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“Paradise Valley Institution”
Review of El Chorro

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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 56th Street & Lincoln Drive
Phoenix, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“Paradise Valley Institution”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

El Chorro has been in the valley for decades. This is where the wealthy old tourists and snow birds dine for a good meal in a beautiful setting.
The patio is wonderful, very old west/desert sky elegant. The drink menu is creative and original and changes frequently.
We ate here with a group of 9 and they were able to accommodate us easily. The watermelon gaspacho was interesting and flavorful and spicy. The steak was cooked near perfect for my taste and the au gratin potatoes were off the hook.
The wine list is expansive, many bottles in the $40+ range all the way up to several hundred dollars.
The service, while attentive, is very casual. Don't expect starched shirts and formalities.
The clientele as I stated is typically older, our table by far was the youngest in the restaurant with mostly 40 somethings and a few 30 somethings. Expect a lot of Tommy Bahama shirts and Rush Limbaugh conversations.
We dine here once a year or so due to the ambiance and good food. It is rather expensive so we like to keep it as a treat.
You can't really go wrong here for a nice meal.

  • Visited May 2013
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English first
Phoenix, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

We went here with friends for the Mother's Day buffet. It was very warm on our area of the patio. The misters were not up to the task and there were no chillers in area.the food was excellent with the exception of the very dry chicken roulades. There was a wonderful selection, well prepared. The did put a little note on the table, telling us we could not stay more than 90 minutes, something not mentioned when we made the reservation. That was rude. With the 18% gratuity and beverages the bill was pretty hefty.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank Toni G
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Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
306 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“It was nice to dine outside”
Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

Food was good, not overly memorable. Wine was excellent. It was a nice experience and the service was really good.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank courtneymccollum
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Calgary
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Be careful!!”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

This place is actually a complex of facilities and many dining rooms, inside and out. In order to maintain the beautiful place meals are outrageously expensive. We were taking someone out for dinner and as I looked over the menu I made the unfortunate choice of two appetizers for my meal -- a salad and an appetizer lobster tail. The caesar salad was small and incredibly unremarkable for $8, but MOST remarkable was the "medallions of lobster tail" for $48 !!! Of course there was no price on the menu as it was market pricing. I don't care what anybody says, no lobster tail is worth $48 at any time of year, anywhere in the world.
We will never go back.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank maxcalgary_10
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
325 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

We dined with friends. We had made reservations on the patio. We were late due to a significant traffic delay. We called to say we would be late and the hostess was pleasant and appreciative of the call. When we arrived, the patio was packed but our table had been saved. We were immediately shown to our seats. From that point on the setting, food, and service were excellent.
It was such a pleasant experience that we are taking out of town friends there this weekend.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank sojouner2
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