El Gaucho - Bellevue
El Gaucho - Bellevue

El Gaucho - Bellevue

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.elgaucho.com/
  • Phone: 4254552715x
  • 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: 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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El Gaucho - Bellevue reviews from OpenTable diners
156 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (129)romantic (94)fit for foodies (64)notable wine list (63)good for groups (43)great for lunch (29)great for brunch (17)neighborhood gem (16)late-night find (14)great for outdoor dining (12)vibrant bar scene (10)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    As always our experiance was exquisite. When asked if we were celebrating something special we told them it was our anniversary. They gave me a red rose, several employees signed an anniversary card and we received a complimentary dessert. It's the little things that keeps us coming back. We are always made to feel special. I was surprised, but I was not impressed with the prime rib - it was overly fatty and not up to El Gaucho standards. I will order something different next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great weeknight dinner
    angnichole
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We celebrated my mom's birthday dinner here. It was easy to get weeknight reservations and the staff was excellent. Everyone was very accommodating, even for my 5 month infant who joined us. Food was great and the food and beverages did not take too long to arrive once ordered. I prefer the Bellevue location much more than Seattle, as I prefer the more well-light atmosphere and our food was better quality than my experience at the Seattle location. Overall it was a great evening out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    outforthenight
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had not been to El Gaucho Bellevue before. A friend had gift certificates so away we went. Oh my how wonderful it was - the food was excellent, the service was fantastic. Everything was just perfect. Our waiter was outstanding with service, suggestions. Just cannot say enough about how wonderful it was. I hope to go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent brunch!
    BothellShopperVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had a great brunch, excellent food, great service. We had never been to the El Gaucho brunch before but will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TJoyce
    tjfoodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great new brunch spot in downtown Bellevue. The pork belly is amazing. The choose your own mac n cheese bar is unique. Overall great special occasion brunch at a great price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Gaucho
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It WONDERFUL as Always and it is just a Joy to go here. Service is perfection before your eyes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food and service!
    Eric
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating and mentioned it when making the reservation. They gave us a very nice, intimate table and sprinkled some rose petals on it to add a little romatic flair. All of the servers were very attentive and had great recommendations. We sprung for the Waygu New York steak, which was phenominal. It was well seasoned, seared perfectly, and melted in our mouths. Also, the tableside Caesar salad is a must-have for both the show and flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elllllll gaauchooooo
    MasterDennis1
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great place for a special occasion. It comes in good portions as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!!!
    Cynthia
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    It was a brilliant time- thanks to our great server, Ryan !! Wonderful food, all prepared perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    You are Welcome right when you walk in! They Said Happy Birthday to my friend "made her day" ! Then our Emanuel! HE WAS AMAZING! The whole night could not have been better! We go to El Goucho of each others birthdays and although it's not fun getting old.... It's just a great feeling to be treated like you are the Queen! :) thank you for making us feel special!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable
    SandraVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    El Gaucho is top notch, all the way. The food is excellent (try the flaming brochettes). And the waitstaff have been trained specifically in the fine art of customer service, which is an art form lost to most restaurants these days. It was a throwback to a different era. I would return here just for the service! Keep it up, El Gaucho. - there are still people out there who appreciate what you deliver.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food And Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    As always El Gaucho is a perfect restaurant to go to for a special occasion when one wants the best. Our server was excellent and made the evening enjoyable as she prepared the table side caesar salad. The French onion soup was wonderful and the main dishes and sides were perfectly cooked and presented. Thanks to all on the team who make dining at El Gaucho the best experience every time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veg at a Steakhouse
    AbovetheNormVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Constructive review
    Paleodiva
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accept then enjoy
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible service all around
    Serei
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Robin's Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • all the small touches....
    LadyLee
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avg food, High Price, Slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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  • pretty dependable steak house
    billybob
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great dinner
    Married35
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Madronaguy
    Madronaguy
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Table-side Caesar salad was excellent. Friendly & competent wait staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good old time food
    foodie123
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Dining!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was not that good
    Foodie2VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding through and through
    Dustis
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Father's day dinner
    Alan
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall it's good
    Knlulo
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent and reliable
    Bunnym
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday celebration
    Anonymous
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    EastsideDiner
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.;
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couldn't ask for a better evening!
    Markus5VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food and service are remarkable. It was a memorable night to savor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    Alfy
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Anniversary Dinner
    Akbattle
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always
    Jeff
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steve
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Always a quality experience from the door to door. Beautiful space compared to other steak houses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lavish dining on the Eastside
    BlueDiamond
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience
    fit4aking
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    We enjoyed a delightful dining experience at El Gaucho. The combination of food, service, and ambiance is unparalleled for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet