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El Chorro Lodge

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(14 Reviews)

5550 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

(480) 948-5170

Today: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tomorrow: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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General Info
El Chorro Lodge, which sits on 14 desert acres in Paradise Valley is more than a Valley tradition, it's a sensory experience. Visitors enjoy the captivating Sonoran landscape which awaits them on the beautiful outdoor patio. They can also dine in a cozy and romantic dining room setting. The Lodge has a long and time-honored history. It was built in 1934 by John Lincoln as the Judson School for Girls because Lincoln wanted a school for his daughter, Lillian, to attend. Today the original schoolroom is the main bar at El Chorro. Three years later, Jan and Mark Gruber purchased the property, turning it into a lodge and dining room. Many celebrities including Clark Gable and Milton Berle found their way to this charming desert destination lured by the Gruber s hospitality, the glow of the mesquite fireplace on the outdoor patio, and their famous home cooking.

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Fine Dining Restaurants, Wedding Reception Locations & Services, Meeting & Event Planning Services, Restaurants, American Restaurants, Steak Houses, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Valet, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Fine Dining, American, Steakhouse

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
A beautiful evening

We met friends/work associates there last night. Our friend chose it, and we were concerned based on the negative reviews we read here. We had been there several years ago and it DID need an update.
The recent renovations were well done -- the old bar is still there, but there's a new open air bar that's entrancing. The place is powered by its own solar cells, by the way.
My halibut was delicious! And the waitress was very nice and just attentive enough.
It was a very wealthy, older crowd. If there were ""young"" women on the prowl, as reported (and advertized) on this site, then young is a relative term ... Guests were dancing to pretty good music, and it was sweet -- not meat market. Maybe I'm niaive.
All told, we have a delicious although pricey meal, in a beautiful location.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not a good experience

Went to the resturant because my brother and his wife said great 2nd choice for a saturday night. I ordered the duck and my brother ordered the shrimp in mustard sauce.
When my dinner arrived the half duck was actually 2 leg quarters and I ate one of them , as the waitress was too busy to notice our table . When she finally arrived I explained that I ate most of the first leg quarter and why wasn't there a breast and wing. She went back to the kitchen and when she returned , she explained that duck was all dark meat and the kitchen had not made an error. When the manager was called she said that it was not possible for the kitchen to make that error. All this was said as she looked at my plate and obviously there were two leg quarters there. She was a great manager for backing up her staff .... the problem still was evident, yet not addressed. I am sorry to say my brothers dinner was acceptable but not worth the $28.00 for 5 shrimp that were medium sized.
I would not go to the resturant to eat but the sticky buns were great.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Horrible Experience

We had the most horrible experience and were so disappointed because we were really looking forward to entertaining our guest who had never been to El Chorro. After a long day of meetings and conference calls, all we wanted to do was sit down with a bottle of wine and share a few appetizers. The staff was so rude to us and would not let us order what we wanted. They told us we HAD to order dinner in order to sit at a larger table; there were 5 of us. When we expressed that we just wanted wine and appetizers the hostess tried to cram us in a small table that was meant for two. It was embarrassing and we were made to feel so uncomfortable. We ended up leaving and going to The Sanctuary, which was BEAUTIFUL!

Our group is in a customer related field and is always asked to recommend places for people to try. We will never recommend El Chorro to anyone. Another review I read said it right. Not everyone who goes there is a winter visitor. Word does get around.



Historical Restaurant

Joe Miller the proprietor is a gracious host and serves ecceptional food with excellant sevice.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not going again

The food was just ok, but wow - expensive. This place is way over priced. Also, most of the diners there were over 70 - we felt way out of place and we are late 30's-early 40's. Service was pretty good, and I understand that the views are nice if you arrive prior to sunset, but the meal was just too overpriced. I could have made the same thing at home quite easily. Sorry - not going again.



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El Choro

Visited El Choro Aug 6th. Have been visiting the Phoenix area since 1997 and have enjoyed the Steaks at Mortons, Ruth's and Flemings. Dissappointed at the 8oz Filet Mignon ordered from the 1600F Mesquite oven. The steak ordered was not medium well-done as I ordered. I had to send it back as it was brougt medium rare. I also could taste the burnt grill marks on my steak. Well I'm not going back and will stick to my favourites. The mash potatoes were nice though and the location is nice.

Dr. Pereira



Provided by Citysearch - 
Outdoor dining at its best..

Very Phoenix, good service, fun, food is definitely recommended. The lamb was excellent. A local favorite.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Lobster and Sticky Buns

The very best appetizer - and the best lobster I've ever eaten: ""flash-fried"" lobster tail, affectionately known as ""lobster bites"". This could be a meal in itself but when I'm really looking to satisfy my lobster craving I go for the full-meal lobster tail with all the trimmings. Menu prices really don't reflect the awesome array of all that comes with a meal at the El Chorro. For example: A basket of incredible, secret-recipe sticky buns comes free with every meal, along with a full relish tray of raw veggies, pickles, and sweet peppers. Great food, great atmosphere, great patio!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Still 'ho hum' after all these years.

This has to be the most overrated restaurant in the Phx area. While the outdoor ambience and view is marvelous, the same,(yawn), tired, old classics are still on the menu after all these years. Last time I visited, the rack of lamb was overcooked, dry and tasteless to the point of being close to jerky. Given the time it took to get to our table and the relative inattention of our server, we suffered through it, wondering once again why we bother to come here every year or two, (Hope perhaps?). It only seems to get worse with time. It's a damn shame that one of the Valley's true landmarks manages to exist at this level of mediocrity. It's more of a ""social climbing"" scene than a gastronomical one and this Valley Native prays that someone will breathe new life into this once proud establishment. Time for my nap...zzzzzz



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Food

Food and service were outstanding! Teriffic chef prepared meals, rack of lamb outstanding!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Way overpriced, mediocre food

This place came highly recommended for steaks, and I went and found the location one of the most beautiful in phoenix. Maybe my expectations were too high, but my steak was not flavorful, the vegetables were overcooked, and when you started look closely at things around you, they appeared more rundown than authentic. After awhile, all I could see were the water stains, rust, and coarse exposed wood, and it ruined my meal.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Emperor's New Clothes

We've vacationed and now live in Scottsdale and have read the volume of reviews which describe El Chorro as an icon. Who writes these reviews and where were they dining? Our experience couldn't have been more different. I agree with a previous reviewer who recommended not to go inside. Stop for a cocktail at sunset on the patio, but save dinner for one of the many outstanding restaurants in the valley. The menu was limited, the food was average, but the worst was the value. You should expect much more for these prices. Also, all the hype about the sticky buns is overrated. They would be decent for breakfast but do nothing to enhance the meal or the dining experience.



Provided by Citysearch - 

Happy Hour is Wonderful I don't know how they can pull it off 5 nights a week. On weekends the Music is outside under the ValleyStars. Make a reservation for out side if not Juy & Augustl



Provided by Citysearch - 
It's the View

The view from the outdoor patio is serene. The food is good, but not as amazing as I was expecting based on the reviews from this site. DON'T GO INSIDE, I think that will ruin the mood. It's a bit run down in parts and not as appealing to the eye. Having said all this, I would still recommend it, just don't go expecting Gainey Ranch or the Royal Palms, it is not. But it really is a very pretty place to have a good meal with a wonderful view in a gorgeous neighborhood.

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