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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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 11/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 11/16/2014
  • "The food was excellent and our waiter Leopold was exceptional you will truly enjoy the dining experience."
    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."
    Dined on 11/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/14/2014
  • "When in Phoenix we always eat at El Chorro. It is one of our favorite spots."
    Dined on 11/10/2014
  • "and…great for folks who want old classy authentic Paradise Valley dining…."
    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!"
    Dined on 11/9/2014
  • "We have dined with you several times and each time has been a wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 11/7/2014
  • "Delicious. Great service. Sit outside of you can. In the winter there are fires going to keep you toasty warm!"
    Dined on 11/5/2014
  • "We loved it ! The food was outstanding and the service was even better!! We had a very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 11/4/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 11/1/2014
  • "Very enjoyable experience; service was impeccable; food was prepared perfectly. A wonderful evening"
    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."
    Dined on 10/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/29/2014
  • "Beautiful outdoor patio with Camelback Mountain views. Excellent food. Phillip was a great server. We'll be back."
    Dined on 10/29/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 10/28/2014
  • "Our favorite restaurant in this area. The food was very good. I have had the trout and the short ribs and both were outstanding."
    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."
    Dined on 10/26/2014
  • "The location and ambiance is uncomparable in the valley. Favorite place for Brunch and Happy Hour!"
    Dined on 10/26/2014
  • "Beautiful setting,excellent service.El Choro defines the word,"ambience"."
    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."
    Dined on 10/26/2014
  • "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🌵"
    Dined on 10/25/2014
  • "The food was outstanding and the service was great. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit."
    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."
    Dined on 10/25/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 10/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/23/2014
  • "Excellent service and food. Appreciated selection suggestions from server on dishes and wine. Never rushed, could relax and enjoy our meal."
    Dined on 10/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/19/2014
  • "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
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