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El Corral Steakhouse - 24 Reviews - 2201 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ - Local Favorite Reviews - Phone (520) 299-6092

El Corral Steakhouse

2201 E River Rd
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 299-6092
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El Corral Steakhouse - Tucson, AZ
El Corral Steakhouse - Tucson, AZ


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As a native Tucsonan, I've experience most of the steakhouses around town, from the hole-in-the wall joints to the trendy (and pricey!) new places (McMahon's, Flemmings). El Corr...


inexpensive, but low quality food, crowded and noisy environment, probably better for families

Not a huge menu selection, but what 12/18/2011

Not a huge menu selection, but what they do offer is delicious and the value is good. Service is friendly, and I will be back. more

dinner 3/12/2010

first time 4 of us went for dinner it was excellent. Just recently 4 of us went again and the prime rib was not tender, and my wifes potatoes were not warm. They were not busy at this time because it was 5 oclock upon opening. Very disappointed. Pros: not good Cons: hit or miss more

Ouch! 1/26/2010

Treating our out-of-town guests here was a mistake. Pros: Steak is good Cons: They are going down hill more

gone down hill & hitting bottom 8/10/2009

this used to be a fabulous place to eat but the new management only cares about saving the restaurant money mistreating the employees and not caring if the guests return or leaves happy. food is cold, salad is wilted, rude manager, poor meal, better to cook home on the grill! Pros: historical building Cons: not caring about guests more

Plastic Food 4/1/2009

I used to live in Tucson & the food at this place was always legendary. Briefly back in the area, I wanted to stop in again ""for old time's sake."" Boy was I disappointed! The steak was good, service stellar, but they use margarine & artificial sour cream. The server brought us real butter when we requested it, but who eats artificial sour cream on a baked potato? The stuff is nasty! Pros: Stellar Service Cons: artificial dairy more

Tough, prime rib had minimal flavor 4/6/2008

Good service, unfortunatley the rib and salad were lacking anything to recomend them. Rib was tough, no not tough, chewy. No apparent marbeling, very strange - never had anything like this in my 53 years. Mud pie was ice cream w/ some kind of pudding on top. Stay away. more

Do not go, any other place would be better! 7/2/2007

I love eating out and, many years ago, I had fond memories of El Corral, however, the meal I paid for tonight was not worth the doggie bag it came in (for my dog, really). Start with the glacial service, then add to the mix ""We're out of the (house) burgundy"", then enter the salad. Pros: Old Tucson atmosphere Cons: glacial service, awful food, patetic response to complaints more

Poor Food Bad Management 2/19/2007

Service and quality of the food has been deteriorating over the last year. I had to send my steak back three times to get it cooked Medium. The manager said the cook said it tasted ok to him !!! I have not returned in two years.. I doubt that things have changed.. more

Just another tourist trap 3/14/2006

I have lived all my life in Arizona and have been in every old cowboy steakhouse around. They don't have anything remotely unique, same old uneven floors, lots of wood and hanging iron but missing the sawdust. The waitress was a very ""in your face good ole girl"". Horseradish is extremely hot so they probably grind it just before they serve it. The Prime Rib was cool to the touch and dull in color. The skewered shrimp order that my date had was small 26/30 size shrimp. They would be better off using larger shrimp for a better presentation. She was not impressed. The meals were served by a bus boy and when the good ole girl came by to check on us we ordered a 2nd round of drinks with her. By the time we saw these drinks the ice was nearly melted and we were ready to leave. Pros: Location, Ambiance Cons: Mediocre more

Best Steakhouse in Tucson by far 1/21/2006

As a native Tucsonan, I've experience most of the steakhouses around town, from the hole-in-the wall joints to the trendy (and pricey!) new places (McMahon's, Flemmings). El Corral has always been my favorite. Their steak is excellent, the ribs are done just right...the meat falls right off the bone everytime, and the prime rib is always outstanding! Maybe the fact that the restaurant is owned by a cattle company has something to do with that? Many restaurants in Tucson have good food, but the difference with El Corral is the atmosphere and ambiance. The building is actually a historic ranch house from the early 1900's, and the flagstone floors, wood beam ceilings and warm fireplaces only add to the history of the restaurant. El Corral isn't one of the trendy steakhouses in Tucson, so you won't find all of the tourists eating there. It's a little secret of the locals. Pros: Good prices, Great ambiance, Crowded more

prime rib heaven 6/14/2004

Don't come here for the steaks - they've always been mediocre. But the prime rib is heaven, even if they serve it with the nastiest fake mashed potatoes this side of Denny's. Try the ""atomic"" horseradish! more

Gone downhill over the years 3/11/2004

This place used to be a great place for steaks. Lately though, they've been going down hill. The steaks are no longer as flavorful as they used to be, the service is slow, and their prices went up. Their prime rib is tasty, but the portions seem to get smaller and smaller. Even at their current prices, it's still inexpensive. Their cuts just don't seem to be very good. Pros: Price Cons: , Slow Service, Bad Parking more

MARVELOUS!!! 3/7/2004

We had the pleasure of enjoying El Corral for the first time and were thoroughly enthralled with their service (especially from our perky & delightful server Bobbie), their rustic ambiance, and most especially their fine Prime Rib product! We can well understand why on a Tuesday evening @ 5:45 they were already jammed with people . . . truly a marvelous find that we'll enjoy in he future!! Pros: Inexpensive, Great ambiance, Tasty food more

Prime rib? 3/7/2004

Again, going off of the recommendations of friends, my husband and I went to El Corral for prime rib. Best in town, everyone says! So imagine my surprise when I order mine medium rare, only to be told they're out. It was early in the evening, and a restaurant that specializes in prime rib is out? Horribly disappointed. I ended up getting a filet that was so-so. Haven't been back since. Seems like going to McDonalds for a burger only to be told that they're all sold out. Pros: Inexpensive, good for kids more

60 year favorite 8/24/2003

El Corral has been a Tucson favorite for over 60 years! El Corral serves up the best prime rib in Tucson, bar none! The portions are sized right and their Mud Pie dessert is to die for. With their great food and value pricing - it's not hard to see why they've been going strong for 60+ years! It's the best! Pros: great food, priced right, prompt service Cons: can be crowded more

best prime rib around 1/13/2003

you know when you dont get to the restaurant whithin an hour after it opens and there is a line waiting to get in. El Corral has chicken, it has ribs, but this place is and always has been about prime rib. no better deal in town and no better prime rib in town Pros: inexpensive, good parking, great food Cons: no reservations more

Great Place 1/6/2003

I've been going to El Corral for the past twenty years. I was just there a couple of weeks ago and the food, ambience, and value was and is the best. The service is also amazing, from the friendly hostess/host and awsome servers (how do they carry all of those plates?) to the helpful mangement and incredibly fast experience was great. Try the Golden Margaritas (a must) along with a delicious Onion cheese bread appetizer. Don't forget to have your salad tossed at the table and then enjoy a nice cut of prime rib with tamale pie. The Mud Pie desert is also a must. Defenitely one of the best places in town. Pros: inexpensive, service, great food more

Arizona Sunset Super Steaks 1/5/2003

We look forward to going to El Corral, it is the best. The service is without equal and the prices are very reasonable. The margaritas are perfect. We take pleasure in taking our out of town guests to our well known secret. more

Darned Good 12/10/2002

Always good food. always great service.(ask for Bobby she is the best) more

Great 12/3/2002

Excellent, cozy place. I would recommend this for parties and out of town visitors. more
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  • In Short
    Inside the ranch house restaurant, wood beam ceilings and fireplaces provide guests with an authentic steak house atmosphere. Known for its legendary prime rib, seafood dishes...

  • 3/16/2007 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Monday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 04:30 PM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 04:30 PM To 09:00 PM
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