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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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Let's give Thanks together! Bring your family & friends and celebrate your Thanksgiving at El Chorro! We require a credit card number to secure a reservation. Cancellation policy: 25.00 per lost guest within 48 hours of reservation.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

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

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

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

4.6

ambience

4.8

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (82)
Scenic View (65)
Special Occasion (59)
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Good for a Date (57)
Romantic (57)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Good for Birthdays (49)
Worth the Drive (43)
Quiet Conversation (37)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Good for Groups (33)
Great for Brunch (28)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Cozy (25)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Bar Seating (25)
Authentic (23)
Business Meals (21)
Happy Hour (21)
Casual (18)
Fun (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Comfort Food (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
People Watching (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Seasonal (9)
Healthy (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Loved every second of the ambiance, food & service👍🏻

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

Bone in rib eye not worthy of repeat. Disappointed! Filet excellent. Salads very good. Need real martini glasses. The glasses used for us were closer to beer glasses. Looking forward to returning to try alternatives than the steaks. Diverse menu is interesting.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

A terrific dinner ! The Service was professional, friendly and timely. The Caesar salad was fabulous. We had the trout, which is always generous portion. perfectly cooked. You can't beat the view or the sticky buns either !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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·Dined 7 days ago

While the setting was lovely, the service and the food were disappointing, at best.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Everything was lovely until the worm came out of the tomatillo I was attempting to cut into. After that, I lost my appetite. Very embarrassing for my party. My friends had a bad experience at dinner recently. We all agreed that I probably would not have a problem with the Brunch. BOY WERE WE WRONG!!!! In hindsight, I should have taken a picture!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Visting from NC and this was by far our best meal all wknd. Food, service, ambience all amazing. I put it in same category as del friscos or cap grille, but a local version. Highly recommend. Not cheap, but well wirth it

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It is our favorite alfresco dining spot in the Phoenix area. Get a reservation just before sunset to enjoy it the most. Our faves include the Shrimp Hot Pot, Sticky Buns, Beef Stroganoff, Pork Tenderloin and Brussels Sprout Salad. Desserts are wonderful too. We highly recommend it.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Server was terrible.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I really enjoyed the polenta-quinoa Napoleon. Every dinner at our table was superb.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always Excellent Love the Sticky Buns and Cobb Salad

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, People Watching, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (London)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Absolutely fabulous, already recommended them to others. Have visited twice in two weeks and we will be back.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 6, 2017

One guest's main course was not acceptable, and it was difficult to get one small container of butter for the sticky buns. The surroundings are wonderful, but we will not be back for a while.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great ambience, the outdoor dining patio is suberb, the food is terrific. A great place to take out of towners for dinner or brunch.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had an enjoyable evening. We needed to ask 2x.for a cocktail menu. Food was good. Would have liked a cappuccino or latte with dessert.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Have been here many times. This time we were seated in the area off the main dining patio where it appears they handle large groups. It was a secluded area and quite quiet, so we actually enjoyed the privacy and different view. However, it appears to cause our waiter to forget about us at times. Service was slower than typical, so the location was our likely conclusion. It began a little rough as the bar could not make a drink I favor due to having no blackberries or Creme de Mure (really?). Food was great as usual. We had the lobster bites which were outstanding, although quite pricy. Also had the crab and tuna dynamite which was also outstanding. For entrees we had our old reliable, shrimp pepper pot and trout almondine. Both were high quality as always. We were not offered desert, but had plenty to eat so didn’t bother asking to see the menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Substandard for what we have experienced previously. Food was average, and some parts such as the buratta salad where the tomatoes were hard, were unedible. The meal temperature was average and the coffee was cool not hot. The waiter appeared disinterested. To be fair we didn’t complain at the time because it was a special occasion except for when the birthday dessert appeared before anyone had ordered dessert and coffee. The waiters response was not helpful and defensive. The champagne that came with the chateuabriand was undrinkable. Generally this experience was not what we have come to expect from El Chorro.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent all around. Great view, incredible food, great service. Love the patio. Little pricey.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent meal again. We always eat at El Charro whenever we come to Scottsdale to visit. Great food and ambience. Only complaint is need a flashlight to read the menu. Still the best sticky buns around.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I have lived in Phoenix my whole life and had never been to El Charro. I don't know why I waited so long. The service was impeccable, the food was delicious, and the location and scenery were like no other.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a lovely table on the patio by the fireplace, lovely ambiance for a romantic evening what ever you are celebrating.

The views in the daylight are fabulous,
the food is good and they are known for their sticky buns.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great outdoor patio, Lindsay took great care of us. Food was really good, salmon dish was amazing, steak was very flavorful and tender. Sticky buns always make the dinner a delight though not sure how healthy they are. Our favorite spot when we visit Phoenix.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We had pretty good service! Did have to look for our waitress a couple of times. We were there to celebrate a birthday. The only problem we had was my steak was medium rare instead of the medium well I had ordered! Just took the rest of it home and cooked it more the next day!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Love this place!!! She beautiful food is always delicious!!! ❤️

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 29, 2017

It's always a treat to be at this special desert location!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I love this place. Being from out of town now , I fit it in for brunch. It was great. I asked for my eggs Benedict poached well. They came runny and were quickly replaced. Can’t wait to return.

Tags: Romantic, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food, service, scenery and ambiance all come perfectly together at El Chorro to deliver an outstanding dining experience. My wife and I have only enjoyed brunch at El Chorro so far, and the experience has always been excellent. The staff is very friendly and attentive and the overall experience is a very enjoyable, relaxing event.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was a birthday brunch for my mother and we all enjoyed the meal, service & patio seating. Our guest with dietary restrictions had no trouble finding a selection on the menu that she very much liked. And we never felt rushed as we do in so many restaurants.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was excellent- braised short ribs, and beef stroganoff that my daughter could not stop raving about. Brownie dessert was good too. Top it off with great service, and you have a winner!

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Six friends celebrated a milestone birthday dinner on El Chorro's beautiful patio. We met early for happy hour and appetizers. You must sample their flash-fried Twisted Deviled Eggs! Then, we moved to the patio for dinner. The Trout Almondine was our table's favorite for the evening. Service couldn't have been better; it was absolutely wonderful. This is still one of my favorite restaurants!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The flash fried lobster tails!!! We had a delightful dinner at El Chorro. The patio seating was pleasant for an intimate dinner. Cocktails were unique...try the snowball...it tastes like vacation. Excellent wine selection. Our waitress was knowledgeable and fun.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

We used to go to El Charro 35 years ago and were excited to celebrate our 30th anniversary here. Great service, fabulous food and the best memories.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Everything was very solid. Great ambiance, good service and a good overall value. I made the mistake of ordering deep fried lobster (very good option at Joe's Stone Crab in Las Vegas). El Chorro did not compare. The other folks were very happy with their entrees.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 24, 2017

great location with plenty of outdoor seating. Concise and yet diverse menu. Great service both at the table and at the bar after dinner. Highly recommend when you visit Phoenix.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Really sunday brunch with NO BISCUTS AND GRAVY????? Both my husband and daughter came for the biscuts and gravy. Lame.

Robin from NY (our server) was great.

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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

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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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