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About 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.


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.

5550 E Lincoln Dr.
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:

HAPPY HOUR: Mon - Saturday 4:00 p.m - 6 p.m.
DINNER: Mon - Saturday 5:00 p.m. & Sunday 5:30 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday Limited Bar Menu 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Cross Street:
56th Street & Lincoln Drive

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(480) 948-5170

Website:
http://elchorro.com/

Parking Details:
Valet and Parking Lot

Executive Chef:
Christophe Mihy

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Tis' the season!! Come and celebrate the holiday with us at El Chorro!

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

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Tis' the season!! Come and celebrate the holiday with us at El Chorro!

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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 40 guests. The Gallery Room for 56 guests & Landmark Room for 60 guests. Classroom Bar up to 150 guests.

El Chorro Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.8

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (103)
Scenic View (76)
Special Occasion (74)
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Good for a Date (74)
Romantic (73)
Good for Anniversaries (69)
Good for Birthdays (53)
Worth the Drive (49)
Quiet Conversation (44)
Good for Groups (43)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Great for Brunch (37)
Authentic (34)
Bar Seating (34)
Business Meals (31)
Cozy (30)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Fun (25)
Happy Hour (25)
Casual (23)
Notable Wine List (22)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Comfort Food (16)
People Watching (16)
Seasonal (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Disabled Access (8)
Healthy (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Organic (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
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 (Birmingham)·Dined 2 days ago

This is a family favorite when visiting Phoenix. Good combination of old Phoenix charm and renovated facility and menu.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

Enjoyed our evening out as first time visitors. Beautiful dining room .
We had the chateaubriand for 2, delicious meal.

Bonnie was welcoming hostess and made our visit special. The wait staff was very professional also.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 4 days ago

Great ambiance. We went there for our anniversary and we were not disappointed.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 4 days ago

For fifteen years, my three daughters and I enjoy a special dinner as we prepare for Christmas. The tradition includes giving them each a two pound box of See’s Candy, which came from a traditional Christmas brunch during my years working for The Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette that was hosted by Tom Nance, owner of Southwest Ink.
Our dining begins with fine wine, the amazing flash fried lobster tail and chicken liver appetizer, great entrees, sticky buns, dessert, and coffee.
We are never rushed and have perfect attention given by the staff, most especially our server.
I cannot say enough good things about this treasure.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 4 days ago

El Chorro has just gotten better and better ~ beautiful rooms, view, great bar and now excellent food and service!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Beautiful place.Very nicely decorated for the holidays. Splendid garden setting. Great Service! Robert our waiter took very good care of us.
Started with Happy Hour drinks sand bites.Tasty, great drinks. Had the Poke and Chicken livers. Tasty.Liked both.
For dinner had the Lobster and Corn chowder- very good, the crab cakes- just OK and the trout almandine- just OK.
Since it was my husbands bday, they brought us a white chocolate cake.
And while food is not spectacular, we will go back because it is a very pleasant, beautiful place.
Great place to take your out of town guests.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Ambiance and service are great. Food was mediocre for the high prices: jumbo tequilla shrimp entre was like hard rubber?? Really? For the hi end ambiance, service and pricing, the food has to measure up. Sorry, won’t be back.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 6 days ago

Beautiful place...excellent service...we go this time every year..❤️

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

As always. Very good.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

El Chorro is wonderful in every aspect as always! We enjoyed our dinner there!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Love this restaurant ...especially during the holidays!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Too expensive for the taste and quality

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

When we arrived, several large parties were waiting to be seated AND 2 groups were hosting events. I figured we were in for a poor service / cold food night.

Not so! The was wait staff was plentiful. The food arrived from the kitchen in a timely manner and the food temperatures were great. Hots were hot and cold were cold.

job well done!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 9, 2017

we have a lovely dinner with appetizer and a bottle of zinfandel which was the right pace, on the patio, before going to see los luminarias

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Whenever we are in Phoenix we try to eat at El Choro so we've been going there for almost 40 years. Lots has changed in that time. As always our food was excellent and service attentive. We did opt to eat inside and were placed at a table that was probably the least lit in the entire restaurant. Fortunately we had the flashlight in our phone so we could read the menu. My only complaint has to do with the sticky buns. The bread basket contained 2 small buns and when our waitress cleared the empty basket she did not offer additional buns. When we first started going to El Choro, the bread basket was brimming with sticky buns and regular bread and they served a relish tray. Nothing stays the same, and we will be back on our next visit.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 8, 2017

My husband and I dined here on a date night. The restaurant offers an old time menu in a fun inside setting. (It was too chilly for the patio that night). His Salmon and my Trout Amandine were amazing. The service was quick and friendly. It was noisy given
how close it was to Christmas, but we could still hear one another. We will be back.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 6, 2017

What happened to El Chorro?
We have been dining here for decades and frequently attend their special events: (Wine dinners, wine tastings, cocktail classes, and brunches) We attended the wine tasting on December 5 and decided to stay for dinner. The patio was not crowded, only 6 tables were full. When one orders drinks at El Chorro a bread basket usually arrives with rolls, fresh bread and their famous sticky buns. Tonight, none were offered, and none arrived. We ordered items from the house specialties; the brazed short rib and the beef stroganoff. We ordered bread with the meal. We were served stale and dry sourdough with crust that scraped the roof of my mouth. The short rib was very tender but was completely devoid of seasoning and flavor. It was so bland that adding table salt and pepper did little for the taste. The stroganoff, by comparison was very flavorful, but the meat was terribly inconsistent. About 1/3 of the portion was tender and delicious. The remaining portion was full of gristle and completely inedible. When the pile of inedible pieces of meat were pushed to the side of the plate and left. For desert, we ordered the pie of the day (apple). It arrived at room temperature, I should have requested it be warmed up. The crust was very flakey, and the accompanying ice cream was delicious. Since we had not had any sticky buns, we ordered a half dozen to take home. Big mistake, the sticky buns were minuscule. (about ½ the size they usually are) Additionally, two of the buns were dried out, rock hard, and inedible. This was by far the worst dining experience we have ever had at El Chorro. If this had been our first experience, we would not be coming back.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

We celebrated our son’s 22nd birthday under the supermoon next to a lovely fireplace. Of course it’s always fun to start a meal here with those yummy, gooey, sweet sticky buns, although they should finish with them as a dessert. I had the blue crab, ahi tuna & avocado stack with an orange reduction garnish for entree which was perfect in portion for me. The crab was tasty, however, there weren’t many distinguishable chunks. Tuna was excellent. Bday boy’s tequila jumbo shrimp were indeed enormous as advertised and delicious. Other entrees were standard fare-braised beef short ribs and a roasted pork loin. Lovely little white chocolate pyramid bday dessert with candle topped off a very nice dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food at El Chorro was outstanding, and the views from the outdoor patio were perfect for a Sunday brunch on a beautiful afternoon. The price point was very appropriate for the ambiance, location and food quality, making this a place that is very accessible for any Sunday brunch. El Chorro has been around for a long time for a reason - and that is very obviously because the experience is outstanding. This restaurant will absolutely find it's way into our regular rotation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 3, 2017

A group (6) of us went for Sunday brunch. The service and food were excellent. The menu was pretty much standard brunch fare (with the exception of the PBJ and Apple sandwich which we didn't try). Good place, good ambiance.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We've been coming here for years and years and years.....we're done! 6 orders of eggs benedict, all 6 ice cold including the potatoes. One of the plates the eggs were softer than soft boiled, crazy that this should happen on a Sunday morning when it wasn't overly crowded. El Chorro you are better than that. Yes they brought the table hot potatoes, yes two eggs were replaced, and they took one off the bill....c'mon

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The waiter was MIA. The seafood pasta was without taste.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Memorable meal, beautiful ambiance and amazing server (wish I could recall his name...he was SO personable, efficient, fun and professional)! Our dining experience that evening, start to finish, was pleasurable and satisfying...I am placing it on my top five dining experiences ever! Really.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had friends in town from the east coast and wanted to share with them some old Arizona charm and good food. El Chorro did not disappoint. When I walked in and saw signs for 3 different company holiday parties, I was scared that service might be slow or not up to par. Well I was worried for nothing. Kayla took excellent care of us! We were not the easiest, as we were doing a lot of catching up and not looking at the menu; thus Kayla had to check in with us a lot. Our guest loved sitting on the patio with the view of Camelback. Our food was delicious. We had a wonderful evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Went for Happy hour. Not very happy! Ends at 6 pm. A few appetizers (not the good stuff from the menu and NO mention of sticky buns) and $5 well, beer and wine. Would have liked it to last until at least 6:30 and better choices of spirits. Much better hh's most everywhere else. Julia at the bar was absolutely awesome.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Six of us enjoyed a wonderful experience under the stars...service was excellent...food delightful from the sticky buns, shared chicken liver and shrimp pepper pots appetizers, to the beef stroganoff, sea food pasta, fish special (2 of us had that ...cooked perfectly with a great sauce and preparation) , and red bird chicken. Highly recommended as a special place to take visitors to the Valley of the Sun and the views of Camelback Mt.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Groups, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It would be a great place for lunch, but it is not open then.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Such a beautiful restaurant inside and outside. It’s such a treat to see the Camelback mountain from this restaurant. Food and service are outstanding.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It’s always a great experience at El Chorro! We’ll be back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Always great!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Beautiful setting wasted with mediocre food and service. We paid for high quality foods and great service and were extremely disappointed. The waiter neglected to let us know about specials and continually had to be told several times about our needs and the fish was sent back because it was so over cooked it was inedible. The second one they brought was not much better and tasted like a frozen fish patty. None of the meals were of the quality that price should ensure. Have not been there in a long time and will definitely not be back. Too many great restaurants available at that price point.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

I found El Chorro on my first visit to Phoenix, trying to find Scottsdale area. Sat at the bar and ate. We’ve returned to Scottsdale several times since and I make a point to go there. Fantastic ambiance, original, and great service and food.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving buffet. Nice ambiance, limited food choices, food was good but not up to the reputation of the restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

How did they get my mother’s blueberry pie recipe?

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Simply the best as usual. Patio dining on Thanksgiving. Great food great service great atmosphere

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great food and great location. Disappointed because it was my birthday and we booked that online and wrote it on the open table app. They even then called to confirm and asked about it being my birthday. I told them yes. They did nothing for us!! Very disappointed. Was supposed to be a special night for my birthday and it wasn't as good as it could have been

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food was terrible.. so disappointing! I loved the old El Charro. The new is nothing like the old. The wonderful huge shrimp cocktails at the old El Charro were a must. We ordered the shrimp cocktail to start . They were skimpy 4 shrimp overcooked and served on a plate , not the old shrimp cocktail glasses. The famous sticky buns are not the same either. They were much smaller and dry. All in all we all decided we would not be back. Im local. It seems now like a tourist place and thats it.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Ambiance awesome and Manager was lovely. We had a baby with us in a car seat and had to ask 3 times for a high chair, busser seemed bothered that we were asking and finally our waiter brought it out, he was great. Same busser seemed bothered that we asked for water refill as well. Other than that we enjoyed it.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I love this restaurant and was so disappointed that they can't figure out how to cook an egg. This is the 3rd time in a row we have gone for brunch and the eggs are not fully cooked. So this time I mentioned it was the third time with runny eggs. They brought the eggs benedict out and the eggs were like hard boiled. They brought my eggs out twice and both times were under cooked even though I requested over medium.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I've dined here for both dinner and brunch. perfect place to entertain and get a flavor of an Arizona setting with it's beautiful outdoor patio. I had an out of town guest and before they left, I thought to make an Open Table Brunch 9:15 reservation for a party of 4. Early because my guest had a flight to catch, but I have to say it was really nice, the brunch crowd wasn't there yet so it was very peaceful and very enjoyable. The service was excellent.

Of course we had classic brunch cocktails: Bloody Marys as we munched on their delectable Cinnamon Buns and assorted pastries while looking over the menu. Entrees ordered: Banana Pancakes (toasted macadamia Nutella fondue sauce), 3 Sausage Omelette, Green Chilli Pork Stew, and Best of Both Worlds Egg Benedict (one benedict of each. Jumbo lump blue crab cake, tomato salsa hollandaise, petite filet, béarnaise sauce)

All the dishes were hot, fresh, and tasted wonderful. My out of town guest had the Eggs Benedict which looked absolutely amazing and he said it tasted fantastic.

Arizona Landmark with excellent service, Food: very good... just a great place for an early brunch!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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