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El Chorro

An Arizona Landmark

When historic character and fine cuisine are at the top of your venue checklist, no search would be complete without a visit to El Chorro.

Located in scenic Paradise Valley, the former all-girls school became a cozy restaurant in 1937, and underwent an extensive expansion and renovation in 2009. With its beautiful series of Southwest-style patios, dining at El Chorro is a Valley tradition. Sitting by the outdoor fireplaces gazing at Camelback and Mummy mountains, savoring a fantastic meal prepared just for you, guests quickly understand why El Chorro has become a cherished favorite over the years.

At El Chorro, “historic” and “traditional” exist in harmony with the natural environment and modern sensibilities. The first LEED-certified restaurant in the state, El Chorro includes solar panels, recycled materials, and even insulation crafted from recycled blue jeans. Those behind-the-scenes elements are enhanced by fresh, local and organic produce in the restaurant, including many offerings grown on-site. Delectable vegetarian, gluten-free and traditional menus ensure that everyone in your party is served a delicious meal. The restaurant’s famous sticky buns are available around the clock (and even to-go); what an amazing late-night treat for your guests!

While the exterior settings are indeed lovely with their expansive views and lush green lawns, we are in love with the beautiful Casa Paloma. A spacious indoor venue that can accommodate up to 200 guests for dinner with a full stage and dance floor, you’ll enjoy the Casa’s home-like feel along with patios that open into the gardens. Regardless of the weather, the fireplaces add an unforgettable, romantic ambiance. Of course, who could blame a couple for choosing the “classroom bar” for their celebration? It is, after all, the original bar setting of El Chorro; and the copper-top fireplace, patio and adjacent Bocce Lawn are charming and inspiring.

El Chorro is a timeless jewel set in the heart of the Southwest that you’ll want to visit to share all the meaningful moments in your life.

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