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El Gaucho - Bellevue
El Gaucho - Bellevue
  • Address:
    450 108th Avenue Northeast
    City Center Plaza
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    Neighborhood:
    Bellevue
  • Cuisine:
    Steak
    Price: $50 and over

El Gaucho - Bellevue Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.elgaucho.com
  • Phone: (425) 455-2715
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 1:30pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am – 3:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: Service beginning at 5:00pm

    Happy Hour: Sunday: 5pm-close; Monday: 2pm to close; Tuesday – Friday: 2pm – 6pm; Saturday: 5pm – 6pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Executive Chef John Broulette
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live piano music 7 days a week.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Private dining at El Gaucho is a memorable occasion. Our beautiful and incomparable private rooms are available for lunch and dinner service Monday through Friday and dinner service on the weekends. We also provide buyouts of our entire restaurant. Please contact Whitney Twede at 425.455.2742 or wtwede@elgaucho.com for information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between NE 4th & NE 8th Streets
  • Public Transit: Located next to the NE 6th Street Transit Center.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Take exit 13a from I-405 for NE 4th Street. Drive west on NE 4th toward downtown Bellevue. Turn right onto 108th Ave NE. Take first right into the driveway between the First Mutual Bank building and the China Trust Bank building. This will lead you between the two buildings through the courtyard up to the City Center Plaza building.
    Self-parking in the garage is validated for up to 3 hours. Valet parking is available evenings for $7.
A word from El Gaucho - Bellevue
El Gaucho is the Northwest's steakhouse legacy focused on elegant old-school, tableside service for people celebrating their lives.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was not our first time at El Gaucho, but it was my first time there as a Vegetarian with a steak-loving spouse. They do have a vegetarian menu, but I decided to go with sides instead. It was an awesome idea! The baked potato is fantastic as are the asparagus in a lemon beurre blanc. So meat-eater was happy with his steak and Veg eater was ecstatic with her potato & asparagus. When at a steak house, go with what they do best -- the steak or, if you're a Vegetarian (lacto/ovo, would be harder as a Vegan, obviously) go with the sides."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I went to El Gaucho with my family to celebrate my birthday and the service was extraordinary. The waiter accommodated to our dietary needs, replace the bread for a plate of fresh fruit without additional cost, and treated us with free desert for my birthday. I would encourage the restaurant to make an effort to serve food portions commensurable to the price or to decrease the prices. The food is unfortunately overpriced. Quality of the food is good."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "As other reviewers pointed out dining at El Gaucho is associated with multiple dollar signs. Once you accept that the wallet will take a hit and move beyond that focus you could then thoroughly enjoy the dining experience of food, libations, service and ambience. We had the 4 course dinner; 3 hours flew by and would come back again."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I were celebrating our two year anniversary and I had mentioned that in my online reservation. When we arrived to the restaurant it seemed like the entire staff new. They congratulated us, put rose pedals on our table, and even made us a card and had the entire staff sign it all. I was blown away, as was my girlfriend. Please continue what you are doing at this location because it's amazing. Thank you for the great experience. On a side not, I hope that the food speaks for itself (it was also amazing)."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We celebrated my wife Robin's Birthday here and truly enjoyed the total evening from the piano player to the waiters and the wonderful food"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We had a lovely experience at El Gaucho. The service was impeccable and the food delicious, albeit pricey. It is truly a special occasion place.The best kept secret in town is their Happy Hour, however. Same fine caliber of food at eminently reasonable prices!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Went for a lunch with 6 people and it took over 2 hours to get out of there. Mostly due to slow service and the restaurant was not crowed."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Food is always good, but a bit heavy . Steaks a flaovorful and cooked properly. Service is always good. Prices are fairly high, so hard to say El Gaucho Bellevue provides great value."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "El Gaucho is a little pricey so we usually only go there for special occasions. Once again, it was worth it! Best Caesar salad ever, made for two at our table. Excellent chateaubriand for two, too. For an adult beverage, we get a regular Manhattan with Maker's Mark. (The house Manhattan is a bit sweet for us.) The service was friendly and attentive, but never intrusive. We never feel rushed there. Unfortunately, there were very few other diners that night, and with attention devoted to a couple of sports star types, the staff was stretched to attend to our desire to get the check and leave. Still, for so few diners, all features and functions of El Gaucho were there. We will return!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Table-side Caesar salad was excellent. Friendly & competent wait staff."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I do enjoy El Gaucho - it's a historical food spot = the food is very traditional - Caesar Salad and Steak. But there it's not fit for foodies. Nothing new. I don't think the menus have been changed in 20 years. The Bellevue El Gaucho is fresh looking and upscale but the food brings it down. The piano player is outstanding!! Drinks and listening to the piano player would be ideal. I have been to their happy hour on the patio (patio is great -quiet in the hustle) but the food isn't great."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We went to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary. The employees were all dressed up very nice but everyone in the restaurant was casual. The service was amazing. The food was great! Our waitress told me if I liked tequila I should try this drink that is their top seller. It was $15.00 for a mixed drink and tasted just like any other margarita at a local bar. Their drinks were nothing special and way over priced."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My wife and I did our 10 Year Wedding Anniversary which was simply wonderful! We both enjoyed everything we ordered with prompt service available and ready to take care of all of our needs. This is a place you will enjoy at any given time, not just special occasions! I can assure you that the food is to die for and the staff all enjoy catering to your needs. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "If you are looking for a nice steakhouse in Bellevue, I reccomend John Howie. I was quite disappointed with the food at El Guaco. My husband's steak was way overcooked (pretty much well done and he asked for medium raw!) and mine was way undercooked (it was raw and I asked for medium). The mashed potatoes had a funny aftertaste (maybe old?) and the salad was nothing special. The chocolate desert was ok, nothing special. The service was really good, but does not change the fact that their food was very mediocre."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I took my husband and dad to El Gaucho for a great Father's Day knowing it would be a great treat. Boy was it ever. From the moment we pulled up, the valet was right there and very courteous. The hostess' were kind and sat us right away even though we were early. Then the waiter, Jason was phenomenal. He was informative, funny and new exactly when to come to the table and check on his guests. This was only the second time my husband and I had been here, far surpassed our first experience. The gentleman playing piano was wonderful. For my Dad's first time, this was a wonderful experience for him. The food was wonderful, the drink list extensive and the food and flavor, just divine. My husband and I will definitely be back again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Good service: warm and gracious Grand ambiance Outstanding Sommelier (knowledgeable and helpful, not condescending) Flexible with arrival time (we were late) Cocktails not that great Expensive"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "It's good but not great. I love El Gaucho Seattle, it's the swanky gangster era feel but Bellevue is much more modern and bright. The steak is usually amazing, however this last visit it was very overdone. The wait staff is very attentive and the banana foster is to die for. It can get pretty loud inside as it is an open room consept but lights are down low enough to have a romantic vibe to it. Overall it's a good place for a nice steak but I do like the Seattle location much better."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "El Gaucho is in a great area close to my office. The food and service are reliably good and the people are friendly. It's a perfect place to meet after work with friends or for a business lunch."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We celebrated my son's 30th birthdate at El Gaucho. He was very impressed with his drink (Manhattan) and the food (Caesar salad, mac and cheese and steak). Service was excellent. Great ambience and relaxed atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food was great as expected but the service was excellent. Our server, Scott, was attentive and very knowledgeable. His service and the restaurant's attention to my first visit to El Gaucho a memorable one."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The wife made a birthday present of the Sunday brunch. We had been to the original EG when it was downtown, over 30 years ago. The Bellevue setting was certainly different. More modern. But the selection was very good, with something for everyone. The sides offered were also very good. The service from entry to our waiter was exceptional. The kitchen handled a special request from the wife easily. It is a little pricey but was enjoyable and very good for a special occasion.;"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The food and service are remarkable. It was a memorable night to savor. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Built our own 3 course meal for 2. Shared scallops for appetizers, surf and turf + steak el gaucho for entree, banana fosters for dessert. Very expensive, but the food was good. Service was great but it wasn't busy. They even gave us free fruit and cheese platter for no particular reason."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary at El Gaucho in Bellevue. It was perfect. They had spread rose petals on the table and had signed a congratulations card. The food was amazing as was the service. They even paid for our dessert! It was a perfect evening."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Once again El Gaucho Bellevue provided an amazing evening. We took our daughter for the first time an may have spoiled her for all other restaurants. Our waiter Manny with the help a Jamal and Larry take the great food provided by the chefs and turn it into a experience. I would eat there every day if I could."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Always a quality experience from the door to door. Beautiful space compared to other steak houses."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "El Gaucho in Bellevue is exquisite dining with a modern flair. I have been to both the Seattle and the Bellevue locations and they have different ambience's from each other but I enjoy the variety. The Bellevue location still has the impeccable service and gourmet menu with a bit more modern surroundings. It's a perfect combination of open space, natural light with steakhouse formality. Definitely top on my list for Eastside high end dining. Valet parking is a bonus and the cookies in the car are just one of the above and beyond touches that El Gaucho does so well."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed a delightful dining experience at El Gaucho. The combination of food, service, and ambiance is unparalleled for a special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Everything was great, Open table informed the restaurant it was our anniversary and there were rose peddles on the table and a card signed by the staff. Service was prompt and regular and the food was excellent."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Honestly, wow is the one word which can best describe an immaculate evening. Food was the best, service was over the top, ambience was phenomenal. It is a perfect place for true fine dining."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I took my wife there for our anniversary and had a great time. Our table was prepared in advance with the flowers I ordered and a special congratulations card signed by the entire waitstaff. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and was able to provide suggestions when asked. We ordered the crab cakes and chateubriand. The crab cakes were amazing. I did get a bit of shell, but that's expected whenever ordering shellfish. The chatueubriand was prepared tableside and was delicious. The aged angus steak was served in generous portions and cooked perfectly. The rest of the plate--broiled tomato, steamed asparagus, and baked potato--were delicious in their own right, but also a great compliment to the steak."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Had family from out of town one of them loves seafood but never gets it the other loves steak. Both of them LOVED the place. We went on the first day the copper river salmon was in town and it was fantastic. Our waiter was super great his name was Dominique. A woman played the piano all night which was awesome and their table side ceaser was really good."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We rarely make it out to enjoy find dinning but El Gaucho was recommended to us by a friend. We enjoyed our time at El Gaucho with the wait staff, food, drinks and piano playing, we felt very welcome. It was a perfect way to celebrate my wife's birthday. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I don't often eat at high-end restaurants, but I would definitely recommend this to a friend. The food was amazing and they had great service. I would particularly recommend ordering the bananas foster for dessert, it is the best I have yet had. They also cook it at your table so you get dinner and a show!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Had the special called Steak Duet and the filet was the best steak I've had ever. We also had broccoli for the table and it was cooked just right and dressed perfectly - I could have just eaten that and I don't even like broccoli. The food was more expensive than I had anticipated but would go back regardless."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Mother's Day brunch was a great option here. You can find parking downstairs for validation. The weekends and after 5pm will allow people to park in the Microsoft visitor parking spot. Hardly had to wait for our table and the restaurant had a good selection of food."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The service was horrible! Great atmosphere, great food, but the service was equivalent to the service Americans receive in France. WTF.. We ended up with a dinner service that took 4 hrs from the time we were seated to paying the tab. The waiter must have been stoned, because he completely forgot to wait on us and spent all evening having lengthy conversations with patrons about his life and sports. We ordered all courses at the same time, it wasn't super busy, people that were seated an hour after us were served before us and left the restaurant before we did. I attribute the bad experience to an unattentive waiter that appeared to be stoned... Not coming back... This is the second bad experience at this supposed classy restaurant."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Good food was expected, but the service by our waiter, Manny, really put it over the top! His hospitality made this pre-Mother's Day dinner a memorable experience."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Our visit to El Gaucho was a complete experience in the best of the best. From the moment we entered to our departure, everyone was fantastic! Checking my coat, playing happy birthday for my wife, interacting with multiple servers, the food was amazing, service outstanding, ambiance just right. This is an amazing place to go for dinner. We are coming back and will bring the kids!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Always just a WONDERFUL Evening food, service everything is perfect!!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014