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El Chorro

Paradise Valley , AZ
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Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 US (map)

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480-948-5170

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ABOUT US

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,... Read more
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.

For more information about weddings at El Chorro, visit www.elchorro.com or call 480.948.5170. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
8
Describe your venue:
Historic, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Glamorous
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
What event services do you offer?
Catering / Bar, Event Planning

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
1
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What types of cuisine do you cater?
Southwestern
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Private Room, Private Section

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Anonymous
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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
El Chorro made our dream wedding come true! Lindsey and her team are amazing and so attentive. The food was delicious- we continue to get compliments from our guests on how it was some of the best food they have eaten at a wedding. You can't beat the view and the scenery- our pictures are so beautiful. El Chorro knows how to run a wedding and we couldn't be happier with how everything turned out!
El Chorro made our dream wedding come true! Lindsey and her team are amazing and so attentive. The food was delicious- we Read more...
El Chorro made our dream wedding come true! Lindsey and her team are amazing and so attentive. The food was delicious- we continue to get compliments from our guests on how it was some of the best food they have eaten at a wedding. You can't beat the view and the scenery- our pictures are so beautiful. El Chorro knows how to run a wedding and we couldn't be happier with how everything turned out! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
12/12/2015
5.0/5.0
We loved having our wedding at El Chorro! It was absolutely gorgeous and the staff was great to work with every step of the way. Lindsey, the El Chorro Events Manager, was a wonderful asset to our wedding team. She was very helpful and allowed us to customize the reception and ceremony sites to our vision. We really appreciated all of her suggestions and referrals. The venue is classic Arizona chic and has a view of Camelback Mountain that cannot be beat. The food was delicious, we had so many guests tell us how much they enjoyed their meals. We could not be more happy we chose to have our wedding at this location and would recommend it to anyone planning a wedding in AZ.
We loved having our wedding at El Chorro! It was absolutely gorgeous and the staff was great to work with every step of Read more...
We loved having our wedding at El Chorro! It was absolutely gorgeous and the staff was great to work with every step of the way. Lindsey, the El Chorro Events Manager, was a wonderful asset to our wedding team. She was very helpful and allowed us to customize the reception and ceremony sites to our vision. We really appreciated all of her suggestions and referrals. The venue is classic Arizona chic and has a view of Camelback Mountain that cannot be beat. The food was delicious, we had so many guests tell us how much they enjoyed their meals. We could not be more happy we chose to have our wedding at this location and would recommend it to anyone planning a wedding in AZ. Read less
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Linda
Wedding:
10/24/2015
5.0/5.0
Lindsey and the entire staff at El Chorro are the very best! From the first meeting with Lindsey in May, 2014 to wedding day, October, 2015, we were at ease and never had a second of drama, concern or worry about the big day. Lindsey answered emails promptly and returned calls immediately. The ceremony and reception were perfect from start to finish! Thank you Lindsey! Only problem? I'm going to miss working with you! <3
Lindsey and the entire staff at El Chorro are the very best! From the first meeting with Lindsey in May, 2014 to wedding Read more...
Lindsey and the entire staff at El Chorro are the very best! From the first meeting with Lindsey in May, 2014 to wedding day, October, 2015, we were at ease and never had a second of drama, concern or worry about the big day. Lindsey answered emails promptly and returned calls immediately. The ceremony and reception were perfect from start to finish! Thank you Lindsey! Only problem? I'm going to miss working with you! <3 Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
El Chorro is truly one of the most beautiful places in all of Arizona. The backdrop of Camelback and the combination of desert and lush green landscape was a total dream come true. Lindsey was always prompt in responding to any phone call, email or question that we had and she was a delight to work with! We are so thankful that we were able to have our wedding ceremony and reception here and all of guests raved about the dinner selections!! We will most definitely be celebrating every anniversary back at El Chorro!
El Chorro is truly one of the most beautiful places in all of Arizona. The backdrop of Camelback and the combination of Read more...
El Chorro is truly one of the most beautiful places in all of Arizona. The backdrop of Camelback and the combination of desert and lush green landscape was a total dream come true. Lindsey was always prompt in responding to any phone call, email or question that we had and she was a delight to work with! We are so thankful that we were able to have our wedding ceremony and reception here and all of guests raved about the dinner selections!! We will most definitely be celebrating every anniversary back at El Chorro! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Best venue in Arizona. It is so beautiful and the food and everything is incredible. Plus working with Lindsey was such a joy, she is so happy and helpful all the time! I would highly recommend!
Best venue in Arizona. It is so beautiful and the food and everything is incredible. Plus working with Lindsey was such a Read more...
Best venue in Arizona. It is so beautiful and the food and everything is incredible. Plus working with Lindsey was such a joy, she is so happy and helpful all the time! I would highly recommend! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
El Chorro provided the most breathtaking venue for our ceremony and reception. Working with the staff and event coordinator was a pleasure. The planning process was a breeze - all of our emails and inquiries were answered promptly and easily. Lindsey is wonderfully helpful and friendly. The staff on the day of the wedding was unbelievable. The venue was perfectly set up, the ceremony and reception went perfectly, and the staff was consistently helpful and friendly throughout the evening. They even made sure my husband and I got a glass of wine and a taste of our cocktail hors d'oeuvres while we were running around getting final sunset photos. And, the food provided for the dinner was perfect. Our guests were blown away by how delicious the dinner was. We were so happy with the entire night and would recommend El Chorro to everyone.
El Chorro provided the most breathtaking venue for our ceremony and reception. Working with the staff and event Read more...
El Chorro provided the most breathtaking venue for our ceremony and reception. Working with the staff and event coordinator was a pleasure. The planning process was a breeze - all of our emails and inquiries were answered promptly and easily. Lindsey is wonderfully helpful and friendly. The staff on the day of the wedding was unbelievable. The venue was perfectly set up, the ceremony and reception went perfectly, and the staff was consistently helpful and friendly throughout the evening. They even made sure my husband and I got a glass of wine and a taste of our cocktail hors d'oeuvres while we were running around getting final sunset photos. And, the food provided for the dinner was perfect. Our guests were blown away by how delicious the dinner was. We were so happy with the entire night and would recommend El Chorro to everyone. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
4/3/2015
5.0/5.0
El Chorro was the perfect venue for us. My husband and I met while living in AZ but have been living in DC for more than 3 years by the time we got married. We knew that we wanted an Arizona wedding, with the beautiful landscape and a classically southwestern feel -without feeling like a cheesy western movie. From the moment we walked into Casa Paloma (the larger reception space) I got butterflies and knew instantly that this was the place we were going to be married. Planning a wedding from the other side of the country can be difficult, but along with my wedding planner, and Lindsey from El Chorro, we were all able to email often to answer any of my questions along the way, as well as schedule visits for food tasting and additional site tours. The food was AMAZING! Definitely NOT your typical "wedding food" - our guests were incredibly complimentary during and now weeks after our wedding. The food and drink was hugely important to us and my husband and I were not only very happy, but also very impressed by it. The quality of service was also outstanding - for example, during our cocktail hour, while taking millions of photos, we had a server assigned to follow us around with our au d'oeuvres and a cocktail for each of us so we could nibble in between shots! So helpful!

I really cannot recommend this place enough, we had the most beautiful wedding and left with such a positive experience. I wish that we could do it all over again!
El Chorro was the perfect venue for us. My husband and I met while living in AZ but have been living in DC for more than 3 Read more...
El Chorro was the perfect venue for us. My husband and I met while living in AZ but have been living in DC for more than 3 years by the time we got married. We knew that we wanted an Arizona wedding, with the beautiful landscape and a classically southwestern feel -without feeling like a cheesy western movie. From the moment we walked into Casa Paloma (the larger reception space) I got butterflies and knew instantly that this was the place we were going to be married. Planning a wedding from the other side of the country can be difficult, but along with my wedding planner, and Lindsey from El Chorro, we were all able to email often to answer any of my questions along the way, as well as schedule visits for food tasting and additional site tours. The food was AMAZING! Definitely NOT your typical "wedding food" - our guests were incredibly complimentary during and now weeks after our wedding. The food and drink was hugely important to us and my husband and I were not only very happy, but also very impressed by it. The quality of service was also outstanding - for example, during our cocktail hour, while taking millions of photos, we had a server assigned to follow us around with our au d'oeuvres and a cocktail for each of us so we could nibble in between shots! So helpful!

I really cannot recommend this place enough, we had the most beautiful wedding and left with such a positive experience. I wish that we could do it all over again! Read less
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Kati
Wedding:
3/28/2015
5.0/5.0
Lindsey and the whole staff were so wonderful to work with. Our wedding night turned out absolutely perfect because of all their hard work.
Lindsey and the whole staff were so wonderful to work with. Our wedding night turned out absolutely perfect because of all Read more...
Lindsey and the whole staff were so wonderful to work with. Our wedding night turned out absolutely perfect because of all their hard work. Read less
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Jim
Wedding:
3/22/2015
5.0/5.0
El Chorro was the perfect setting for our desert-themed wedding! The venue is beautiful at every turn, from the mountains in the background of the ceremony, to the flowers and cacti on property. The photographers had so many options from water fountains to decorative doors and even an orchard.

Our reception was in Casa Paloma which was a cozy, airy room with doors opening to the outside and lights and a fireplace on the patio. Guests loved the venue and are still talking about how great the food was!

We went with food stations that included sliders and tacos. The food was delicious and a memorable change from most wedding dinners we've had before. The food stations were set up nicely and not too informal at all. The staff doted on us, the bride and groom, from beginning to end. We always had a drink when we wanted it and had more than enough food.
Lindsey Rendon with El Chorro was great to work with and made sure everything ran smoothly leading up to the big day and on the wedding day. She was always quick to respond to the smallest question. I highly recommend El Chorro to any bride looking for a beautiful, one-of-a-kind place to get married!
El Chorro was the perfect setting for our desert-themed wedding! The venue is beautiful at every turn, from the mountains Read more...
El Chorro was the perfect setting for our desert-themed wedding! The venue is beautiful at every turn, from the mountains in the background of the ceremony, to the flowers and cacti on property. The photographers had so many options from water fountains to decorative doors and even an orchard.

Our reception was in Casa Paloma which was a cozy, airy room with doors opening to the outside and lights and a fireplace on the patio. Guests loved the venue and are still talking about how great the food was!

We went with food stations that included sliders and tacos. The food was delicious and a memorable change from most wedding dinners we've had before. The food stations were set up nicely and not too informal at all. The staff doted on us, the bride and groom, from beginning to end. We always had a drink when we wanted it and had more than enough food.
Lindsey Rendon with El Chorro was great to work with and made sure everything ran smoothly leading up to the big day and on the wedding day. She was always quick to respond to the smallest question. I highly recommend El Chorro to any bride looking for a beautiful, one-of-a-kind place to get married! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
3/14/2015
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got married at El Chorro, in the Casa Paloma Wedding Lawn and Reception Venue. We could not be happier with the entire day and planning process. Lindsey, El Chorro's event planner, is the most knowledgable and helpful vendor I have ever worked with. She went above and beyond with her level of service throughout the process- invited us to events at the venue along the way, made suggestions for our layout, helped us with our timelines and really anything else we needed! We also ended up using many of her suggested vendors for Cake, DJ, Linens, and Florals and were beyond thrilled with the results.
In addition to wonderful Lindsey, the value that you get by booking at El Chorro, is awesome! Items that you would need to pay for to upgrade at other venues come standard- included beautiful white table linens, Chiavari chairs, round tables for the reception, white wooden chairs for the ceremony, lounge furniture, high top and low top tables for the cocktail hour. If I had it to do all over again I would book El Chorro in a heartbeat.
My husband and I got married at El Chorro, in the Casa Paloma Wedding Lawn and Reception Venue. We could not be happier Read more...
My husband and I got married at El Chorro, in the Casa Paloma Wedding Lawn and Reception Venue. We could not be happier with the entire day and planning process. Lindsey, El Chorro's event planner, is the most knowledgable and helpful vendor I have ever worked with. She went above and beyond with her level of service throughout the process- invited us to events at the venue along the way, made suggestions for our layout, helped us with our timelines and really anything else we needed! We also ended up using many of her suggested vendors for Cake, DJ, Linens, and Florals and were beyond thrilled with the results.
In addition to wonderful Lindsey, the value that you get by booking at El Chorro, is awesome! Items that you would need to pay for to upgrade at other venues come standard- included beautiful white table linens, Chiavari chairs, round tables for the reception, white wooden chairs for the ceremony, lounge furniture, high top and low top tables for the cocktail hour. If I had it to do all over again I would book El Chorro in a heartbeat. Read less
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