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 WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
El Chorro reviews from OpenTable diners
217 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (184)special occasion (145)scenic view (141)romantic (104)neighborhood gem (88)great for brunch (84)fit for foodies (67)good for groups (62)notable wine list (43)vibrant bar scene (38)great for lunch (29)hot spot (24)late-night find (16)kid-friendly (16)Show More
  • Great Place
    ww34
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    In Phoenix for the week and drove up here on the recommendation of a local co-worker. It's a great place. The views can't be beat. Outside dining and bar area are beautiful. The sticky buns they bring to the table are great. All meals were delicious. Husbands steak was the best he had all week. The salmon was the only thing my son finished all week. Desserts were awesome. Peanut butter pie great. Homemade cherry pie was the best.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • howard
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My wife's food was better than mine. I had the Beef Strogenoff. We out side, and we were completely bit up by little bugs. I am still scratching. I mentioned it to the person who did a follow-up call, and she said that they did have spray for such problems. Not happy with that problem.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Presentation was perfect
    JDPipe
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    What a great evening, from the second we arrived to the second we left, we were the most important people on earth. Food was to die for and they have the best ginger beer around. Highly recommended, next time I'm in town this will be on my must do list!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great views of camelback mountain
    6363lg
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a wonderful time at El Churro. It was a special evening. The wait staff was very attentive. The ambiance was lovely. The entrees were a little pricey.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BabsVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The best meal we have had at El Charoro ever! The food was very good and presented beautifully, I was very impressed. Our server was very attentive and pleasant. The host also was very welcoming. We were there to celebrate our anniversary and we were brought a complimentary dessert for the occasion. Looking forward to returning, and yes, the sticky buns are still the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Scottsdale landmark
    HeatherGVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have lives in the valley for over 34 years and this was my first visit. The service was exemplary. The wine list is varied and has something for everyone. The meals were prepared perfectly. Phillip, our server, was fun and catered to our parties every need. They have an amazing patio and the service on the patio was excellent as well. Nicole went above and beyond to ensure that we had everything we wanted. I was also very happy to see that they have a bocci grass court along with several fireplaces and fire pits. Cannot wait for our next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mayor4Peaks
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had a reservation for 3 at 11:00 AM on Sunday. We were promptly seated upon arrival. The waiter greeted us upon being seated and took our drink order. The food arrived very soon after being ordered and was of great quality and properly prepared. The inside dining room had tables spaced to where diners could move about without bumping anyone. Several elderly patrons had room to move about with walkers or wheel chairs. The waiter came several times to check on us and refill water glasses. A very historic old restaurant that delivers an outstanding experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dining experience
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Whenever we vacation in Scottsdale, we always visit El Chorro. Great food, great service and atmosphere. At night, the atmosphere is magical with the lights and scenery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing view hides plain menu.
    Chase
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Sitting on the patio underneath the shade of an umbrella and in between misters and a/c (yes, even outside), my girlfriend, her 18 month old daughter and myself were all able to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere on the patio for brunch despite the 98 degree temps. I had the almond crusted trout with green beans and potatoes, she had the steak tenderloin, eggs and potatoes. The menu is classic American brunch fare, with nothing particularly interesting or compelling. Plain jane offerings executed well enough, the sticky buns were amazing and gratis! Service at the host stand was fantastic, the hostess was very friendly and showed us all of our seating options, and got us coloring books for the toddler. Our server Julio was great as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pick
    Sylcakes
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I'm a huge fan of this restaurant. The property is beautiful. Rich in history if you are lucky enough to hear about it. The service is always top notch. Everyone is very polite. I take all my out of town visitors here. The view and food are GREAT! Of course you have to have their renown sticky buns.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic Place for a Meal
    AZNativ
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have made several visits a year to El Chorro and have never been disappointed. Who can resist the sticky buns! What makes this restaurant stand apart from others is the outstanding attention to detail on the service. You are never left alone thinking when is someone going to come by and (fill in the blank with your own pet issue). Food is not on the trendy side, but always good. We will continue to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service lacked thought
    AZRO
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The service was impeccable. I ordered rack of lamb, medium rare, and my friend ordered a pork dish. My lamb was well done. The service did correct this by taking it and offering to bring another, which he did. However, the removal of my meal left my companion to eat alone. I also ate alone when the new order came. Accomadation should have been made so we could enjoy our meal together. Then, since my meal came after hers, when she was done her plate was removed while I was still eating. To remove a plate while another is still eating results in feeling rushed. Not a good practice. An apology was offered along with an offer for dessert. Even so I still felt the quality was diminished and reflected poorly on El Chorrros reputation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Chorro
    jerdan
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We went for our 40th Anniversary sat outside it was beautiful! Our waiter Eric was fantastic he explained evrything about the menu very well! The food was fabulous! He also took some pictures for us! We will go back there again for sure!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still unique
    localarry
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    After not coming to el chorro for years if not decades, I've been her twice this summer. Already. I plan to return. There is nothing else like El Chorro in town. Maybe in all the West that I've visited save Sante Fe or napa/sonoma wine country. It's authentic, romantic, and very special as opposed to the created environments of most other restaurants in town. Kinda like Paris vs Disneyland Paris. Thanks, I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, Great food
    Great2eatGreat2eat
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The scenery was amazing from where I sat, I was able to see the beautiful Arizona sunset along the nearby mountain range. The food was absolutely fantastic. I had the NY Prime Steak and my girlfriend had the Center Cut Filet and I had the pleasure to experience both flavors and I do say they were marvelous. Great time and many memories at El Charro.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service
    RoseAnn
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary with appetizers and drinks at the bar. The margaritas and fish tacos were very good. We both ordered sea bass for dinner along with a Mexican soup, jicama slaw, asparagus and salad. The "fresh catch of the day" was tasteless and smelly. We sent it back and my husband ordered salmon which was very good, but a little too salty. I did not order anything else. However, the rest of the meal delicious. The service was outstanding! Our waiter was eager to please us and the manager came to our table to apologize. He offered us 2 desserts "on the house" which were amazing and did not charge us for the meal which was not replaced. They were professional, friendly and very, very service oriented.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • jbandsbVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We wanted to celebrate a special occasion, so we chose El Chorro. El Chorro did not disappoint. The food, the energy, and the surroundings were perfect. thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always enjoy!
    sheaz
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My husband & I have been to El Chorro a few times -- and it will always be on our list as a favorite place to eat. The history of the building, the architecture, landscape and artwork offer a feeling of being in the Southwest. The food has always been very good and the service is the same. At our last visit (the restaurant was not too busy being summer), our waiter was kind enough to give us a short tour. I had the kale salad and my husband had the wedge salad - both outstanding! For dinner we both had the fresh catch (I usually have the trout) -- again very good. We will be back again soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Happy Hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised with the happy hour. Everything was $3 and beyond delicious. The bar service was outstanding and it was a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic and fabulous
    47years
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We were able to sit comfortably outside due to the very efficient portable evaporative coolers on the patio. We had an unobstructed view of Camelback Mt., as the sun was setting. The sticky buns are unbelievable, (save them for dessert!).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    cantgowrong
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Excellent "old stand-by" restaurant, service-level very high, met all of our expectations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    luvtodine
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We dined outside on July 4th and had the special Clam Bake. It was fantastic! The service was fantastic! The entire experience was 1st class all the way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • chef charles is a true food artist
    lcmtz
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Barrata salad is to chef Charles as the Mona Lisa is to LDV!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bigfan
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    wonderful brunch with Ron as our server. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch
    mcj1
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    As always at El Chorro the food was very good and served attractively. Our waiter was arrogant and bordered on rude. I sent a note to the restaurant, but have had no response. We were celebrating a birthday and the dessert provided was beautiful but the waiter's attitude spoiled our time there. Note: the waiter handled each water glass and each coffee cup by the rim. Disgusting!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great celebration!
    Paula
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was our first visit to El Chorro. We celebrated my husband's birthday and retirement and what a celebration it was! Our server, the cocktails, appetizers, dinner, wine and dessert were fantastic! El Chorro has jumped to the top of our list as best restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor dining
    eatoutalot
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was good. It was a bit hot outside. They had misters and fans but when one customer complained about it being too hot they turned the fan towards them leaving us with no air.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We took my cousin to El Chorro for her birthday. Per our request, we had a fabulous table with a wonderful view of the mountains. The food was excellent from the famous El Chorro Sticky Buns down to the Homemade Pie of the Day, which was blackberry. The Shrimp Pepper Pot was delicious . The Kale Salad was also delicious and imaginative . Two of us had Braised Beef Short Ribs, which was very tender and flavorful. One of us had the Classic Beef Stroganoof, also an excellent choice. We shared the homemade blackberry pie, which was filled with blackberries with a very tender crust and delicious vanilla ice cream. The wait staff was attentive, knowledgeable about the food, personable and very professional. A birthday to remember.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I hosted friends for a birthday and anniversary. I was surprised to get charged $5.00 for each dessert. I thought it might be gratis as in most restaurants for an occasion. If we had know we would have chosen one dessert to share, as the ones we received were not very good. It was a beautiful evening other than that.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Be prepared!
    mpsue
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The Father's day special offering of the steak platter was sold out and was substituted with a substandard steak. Our two dad's were very disappointed. The saving grace was the fabulous Bass that my daughter in law and I had. The service was perfect as was the atmosphere. I hope next time they will be a bit more prepared for the special event and menu offerings.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not recommended to anyone
    Frankie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was the lousiest and slowest service we have received in the last 10 years (if not longer) from any restaurant. They knew all these people had reservation ......... on top of that the Fathers Day Special ran out and they substituted it. O.K. that can happen but still no excuse to wait 20/30 minutes for a drink (and it was terrible - I sent it back) and the same for the food, the same for the dessert - no, we wont be going back there.......
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch place
    publishingpam
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We hadn't been to El Chorro in years (BC, Before Children), and found it to be as charming as we remembered. Great ambience in a Sante Fe style old building, and windows looking out onto the desert garden landscaping. The food was delicious and generously portioned; the basket of cinnamon rolls went perfectly with the coffee. My husband and I had poached eggs and unfortunately felt ill later in the day, but other than that, it was a great place to have our Father's Day celebration.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed with the service
    KimC
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We've been to El Charro before and had good experience but the service was very slow on this visit but food was good. Open table does not really want to know much more because they limit how many words you can type.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Visiting Scottsdale
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Excellent service...hostess was rude beyond belief! Horrible way to start the morning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new tradition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was the second year in a row we've celebrated Father's Day at El Chorro. This will for sure continue to be a tradition. The atmosphere is wonderful, there's lots of shade, misters and cool air machines. The food is always amazing and the patio is the perfect location for our family.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I took three friends and they loved it! Excellent food, excellent service, excellent everything. Thank you Eric, excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our server, Eric, was great. He was very knowledgeable about the menu (sharing his thoughts on our choices) and he made us feel very comfortable. He was also around whenever we needed anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    countresquire
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Quiet table on the patio with a beautiful view of the mountains at sunset but the patio itself is not as nice looking as shown on their website. We didn't order fish because the Wild Salmon was from Tasmania as Alaskan was not yet available, an unlikely story, and the trout was farm raised in Tasmania and the grouper was overpriced at $38. The ribs were tasty but stringy. They substitute sticky buns, like cinnabuns at rest stops, for bread. The sugar is sure to kill any appetite. Our food was served before the waiter even had a chance to bring us a glass of wine and the place was relatively empty at 7:00 P.M. It also told us that the food was completely pre-prepared. The crème brulee with a cactus cookie was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brunch
    Cathi
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We went to share a ladies brunch to celebrate my daughters birthday. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice but pricey
    SalGal2
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Food was good but not a large selection, view was nice but not spectacular. Overall a bit higher priced than I feel it was worth, good but not excellent
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.