El Chorro
El Chorro

El Chorro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://elchorro.com/
  • Phone: 4809485170x
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
El Chorro reviews from OpenTable diners
168 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (143)special occasion (113)scenic view (109)romantic (95)neighborhood gem (69)fit for foodies (65)good for groups (55)great for brunch (45)notable wine list (31)vibrant bar scene (27)hot spot (22)great for lunch (18)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (10)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food for Thought
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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`
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
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    • 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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • 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.
  • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • Have always wanted to eat here
    mitch
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We've been the valley for 10+ years and we've heard El Chorro was one of the best restaurants in town but just never got there. So, this year on our anniversary we took the plunge. What a great experience. The staff called in advance to ensure we had a table of our choice, they sat us immediately, we requested and received a romantic table, our server Ron was perfect, the food was amazing and came out at just the right times. The only complaint is it took a while to get a scoop of vanilla ice cream..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    NotQuiteaFoodie1
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    What a great find! This place has it all. The service was impeccable, the food any foodie would love and the ambiance delightful. El Chorro was about 25 minutes from our hotel and worth every minute of it. The Shrimp with Banana Polenta was delicious. One of the other people in the party had the Lamb - outstanding. The other two had the Pork Chop and Short Ribs. All said they hadn't had better. We even had converts to the Crispy Chicken Livers!! The ambiance is very relaxed. It was quiet enough to have a conversation without straining your vocal chords but still felt very alive and fun. We were here for business and will definitely come back for Dun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    2oldbags
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We celebrated my husband's 68th bday. Great table near open doors and fireplace. Awesome waitress and the food was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patio Dining in Phoenix
    dgre
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    For dinner with a friend I hadn't seen in over a decade, she recommended this as one of the best places in Phoenix. We can believe it based on our experience here. The prospect of dining on the patio after a near-100 degree day was daunting, but it was very comfortable, and the charm of eating outdoors was worth it. The server was knowledgeable and helpful. The margaritas were excellent. The chicken liver appetizer was great fun, and the wild salmon and ahi tuna special well nigh perfect. The prickly pear crème brulee was outstanding, the coffee just right. It made for a perfect evening for a reunion of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • El Chorro is always excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Outstanding outside dining experience. Great service along with a wonderful wine & seafood dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food change
    Food
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food is ok but it seems like they are understaffed becuase we had to wait a long time to get anything.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Scottsdale at its best!
    HMQSGB
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Dined hyperextended several times and never disappoints Cinnabon buns as a pre dinner amuse bouche is am all time classic Excellent service Romantic setting camelback mountain backdrop log fire and patio dining Jumbo shrimp s classic Short rib to die for If it ain't broke why fix it? Thank you for not changing with the times A Scottsdale classic !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still worth the trip
    wanderinggourmand
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Have been visiting El Chorro for about 30 years on my trips to Phoenix, principally for business dining and have never been disappointed. The major upgrade a few years ago greatly improved both the ambiance without reducing its charm as well as the quality of the food so that it offers a rare mix of great outdoor ambiance, great service, very good food and fair prices; particularly the wine list which is well thought out and reasonably priced. El Chorro has always impressed those that I have taken there and it remains one of Phoenix's dining treasures.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Somewhat disappointed.
    Dave
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The setting is wonderful, views very enjoyable. Service was very good as well. What was disappointed was that two of our party shared the "rack" of lamb entrée - at $48 total or $24 each - to discover that a "half-rack" consisted of one (1) lamb chop. $24 for a single lamb chop seems unreasonable, and a true rack of lamb consists of as many as eight chops when I buy it. The value here is terrible and if you have a large appetite I recommend you fill up on the sticky buns (which are excellent) before your "rack" arrives.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SCturtle
    SCturtle
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Love this place- have come back every time we are in Phoenix. Great food and atmosphere always. Sticky buns are outa this world.
    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, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    Dineout51
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great atmosphere celebrated two birthdays there good was very good as well as service
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • couldn't be better
    nosecondchances
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    total overall- wonderful hadn't been there in a while will be going back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Patio in Phoenix
    MitchVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I have a picture of my mom at this restaurant in the 1950's. It's been remodeled and is relaxing, beautiful and an Arizona gem. By the way, the food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great as always. We go to this restaurant every time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great dining experience. One of my favorites! The food was excellent and staff was friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining Under The StarsEl El Charob
    Stars
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    El Charo is for diners looking for that special outdoor dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed.
    JJ34
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The ambiance at El Chorro is outstanding. Therefore it is disappointing when the rest of the dining experience doesn't measure up. The food, on this occasion was average. Highlight was the wedge salad. My filet, served after an interminable wait, was overdone. My wife thought her pork tenderloin was excellent. The chocolate dessert was dry. Perhaps it was the chaos of restaurant week since our previous experiences have been far better. Obviously the kitchen was experiencing a problem since the delay between salad and entree was so long.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's El Chorro....
    SPieVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    THANK YOU for making our night out so memorable! You had set up a beautiful table on the patio, and were so accommodating regarding our number changes. The setting was serene and absolutely perfect. John, our server, was just great and did everything possible to make it special. My guests were all Canadian and they kept saying how lucky I was to have such a setting where I live! They're right! I can't say enough about what a great evening it was, and El Chorro, our iconic, neighborhood gem, had everything to do with making it outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Night
    DiningDr
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Our first time experience at El Chorro more than met my expectations. Upon being seated immediately at the best table on the patio with a killer view of the sunset on Camelback Mt, our waiter, Leopold, introduced himself and explained the menu options. Service was timely and efficient, yet unobtrusive. Food presentation met the excellent taste and quality as well. The pork tenderloin was so tender and moist, that I was able to cut it with a fork. A creamy cheesecake topped off the evening with moonlight shining on the mountain. I definitely will be back on a regular basis. One of the premier restaurants in the Scottsdale area for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit
    Tbyrd
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I visited the restaurant for the first time. The food and service was exceptional! My waiter did a wonderful job! He spent tim with me and did not make me feel rushed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet