 2017 via mobile

The food and service were great. I had the El Corral signature steak and it was served exactly as requested - in my case rare. My wife had the filet mignon also rare and she was equally happy. The restaurant is cowboy themed and unpretentious...More

Thank Mark A
Reviewed September 6, 2017

I liked the experience more than the food. 50+ years old. Casual is good. did not try the prime rib.

Thank texasayes
Reviewed August 26, 2017

We have gone there many times, and always had good service and excellent food. El Coral is an Arizona tradition, and friends bring visitors here for good food and atmosphere. There is a good vintage shop on the grounds too, where there are many interesting...More

Thank sue r
David R, Public Relations Manager at El Corral Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2017

Sue, Thank you for such a nice review. We're glad that you enjoyed your time at El Corral and Diamond Lil's, and we look forward to your return!

Reviewed August 19, 2017 via mobile

Nice rustic ambiance! My prime rib was cooked to perfection! The wait staff friendly and diligent! Table and chairs a little unstable due to cobble floor.

Thank Dennis B
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February 23, 2016|
Response from David R | Property representative |
Hi Sunny, El Corral takes reservations for parties of 20 people or more. For parties of under 20 people, call (520) 299-6092 after 4pm of the day you are planning to visit, and they'll put you on the call-ahead list.
January 3, 2015|
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Response from The_Man1965 | Reviewed this property |
Not really known for their cellar. They have a decent Malbec that goes well with their perfectly seared prime rib.
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2201 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718-6517
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-299-6092
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In 1915, the Tucson Citizen reported that local developer John Murphey had purchased several thousand acres of property in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains to the north of town. The editors of the newspaper projected the purchase as "folly”, an investment in worthless desert hillsides, never to be recovered. For John Murphey, it took just over a decade to prove his detractors wrong. By the end of the 1920s, homes were being built in the Catalina Foothills neighborhoods, and the distinctive Spanish Colonial and Mission Revival style buildings in the area began to take form. A short distance east of Campbell Avenue a building was built in 1926, possibly the first restaurant/cafe/tavern east of Oracle Road. The El Corral you dine in tonight is located in the same building (with some modifications of course). In 1939, the owner of El Corral Cafe, Leroy C. Perkins subdivided a quarter section of land into Los Ranches Perkins. The first dwellings built were used as guest cottages for a seasonal ranch. In 1946, the business name was changed to El Corral Night Club, owned first by E.H. Bruening. The "Nightclub" name continued through the 1950s. El Corral was purchased again in the 1970s by Agro Land and Cattle Company. The name was simplified to El Corral, but the restaurant has remained in the same building and location. Over the past 40 years, El Corral has continued to serve Tucsonans and their guests some of the best prime rib in Arizona. In 2014, El Corral celebrated its 75th year in existence. This is something we take great pride in. Thank you for joining us this evening, and we hope to serve the community for another 75 years!
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