El Chorro

5550 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 Map · Phone number
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About El Chorro

Situated between Camelback and Mummy Mountains, El Chorro is a picture-perfect location for weddings. The landmark’s ideal setting frames all the romance of the desert - warm breezes, flowering cacti and spectacular sunsets - with breathtaking mountain views.

After undergoing a complete renovation in 2010, El Chorro now boasts nine event venues that cater to groups of all sizes. They include:

The Casa Paloma Pavilion

The pavilion is one of El Chorro’s most distinctive venues, opening onto a series of exterior patios, fireplaces and gardens all framed by Camelback and Mummy Mountains. With a full stage and dance floor, the pavilion can accommodate up to 300 guests.

The Classroom Bar

One of El Chorro’s oldest spaces, the original bar setting was carefully restored to reflect its roots while accommodating modern needs. Originally built in 1934, the private venue features an iconic copper-top fireplace and includes the lounge, patio and bocce lawn. Up to 150 guests can enjoy the authentic Arizona indoor-outdoor setting of the Classroom Bar.

Event Lawns

At 6,500 square-feet, the Casa Pavillion Wedding Lawn is the largest of the three lawns, accommodating up to 300 guests. Its lush, manicured landscape is accompanied by a full stage area, making it ideal for larger gatherings.

The Classroom Event Lawn, an extension of the Classroom Bar, can be accessed through the bar or a private, exterior gateway. Event-goers will take pleasure in the charming fire pits and fireplace conversation areas, all in the shadow of Mummy Mountain.

Adjacent to the famed El Chorro Patio, the South Lawn can accommodate between 30 to 120 guests, a flexible setting perfect for more intimate gatherings.

Historic Charm

The Gallery and Landmark Rooms open to the famed South Patio and feature expanisve desert views. Both part of El Chorro’s original historic structure, each offers an open floor plan that can be combined to accommodate upe to 120 guests. Equally as versatile, the Hampton Suite can be arranged in a casual living/dining setup for 8 – 20 guests or expanded to accommodate up to 40 guests.

Complementing El Chorro’s beautiful venues and expertise in event planning is its acclaimed cuisine. The wedding specialists and culinary team at El Chorro assist couples in creating menus as unique as the special occasion itself whether is a formal dinner or a casual buffet.

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32 Reviews for El Chorro

Recommended by 95% of couples


4.7 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.8
  • Professionalism 4.7
  • Flexibility 4.6
  • Value 4.7
  • Average response time 4.8
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    Kira · Married on 03/30/2018

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    My husband and I could not be happier that we chose El Chorro as our wedding venue! Our wedding day was a dream, and so many of our guests commented that it was one of the most beautiful wedding venues they'd seen. The venue coordinator, Lindsey, is professional and friendly, and she worked hard to timely answer each and every question we had. If you want the perfect wedding day, El Chorro is the venue for you!

    Sent on 04/29/2018
  • Nelson & Erika

    erika grace · Married on 02/19/2017

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    El Chorro is the most perfect blank canvas for ANY bride to execute her unique vision and esthetic.
    Once I realized we had both an outdoor and indoor option for weather / backup plan, I felt great about the space. You can be sure that as a self-proclaimed foodie, the menu selections were of the highest priority to me when choosing a venue.

    Lindsey was our point of contact at El Chorro and she was incredibly helpful!!! Since DAY 1 she has answered question via phone and email about the venue contract, the weather, the food, the layout, the headcount, and when we were not able to make an official wedding tasting mid week due to my husband's military work schedule, she was able to send us a dining card so we could take a date night on a weekend to El Chorro and try the items we were most interested in for the wedding menu!

    The staff and bartenders the evening of our event were amazing. Our special attendant / waitress to our head table and my bridal suite was so sweet and always a step ahead of our drink refills and anything we may have needed the entire evening. Guests loved the timeliness of our passed appetizers. And the family style menu we selected was something that many of them had not experienced at a wedding before and they were VERY impressed with the plating and passing of a variety of foodie selections!

    We continue to hear comments like,
    "Best venue ever,"
    "I haven't enjoyed a wedding this much before!"
    "This food is NOT wedding food! WOW! So good."
    "This VIEW is amazing!"
    "This is so much better in real life than their (El Chorro) Instagram!"

    Thank you to the team at El Chorro for making our day so special. The effort and attention you all pay every day to the details of your venue, cuisine, kitchen, grounds, and landscaping made us feel as though the entire event was effortless on our part!
    Our photos are stunning as a result!

    Everything was 'picture perfect!'
    - Erika & Nelson Faerber

    Sent on 03/20/2017
  • User5451041 · 2+ years ago

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    We really enjoyed our experience with El Chorro. The event planner there was wonderful to work with and she answered all of our questions in a very timely manner. The location is gorgeous and it truly can't be beat.

    Sent on 11/28/2016

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El Chorro FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? No
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 3,000.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 3,000.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering? Server(s)
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? $ 30.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Open Bar
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 8
  • Describe your venue: Garden, Historic Building, Restaurant
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Bar Services, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Set Up
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available? Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available? China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Valet, Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

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  • Katrina Wallace Photographers
    Katrina Wallace Photographers Wedding Photographers

    We had the pleasure of photographing our first wedding at El Chorro this past spring and we were so impressed with the staff and the grounds. There are beautiful nooks perfect for photos around every corner and fantastic mountainous backdrops for the ceremony and reception. Our clients absolutely loved having their reception there and we can't wait to shoot another wedding day there capturing all the love and moments of our clients day, paired perfectly with the fabulous backdrop of El Chorro.

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  • 5550 E Lincoln Dr Paradise Valley, AZ, 85253 See on map
    4809485170 (Phone number)

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