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Feb 16, 2010 12:12 PM

El Chorro Lodge, Paradise Valley, AZ

El Chorro Lodge reopened this past weekend. The Online menu looks much,more limited.
If anyone has been to the 'new' El Chorro...I look forward to your reviews.

We are looking forward to taking advantage of this beautiful weather and some evening patio dining!

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  1. Hi CiaoGal:

    We didn't eat dinner there, but stopped at El Chorro last week on our way to Prado. Wow. They've done an amazing job with the renovations. It's really beautiful with much more patio space. We thought we'd be able to grab a couple of seats at the large U-shaped bar (half inside, half outside), but it was completely full on a Thursday night. It was a bit chilly that night so I especially appreciated all the firepits and fireplaces they had scattered throughout, both inside and outside. We cozied up on the patio by the fire, enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine, and shared some very good crispy truffle fries. Great service too - within a minute of sitting down, our server was there to ask what we would like.

    My parents are visiting next month, and we've decided first stop from the airport, and their intro to Phoenix, will be a leisurely lunch on the patio at El Chorro.

    I did think, however, some of the new menu prices were crazy! For example, $20 shrimp cocktail, and $15 for a Chopin martini. Yikes.

    El Chorro Lodge
    5550 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

    4949 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

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    1. re: Rubee

      Rubee, Thanks for the review....I am so looking forward to hitting El Chorro for a celebration dinner when I'm back on my feet (4 weeks) . It sounds as if the prices are comparable to where they were before. ...always high. Paying for the ambiance!
      I'm sad they have removed the Shad Roe and the Liver from the menu. (2 of my all time favorites)

      Having a cocktail on the patio sounds delightful!

      My family will be visiting from Boston next month would be a great place to enjoy Brunch or Dinner!

      I look forward to the review of your Dinner w/ your family! Enjoy!

      1. re: ciaogal

        I guess you're right - never ordered the shrimp cocktail there before. I always order the even pricier fried lobster (so glad it's still on the menu)! I wanted to try the shad roe though, wish I had before they took it off.

        I do remember that cocktails weren't in the $15 range before because I used to love that our old-school drinks like Manhattans and martinis were also old-school prices ; )

        1. re: ciaogal

          I'm hoping for an appearance of the shad roe as a special when it's in's a pretty short season, and I'm guessing Charlie wants the quality to be high if he's going to serve it.

          We had a great time there a couple weeks ago, sitting by the fire pits, eating truffle fries, green chili risotto and the beet salad. My only complaint would be the beets were a bit underdone on the salad, but everything tasted very good. The cocktails were strong, the service was great, and as Rubee pointed out, the ambiance is incredible. And of course, the sticky buns.

          Look forward to a full dinner there soon.