El Chorro

4.7
3550 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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.


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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(480) 948-5170
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Christophe Mihy / Matt McLinn
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
56th Street & Lincoln Drive
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Parking details
Valet and Parking Lot
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Special Events: Casa Paloma can accomodate 300 guests for cocktail functions; 250 guests for dining or 200 guests with a full stage and dance floor. Private Dining: Hampton Room for 35 guests. The Gallery Room for 56 guests & Landmark Room for 60 guests. Classroom Bar up to 150 guests.

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Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We are open for the Holiday and looking forward to hosting you. More details to come soon.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

We are open for the Holiday and looking forward to hosting you. More details to come soon.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We are open for the Holiday and looking forward to hosting you. More details to come soon.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 3550 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

An awesome place for brunch! The green chili stew/hangover stew is a must try, especially if your hung over! Complementary sticky buns is a great way to start your meal! Outdoor seating in a lush and beautiful place.

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BJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday... brought special dessert

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RF
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite....go to restaurant when we entertain guests! They are always impressed with the beauty and excellent food!
I highly recommend a beautiful dinner on the patio!!!!

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JW
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The omelet and potatoes were delicious. The sticky buns were good but I've noticed they aren't as tasty as when the previous long time owner operated El Chorro.

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EA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the traditional eggs Benedict - delicious! Loved those sticky buns, too! Our server was outstanding - friendly, polite, and attentive. The atmosphere was lovely. We had an inside table in the corner with an outside view of the patio, plants, and fire going in the outdoor fireplace on a cold, grey day. It felt like we were sitting in the living room of someone's home - so comfortable and cozy. I have been going to El Chorro since the 1950s. It was a wonderful place back then and it still is!

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n
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was not very hot! Waited a longtime for service!

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c
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday with friends. Friendly staff, service was great and the food was to die for, especially the stick buns.

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BJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent

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s
Charleston
96 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Our first time here and we were disappointed. Didn't expect to have to pay $6 to park in restaurant's private lot. The evening special, prime rib, was sold out by 7:30. Had to ask several times for a heat lamp despite the evening temp being 58. Food was good but not outstanding. To me a $48 steak should be outstanding. To the waiter's credit, he comp'd our birthday desserts and an order of sticky buns, presumably because the kitchen ran out of prime rib. Not somewhere we'll return to.

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KE
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Belated anniversary dinner and it was fantastic! Beautiful table on the patio by one of the fireplaces. The food was incredible from the tuna and crab appetizer to my wife's filet, and my stroganoff. And the staff performance matched that of chef's. We couldn't have enjoyed ourselves more.

Thanks to all the staff at El Chorro.

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DP
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal as ever. Totally amazing cuisine with incredible specials. Conscientious wait staff, excellent service and experience overall.

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F
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every aspect

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V
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and our anniversary so we decided to celebrate at El Chorro. We had a great waitress and the food was phenomenal! We will be back!

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S
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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FL
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

El Charro is a good place to bring out of town visitors to give them a great taste of Arizona fine dining. The ambiance is magnificent and the location is great for Scottsdale centered restaurants.

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VG
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated in out ideal spot outdoor. I left a note in the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday. The server acknowledged upon arrival. Brought over a treat to celebrate at the end of the meal. Everyone was amazing, we had a wonderful experience. Can't wait to dine there for brunch again!

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CJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 3

I was very disappointed in the lobster bites. They were like fried shrimp.

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DN
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome.took my fiance for her birthday with another couple.food was delicious.service was great.can't wait to go back.

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D
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and value. Five Stars...

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e
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was slow, not very attentive. Food was okay but not at level that a restaurant like El Chorro Lodge once had. Don't plan on returning, or recommending it

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r
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in the valley

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HJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

For the price of the meal, the hostess, waitress, and bus person weren’t friendly and unaccommodating. The food was good and the view was spectacular. If you expect a fine dining experience, complete with superior service, pass on eating here and go somewhere high end where they, at least, act as if you’re a valued customer.

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GT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We have dined at El Chorro on several occasions...the ambiance and service always excellent... this time (Thanksgiving) just seemed to lack 'something special' for the holiday...not sure what.

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IB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding and there was plenty of it. I had the salmon and it was excellent. The best I've ever eaten. My friend had the turkey dinner and was very pleased. The waitstaff was prompt, helpful, and very friendly. We sat by the fireplace so it was very cozy and quiet to carry on conversations.

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JF
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Disappointing Thanksgiving celebration. Much better bar than restaurant. Sorry I made the decision to leave home.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

First, let me say, "my husband and I love El Chorro" and we thought it would be nice to share that with our adult kids. In light of that, we thought it would be a wonderful place to have our Thanksgiving dinner as it was just the immediate family (7 of us) this year. We absolutely did not have a good experience. Our drink orders were taken right away and immediately asked us to make our food selection. Again, immediately our soups (much less than a half bowl) & salads arrived... this rapid fire dinner continued all the way through dessert...never asked if we wanted coffee w/dessert & tea was not refilled (despite our quick food delivery service). It felt like we were at a banquet or a cruise ship... except the bill when it arrived (which was before everyone finished dessert). Just a real shame and our Thanksgiving disappointment.

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S
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

With the exception of the waiter calling me “ dear” at every opportunity ( an irritant and not pleasant for me especially since I asked him to stop) the El Charro proved the perfect place for our Thanksgiving meal. I have been coming here for decades and will continue to do so.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a good experience over all, but our waiter seemed a little curt.

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MB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

PreThanksGiving ......relaxed atmosphere, excellent food quality and selection

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BW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend this restaurant

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R
Tulsa
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at El Chorro.
Outstanding!

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KP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting and food are great! Will definitely bring my family here when they visit!

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OT
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been to El Chorro in 20 years. We finally moved here and we made sure it was one of our first stops. Amazing! Bonnie the hostess and our server from Chicago
Bill ( I think) are in the right jobs, they are very customer friendly and outgoing! We are going back for dinner soon!

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JB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service here are always excellent. The patio is comfortable and relaxing for brunch. One of our favorite places.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant and location. Staff is very professional and friendly. Foot is outstanding. Our server, JC, provided excellent recommendations on food and drink. Unlike many restaurants, El charro does not rush u out. They allow you to enjoy the experience and enjoy the night. Highly recommend.

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N
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere but too pricey for the amount of food and quality provided. Same quality and fine dining are obtainable at several neighboring restaurants for much more reasonable prices. Coming from Chicago and working in some of the finest hotels and restaurants I feel that I can state this with confidence.

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N
Phoenix
99 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was excellent, started off with shrimp coctail, the famous beef stoganoff, also had fresh grouper, amazing. fantastic scalloped potatoes.

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OT
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice evening! We sat outside by the firepit celebrating our 26th Anniversary. Our waiter Mark was very attentive especially for my nut allergy...he checked each dish without a reminder. Would definitely go back. A special occasion type of place!

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BC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is mood specific, depending on where you sit. They took great care to sit us in an area conducive to conversation. The tables close to us were also having a romantic evening, therefore it was quiet near us, a bit more festive further away and fun-loving at the bar area. The Chateaubriand was excellent. In fact, every aspect of the meal was superb. Our waiter, Brian, was engaging but not intrusive. Perfect for what we wanted. Recommended, highly.

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DO
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing....outstanding! The service was friendly not stuffy.....but spot on! Restaurant was full and its huge! The outdoor bar was full too and very lively. We will definitely go again!

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