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El Corral Restaurant

2201 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718-6517
+1 520-299-6092
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good29%
  • Average18%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers talk about
“tamale pie” (75 reviews)
“prime rib” (138 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 2 weeks ago

This is one of my husband's favorite restaurants in Tuscon so we enjoyed a prime rib dinner here. The prime rib comes with a salad and one side dish. The servers were very attentive and the food delicious. However the tile floors make the restaurant...More

Thank Donna T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though it was busy we were seated right away. The menu it very simple not a wide variety. If you don't want meat don't go her. The Prime rib was good. My Moms T-Bone steak for 21.99$ was terrible. Tough and she ordered it...More

Thank LisaLaHabraHeights
Reviewed April 14, 2017

I passed in front of El Corral a number of times and always have been intrigued by the decor outside and I wanted to know more. I went in and visited the place off hour and loved the decor. Very Western! Felt I was in...More

1  Thank TowsonHounds
Reviewed April 13, 2017

El Corral is a historic hacienda old west steak house serving fire grilled wood smoked steaks and ribs since the 30's. Their signature dish being PRIME RIB..... I have eaten @ El Corral on several occasions over the years, and have definetly noticed a decline...More

Thank monsoons2013
Reviewed April 12, 2017

I have been dining here and at the sister restaurant Pinnacle Peak for decades. It seems lately that El Corral is hit or miss. The service has been spotty for the last year or better...the food on some nights is top notch, other times it's...More

Thank onemanicmechanic
Reviewed April 6, 2017

I have frequented this restaurant for 20 years. The atmosphere is western and I have been lucky to sit by a window with a garden view most times. My prime rib was very nice but I absolutely LOVE the tamale pie. The traffic on River...More

Thank Jackietravels1
Reviewed April 6, 2017 via mobile

It had been a couple of years since I had eaten there. I had always liked it. But this time I was not pleased with the prime rib I ordered. It had a lot of fat and was very thin. For 25.00 dollars I didn't...More

Thank Carole R
Reviewed March 30, 2017

When I was growing up, I really thought becoming a cowgirl was a career option! Dining at El Corral my dream almost came true. It the perfect Old West restaurant built in the 1920's with historic decor and loads of memorabilia from old western. The...More

Thank junetalks
Reviewed March 24, 2017

The Prime Rib is what we come for. No better deal in town. The Rib's are cooked for a very long time in a slow cooker. I have heard up to 12 hours. We always get a flavorful and tender cut of beef in this...More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed March 22, 2017

El Corral seems to have been around forever. Whenever an out of town guest asks to go to a Western Restaurant, it is El Corral. The menu is pretty basic, ribs, t-bone and a few other dishes. The only "unusual" item is the Rocky Mountain...More

Thank Ira S
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do you take reservations?
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.
Is there some decent red wines?
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, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
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!