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El Chorro

Paradise Valley, AZ View map Visit website
Rating 4.8 out of 5
43 reviews
$27k - $34k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

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$27k - $34k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$3,000

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

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

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
Get Ready Rooms
Set Up

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

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

43 Reviews

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Rated
4.8
out of 5.0
Recommended by 96% of couples
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    Rating 4.9 out of 5
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    Rating 4.7 out of 5

36 User photos

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    Hayley L. Married on 05/28/2022
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    Dream come true!!

    El Chorro was a dream come true. The Classroom Bar/Bocce Lawn and Herb Garden space was the exact vision we had for our wedding, and El Chorro did not disappoint. The space is intimate and lush without feeling cramped or claustrophobic. The layout of the space flowed so naturally as our night progressed!! Not only is the space stunning, but the service was impeccable from start to finish. Lindsey was extremely easy to communicate with and she made us feel comfortable asking any and all questions. Their bartenders were fun and interacted with our guests and the dinner service was phenomenally executed. We cannot recommend El Chorro as a wedding venue more!!! They were so fantastic. We have received so many compliments about the venue and our wedding from all of our guests. Everyone wishes we could relive the day again!!! Thank you El Chorro for making our dream day come true!!!
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    Emily H. Married on 05/07/2022
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    The BEST Venue in Arizona

    El Chorro was an absolute dream for our wedding in May 2022! It is hard to top the beautiful space, combining both lush scenery and desert with Camelback Mountain as a backdrop. There are so many amazing ways to make the space look and feel like your own, despite the 1000s of weddings held there. They do a great job of recommending top vendors from the valley, I think I used only their recs to be honest, so they know the space extremely well. Lindsey and the staff are super amazing and accommodating! The food, extremely similar to the restaurant, was great! I had so many compliments on the apps! We weren’t going to put the Mac and Cheese Balls in since it seemed more casual, but our planner insisted. Highly recommend! I cannot wait to go back for our anniversary for year and years to come!

    PS The photos aren't even my professional ones. Too excited to wait! Just from my friends so the venue really is that beautiful in person!
  • Heather
    Heather S. Married on 06/01/2021
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    Stunning Venue + Impeccible Service

    El Chorro is a dream venue between two mountains, lush greenery, fire places, delicious food and incredibly caring staff. We did a non traditional wedding and Lindsey helped us create something incredibly special. Lindsey was incredible to work with, efficient and genuinely cared about making this a memorable experience for us.

Awards

  • 43
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Ashley & Albie
    182 photos · 03/31/2018
  • Adam & Rachel
    29 photos · 03/29/2015

Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement
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.

Map

5550 E Lincoln Dr Paradise Valley, AZ, 85253
4809485170
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El Chorro frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at El Chorro?

El Chorro includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At El Chorro, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

El Chorro includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Server(s)

At El Chorro, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at El Chorro includes:
  • House Beer
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar

What are the most important characteristics of El Chorro in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by El Chorro for wedding events is known for:
  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Restaurant

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at El Chorro for wedding events?

El Chorro offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does El Chorro offer?

El Chorro offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does El Chorro offer for wedding events?

El Chorro offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Set Up

What furniture and decorations does El Chorro have available for wedding events?

El Chorro offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend El Chorro and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

El Chorro is recommended by 90% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.8 in professionalism, 4.7 in flexibility and 4.7 in value.

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