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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
El Chorro reviews from OpenTable diners
223 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (199)special occasion (150)scenic view (133)romantic (118)fit for foodies (88)good for groups (85)neighborhood gem (84)great for brunch (64)notable wine list (40)hot spot (32)vibrant bar scene (30)great for lunch (26)late-night find (17)kid-friendly (15)Show More
  • Exceptional service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We continue to frequent El Chorro's. The service is as awesome as the incredible views. Now that the weather has cooled down in Arizona, outside dining at El Chorro's is on our "must do" list! Thank you El Chorro's!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience!
    Jenn
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I love the ambience. The restaurant has a great patio to enjoy a glass of wine or two. They have two great fireplaces that created the warmth and relaxing atmosphere. I had the kale salads that was good but I couldn't really rave about the beef stroganoff. ..supposed to be house specialty :( probably will try one more time but another entre..little skeptical about another house specialty tho. ..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lostdesigner
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    El Chorro is a great place to take friends, or if you just want a great dinner in a beautiful restaurant. The food and service are both excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great venue for a special occassion dinner
    kdub
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We go to El Chorro on a regular basis and have enjoyed each time. Our only negative experience was about a year ago and was based on other rude patrons. The restaurant has always done a great job!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    sedonalocal
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Just the right combination (for us) of casual bar outside, potential for dining outside during chillier evenings, and a great ambiance inside as well. Our server was excellent. A real pro at knowing how to serve slowly but attentively. It's nice when the servers know where to set your dish rather than asking "who had the ribs?", "who had the trout?", etc. All the appetizers, entrees were excellent and plenty to eat. We will return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance lost
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    As a former Phoenician I was disappointed at the remodel. It certainly has challenged the charm and with all gas fired fireolaces you lose the wonderful smell of mesquite burning. Great staff, good service, good food but ambiance lost.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classicsandnewbies
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    LOVE, love, love for Sunday brunch on the patio!!!! (need to finally get there for dinner). Sticky buns are TDF!!! Omelette of the day (prime rib, peppers, etc) sooo good; creme brûlée French toast-always YUM!!!!, and you can never go wrong with the eggs Benedict or Bloody Mary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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.
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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.