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El Chorro
El Chorro

El Chorro Details

  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/21/2014
  • "Even though a storm hit the ares we remained dry and had a wonderful evening"
    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."
    Dined on 10/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 10/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/10/2014
  • "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.."
    Dined on 10/7/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 10/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/4/2014
  • "Outstanding outside dining experience. Great service along with a wonderful wine & seafood dinner."
    Dined on 10/4/2014
  • "The food is ok but it seems like they are understaffed becuase we had to wait a long time to get anything."
    Dined on 10/3/2014
  • "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 !"
    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."
    Dined on 10/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/29/2014
  • "Love this place- have come back every time we are in Phoenix. Great food and atmosphere always. Sticky buns are outa this world."
    Dined on 9/28/2014
  • "Great atmosphere celebrated two birthdays there good was very good as well as service"
    Dined on 9/28/2014
  • "total overall- wonderful hadn't been there in a while will be going back soon"
    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."
    Dined on 9/28/2014
  • "Great as always. We go to this restaurant every time we are in town."
    Dined on 9/26/2014
  • "Great dining experience. One of my favorites! The food was excellent and staff was friendly and accommodating."
    Dined on 9/24/2014
  • "El Charo is for diners looking for that special outdoor dining experience."
    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."
    Dined on 9/24/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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"
    Dined on 9/23/2014
  • "Worth the drive from north Scottsdale. Great scenery, excellent menu, attractive setting, good service. Sunday was a slow night but the bar setting, split indoor and outdoor with TVs looks entertaining."
    Dined on 9/21/2014
  • "Very good breakfast with a beautiful surrounding. We had some champagne with our meal that our server recommended and it was very good. This isn't your typical brunch where you wait in line and see the same old mounds of eggs and overdone bacon. You order from the menu and enjoy being waited on. I had the eggs with bacon. It probably doesn't sound very exciting, but the presentation along with the service is worth it. Their cinnamon rolls are to die for!"
    Dined on 9/21/2014
  • "This was our third visit. We were relegated to the more dreary back room for Sunday brunch, where the families/children are put. They may have decided to provide the more desirable, scenic locations only to hotel guests. If so, this will be our last visit. The experience wasn't as enjoyable as before."
    Dined on 9/21/2014
  • "This was one of many visits we have experienced, having lived in Scottsdale for over 19yrs, but have for the past seven years in Lincoln, Ne. We were quite impressed with the physical change in the restaurant, bar and the valet services. It was a wonderful night, weatherwise, and enjoyed the time there again. The food was as usual...perfect. Servers were polite and timely. Forgot to take home our sticky buns and our credit card, however, your people called us on our phone and we took care of the credit card issue by destroying the item. My thanks to all of you, we will return in March, 2015 and join you again."
    Dined on 9/20/2014
  • "The view was pretty and the service was very good. Eric was our waiter and he was very attentive and on top of things. The food however was a disappointment and our $120 would have been well spent elsewhere. We are foodies and have been to a ton of restaurants here in AZ and this place was not impressive. The best part of the meal were the sticky buns. The filet was dry and the side items were nothing to brag about. The most disappointing part of the meal was dessert. The apple pie a la mode came out cold (the pie part). I asked for my ice cream on the side but the pie itself was cold. Shouldn't Apple pie be warm especially when served with ice cream? That's the best part is mixing the warm with the cold. We will not be back."
    Dined on 9/20/2014
  • "Loved my first time experience here! It was great. :)"
    Dined on 9/20/2014
  • "The wait staff were friendly and efficient. The setting on the patio lovely."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "The sticky buns are always wonderful and so is the food. But mostly the view is fantastic! Having come here for many years, do miss the old "house" but the new resturant is lovely."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "I decided to try the Kale Salad and it was wonderful. Chicken (not calves) Livers were on the menu as an appetizer. I ordered it as my entree and took some home. It was cooked perfectly and was absolutely delicious. My dining partners had the Grouper Special and the Rack of Lamb. Everything was superbly prepared. As a senior who likes to dine out, neither me nor my dining companions have EVER had such wonderful service. We had a beautiful view of the mountains and the restaurant itself has a lot of charm."
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "I have been in the Valley for 25 years & had not visited El Charro before. It was a special celebration night & all was Perfect! The beautiful patio, the impeccable service by Vicky, the wonderful food. Everyone from the 1st greeting was so accommodating and made the experience blissful. We felt as if it was the best of home entertaining, unhurried and attentive to everyone's requests. Thank you for all your attention to details and having such a lovely staff. It will be a memorable night for us."
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "Just another spectacular evening at El Chorro, one of our very favorite spots. The food is high quality, prepared in creative and delicious ways -- always unbelievably perfect. Delicious cocktails and terrific wine list, and every bite unforgettable from the appetizer to the pie of the day!"
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "As first time diners at El Chorro, their prix fixe program over the Labor Day weekend was what led us to make a reservation for dinner there. It was great, and was an excellent value in comparison to their regularly priced normal menu items. We'll be back if they have similar prix fixe offerings in the future."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
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