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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

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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (99)
Special Occasion (81)
Good for a Date (75)
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Scenic View (74)
Good for Anniversaries (73)
Romantic (70)
Good for Birthdays (54)
Great for Brunch (51)
Worth the Drive (51)
Quiet Conversation (48)
Authentic (44)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Good for Groups (37)
Notable Wine List (35)
Bar Seating (35)
Cozy (34)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Sunday Lunch (29)
Fun (28)
Business Meals (27)
People Watching (26)
Happy Hour (21)
Casual (18)
Comfort Food (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Seasonal (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Local Ingredients (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Healthy (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Kid-friendly (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Organic (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Music (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

I went to El Chorro with high hopes to celebrate my mom's birthday. After a long day at work all you want to do is go to a nice restuarant where you can go relax and enjoy some good food. But unfortunately our experience at El Chorro was just the opposite.
After we got seated our server kept on coming to the table forcing us to order food. When you go to a place like this you want settle down, have a drink or two, order some starters and then main course. However right after I ordered the drinks within few minutes we had to order starters, and within a minute she came back to the table and asked if we were ready to order our main course. I felt extremely rushed, and all I wanted to do was to walk out of the restuarant.
Anyway the server said we will get you some complimentary sticky buns which we never got. We got our drinks, and starters and within 10-15 min we got our main course. My reservation was at 7:15 pm, and we were done with our dinner by 8:15. Seemed like they just wanted to get us out of the restaurant. The server kept on hovering around the table waiting for us to finish so that she can bring us the check.
The table next to us where 2 couples were seated were treated extremely nicely by there server, and the seemed to have enjoyed there food.
You dont enjoy your food when you are have a bad experience.
I shared my experience with the manager, and she said I am sorry i will give you some sticky buns to take home with. What they dont understand I was not there to have complimentary sticky buns but instead have a good experience, and by giving me a box of sticky buns wont change my experience.
So overall a bad experience

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined 2 days ago

Enjoyed a wonderful birthday dinner.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

Everything was good, except wish we would have had a better view of the mountains.
I had asked for outdoor dining, and my request was honored.
Maybe more sticky buns!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Our server Joe was "intoxicating" and provided great service. Food was excellent as usual.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

Everything very good

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 2 days ago

I have had brunch here for 30 yrs,unsurpassed!; a tradition,food wonderful,service great....

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

The whole experience was phenomenal, the service was wonderful (shout out to our server Stephen), the food magnificent and the ambience was truly lovely. If I were to make one tiny criticism it would be that we were seated very close to another couple when there were plenty of open tables. However on mentioning that to our server and heading to the bar for drinks, the manager came over and apologized (not necessary!) AND comped us our cocktails! Really couldn't have asked for more, the staff are polished and professional and really want you to enjoy yourself, which we absolutely did and we will certainly be back!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Great seat by the fireplace

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·Dined 4 days ago

Great meal, one our favorite date nights in yen years. Good was outstanding, service even better.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 4 days ago

We arrived for a birthday celebration about 5 minutes early. The hostess told us she was checking us in but that our table was not available yet. She told us we could wait in the bar area. We went into the bar and waited and waited and waited. Finally we inquired and the hostess was very rude. She acted as though we had not checked in. I received a phone message wondering if we had decided not to come because we were over 15 minutes late! The hostess never apologized and acted as though we had never checked in.
The food and ambiance st this restaurant are wonderful. Our waiter was wonderful. The manager did come over to apologize and offered to Comp appetizers. However, a restaurant of this caliber should not tolerate a hostess this incompetent and one who will not admit her mistakes.

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 (London)·Dined 4 days ago

Good food and ambience, but felt that we were being hurried out so the table could be used for a second sitting. Very disappointed that espresso coffees are not ever available, undermining the experience and quality of the restaurant.

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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

Celebrating end of medical school term with our son.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

Everything was great. Thanks for a wonderful dinner.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

What a charming setting!!! ...the food was equally yummy.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Disappointment. The Hostess was rude and not hospitable. We chose this place to have a nice relaxed dinner out after a last few stressful day. The service was not at par with the price we paid. We were eating dinner and the staff started cleaning the tables around us and we were forced to eat fast(we came in at 830 served dinner at 9 and were done by 930). It was very disappointing as I was trying to have a nice relaxed night out with my husband. We went to elements last year on Valentines Day and their service was amazing.
I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone .

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

Pre set menu for Valentine’s Day, which was not worth the money we paid. Steak was dry and well done, they ran out of the dessert I’ve ordered. Left disappointed, will not be back in the near future.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

The meal was almost as delicious as my date ;)

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

There for Valentine’s day, since it was raining, we were in a banquet hall, food was luke warm, dessert was horrible, and our service was rushed

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 (Boise)·Dined 6 days ago

After having a fabulous 25th anniversary dinner at El Chorro last year, I made a reservation about 5 weeks in advance (outside seating preference) for Valentine's Day because my sister and brother-in-law were visiting from New York City. Unfortunately, due to rain, we were seated in their Event Room, which wasn't too exciting. The menu was severely limited (3 entree choices), overpriced ($150 per couple including a mandatory 20% gratuity for a party of 4), and the service was unremarkable. Our server informed us that the filet mignon could only be ordered well-done or medium rare so we could not order the steak to our own individual taste, and when we asked for cracked pepper on our salads (which she didn't offer), she made some comment that she had to go to the dining room to get it. We were offered an option to cancel or change to another day with 1/2 price wine, but this was the only day we could go because my sister was leaving the next day. This was truly a disappointment for all of us, especially after an hour ride to get there from the west valley.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food good service - as usual. Most enjoyable.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Wonderful!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 13, 2018

An excellent meal and equally great service. A lovey wine list and some tasty entrees including two very appealing specials The Trout Amandine was delicious and as was the filet oscar my wife ordered. While the prices are fine dining prices, the experience is worth the expense. This is a great place for a nice meal with your love or friends

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Absolutely a wonderful experience! They called ahead and asked if we wanted indoor or outdoor dining. Outdoor is great but is was a little chilly, they were great and sat us right in front of the fireplace.
The service and service was exceptional! Great place for any special occasion.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Birthday great experience

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Worst experience in the 20 years in the valley
Service was rude and managers attitude was inexcusable

Food was cold, orders were wrong, waiter was mia bill was not ours

Manager accepted no responsibility

Will never ever come back

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We had a beautiful view of Camelback at sunset, great service and the mahi mahi was delicious. There is a reason this place has been a valley gem for years, a lovely evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Be careful about patio dining. A comfortable table (no sun in the eyes or burning you to a crisp) is not guaranteed, so be prepared. There is always the option to dine inside. Otherwise a lovely outdoor dining experience. Food was very good with the right portion size.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We arrived early, hostess suggested we seat our selves in the bar, til our table was available. Had to flag down the manager to request a drink! We were taken to a table and left with a very disenfranchised waiter, Nate was so bored with his job that he barely did it. I had to go ask someone for butter. The setting is still stunning, but the meal was mediocre and the lack of service, numbing...El Chorro used to have an amazing staff.....I won't be back! It made me sad.....

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Sunday Brunch with Friends..... Good food and reasonably diverse menu. Indoor or outdoor seating which is great in Phoenix in February...... Have been before and will be going back. Remodeled a few years back, so if you have not been in 20 years, a pleasant upgrade.....

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We had a wonderful brunch. It was a beautiful setting. The Bloody Mary s were delicious. We had the eggs Benedict and loved them!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We go to this restaurant a several times a year, the service was terrible we had to ask another waiter to find our waitress to take our order. We had to remind our waitress several times to bring drinks. It was over an hour before our food was served. Food was okay usually it’s great, we were very disappointed because we had brought family from out of town and we had bragged how great the food was it was a real let down.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Initially when we got there we were unhappy with our waiter and the service he provided. The manager Tracy came over to the table so we could voice our complaint. She could not have been any nicer. She made everything right! She is a gem. And we ended up having the best time and meal at ElChorro. We will be back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The perfect & beautiful venue for dinner with friends. Food was fantastic!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We have been coming here for 35 years or more. One of the nicest places in the valley ...food has always been good...and staff is outstanding....

Its also a great place to take out of town visitors as there is nothing like it where they come from.

Love their trout...and scalloped potatoes.

Tags: Disabled Access, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We asked that the Chateaubriand not be salted - and they did not salt it. ( although for $130 the meat left very much to be desired). All the other food was much too salty. Why salt delicious King Salmon?The vegetables,were delicious also but the salt ruined them. The waiter was on the ball and had them redone - without the salt. Good chefs don't have to overpower the food with salt!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent experience. Eight of us had dinner on their patio. Had a guitar player which was nice. Food and service exceeded expectations. Several of our group indicated the enchiladas were among the best they had ever had.

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 (Boise)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great service,never rushed. Crab cake appetizer was delicious. The short ribs and beef stroganoff were some of the best we had. Pretty view of camelback.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2018

El Chorro has been around since G-d made dirt. The food was OK, albeit expensive. The menu is ordinary, nothing particularly special. I liked this restaurant much better under the original owners and funky kind of old-fashioned menu. It had character. The new El Chorro is just another expensive Scottsdale commercial enterprise.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 4, 2018

A lovely, relaxing Sunday brunch. Hard to determine which menu items to select as so many were appealing to our party of four. The margaritas were excellent, though a bit on the pricey side. Service was pleasantly attentive and accommodating. We will definitely return!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We come here often for Sunday brunch. We love the views from the patio and enjoy the variety of menu options.

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