El Chorro
El Chorro

El Chorro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://elchorro.com/
  • Phone: (480) 948-5170
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Happy Hour: Monday - Saturday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Dinner: Every Day 5 p.m. to Close.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Charles Kassels
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 56th Street & Lincoln Drive
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet and Parking Lot
A word from El Chorro
El Chorro’s iconic setting at the base of Camelback & Mummy Mountains offers an authentic Arizona desert setting where generations of Valley residents and visitors alike come to savor classic, seasonal cuisine; enjoy a relaxed Sunday brunch; gather with friends over happy hour; celebrate special occasions or meet with associates.



El Chorro’s culinary vision features classic cuisine favorites with a Southwestern-inspired influence. The menu offerings center on fresh, organic and locally grown ingredients – including herbs and produce from the El Chorro garden located right outside the kitchen.



The restaurant and event venues have recently been restored, renovated and enhanced to further preserve this landmark’s rustic charm. El Chorro became the first restaurant in Arizona to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Gold Certification.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
El Chorro reviews from OpenTable diners
206 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (181)special occasion (139)scenic view (126)romantic (109)fit for foodies (79)neighborhood gem (79)good for groups (76)great for brunch (57)notable wine list (37)vibrant bar scene (28)hot spot (28)great for lunch (21)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (13)Show More
  • A Past gem gone downhill
    triggerVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    El Charo used to be one of my wife's and my favorite restaurants with a beautiful setting, good food and great service. No more! First we had to keep requesting a table in the area we wanted and the hostess kept trying to put us in the room she wanted. Finally when we prevailed the menus were almost trhown on the table. Then the waiter came up and asked our names and then called us by our first name from then on. This is too friendly and inappropriate. The food was extremely poor. I had beef strogonoff and my wife had trout almondine. The beef strogonoff meat was tough and the sause clearly was a gravy that came out of a chef boy ar dee can. My wifes entree was a huge fish, poorly presented laying on 3 potato slices that were too thick and unappealing. The fish was over cooked and dry. We won't be retuning. There wasn't anything about the evening that was charming, elegant or satisfying.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A don't miss in Phoenix.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food was excellent and our waiter Leopold was exceptional you will truly enjoy the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad end to a perfect night
    Longtimer
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I've been dining here for 25 years. With the remodel the food and ambiance remain top notch. Long timers, however, should be aware. Their famous sticky buns are smaller than ever, you get fewer than before, and without any warning we were charged for extra baskets. A real surprise that ruined the end of a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The dining room is a splendid space, the servers were very attentive, we had a visit from the owner making sure everything was all right. Overall, this is a lovely experience. The food is not trendy, which we like, but were disappointed in the ratio of vegetables to meat in the dish we chose. We'll be back, trying other dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • travelers
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    When in Phoenix we always eat at El Chorro. It is one of our favorite spots.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favourite...
    Griffin
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    and…great for folks who want old classy authentic Paradise Valley dining….
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • AWESOME
    David7282
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Everything about El Chorro is awesome, the architecture of the building, landscaping and that's all before you sit down! The bloody Mary's are the best I have ever had and the food is out of this world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We have dined with you several times and each time has been a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic AZ
    SmileygirlVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Delicious. Great service. Sit outside of you can. In the winter there are fires going to keep you toasty warm!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Bill
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We loved it ! The food was outstanding and the service was even better!! We had a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good experience
    BigC
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My wife's meal was really good and she thoroughly enjoyed it. Mine was good but the Brussels Spouts were tough due to the stems.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Arizona Treasure!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We have a very nice time with our out of town visitors. They all raved about the location, patio and view of Camelback Mt. Service was great and food very good. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FlashVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Very enjoyable experience; service was impeccable; food was prepared perfectly. A wonderful evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular Evening
    Casandra
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We came to celebrate my 50th birthday and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We started out at the bar with a cocktail and appetizer. Then moved on to dinner. It was such a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere. Love Love Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We dined at El Chorro on Oct 20 and again on Oct 29, 2014. Between those dates the menu changed in some respects. We ordered some of the same items on the 2nd visit and the preparations had changed also. We still like El Chorro but liked it better on the 20th than the 29th. It is our favorite outdoor dining restaurant in Scottsdale.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Beautiful outdoor patio with Camelback Mountain views. Excellent food. Phillip was a great server. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    cheeronVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Food was great as always! Service was a bit slow and sparse! Had to ask twice for water re-fills! And, we didn't see our waiter much, but, he was great when he was around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    It was my first time at El Chorro. I will be back next year. I enjoyed a evening with my Sister.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Philip
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in this area. The food was very good. I have had the trout and the short ribs and both were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food for Thought
    OutsideDinners
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This was our second time here. Both experiences were wonderful --- great food, service, and ambiance. We will certainly be coming back. Great place for two or any number in a group. We sat outside both times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique Experience for Visitors
    Peggy
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The location and ambiance is uncomparable in the valley. Favorite place for Brunch and Happy Hour!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best brunch ever`
    diversitas
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Beautiful setting,excellent service.El Choro defines the word,"ambience".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissapointing
    30thanniversary
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I ordered a veggi burger. Waiter said its not good. took his advice. Re-ordered a turkey sandwich. Bread dry, little ball of turkey at end of sandwich so it looked like a lot. Not! Big boast about the sticky buns.They were warm not that great as well. Other breads in basket cold not warmed up at all. Waiter complained about other staff not bringing out my drink when it was ready. I had to wait awhile. For our 30th wedding anniversary bad choice for brunch, expected more and was not happy.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • El CHORRO
    Posh
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    It is my second visit at this great restaurant. The service was great, food was excellent and the ambiance as always amazing I would go back at this place when I visit Arizona🌵
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Geri
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was outstanding and the service was great. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We hadn't been here since it had been remodeled. It is beautiful! The servers were all very polite, helpful and nice. The service was fast and the food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most Charming
    twofoodiesVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The ambiance of this restaurant is so beautiful that the food could be lousy and it would still be a success. A delightful evening out on their patio with very good food. (And don't forget the sticky buns).The sea bass was superior.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Chorro Still Fabulous
    HDavid
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The Bar scene was great, the food was great and the service was attentive. If the weather permits, I recommend eating outside on the patio. I started with the Burratta and Tomato salad. The portion was generous to say the least and delicious! The Nieman Ranch Pork Chop was tender, juicy and grilled to perfection. The Wine list wasn't terribly extensive but what they did have was reasonably priced. The only criticism I have of El Chorro is that the outside tabletops are a bit flimsy and so wine bottles, drinks and water glasses don't sit very stable. We spent a good portion of the meal keeping an eye on our liquids so they did not spill. Eventually we put the wine bottle on the ground next to the table so it wouldn't topple.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem day or night
    Rob59
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Wether you're just out for a dinner or celebrating a special occasion or want to have an evening with friends this is where you want to be. Food, service and ambience is second to none and my bride and I always make this one of our first places for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tastetreat
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Excellent service and food. Appreciated selection suggestions from server on dishes and wine. Never rushed, could relax and enjoy our meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed in the table
    mrtravel
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This was a special occasion for my wife's birthday. I had another couple join us who arrived first. We were seated in the indoor room and I would have preferred being outside on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • :-(
    Tuscany
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    It was raining very hard and unfortunately, we were not able to sit outside. We made reservation at least two weeks ahead of time, but were seated under a big TV screen showing a football game, although there was plenty of room in the main dining room. We were celebrating two birthdays that evening and found the entire experience disappointing. Our server was very professional, no complains here. The food was O.K., but I had better meals at El Chorro in the past. Will probably come back, but only for Happy Hour.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NosracVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Even though a storm hit the ares we remained dry and had a wonderful evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Returned to El Chorro and elected to try the burger. it took 40 minutes to get our meal. The burger was tasteless and the fries were warm at best. The manager was kind enough to comp the meal but I'd expect more from a burger served here.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    AliceVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The patio dining is the best I have seen. Love the ambiance. Service could be improved. Waiter seemed annoyed with any questions about menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An experience you won't forget.....
    TheCantinaMan
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Growing up in Phoenix, I remember El Chorro as one of my parents favorites as far back as the fifties. In the sixties, while in college, I worked next door at Camelback Inn. (In those days, the Inn was considered one of the Top Ten Resorts in the World.) After work we would occasionally stop into El Chorro for a late drink with Joe the bartender. To this day, I consider Joe the greatest, most welcoming bartender, I ever met. As for today, El Chorro is much larger, still very southwestern, and a beautiful setting. I do miss the mesquite burning fireplaces and some of the intimacy. That said, it is still a unique dining spot with wonderful food, a delightful staff, all made for an experience you will not soon forget.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • gbrbkr26
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This is the second time we went for brunch and it was delicious both times. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • charming
    kateolm
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    El Charro is still the best brunch in Scottsdale. The setting is charming and the wait staff is professional in every way. I take everyone from out of town to El Charro. This place is first class all of the way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best ever.
    springbreak
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    What a great find. Outdoor dining Arizona style. The food was outstanding and our server was friendly and helpful. We will be back each time we visit Phoenix.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • True gem
    DinrDivaVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Churro NEVER disappoints. Our go-to, and a a Scottsdale icon. Always consistent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic