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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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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
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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 (101)
Scenic View (75)
Special Occasion (72)
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Good for a Date (72)
Romantic (70)
Good for Anniversaries (69)
Good for Birthdays (53)
Worth the Drive (47)
Quiet Conversation (44)
Good for Groups (43)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Great for Brunch (36)
Bar Seating (33)
Authentic (32)
Business Meals (31)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Cozy (28)
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 (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Great for Lunch (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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had a lovely Sunday brunch. Outstanding food, beautiful courtyard, excellent service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food and service, but there was a wedding reception going on in the courtyard next door that had very noisy music! Everything else was fabulous.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Summer menu. Food was bland and uninspired . Service slow. No value for very expensive prices i’ve Been going to El Charro several decades but will be hard pressed to return

Tags: Scenic View
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 (London)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Lovely setting - expensive and food is ok... crazy that they charge for valet parking!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 20, 2017

El Chorro was delicious from the cinnamon buns to the appetizers (shrimp pepper pot) to the main meals. I also loved the vibe and atmosphere of the restaurant outside. Would come back in a heartbeat.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We took Mom here for her 88th birthday. She and Dad dined at El Chorro for over 40 years and this, sadly, is the last time we will ever dine there. Initially, the hostess promised to bring Mom a brochure with the written history of the place, because she wanted to share some stories and facts with us. The brochure never came.

The server was friendly, but he was slow. When he brought the signature "sticky buns" to the table, there were three tiny little buns in a huge basket. It was comical. For years the sticky buns were brought to the table in abundance, as well as a relish tray (they don't do the relish tray anymore). Then if you ask for any additional sticky buns, you are charged an outrageous amount. The food was served cool, not hot, not even warm. We were also shocked that the restaurant added a gratuity to our bill without advising us.

The only positive thing about this experience was that the patio is still lovely.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 20, 2017

So sorry that they have discontinued patio seating for cocktails and appetizers. We have enjoyed both meals and drinks/appetizers on the patio over the years. The way they have set it up now reminds me of a banquet setting. Plus having the bar area so close to the dining table creates more noise. I hope they reconsider the current arrangement.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent food and service. The server had a great sense of humor and let us take our time with ordering.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 18, 2017

A perfect place for celebrating a special occasion. The staff was attentive, knowledgable, and very helpful. I am gluten intolerant and I had no trouble finding dishes that were great tasting, but also met my needs. We were called the day before the reservation to confirm that we would be there, check to see if we were celebrating something special and to see if anyone in our party had special dietary needs! Wow! I have never experienced that level of service before. When our server arrived at our table he had already been informed of our special circumstances.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Healthy, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Despite having been around for 80 years, I found El Chorro to be up to date and fresh-looking. The patio dining has to be among the best, given the time of year. We didn't make the bar scene but it looked inviting. I appreciated the calmness of the establishment, lending itself to conversation, unlike many venues today. I am definitely going back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Outstanding service from the minute the hostess greeted us at the door until we were saying good night. We had a perfect table in the dining room which opened up to the outdoors and provided an outstanding view of Camelback Mountain.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 10, 2017

An absolute wonderful evening. We have been there before and it just keeps getting better. We highly recommend it for an evening of great food, ambience, and service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Everything was fabulous. Quick service, great seating, outstanding food.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Healthy, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Beautiful atmosphere and delicious food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

While on a group trip we decided to come here for a group brunch. Everyone's meal was phenomenal! We devoured the mini sticky buns in the pastry basket and ordered a dozen to go!

The views from the patio were beyond beautiful.

The service was excellent too.

I look forward to my next visit so I can come back for brunch and dinner!

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our server was fabulous...sorry can't think of his name right now

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our waiter Ryan , was fantastic , wonderful outside patio area !

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great atmosphere, upscale but not pretentious. Great views and comfortable. Food was good but really not special or that creative for the prices. Overall a good place.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great food, good atmosphere, great for dates, family dinners, and bar. Bring your wallet, but it’s PV, no surprise there.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, People Watching
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Servers we're not nearly as professional as one would expect for this caliber of restaurant.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The chef knows how to prepare fish perfectly--great staff. They called the next day to ask how we enjoyed the experience! The customer is always #1 at El Chorro!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Outstanding as usual. I recommend the Beef Stroganoff and the Chateaubriand for Two. We drop by whenever we're in Phoenix.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 1, 2017

El Chorro has always been a favorite, especially for Sunday breakfast/brunch. Delicious pastries await! The views are spectacular. Even in the dining room you feel as though you are outdoors. Great place to take friends visiting from out of town!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Fabulous as ever! Our family has been frequenting El Chorro since the early 1960's. It is one of our favorites!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 1, 2017

It is always a delight to dine here. We love the ambience, food, and service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food was terrible, however the drinks were pretty good. The service was fair. The atmosphere was great.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Andrea our waitress was amazing. She made it extra special, the smile, the service & was a beautiful sight to see along with view of my man. El Chorro delivered once again an outstanding meal.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Authentic, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 30, 2017

El Chorro has become perhaps our favorite restaurant in the valley. This was our 3rd time to the restaurant and the food is outstanding and the service is impeccable. The outside seating has great ambience. We started with the Shrimp Pepper Pot appetizer served with crusty bread, sooooo yummy. Their signature dish of Trout Armandine was one of the best trout entrees we've ever had. Of course, the sticky buns...... ymmmm

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We had a lovely dinner outside under the stars. All our food was excellent and the wine list had reasonably priced wines! Service was excellent and I highly recommend El Chorro!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great place, will be back, yet to have a bad meal there

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Love El Charro, the patio is amazing and staff is really attentive. Seems a bit high priced and limited menu but worth the patio and view every once in while. Like it a lot but not a great value.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The overall experience was amazing. The food was delicious and the service was good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Romantic, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Perfect ambiance is what El Chorro has to offer in addition to great food and fabulous service. We dined there for restaurant week and had a fabulous dinner. Our waiter Brandon was funny and engaging and by the end of our meal, Tracy the manager came over to chat. We had a table by the fireplace and it was a perfect evening all the way around. The steak and mashed potato special for restaurant week was the best steak we have had in the Valley so far. We have lived here for a year, and this is a place we always come back to because it is so comfortable and of course the view is fantastic.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We chose this restaurant for an anniversary dinner. It was moderately crowded when we arrived but as our reservation was for outside the noise level was quite acceptable. The service was mediocre at best for the menu prices. The food was truly disappointing. We ordered a caesar salad which had little to no taste. I ordered one of their specialties, beef stroganoff . The Meat was tough and dry. My husband ordered another specialty, their beef short ribs which was also very dry. They served us a complimentary dessert which was again mediocre in taste. The prices are quite high and we expected much better quality and preparation for what we paid. I have since asked friends about their experience at El Chorro and they have concurred that it has changed and no longer has the reputation from prior years.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Always a great meal.
Love the sticky buns.
Old favorite of ours been going there since I was a child on vacation
Whenever we're back in Az it's a MUST go to for dinner

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Our meal, the table location, the food, and the service were all first rate. The evening was perfect, thank you!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Fantastic! Joseph was our server, he was awesome and the manager Ryan was wonderful ❤️

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Took advantage of restaurant week to visit El Chorro. The

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Lovely evening to eat out of doors!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

They put out way too many dinners. It's like a bus stop. You can't put out a quality product at that volume. It's more like banquet food. Lon's & A Different Point Of View's settings, views and food are far superior.
Plus, they add a 20% gratuity for a party of 2. We generally leave that, however, we feel it is up to us to decide.

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