El Chorro

4.7
3395 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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BB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went to El Chorro for our anniversary. It’s our favorite restaurant in the Scottsdale area. The food did not disappoint and our waitress Denise was fun and engaging!

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RU
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderfully refined dining experience. The ambiance, the food and the service were beyond expectations. Highly recommended for fine dining.

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ML
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Chorro has been our special place for over 48 years from the Grosvenors, the Millers and until now.

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PM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the only downside for me was that the young lady at the reception desk did not know of the mountain lion at the front gate. I almost went back in to tell her. Pat Madden

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LG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and we loved sitting outside. It would be great to have an option for a VERY small dinner salad....since everything is ala carte. we didn't want to order any of the salads offered since the meal was so big and we had sticky buns for appetizer! It would have been just too many calories!! LOL It's always a fantastic place and highly recommend to anyone visiting Scottsdale. Everything was just perfect!!!!

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OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual elegance at its best. Highly recommended!!!!

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DH
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about this restaurant was top notch except for the music...it didn't match the quality of the restaurant..and was irritating to listen to. Soft jazz or light classical would have been more appropriate.
We plan to go there anytime we're in Scottsdale!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our 2nd visit to El Chorro for Sunday brunch. Was celebrating my birthday and my son visiting from California and enjoyed the food and service immensely. Will be coming back many more times I am sure.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted to end my Birthday weekend with a Celebratory Brunch and this was the spot. The food was fantastic and the service was outstanding.

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C
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my father’s birthday there and was a great experience. The food and service were amazing.

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RC
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

One of our favorite restaurants with a great outdoor patio. Rated it lower than i have in the past due to the presence of vast numbers of mosquitos on the deck. We were eaten alive! Would not go on the patio again until they disappear

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JJ
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a lovely spot that was recommended to us when we traveled to Scottsdale. We were pleased with our meal and the service was very good. Our server was happy to tell us how to get to a place we wanted to visit in town. They had a large pretty patio for outside dining. Would love to go back to this restaurant.

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EL
Phoenix
42 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came first thing in the morning on a Sunday and were the first seated. The greeter, Ayleen, was
delightful and made the welcome very pleasant. Our server, Stephen, was as professional and friendly
as he could be, as were the other servers for water, etc. Everyone here is friendly and feels delighted
to welcome and serve. My meal of trout was delightful and I would order this again. The food we tasted
was ALL delicious and served with ample food for the hungry!

The ambiance of the outside is soothing and beautifully decorated. The view of Camelback Mountain
topped off the breakfast, making it a lovely way to start the morning. Thank you to all who helped make
it a memorable morning. A special thank you for the opportunity to look around at the original building
and see where the events are held, especially with the beautiful outside addition for music or eating that
would support a lovely ambiance for the gathering. What a perfect location for any beautiful event!

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OT
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Great ambiance. Food service a little slow took over an hr to get food. But love the ambiance. Very expensive though.

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SL
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve always enjoyed our dining at El Chorro. Customers for at least 30 years! It’s a charming place. We love it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, excellent, excellent!! What more can be said?

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AF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is amazing about El Chorro's. The atmosphere, wait staff's knowledge of wine and food, creativity of the chef, and the flavors are incredible.

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BU
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous! Our waitress Denise was amazing, everyone loved her! We all wished we had her energy haha

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T
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Braised short ribs

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered from the $25 three course summer menu. I had the shrimp salad, meatloaf (yum!) and the strawberry shortcake & they were all outstanding! My husband and son had the beef stroganoff & it’s the best stroganoff I’ve ever had! So rich & creamy. This was our 2nd time to dine there & we will definitely be back!

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for friends

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j
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Ordered the pancakes, they came smothered in a sweet sauce. Couldn’t eat them. Presentation was horrible & server was neglectful.

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k
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Denise, was outstanding. We love coming here when we are in town.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary and got one of the nicest outdoor tables there. We were given special things for our anniversary which was really nice.

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F
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT PLACE FOR DINING WONDERFUL FOOD GREAT AMBIENCE

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LP
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Chorro is amazing! Great food, excellent service and great indoor/ outdoor seating.
Highly recommend!!

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MJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful. Our favorite place for a special occasion. Food, service and ambiance is fantastic.

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Chorro is awesome. People are top notch. Absolutely a must if you love great food, atmosphere, and wish to spend your dollars with a locally owned non-franchise restaurant. Our favorite in the valley.

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MD
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant and classic. Beautiful scenery and atmosphere. Excellent service and food. Tasty margaritas and the "Oreo" dessert brought to us for our anniversary was delicious! One of my very favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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B
Grand Rapids
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After visiting in the winter months for a special occasion, I returned in the heat of summer for a business dinner. El Chorro did not disappoint. It was far quieter but the
food and service are exceptional. Denise took great care of us both in the bar for our happy hour drink and app and then again in the dining room for dinner. She’s a gem.

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YR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We celebrated my son's birthday at your venue. The food was amazing, the ambiance exceptional. I do have to mention a couple of things. Having worked in management in hospitality for 20 yrs. certain issues stood out. I asked our waitress several questions out of curiosity. She could not answer and would say let me find out and I'll let you know. I asked if you had a sommelier on property, she didn't know what that was so I explained that to her. I was interested in the scottish salmon and asked if she could explain the sauce and what it consisted of and she didn't know. I just think its important to know the menu so that when asked you cam answer on the spot. The only other issue I could smell cigarette smoke. Then my daughter in law said she could see some people using vapors outside. Although a wall separated us it was annoying. Maybe tell people on the patio they have to be several feet away from the structure. I believe this law was passed where you can't smoke too close to the actual dining venue.

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D
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress DENICE WAS TERRIFIC. EXPLAINED THE HISTORY OF EL CHORRO

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DM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from California and some friends had recommended El Chorro for the ambiance and the food and we were not disappointed! Excellent food, beautiful setting, great service! We had our 16 year old son & 13 year old daughter with us and they loved the sticky buns that come with every meal! We are returning to Arizona in March and can’t wait to eat at El Chorro again!

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CM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a belated birthday celebration. Went for brunch and the food and service were excellent. I highly recommend it.

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T
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband took me here for my birthday and it was wonderful. The service was superb, the ambiance wonderful and the food was amazing. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a lovely dinner.

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LM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for our anniversary. Great table with beautiful view of Camelback Mountain. Best caesar salad! My husband had the filet oscar, which he loved. I had the sea bass special. Good dish, but fish was pretty dry. Waitress ended up not charging us. She was really great, suggesting a wonderful wine & bringing us a dessert for our anniversary.
Would definitely recommend El Chorro!

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NK
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been a very Long time since we have been to El Chorro. The restaurant is the pads changed a little bit but it was still a very good.

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DN
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, very attentive waitress. The views were outstanding. And the restaurant called us to follow up on our dining experience, which I really appreciated. Would definitely visit again.

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ML
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and we thought it just as great as the first time. Great wait staff ! Love,the greeting as you come in the door. The follow up phone call always makes us feel appreciated and will keep us coming back.

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JS
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We have been going to El Chorro for over thirty years. It was always on our list for special occasions as well as business lunches and dinners. The renovation was nicely done, but much of the old, Arizona charm is no longer there. It's now just like any of a number of high-end Phoenix area restaurants. The uniqueness is gone.
The menu has also undergone much change, as one would expect. Some old favorites, like the chateaubriand, has thankfully restored. The famous sticky buns also remain. Perhaps they were offering a summer menu because it seemed like very limited choices were now offered. I ordered the stroganoff expecting it to be similar as in the past, but was disappointed in its new incarnation.
The service was very good, as was the ambiance. The staff was excellent. All in all my three star rating stands.

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