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.
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:
Seasonal Summer Hours
Dinner: Tues. - Sat., 5 p.m. to Close
Happy Hour: Tues. - Sat., 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday Evenings & Monday Evenings
56th Street & Lincoln Drive
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet and Parking Lot
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
I found El Chorro on Open Table as we we ...
I found El Chorro on Open Table as we were hoping for brunch on the way to the airport on the holiday weekend. It wasn't busy at all, but the host sat us right next to a very loud group
of three who was smoking outside. We asked to sit inside and our request was accommodated immediately.
They brought us a basket of pastries and the sticky buns, croissant, and scone were all amazing! I ordered the huevos rancheros and everything was perfect.
GREAT choice for brunch and the service was very nice. We highly recommend.
This was a fabulous dining experience fo ...
This was a fabulous dining experience for us! Everything that we ordered was fantastic, including the appetizer, entrees and dessert! I can highly recommend El Chorro! We can't wait to get back there and enjoy this restaurant again!
Beautiful surroundings and lovely outdoo ...
Beautiful surroundings and lovely outdoors. Food was just ok, nothing to go back for. Sticky buns were not the original but still very good. May try again in the evening as I have heard they have a good happy hour.
We came to experience the Sunday Brunch. ...
We came to experience the Sunday Brunch. The hosts were great, the server did not want to serve. We were told we could receive sticky buns at our request and he left us with the impression don't ask. So we just forced ourselves to ask. Very awkward. If they are free sticky buns then give us the buns without an attitude.
My second trip to El Chorro was as aweso ...
My second trip to El Chorro was as awesome as the first! The space and view are beautiful and unparalleled. The menu, and our various selections were top notch. The wine list is sure to please with a wide variety of bottles in every price range. The best part of both experiences is the top notch service offered at El Chorro!
OMG! What a great Father's Day Dinner I ...
OMG! What a great Father's Day Dinner I had with my darling wife and step-son. Starting with the ladies who greeted us as we came in, the atmosphere was friendly and inviting.
Our waiter, Ron, was superb; always attentive, very knowledgable about the menu, very helpful with the dining experience.
I had the Strofanoff and it was out if this world good. The price was very reasonable for the meal we had and the wonderful restaurant and atmosphere.
This was our first visit but you can be assured, it will not be our last. Thank you very, very much!
Bob & Glenda Bell
Our waiter, Jeff, was great! But, the y ...
Our waiter, Jeff, was great! But, the young man who delivered the food to our table had the orders out of order and expected us to hold onto the wrong plate and hand it to the person ourselves instead of correcting it! The chef was a little stubborn about leaving an ingredient out of my daughter's entree and our waiter had to talk him into it even though she had a food allergy! It was cheese! Not that hard to leave out of an omelet!
The food was excellent and he service fantastic!The ambiance was terrific.I was especially impressed that the hostess was able to accommodate us with inside sesting even though we asked for outside.It helped us avoid a particularly hot dusty evening .
we should come here more often
It is one of those places, everyone says, "we should come back more often" . It is such a local gem. We had a lovely dinner, food was great, amazing views, surprisingly cool outside for May, and great service. It just happened to be restaurant week and we all ordered off the pre-fix menu. Lovely evening. Can't wait to go back soon.
Pretty surroundings and good food. The ...
Pretty surroundings and good food. The photo I saw online showed a patio with open space in front of it with a clear view to the mountain. That was the main reason I selected this restaurant. Sadly, that was not my experience. There was absolutely no view of the mountain from my patio, due to the patio wall and (patio) trees. I read about the famous sticky buns and was pleased to see them come free in a bread basket so I wouldn't have to decide between them and something else I might normally eat. After tasting them, I was glad I didn't pay for them as my meal as I didn't think they were anything to make a fuss about. The food was good and arrived fairly quickly, but was not spectacular. In addition, The umbrellas didn't tilt or provide complete coverage so we ended up sitting in the sun. Finally, the check took some time to be presented. All in all it was good food in a nice setting but out in the sun with no mountain view. I didn't think it was as good as it was hyped up to be and with that in mind found it overpriced.
Great brunch with a view!
I took my daughter and granddaughter who were visiting from out of town. We had a memorable brunch - great food! - and the service was superb. I wish they had an option for a vegetarian omelet, but unfortunately the meat had been mixed with the veggies so that wasn't possible. If you're a picky eater or a restricted eater, the menu is not very extensive. Otherwise you can sit outside on the patio and enjoy a lovely view of Camelback Mountain while sipping on your $8 mimosa and enjoying your brunch.
Dined here for a special wedding anniversary. The food was excellent, except the strawberries in the strawberry shortcake tasted like they had been frozen and the "cake" was a hard biscuit, not to my liking. But the chocolate cake was delicious. I would definitely return. We sat inside because the temperature was about 98 degrees outside, but I would definitely return in better temperatures to enjoy the most lovely patio dining.
Great al fresco dining in Scottsdale
Overall, we loved the meal and service we received at El Chorro. Jeff provided outstanding service and made a point of checking with the kitchen to correctly identify the contents of our cheese plates. The petite filet and grouper were wonderful. Cherry pie a la mode was excellent, though the strawberry shortcake did seem a bit short of strawberries and juice.
Lovely and Local
I have lived in the valley for decades and this was my first time. We went for restaurant week. The meal was okay. Service appeared to be short staffed or configured strangely. My husband had the wine pairing but for two courses didn't get his wine until he had finished his course. It wasn't busy when we arrived. We had an early dinner. Dessert wasn't good. We thought for restaurant week that it should be their best. Of course the notorious sticky buns were delicious!
We will go back. It is lovely there. Just missed out expectations.
We went during Spring 2016 Restaurant We ...
We went during Spring 2016 Restaurant Week so it was very busy, and that is the reason for the noisy rating. Our server was attentive, even though it was busy. The food was outstanding- the filet was extremely tender at medium well temperature. We had patio seating, and were able to sit and enjoy the view of Camelback Mountain. We were not the last to leave the restaurant ; however did stay and visited. The staff was gracious in not hurrying us to leave.
The ambiance, food, and service was outstanding.
A true gem, nestled in Paradise Valley with outdoor seating facing Camelback mountain. Fire places, decor, and the setting give it a relaxed Arizona feel that spotlights the desert beauty. If you are there for brunch (or even dinner) save room for the famous sticky buns. For evening fare starters, the mussels and shrimp options were generous and tasty. For the main course, the Center Cut was an excellent choice.
We were hoping for a romantic place with ...
We were hoping for a romantic place with a focus on creative high-quality food and some level of service refinement. First impression was that the place is far too enormous for any of that. There is an outdoor seating area that looked like it could hold 1,000 people and were nearly that many seated. There was loud raucous music coming from one end of the patio and we nearly turned around right there as none of it was making a good first impression. Luckily we were seated indoors in a 'normal-sized' nicely appointed dining room with nice ambience. Room was about half full (Saturday, 8:15pm). The next thing we noticed is that the waiters are wearing uniforms that are along the lines of Applebee's and Chili's: khaki button-down shirts with huge "El Chorro" logo's, (um, we know where we are) and big brass name tags. Tacky and silly. I thought the next thing that was going to happen would be the waiter writing his name in crayon on the table and announcing "My name ___, and I'll be taking care of you tonight." The menu looked pretty basic and not entirely exciting. It all felt like we were a number in a restaurant factory and added up to red flags and decided to go elsewhere. We did stay to have a drink out of respect. The waiter was attentive and courteous, and understanding that we needed to be elsewhere.
Brought down by the stroganoff.
We went because my daughter is getting married at El Chorro in autumn. I wanted to see the layout, and try the menu. Our waitress was lovely and attentive. I ordered lamb chops and they were quite good, although the accompanying starch or veg was a relatively small amount. My husband ordered stroganoff which was very disappointing--not tasty, no eye appeal: everything was the same color and no fresh greenery or herb garnish on top to make it attractive, served with a teeny tiny dish of sour cream on the side. We ordered pepper pot shrimp as an appetizer, which was excellent. Wine recommended with my lamp chops was very good.
5 of us went to El Chorro for restaurant ...
5 of us went to El Chorro for restaurant week. We sat on their patio which is very nice but two weddings made it very busy and quite loud. Several of us ordered filets and when mine was served it looked like it was the tail end of a piece half the size of the others. When I questioned this, the person who brought it (not our server) looked at me like I was an alien. Our general consensus was the food was good but we could do as well at home. All in all, it was a pleasant evening with friends.
Our server was very friendly and helpful ...
Our server was very friendly and helpful and educated on the menu and wine list. We didn't feel rushed and could have stayed there all night! Overall service and quality of food was great! We left with full and happy bellies!
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