An Iconic Arizona Destination for Dining, Drinks, and Unforgettable Milestones

Rich tradition, culinary excellence, and unparalleled romance come together at El Chorro to create an experience that is purely Paradise Valley. Cozily nestled between Scottsdale and Phoenix, Paradise Valley’s historic El Chorro offers an authentic Arizona dining experience. Generations of Valley residents and visitors have travelled to this serene setting at the base of the stunning Camelback and Mummy mountains. With its breathtaking views and unmatchable Arizona charm, El Chorro is an excellent setting for any occasion — be it a relaxed brunch, romantic dinner, or the wedding of your dreams.

A History of Excellence

This beautiful Arizona escape has a long history of delighting Valley residents, guests, and beloved celebrities. Dining and cocktails on the patio at El Chorro along with its famous Sticky Buns is a long-standing Valley tradition.

El Chorro was originally built as the Judson School for Girls by Dr. John C. Lincoln in 1934 so his daughter Lillian could attend school while he was building Camelback Inn. The schoolhouse and surrounding 22 acres were purchased by Jan and Mark Gruber in 1937 when the girls school combined with the Judson School. The original schoolhouse was converted to a restaurant and lodge. During the winter El Chorro became the “watering hole” (derived from Spanish) for Camelback Inn’s guests as the Inn did not offer alcohol. During the 50’s, well-known icons like Milton Berle and Clark Gable frequented this Paradise Valley favorite as a hideaway from Hollywood.

Purchased by longtime employees Joe and Evie Miller in 1973, El Chorro’s rustic, familiar charm was expanded upon, allowing the Lodge to hold more guests and stay open year-round.

Noted Valley philanthropist and long-time Paradise Valley resident, Jacquie Dorrance acquired El Chorro in 2009 and was joined by operating partners Kristy and Tim Moore. Under this new leadership, El Chorro has maintained a welcoming atmosphere for young and old alike, becoming a comfortable place for memories to be made and rituals to be honored.

Honored with ‘Leed’ Green Certification

With some of the country’s most picturesque views at its doorstep, preservation of natural resources is an integral part of El Chorro’s mission.

As part of the renovation of the historic Paradise Valley facilities, El Chorro incorporated a number of green-building features, including a solar-energy water heating system and solar electric panels that reduces the restaurant’s energy use by more than 50 percent. It also features eco-friendly insulation made of recycled blue jeans. More than 75 percent of the materials used in the redesign were salvaged from the original restaurant, including 80+ of the original plants.

Because of this dedication to sustainability, 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. The designation is the only universally recognized green-building pedigree, with the Gold Certification being the second-highest level attainable.

El Chorro is proud to represent the crossroads at which 21st century ideals meld with beloved heritage. We can’t wait for you to enjoy this historic Paradise Valley fine dining experience.

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