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“Beautify setting, dreadful food” 2 of 5 stars
Review of El Chorro

El Chorro
5550 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
+1 480-948-5170
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Price range: $21 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 56th Street & Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, Arizona
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117 reviews 117 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Beautify setting, dreadful food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

It has to be one of the most scenic settings for a Restaurant in Arizona. It is a great place for cocktails. Be warned , the food does not match the ambience. In fact, when we have out of town guests , we will take them there for drinks, and if someone is hungry, after we warning them , we respectfully, suggest a shrimp cocktail, which although expensive , can not be ruined by an inept Kitchen.
We would love to go to El Chorro for diner, it is within walking distance from our home, please find a Chef worthy of your Restaurant.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Mount Vernon, Iowa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“The old days were great, but the new days are okay too”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you are over 35 years old, this is the place to see and be seen in Paradise Valley, which is one of the most expensive residential areas in the country. The restaurant is oriented toward the famous Camelback Mountain. It is an old restaurant for this area, although in recent years it has been remodeled and "California-ized" -- meaning the old and dark has been replaced by light and blue. I admit I liked the old and dark when the Millers owned it. In the old days the thing to do was sit in the crowded bar and listen to some very good jazz. That atmosphere is gone now. But it's still worth going to El Chorro. For lunch sit on the patio if you can. For lunch I order the trout with lemon and almonds and it is always outstanding. The gooey rolls are famous and very good. For dinner with my husband, Chateaubriand with the trimmings. Also, the lamb is among the best ever if you are a lamb lover. If you're looking for an upper end restaurant in this area that has history and local ownership, you should give El Chorro a try.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Another fantastic meal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Customer service was-as always welcoming. Our meal was perfect and we will be returning! The charcuterie platter was a perfect sampling of cheese and meat-filling and almost a meal in itself. The wedge and beet salads were fantastic!

Visited January 2013
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“No cookie cutter restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

El Chorro seems to have something for everyone. Its unique menu demands some detailed reading, for there are many unusual offerings. Yes, expensive, but for every-so-often, why not.

Outside dining was very inviting with proper weather, and once past a noisy but very friendly bar, the dining room fortunately has ample room between tables, offering relaxed conversation. Our waiter was terrific, well trained and bringing the different courses out in a well-paced manner. After our decline of dessert, there was no drama, just a friendly thank you and minutes later, the check. This is not a cookie cutter restaurant. It has unique, interior design, menu, and engaging staff

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Phoenix, Arizona
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126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
“Great views, expensive dinner, tacky waiter, good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

This is a lovely restaurant nestled between camelback mountain and mummy mountain in paradise valley. The views are awesome. You could even potentially walk from the Camelback Inn for dinner.
Happy hour is the best as the food and drinks are reasonable. Dinner is very expensive. We celebrated a birthday at dinner and we did not ask for a candle and cake but the waiter was very observant and promptly brought cake and a candle. HOWEVER, they charged us for it! Yep, they provided un-asked for dessert and charged us a fee. Tacky for my tastes.
Outside seating is awesome. Heaters and fireplaces for winter dining and happy hour.
Valet parket is available but you really don't need it. Plenty of places to park.
Food was wonderful. The special of El Chorro is the sticky buns. Nobody needs dessert when you have the sticky buns! The El Chorro chicken melts in your mouth. The prime rib was not the greatest. The peppercorn steak awesome. The grouper special awesome. Four happy stomachs out of five. Not bad.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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