El Chorro

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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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Omaha
89 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good restaurant for any occasion. Service and food is very good. Even got a follow up call the next day to ensure the experience lived up to expectation.

TG
New Mexico
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are outstanding. We did not check the menu beforehand and assumed by the name it was Mexican or Southwest food but it definitely is not but still delicious. We had a good laugh at that. I had the seafood pasta and it was amazing. Others had the salmon and short rib and were very pleased.

KK
Boise
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Our waitress was less than congenial and was clearly put out that our group was seated outside her area (two tables from her area). She never introduced herself hence I cannot mention who she was. The food was excellent but portions were small for the value. Expecting Mexican dishes we were surprised by the menu.

El Chorro
Responded 2 days ago

Kandis, thank you for your review. We are glad you liked the selection and the food we serve. However, it is discouraging to learn that the service has not met our high standards. Rest assured, your concerns will be addressed and corrected. Exceptional service should be the standard, and we're very sorry your experience with our staff was not up to your expectations. Thank you again for dining with us, and we hope to see you again very soon. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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RW
Phoenix
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, ambiance perfect with views of Camelback Mountain, service very good.
Everyone loved their entree’s, Oro Salmon, House special meatloaf, prime rib. Salads fine, no desert but left knowing we would be back

El Chorro
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the wonderful review of El Chorro! We've been around longer than just about any other restaurant in Arizona, and we like to think we've had ample time to create the perfect dining experience. Eating local, fresh food while enjoying stunning views is our specialty, and we were happy to read that you loved your time with us so much. Thank you again for dining with us, and we look forward to welcoming you back to El Chorro. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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ST
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food at Sunday Brunch. Above and beyond service

El Chorro
Responded 4 days ago

Scott, it was a pleasure serving you at El Chorro. We really do appreciate your kind words. We strive to use only the highest quality ingredients in all of our offerings, and it really shows in the quality of the food. Thank you for mentioning it. Please join us again, we cannot wait for you to pick a new favorite. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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R
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had brunch for my birthday celebration! Joseph our server was wonderful exposing the
History of the property and making sure we felt at home! Food was good and a good value. The views and ambience were fantastic! A must do when visiting PHOENIX!

El Chorro
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for making El Chorro a part of your birthday celebration. We are delighted to know you had a great time with us and that you enjoyed our food as well as the vibe of our restaurant. We also appreciate you recognizing the efforts of Joseph, and your compliments will surely be shared with him. It was a pleasure serving you, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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S
Denver
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food -the spinach omelet for Sunday brunch was delicious. Also our server heard me mention that I had fractured a vertebra several months ago and she brought me a perfect sized pillow for my back - exceptionally thoughtful. And the service was excellent.

El Chorro
Responded 5 days ago

Sandra, thank you for the lovely review of El Chorro. We believe in crafting a seamless, distinctive dining experience for each of our guests, and we appreciate you acknowledging our efforts. We are also happy to know you enjoyed our spinach omelet you were served. We value your business and look forward to your next visit. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my mother’s 76th birthday. Seating was OK - requested a quiet table, but was seated by the entrance - somewhat disappointing. Food was very good, but steak under -cooked when ordered medium well . Jennifer was amazing and very intuitive to our preferences. Appreciate the history of El Chorro and will dine again. Just wish the experience could have been more memorable.

El Chorro
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for choosing El Chorro for your mother's 76th birthday celebration. We are glad you had an overall pleasant experience and that you especially appreciated Jennifer for a job well done. We will share your compliments with her. However, we regret not meeting some of your expectations. We value your feedback and look forward to serving you again in the future. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We love El Chorro but tonight was a bit chaotic!
There was confusion with the orders and our food was not hot when we finally received it. The coffee was also not hot. Everything was just a bit off tonight.

El Chorro
Responded on January 11, 2020

Thank you for your review. It is always discouraging to learn that the service has not met our high standards. Rest assured, your concerns will be addressed and corrected. Exceptional service should be the standard, and we're sorry your experience with our staff this time around was not up to your, or our, expectations. Thank you again for dining with us, and we hope to see you again very soon. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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M
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Arizona. Wonderful service, terrific food and the ambiance is perfect

El Chorro
Responded 6 days ago

Marsha, thank you for your excellent review, and especially for mentioning our outstanding service and delicious food we offer. We do pride ourselves on our warm, inviting dining room - the fireplaces really are wonderful, and the view from our patio cannot be matched. We are so glad you enjoyed your evening with us, please come and join us again soon. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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OT
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love El Chorro - every time has been excellent in every way. One small issue this time: I asked for my filet to be prepared “medium” clarified with Jennifer my server and it came out dark red definitely more rare than requested. Sent it back and got the same piece of meat cooked a little longer and came back a second time still medium rare not medium. I accepted it and everything else was fine. May not return next time...

El Chorro
Responded on January 10, 2020

We are glad you chose to dine with us, and that, for the most part, you enjoyed your experience. We are very proud of the high quality of food we serve; however, we apologize that you were not satisfied with the preparation of your filet. Your feedback will be shared with our culinary team. Please return soon and give our menu another try. We know you will have a great experience. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you again at El Chorro! Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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OT
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service / food / ambiance. We sat outside and it was outstanding

El Chorro
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thank you for the generous review of El Chorro. We enjoy offering our guests a simple, elegant atmosphere combined with delicious food served by our devoted staff. We are also glad you especially enjoyed sitting on our patio. It was a pleasure serving you, and we look forward to your next visit. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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AK
Phoenix
98 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a truly wonderful experience! The trout almondine was delicious as were the short ribs. The shrimp appetizer was perfect! The heaters outside were very nice, and despite a chilly evening, it was very comfortable to sit outside. Service was fantastic.

El Chorro
Responded on January 8, 2020

Ania, thank you for your very kind review. We do pride ourselves on our warm dining room-the fireplaces are wonderful, and the view from our patio cannot be matched. We're so glad you enjoyed your dining experience and especially liked our trout almondine, short ribs, and the shrimp appetizer. We will also share your compliments with Jennifer. It was a pleasure to host you, and we look forward to welcoming you again. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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TW
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to enjoy conversations and take in the sunny day her in Phoenix. Great views of Camelback. Excellent service, food was superb and overall a pretty good value.

El Chorro
Responded on January 6, 2020

Tim, thank you for the wonderful review of El Chorro! We have been around longer than just about any other restaurant in Arizona, and we like to think we have had ample time to create the perfect dining experience. Eating local, fresh food while enjoying stunning views is our specialty, and we were happy to read that you loved your time with us so much. It was a pleasure hosting you, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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a
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food (tomato and burrata salad, filet, and braised short ribs) was excellent. We were hoping for the infamous Chateau Briand for two, for our anniversary dinner, but saw it wasn't on the menu anymore. However, what we ordered was great!

El Chorro
Responded on January 6, 2020

Amy, thank you for dining at El Chorro for your anniversary celebration. We are pleased that you enjoyed the excellent service provided by our staff and the delicious food we have to offer. We strive to use only the highest quality ingredients, and it really shows in the quality of dishes. Thank you also for your observations, please join us again, we cannot wait for you to pick a new favorite. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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c
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all loved the menu, location, servers & food !

El Chorro
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you for the lovely review of El Chorro. What a pleasure reading your comments! We enjoy offering our guests a simple, elegant atmosphere combined with delicious food served by our devoted staff. It was our pleasure serving you, and we hope to see you again soon. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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AB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal, great service and a fun time! We were sat in a "hot pocket" which was a bummer but our waitress did everything to make it cooler for us and it did eventually cool down. Fantastic night!

El Chorro
Responded on January 3, 2020

Ashley, thank you for the stellar review, especially your comments about our staff. We will pass your compliments along, as they will appreciate the kind remarks. We believe we have the best team in Paradise Valley, and we are so glad that you enjoyed our cuisine as well as our service. Thank you again, and please revisit us soon. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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M
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Disappointed with the food portion and quality for the expensive price. I don't mind paying a high price for food, but want the quality to match the price. Our sea bass was overdone. The sauce with it was very good which helped, but it should have been more flaky. It also was a small portion.

El Chorro
Responded on January 3, 2020

We appreciate your feedback. We are sorry you were disappointed with the food we serve and that you felt your dining experience was not in line with our pricing. We will speak with our culinary staff about your concerns and, of course, any necessary changes will be made. Thank you again for your comments, and we hope you will come back soon. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and great menu. One of the best meals we had this week. Will be back.

El Chorro
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for the stellar review, especially your comments regarding our service staff. We will share your comments along, as they will appreciate the kind remarks. We believe we have the best staff in Paradise Valley, and we're so glad that you enjoyed our cuisine as well as our service. Thank you once again, and we look forward to seeing you back at El Chorro. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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g
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Birthday dinner - dated menu with average preparation

El Chorro
Responded on January 3, 2020

We are glad you chose to dine with us. We are very proud of the high quality of food we serve; however, we apologize that we did not meet your expectations. We will speak with our culinary staff about your concerns and, of course, any necessary changes will be made. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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JB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful morning at El Chorro, but will mention that the food, although well prepared, was delivered only warm.

El Chorro
Responded on January 1, 2020

Joanne, we are happy to read about your recent visit to El Chorro and your experience! Our culinary staff works very hard to make sure that every one of our dishes is new, fresh, and just right every time, and we were glad to learn that you enjoyed everything so much. Thank you so much for telling us about your visit! Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for over three hours and didn’t realize it. We had a wonderful time getting to know each other and having very good food. We were very comfortable.

El Chorro
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and sharing your review. We enjoy offering our guests a simple, elegant atmosphere combined with delicious food served by our devoted staff, and we are glad you had a great time with us. It was our pleasure having you at El Chorro, and we hope to see you again soon. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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Y
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service prompt but unobtrusive, and the surrounds are quintessential Arizona.

El Chorro
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review of El Chorro. Eating local, fresh food while enjoying stunning views is our specialty, and we are happy to read that you loved your time with us so much. We appreciate you taking the time to share your comments, and we look forward to your next visit with us. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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s
Phoenix
41 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and our server,
Phil, was a delight.

El Chorro
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed our delicious food and outstanding service. We will make sure that Phil knows how much you loved his attentive hospitality. We look forward to seeing you again at El Chorro. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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F
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for the Fiesta Bowl and looking for a great restaurant, and we found it! Right across the street from out hotel. Even better! The flash fried lobster bites are usually a starter, but this night they made an entree of it. Delicious and unique! Can’t say I’ve ever seen that before so it was a treat. My partner had the filet which he shared a bit of with me. Surf and turf! Another friend had the trout amandine which was excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant for good food and service.

El Chorro
Responded on January 1, 2020

Thank you for the gracious review. We're especially pleased that you enjoyed the delicious dishes you were served. They are among our most popular items, and we'll be glad to communicate your compliments to our chef. We strive to use only the highest quality ingredients in all of our offerings. Thank you again for your comments, please join us again, we can't wait for you to pick a new favorite. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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DD
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Quality of the food was very poor for the price. Steak was overdone and not hot. The fish was dry and cool. The sides were old as though prepared much earlier. The table was small for the number of people. Desert menu was uninspiring and boring.

El Chorro
Responded on December 29, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We have shared your food concerns with the chef, and we can assure you that they have also been addressed with the staff. Our food is lovingly prepared, and we never want a guest to leave without experiencing the wonderful fresh food that we produce. We hope that you give us another chance soon to make this up to you. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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AN
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding customer service.
It was my birthday on Christmas and waitress Denise made sure it was a special event by bringing a dessert and singing the birthday song.
A wonderful experience.

El Chorro
Responded on December 28, 2019

Anita, thank you for choosing to dine with us at El Chorro and for your fabulous review. We are thrilled to know that your birthday was made memorable by the exceptional service provided by Denise. Your compliments will be shared with her for taking such excellent care of you. Please come back soon, as we look forward to exceeding your expectations again. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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TM
Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our Christmas Day evening meal was great! We’re in town for a college bowl game and the calm, quiet and professional pace was a welcome treat! Thank you!

El Chorro
Responded on December 27, 2019

Theresa, thank you for the wonderful review, especially your comments regarding our service. We will pass your comments along, as our team will appreciate the kind remarks. We believe we have the best staff in Paradise Valley, and we're so glad that you enjoyed our cuisine as well as our service. Thank you again, and please revisit us soon. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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G
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable Christmas dinner. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Our server Ty was very attentive and congenial.

El Chorro
Responded on December 28, 2019

Gene, we appreciate you dining with us at El Chorro and for your lovely review. It is delightful to know you were impressed with the delectable food we serve and the outstanding service provided by our associates. We will share your compliments with our team, especially the staff member you mentioned, to recognize them for a job well done. Thank you for your gracious rating, and we look forward to serving you again in the future. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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MP
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

El Chorro is a mystery.

There are few restaurants in Arizona with more inherent upsides — amazing location, amazing ambience, terrific views, beautiful architecture. If they were to deliver an equally amazing menu and experience, particularly during the holidays, they’d be #1. Yet while our Christmas dinner was good, it felt like a hotel meal. Our server was prompt, but transactional. And we were put into a pop-up tent despite having made our reservation weeks in advance and having requested a specific area of the restaurant.

I don’t know why this happens at El Chorro but I have a theory. It’s a tourist place, a so-called dining destination. Paradise Valley locals only go there when they have a visitor from out of town or a wedding reception. In a sense, the management knows their advantages as a location and has decided that is sufficient to pack them in. But it could be so much more — and once upon a time, it was.

If you’re still reading this review, here’s my advice based on multiple experiences. The time to dine at El Chorro is on a normal day or evening, preferably when you can sit outside with friends and family. Holidays and special days like Easter or Mother’s Day are not the time to go. That’s when you see way too much of the “machine” and not nearly enough of what really makes the place special.

El Chorro
Responded on December 28, 2019

Marco, thank you for taking the time to post your review of El Chorro. We are glad to know you were pleased with the food we serve and with the service provided by one of our team members. However, we regret not meeting some of your expectations. We value your feedback and hope to have another opportunity to provide you with the exceptional experience you deserve. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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S
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, like usual. Friendly staff and excellent food. Not cheap, but very good. This is our favorite restaurant in the area.

El Chorro
Responded on December 27, 2019

Scott, thank you for the wonderful review of El Chorro! We've been around longer than just about any other restaurant in Arizona, and we like to think we've had ample time to create the perfect dining experience. Eating local, fresh food while enjoying stunning views is our specialty, and we were happy to read that you loved your time with us so much. Thank you again for dining with us, and we look forward to welcoming you back to El Chorro. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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JC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Turkey was advertised as organic and freshly sliced and it was a pressed turkey log. The desserts were not editable; the tables on the left and right of us were unable to finish their desserts because the crusts on the pies were hard as rocks. I ordered the apple pie and it tasted like the apples were out of a can. We had amazing service but as for the food . . .

El Chorro
Responded on December 27, 2019

Jennifer, thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed our stellar service, but we are sad to read you had some issues with the food we served. We will speak with our culinary staff and our chef about your concerns to make sure that all of our menu items continue to be as spectacular as we know they can be. We do hope you will come to see us soon and try our menu again. Warm Regards, The Management Team

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JC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

El Chorro is one of my favorite brunch spots in Phoenix. So, I have been eager to try them for a holiday meal.
The salad said that it had sweet potatoes, I had one small piece and my sister had none in her salad. Portion size was rather small.
I had the filet and requested it be prepared medium, with reduction on the side. It came out rare with reduction on the filet. The dessert, pecan tart, was too sweet to eat. Very disappointing for the price. Gratuity was already added to the check, which I did see mentioned when making the reservation.
While I love Sunday brunch here, I will not come back for another holiday meal.

El Chorro
Responded on December 27, 2019

We are glad you chose to dine with us. We are very proud of the high quality of food we serve; however, we apologize that the food we served was not up to your expectations. We will speak with our culinary staff about your concerns and, of course, any necessary changes will be made. Please return soon and give our menu another try. We know you will have a wonderful experience. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you again. Warm Regards, The Management Team

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c
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food but the best part is the ambiance of the restaurant.

El Chorro
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you so much for your very kind review. We do pride ourselves on our warm, inviting dining room - the fireplaces are wonderful, and the view from our patio cannot be matched. We're also glad you enjoyed not only the food we offer but also our ambience. Thank you again for the great review, and we hope you will visit us again soon. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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f
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always one of our favorites......especially at Christmas

El Chorro
Responded on December 27, 2019

Frank, thank you for dining at El Chorro on Christmas and for taking the time to rate your visit. We strive to provide our guests with an enriching experience, and we are delighted that your time with us was excellent. We thank you again for the generous rating and hope you will return soon. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience on a very busy night. Holiday staff is always welcoming and efficient.

El Chorro
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you for the generous review. We are pleased to know that you had an exceptional dining experience and that our associates did a great job taking care of you. Our devoted team works incredibly hard, and we will enjoy sharing your kind remarks with them. We all look forward to seeing you again at El Chorro. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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e
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely Christmas Eve. Difficult to navigate departing the restaurant to the parking lot. Not enough lighting..

El Chorro
Responded on December 28, 2019

Elsie, thank you for dining at El Chorro and for sharing your experience. We are glad to learn you had a pleasant time with us and that your visit with us was enjoyable. However, we regret any inconvenience caused while departing from our restaurant. We value your feedback and hope to have another opportunity to serve you in the future. Warm Regards, The Management Team at El Chorro

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JK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance. Sat by fireplace, could not have been prettier with Camelbavk mountain in the background. Service was 5 star. Very friendly. Don’t miss it here.

El Chorro
Responded on December 26, 2019

Jacqueline, thank you for your excellent review, and especially for mentioning that you had a great time sitting outside on our patio and enjoyed the beautiful views of Camelback Mountain. We enjoyed reading your comment