El Chorro

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4176 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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We invite you to join us for our annual Thanksgiving Dinner. We will be open from 11am to 6pm for our three course plated dinner, our buffet will be open from 12 to 4pm. Our menus can be located on our website, or OpenTable profile. Buffet reservations should be made by calling us at (480) 948-5170.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

We welcome you to join us for our annual Christmas Dinner. We will be open from 11am to 6pm for our three course plated dinner, our buffet will be open from 12 to 4pm. Menu and pricing details coming soon. Buffet reservations should be made by calling us at (480) 948-5170.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

What 4176 People Are Saying
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DR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was maybe the most beautiful restaurant I’ve ever seen! I travel quite often, and always try to seek out places with character and ambiance, but El Chorro really stands out. On top of its magical ambiance, the service and food were both excellent. The property is huge so be sure to walk around and explore while you’re there.

HM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I love El oChorro and the atmosphere.
We sat on the patio for dinner, it was a perfect night.
The food though was just ok.
We ordered a Caesar salad with chicken, they just put almost a half of chicken not just sliced chicken breast, on the top of the salad, the presentation was lacking.
My daughter ordered the seafood pasta, but it was so oily she couldn't eat it all.
For what El Chorro charges for dinner the food should be better.
The happy hour food is actually better!

KB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t have loved it more! Everything was perfect!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

All pretty good except the “vegan” orange frosted carrot cake was terrible. Hardly any frosting. The best thing about carrot cake is the cream cheese frosting. Wish the sever had warned us. Tasted terrible.
Fish dishes were good and generous.
Outdoor seating was very nice.

JA
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance-server was very good-very attentive!

BE
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The evening was beautiful, and we had a wonderful table, as requested, by an outdoor fireplace. Service was easy and efficient. Great martinis!!! For the most part, the food was also wonderful. Salads were perfect, chicken livers were excellent. Unfortunately, we all had prime rib and it was just okay. The cut was a bit small and a bit tough. El Chorro is a family favorite, and we will go back, but I’m hoping Friday was just an off night.

b
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, exceptional service (charming waitress), serene, unrushed patio dining.

C
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience5

We always dine here when our son & family come in from out of town. We had a reservation for 5 of us at 6:15 on the patio but we arrived early hoping to have some appetizers and drinks and be allowed to sit at our designated table. We were told by hostess and later the manager we could not have our table until 6:15. We had to sit in bar area which was packed and the 5 of us couldn't sit together. There were plenty of empty tables on the patio (including the one we were seated at for dinner). It would have been nice if they had been a little more accommodating. No more dining at El Chorro with out of town guests. There are too many other great options.

BM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sticky buns are outstanding! Especially the sticky bun pudding for dessert. Loved the atmosphere on the patio with the fireplace. Beef short ribs melt in your mouth. Looking forward to returning and trying something new on menu.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Kit would be nice to get happy hour outside the bar due to limited seating. At least those amazing truffle fries and ahi dish!!

F
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another pleasant visit to El Chorro. We'd reserved a table indoors, questioning the weather, but since it was such a beautiful night, we ate outdoors. So many groups celebrating birthdays--what a great place to celebrate! We enjoyed our Beef Stroganoff and Short Ribs, and were glad the server recommended we split the caprese salad---it was easily large enough to serve two, and was split in the kitchen and presented beautifully. Lovely, relaxing atmosphere, even with a busy crowd. Nice wine list, priced competitively.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had our wedding at El Chorro I’m 2017. We went back for our anniversary and it was spectacular. Definitely recommend it!

BB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner outside, the ambiance and service were great. One guest commented his short ribs were the best he ever had. Our server was attentive and the decorated plate with the birthday dessert was a nice finishing touch. I can always count on El Chorro to be a perfect place to take guests for a special occasion.

BD
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Chorro is a great place for an outdoor brunch. The food is great and the environment is relaxing and fun. Highly recommend for a family outing or for a special occasion.

AO
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful time of the year to be outside or inside viewing Camelback Mt. The food and service is always a step above!

B
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our server, Tyler, was very good...very personable and attentive!
The food and ambience were great. But the downfall is the price...very pricey!!

AL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience the waitress was fantastic so friendly and knowledgeable. The food and ambience was fantastic. Great margaritas we loved the charcuterie board and had the lobster appetizer. We definitely will be back.

SD
Phoenix
98 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I took another couple to dinner at El Chorro and we all really enjoyed our meals. The other couple both had the stroganoff, I tried the Cajun meatloaf, and my husband chose the short rib plus everyone ordered salads. The food was even better than I remembered from the last time we were there. The patio area is just lovely but the experience was initially marred by noise from a private wedding on the other side of the wall in the event area. However the staff didn't hesitate to move us to a quieter location near the bar when we asked. We had excellent service for the entire evening and we would highly recommend El Chorro.

MB
Phoenix
39 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding, great food and service! If there was anything we thought could be improved, the gentleman who greeted us when we arrived was very hard to understand and talked down towards the floor, when we asked him to repeat what he said he lifted his head and spoke quite loudly, still hard to understand.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to Patrick for being our great server for our anniversary! Loved the filet and sticky buns ! I actually love the sticky buns too much ! Can’t wait to come back . All the staff were very nice - other restaurants need lessons from el Chorro !

C
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service was slow. Very pleasant but slow

JT
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Really enjoyed our time at El Chorro. We are coming back and inviting friends.

JB
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Though set in a beautiful background, I am amazed how the quality of food has consistently dropped. You may ask, "well why do you go back?" Answer: I have lived in Phoenix for over two decades and El Chorro is beautiful. I just keep wanting it to be better than it is. Our meal began with the squash soup, which was wonderful. We then had a new citrus grilled Romain salad. One half lettuce lightly grilled and served cold. Sounded great. Taste, just OK. We had grilled chicken with it. Unfortunately, the chicken was grilled earlier in the day and was served cold and dry. Main course- Beef Stroganoff. The tenderloin was done well but the entire dish was so salty. A chef who can't appreciate salt load is not a real chef. As this dinner meeting was my choice, I was honestly embarrassed. Of course, the sticky buns were great as always. Alert- they used to serve a full basket, now exactly the number of individuals at the table.

Anyways- beautiful spot, service (Nicole) was wonderful. Food- lousy and worse than it used to be.

We will not be back and I suggest you not go unless you simply want to hang at the bar.

CP
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Ambiance was beautiful! Service was a little slow and food was just OK. I had their special beef tenderloin (medium rare) topped with crab. The tenderloin was completely devoid of flavor and actually tasted dry. I shared the fried chicken livers with my girlfriend and they were delicious. I’ll go back but not for dinner.

OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ah-mazing food! Sticky bun surprise was such a delightful addition. Our server Denise was top notch! Wine list was impressive. Farm to table concept, everything so fresh! Steak perfectly cooked. Beef stroganoff even better than Grandmas! Atmosphere was perfect. Perfect weather, views and layout. Would do this again and again!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic setting, great service and food

OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 29th Anniversary- my wife’s twin from Florida helped us celebrate - the server was very accomodating with us ordering Our special dinner for 3.

H
Cleveland
18 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily our favorite Scottsdale restaurant. Classy casual.

GK
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although there were a couple events going on we had outside seating near the fireplace and our dinner was quiet and not rushed. The service was excellent and the food was delicious although I did miss the trout almondine which they apparently took off the menu.

L
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

While we enjoyed our meals, we were all very disappointed that we couldn't indulge in the happy hour menu. We were seated at one of the outdoor tables and we ordered full meals and drinks all around. It seems a bit small time to deny us the happy hour appetizers when we were spending a ton of money on entrees, drinks, wine, etc. I understand that you don't want customers to take up a table and only order from the happy hour menu. But we were dining, ordering wine, etc. This alone might prompt us to try another restaurant in the future.

W
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for taking such good care of us. We will be back over and over.

R
St. Louis
67 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent and has one of the best vegetarian options on their menu. They still have the sticky buns which are their signature

s
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The patio seating is a beautiful setting for an evening. We started about sunset and it was amazing. Phillip was our server and he is a professional and gives great feedback on preparation plus supervises a terrific food handler staff. The timing of the servings was well balanced.
We look forward to going back. 2 recommendations; if you are on the patio (evening) and sensitive to mosquitoes then wear a repellant plus don't forget those sticky buns! Worth the trip!

MN
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome and great service

OT
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How you not have a delightful evening here. The staff are al extremely helpful and social. My favorite Scottsdale restaurant

b
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. It is my fav I love the ambiance inside or out and the food is great --- not to mention the sticky buns!

k
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first dining experience at El Chorro (aside from a wedding) and it was fantastic! The patio was beautiful. The food was delicious and the service was spectacular. Definitely a special spot for Sunday Brunch!

RM
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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N
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We we enjoyed our visit but found it not quite up to the level of our past experiences. This was true of the food as well as the service. We will be back on the expectations that this was just not their best night.

AN
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The setting is beautiful. The waitstaff was great. The food was great. BUT the general manager is the LEAST helpful and has zero customer service skills. He was unbelievably rude. He made everyone feel unwelcomed. He acts put out for any request and does not seem to want the business of large parties. We will not EVER go there again because of him and neither will the many friends and family that joined us.