Favorite for dinner or happy hourWe go to El Chorro for a great getaway. The location is beautiful. It feels like we are away on vacation. Then the service is friendly and attentive without rushing or interrupting the dining experience. The food is always well prepared and unique. Love it.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful!Fantastic! the ambience is great outside. They do a super job of cooling the patio even in 100 degree weather. The food was wonderful.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went here for Mother'sWe went here for Mother's Day dinner. Party of 6. We all enjoyed the limited but delicious Mother's Day menu, the beautiful patio and the sunset with Camelback Mountain as a back drop. Service was good and we all thought the food was excellent. The Kale salad and Centre cut filet entree were especially good. We are looking forward to our next visit.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMA special Mother's DayIt was the perfect place to celebrate perfect women. The intimate separate dining room for just our family. The servers were so attentive to every need, and the food was excellent. Always the famous sticky buns to the Eggs Benedict to the salmon and brie cheese were delicious in addition to many dishes on the menu. So many to sample and just so much room! The prime rib was the highlight of the 91 yr old great grandmother.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's Day BrunchEl Chorro is an old-time Scottsdale restaurant landmark (dates to 1937) with a great history. New owners have extensively remodeled to provide outstanding outdoor dining and great open-air ambience in a beautiful setting with Camelback Mountain as the backdrop. Mother's Day brunch is arguably one of the busiest dining days of the year, yet we were seated promptly and received excellent service from Damien throughout our meal. We received our famous sticky buns (awesome!!) almost as soon as we were seated. The brunch buffet was extensive and, while everything served was excellent, there was no real "standout" dish. So, for $138 (including an 18.5% gratuity automatically added to my tab) for 2, good but a bit overpriced.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat outdoor patio diningElegant outdoor patio in the middle of beautiful Paradise Valley.
Great sticky rolls and I also recommend the steak fillet with parmesan
scalloped potatoes. Excellent service.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMA "Special" Place for usWe drive all the way from the far side of Mesa to come to El Chorro. Always outstanding food. Unusually good service. And, be sure to walk the grounds, garden and Conference area. Beautiful!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMAnniversary dinnerFood, view, and service were all outstanding. Clam chowder and beet salad were amazing as was the pork cutlet.
Been past this place over and over. Finally stopped in for a special dinner. Well worth it. A real gem in the desert.
We will definitely return again.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful Outdoor PatioEl Chorro has one of the best outdoor dining setting in Scottsdale! The food is always good and the sticky buns are awesome!5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMScenic & tastyEverything was great until our waiter Ron put our order in after a known large party ordered. The scenic view was awesome, we sat right by the outdoor fireplace. Noise level was moderate, it seemed everyone was having a great time but not overly loud. Otherwise Ron was an excellent waiter and gave us another glass of wine on the house for having to wait for our main course. All the food from appetizer to dessert was excellent. I will definitely return here again when visiting Phoenix.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great dinner. ItWe had a great dinner. It was my birthday and I enjoyed spending it at El Chorro.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGood FoodWe enjoyed a birthday dinner here with friends. It was pricy but very good food.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMRomantic DinnerI took my husband here over the weekend for a romantic dinner for two, and that is exactly what we had. The food and atmosphere was perfect, right along with the weather (we dined outside). There was a large group there that night as well, this is one of the many great things about El Chorro, you have have several things that go on at the same time and it never interferes with other patrons and never slows down service. Honestly, this is the first time I have been here since the new owners and remodel, I was in fear the charm would be gone, but it's still there - only BETTER now. Thank you for the great experience and I plan on visiting again very soon, the food is delicious and sticky buns are not to be missed!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMW & B AnniversaryOur friends and us have the same anniversary date and celebrate it every year. Our experience was absolutely delightful. The weather was perfect outside dining, food just out of this world but best was the most phenomenal waiter Phillip from Iowa! Thank you all for a extra extraordinary experience.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMNice setting and good foodThe service was very good. Our wait staff was very attentive. We had the seasonal fish which was Halibut, a bit heavy on the sea salt but nonetheless was good. Generous portion size, recommend sharing the appetizer if you're ordering starters. Patio seating is the way to go.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful evening. Great foodWonderful evening. Great food and exceptional service from Christopher!4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMPlace to considerWe went to Sunday brunch. 11 in our group. Food was good. A mix-up on two of the same credit cards for two couples but that can happen. It is a good place to go. Would certainly recommend.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMONE OF THE BEST IN THE ENTIRE STATEEL CHORRO HAS TO BE CONSIDERED ONE OF THE VERY BEST RESTAURANTS IN SCOTTSDALE. THE FOOD IS GREAT, THE AMBIANCE IS REALLY NICE, AND YET NOT EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT THIS FINE DINING LOCATION. WHILE I AM SURE KIDS ARE WELCOME THIS IS MORE A PLACE FOR ADULTS (MY POINT OF VIEW) AND WHEN THE TEMPERATURES ARE RIGHT, OUTSIDE DINING AT IT'S VERY BEST.
THOSE CINNAMON BUNS ARE FABULOUS BUT SO IS EVERYTHING ELSE THIS RESTAURANT HAS ON IT'S MENU. SO IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR FINE DINING OR AN EXCELLENT PLACE TO GO ON MOTHER'S DAY...DO NOT PASS THIS ONE UP.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've been to El Chorro'sWe've been to El Chorro's several times and always enjoy it. Ambience, wait staff, food - are all great, usually.
This time we were a bit disappointed in the trout entree. We usually rate it the 2nd best in the valley - 1st being Roaring Fork, 3rd the Village Tavern. This visit we'd have to rate it the 3rd best. It didn't seem as fresh or expertly cooked. This wouldn't keep us from coming back; but we might not order that entree.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a fantastic waiterWe had a fantastic waiter who truly added to the experience! He was personable yet professionable. The food was outstanding. The restaurant is huge yet you dont realize it by the way its laid out. We ate outside and it was fantastic.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWe thouroughly enjoyed theWe thouroughly enjoyed the entire experience from start to finish. Thank you and would suggest a lunch opening.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMEven Better Than 20 Years AgoWith the remodeling, the atmosphere is wonderful -- open, huge patios, beautiful views, excellent service, delicious food. It's a Paradise Valley legend for over 50 years, I think, and have been going there personally on occasion for over 20 years. It's better than ever!4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent all around. GreatExcellent all around. Great experience and would recommend to all my associates.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Night on The PatioIt was our 29th Wedding Anniversary we had a 7:00 PM reservation. We arrived early for drinks at the outside bar. We were greeted warmly and checked in. The bar was great. Wonderful drinks, great service. After drinks we were sat at a table for two near a fire pit. The sun was setting, the weather was perfect. I had Steak, my wife had Enchiladas, both were great. We had let the resturant know it was our Anniversary and they provided a nice dessert with candle after our meal, very nice. Service was excellent.
Great resturant.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMOverall, Very NiceWe were six for brunch, which was off the menu, on April 21 at 1-3 p.m., outdoors under shade umbrellas. The service was excellent and the food very good (especially loved the home fries). Except for the bacon, of all things! No smoke flavor, no salt flavor, in fact, NO flavor. The outdoor setting is lovely. When it's hot like it was when we were there, it would be nice if those misters were placed around the entire area, not just one side. We didn't mind the noise. I'd go again anytime--but would sit by the misters if it's hot!4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMI enjoy the dinner at El ChorroI enjoy the dinner at El Chorro on Saturday evening. The service was good and the food was good, not great. The restaurant has definitely changed from the older El Chorro.
I'll will be back.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMSetting is beautiful, fireplacesSetting is beautiful, fireplaces are lovely, food was good, especially the shrimp pepper pot appetizer and salmon entree. Restaurant should not charge $5 to valet (tip not included) - very tacky, and uncalled for give what diners are spending.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the Best restaurantsOne of the Best restaurants in Phoneix. Always superb.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMThe atmosphere is wonderfulThe atmosphere is wonderful with outdoor fireplaces burning, very romantic! The food, wine & service was excellent!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMI love El Chorro because ofI love El Chorro because of the atmosphere/outdoor dining. The decor is rustic but nice. The service was impeccable..our waiter was very knowledgeable about what type of boat was used to catch the halibut and whether it had been frozen. The halibut was perfectly cooked but it did not have a lot of favor. This may just be halibut these days. The beef stroganoff was also fine but again not particularly interesting.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMPersonal favorite!!!We love El Chorro! The service is fantastic...great bartenders who all seem to work so well together. It is truly refreshing to see a staff that cares about their customers and their fellow employees. We met the owner of the restaurant when we were there last weekend and we felt as though we had known him our entire lives...very down-to-earth. The food is very tasty and even though it isn't inexpensive, it is well worth the cost of the experience. Do yourself a favor and go to this great patio restaurant!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a gem!Had a wonderful time, great place, great food, great wine, great atmosphere please don't miss this gem while in Scottsdale!!!!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had clients in town andWe had clients in town and decided to take them to El Chorro. It was a great idea. THe atmosphere was wonderful. We were able to have business discussions, enjoy beautiful views AND had a delicious meal.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptionalEl Chorro never disappoints from the moment you pull up to the valet to the moment you leave. The food, setting, service, ambiance,romantic fireplaces, all 5 star4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent special - had anExcellent special - had an amazing halibut. Great app's too. The sausage plate and the spicy shrimp were wonderful.
Pork tenderloin was good, but nothing I couldn't do at home.
Great place, service, view.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went to El Chorro for SundayWe went to El Chorro for Sunday brunch, and it was fabulous. Great spot for a girlfriend's gathering. Mimosas, bellinis, poinsettias...all yummy indulgences. It was a great afternoon!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time diner and had aFirst time diner and had a wonderful dining experience. Will be back.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great time--whenWe had a great time--when weather is nice and you don't mind a pricey menu, this is a wonderful place to be.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThe entire evening was outstanding!The entire evening was outstanding! However, we did have a serious problem: One of our guests was a compulsive talker and no one could get a word in edgewise . . . maybe it was the wine!!!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous patioWe had a lovely evening. The patio was so beautiful, the food was delicious and the service was attentive. I love El Chorro for the predictable attention to detail and the casual elegance.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding...........a littleOutstanding...........a little bit expensive, but it worth it.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGood, but not worth the price.Service was excellent, our server was on top of everything and we never felt neglected. Food was good, great even, but not of the quality that I was expecting given the prices. My wife and I only go out to high end places like this on special occasions, and will likely not return to El Chorro again next time we want to celebrate something.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have dined at El ChorroWe have dined at El Chorro on frequent occasions since moving to Arizona in 2010. Always a positive experience. Great environment, friendly staff and excellent cuisine. We will return.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved El ChorroWe make it a tradition to go here with the kids when in phoenix and once again did not disappoint!4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMThe seating that wasn't underThe seating that wasn't under the umbrellas was a tad dark and it was hard to see what you were eating when outside. ALso, the wait staff could have asked if we were a little chilly we were next to a firepit that could have been turned on.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Easter Brunch !Excellent Easter Brunch ! Wasnt' wild about adding the gratuity for a table of 4. The waiter lost out on that deal.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMNo better place in Phoenix/No better place in Phoenix/ Scottsdale for outdoor dining. Great service. Good food and as always -memorable sticky buns.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWe did not notice the wineWe did not notice the wine list as none of us had any.
My Sister & I loved El Charro in the old days. We are delighted to see it back and even better. The nosiest chaotic table was ours - my 8 year old got a big Chocolate Bunny from his God Mother....luckily, our Waiter was patient and positive, as well as, a few guiding hands that led us to the grassy field with his kite!
Thank you for restoring this treasure. We'll be there as much as possible - love/love/love it!
Judy Nagle3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMI had heard about this restaurantI had heard about this restaurant from a few friends and wanted to have a "date night" while on vacation with my boyfriend. This restaurant was such a pleasant surprise! It was definitely more than I expected. Right away when you walk in you can see their HUGE patio area with beautiful fire-places and lighting. We got a few cocktails from the outdoor bar because we had arrived before our reservation. When our table WAS ready, the hostess came out and got us from the bar personally to show us our table. Food was absolutely phenomenal. I would highly recommend this restaurant!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was wonderful.Everything was wonderful. We were grateful that the weather was delightful, because the doors could be open. With doors closed, however, we are sure the noise level would have been too high for us seniors. Don't push us seniors out the door.... Tablecloths might soften the noise.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AM