About El Chorro
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
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.
El Chorro’s culinary vision features classic cuisine favorites with a Southwestern-inspired influence. The menu offerings center on fresh, organic and locally grown ingredients – including herbs and produce from the El Chorro garden located right outside the kitchen.
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.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Mon. - Sun., 5 p.m. to Close
Happy Hour: Mon. - Sat., 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
56th Street & Lincoln Drive
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet and Parking Lot
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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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
Another perfect evening at El Chorro, ev ...
Another perfect evening at El Chorro, even though Mother Nature prevented us from sitting on the patio. We've eaten here for 7 years and this was our first meal indoors there. Thanks to Bonnie and Lily, we had a round table for our party of 6, just as requested, and it was a delightful evening for us and our guests!
Very, very, very disappointed with our d ...
Very, very, very disappointed with our dinner. I am a native of here and have eating there several times, the last being about 2 months ago when my cousin was here. She was in town again with her husband and wanted him to go there...we did....his Filet was really good, but the Trout Almondine and my tomato cheese appetizer was terrible - all 3 of our trout dinners were not acceptable - the trout had about 1/2 of coup of almonds on it, my cousin didn't even realize that the potatoes were under her trout until later and the french green beens looked like they were just thrown on top of the trout!!!! At this point, I would not go back, neither would I recommend this place, at this point to anybody, and I am a tour/marketing director. The manager did comp my dinner, however, and appreciated that I told her, but something is definitely the matter.....
We have been dining at El Chorro for man ...
We have been dining at El Chorro for many many years. the reconstituted El Chorro does not even come close to the previous establishment. Lost is the coziness and feel at home atmosphere. the only good part of our experience on 1/9/17 was the complimentary dessert served for our anniversary. Our meal were medicore at best (shimp and short ribs). Could not believe $7 for four small pieces of bread and butter. Outrageous! We dined at El Chorro a year ago and were disappointed then, still are. will be a long time for us to return. It is sad to see a wonderful Arizona tradition change so drastically
Frank & Claudia Garza
We have dined at El Chorro several times ...
We have dined at El Chorro several times when we visit Phoenix and are never disappointed. Jennifer, our server, was gracious and fun. My wife had the Stroganoff, a house specialty, and I had the Pork Tenderloin. Both entrées were multidimensionally layered flavor constructs, not unlike eating a thousand petaled lotus with each petal a different sensation on the palate.
We were there for Sunday brunch and were ...
We were there for Sunday brunch and were disappointed in the changes in their menu. Our server was impatient with us and our questions and acted as though we were an inconvenience to her and then got our order wrong after assuring us it would be no problem.
We have always enjoyed their caramel rolls that they serve upon seating, but we're now informed that additional ones were at our expense. We were wondering why does a table with one person get the same amount of bread as a table with four people? I know that sounds childish, but it was one of the things that we really enjoyed about coming there for brunch.
We've been regular customers of El Chorr ...
We've been regular customers of El Chorro for the past year, but had a very disappointing experience on Friday evening and won't be going back for a long time.
Folks should be aware that they have very substantially increased their wine pricing effective at the start of 2017. As an example, the Far Niente Chardonnay has increased from $63 bottle (in fairness, a very good price for this $45 retail wine) to $90 bottle. This is not an isolated example, so if the days of El Chorro taking a more reasonable approach to their wine pricing than many restaurants do appear to have ended - be prepared to pay much more, or better yet avoid ordering wine and tell them why to let them know there are downsides to abandoning the diner friendly approach they've taken in the past.
This appears to reflect a number of new policies for 2017 that make it a far less appealing place to dine. As another example, when we were served the sugar bomb, diabetes inducing sticky buns that they provide in place of bread (in fairness, many people like the buns) we asked for some regular bread or rolls and were told that there would be a separate charge for that. We mentioned this to our waitress and she told us that this was a new policy that had just been put into effect, and no regular bread ever made it to our table. For a restaurant not to recognize that there are many people who are diabetic or who choose to limit their sugar intake for other reasons and to make a healthier form of bread available upon request (without charging for it) is inexcusable in our view.
Our food was also sub par, and food pricing has also increased.
Net, it seems that El Chorro has made some changes very recently and they are not improvements. In our opinion, based on this past experience, they've just become a less customer friendly and significantly more expensive place and there are lots of other good restaurants that offer better food, better value, and a better dining experience.
Our waiter, Joseph, was excellent and ve ...
Our waiter, Joseph, was excellent and very engaging. The food was very good. Two of our group ate the trout and said it was the best they'd had in years. The only difficulty was wheelchair access. We got in with the hostess but getting out meant we had to disturb several other diners who had to stand up and push their seats all the way in. Otherwise, the experience was delightful in every way.
The food was good but the atmosphere lef ...
The food was good but the atmosphere left a lot to be desired. The weather forced everyone indoors and it was obvious that our table was added quickly. The location was right in front of the kitchen door and was drafty. If you can't eat outdoors i would avoid this restaurant.
My fiancé and I were seated right away w ...
My fiancé and I were seated right away which was nice because we were 10 minutes late. They did say thank you when we got there for calling to let them know which was nice also.
Our waiter came after a few minutes and asked if regular water was ok to start? It took almost 10 minutes until we got the regular water. The server really did take an awful long time to bring us our wine, our soup and our main dishes. I thought ok since it's New Years eve maybe they're just backed up or someone called off maybe. Not sure but I was trying to give my server the benefit of the doubt.
We both ordered fish. I had the Chilean sea bass and my fiancé had their famous salmon dish. Both of the dishes tasted way fishier then they should have. We even had to send the salmon dish that my fiancé got back because it was either not fresh or undercooked. We ordered the short rib to go instead. Nothing was comped, no manger came out to apologize. Just the server apologized after he said that everyone from Chicago has an accent like Mike Ditka. Us being from chicago it wasn't exactly the best joke or maybe it was his tone of voice. Not sure.
I complain at a restaurant maybe 2-3 times a year. I hate doing it and I hate being the one that gets the complaint. Being in retail I understand how a lot of things are out of your control and I do my best to remember that when I go out. The food being undercooked and the apology from the server wasn't enough for me to look past the poorly prepared meal. 2 stars.
It was raining and all the reservations ...
It was raining and all the reservations for outside were being squeezed inside. We opted to eat in the bar and the service was slow and boring . Wasn't what we had in mind as the last stop of a 3 stop evening . Lon's was much nicer .
Nice venue and terrific presentation of ...
Nice venue and terrific presentation of what should be a great dining experience. Regrettably, the wait staff is very inexperienced and under-skilled which diluted the quality of the evening. Team was very welcoming, congenial and apologetic. Would imagine things will get better as staff matures.
Very disappointing. El Chorro was a fav ...
Very disappointing. El Chorro was a favorite for special occasions - but has really changed for the worse, unfortunately. The appetizer was so-so, the meal was inedible and was returned. Though, I will say, the service was wonderful, but the food was no where near as good. I will not return not\r will I recommend.
Celebrated an anniversary dinner and had ...
Celebrated an anniversary dinner and had a wonderful experience. The food was outstanding along with the service. Would absolutely recommend El Chorro to anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion or to enjoy a beautiful outdoor dining experience.
We had a lovey Christmas Dinner at El Ch ...
We had a lovey Christmas Dinner at El Chorro. The service was well paced and not rushed, and the food was delicious. The entire staff was very friendly, particularly Samantha, whom I had met when I went to see the restaurant after I made the reservations. She was charming as she showed me around beforehand and just as delightful when we dined with our out of town guests. This was our first Christmas in Scottsdale and it was a perfect setting and meal and we are so grateful to have gone there.
$68 price fix menu when online there see ...
$68 price fix menu when online there seemed to be an option to use menu. Lobster bisque great, salad so so, beef great, salmon dried out, overcooked, chocolate volcano cake dry, plain cake with cold chocolate drizzle. Cheesecake so so. Felt like I was at a fundraiser, all made in bulk with those results. They added 20% and had a line to add more tip!!! Sly.
We have enjoyed El Chorro for years sinc ...
We have enjoyed El Chorro for years since we used to live only 10 minutes from the restaurant in Paradise Valley. Now that we live a half hour away, we don't visit as often, but it's still worth a trip for special occasions. We enjoyed the Christmas Day dinner menu, with choices of Beef, Scottish Salmon and Organic Turkey. The meats were prepared to absolute perfection, as were the many optional "sides." While the main restaurant was fully booked, we were seated in the special event facility called Casa Paloma. Yes, the food was identical, as was the service, to the main restaurant, but this is basically a wedding/banquet/special event venue with exposed structural steel girders and exposed HVAC pipes. The setting is still within the incredibly well maintained grounds of El Chorro, and the views of Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountain are incredible reminders of why we love El Chorro so much. I would not recommend Casa Paloma if ambience is what you are looking for in a venue. But, all in all, the food, the pricing and the always excellent service made up for the inability to sit in the main restaurant. And, El Chorro's "sticky buns" make a visit always worthwhile.
Christmas set menu looked good, but it w ...
Christmas set menu looked good, but it was just fair. Food came out sporadically with long wait times between staff visits. The remodel looks great and would probably be good on a normal day. Probably will not do a holiday meal there again, but will come back to see what the new digs (since we were there several years ago) are all about
Christmas dinner here for the second tim ...
Christmas dinner here for the second time, and just as good as we remembered! Limited menu (beef, salmon, turkey), plus appetizer & dessert. Beef tenderloin & turkey were both outstanding....and huge portions! Service--as always-- was flawless.
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