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El Gaucho - Portland
El Gaucho - Portland

El Gaucho - Portland Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.elgaucho.com
  • Email: jhooberman@elgaucho.com
  • Phone: (503) 227-8794
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm – 11:00pm
    Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm – 12:00am
    Sunday: 4:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Alex Parsons
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining at El Gaucho is a memorable occasion. Our guests are truly pampered, treated to the pinnacle of experienced, knowledgeable and gracious service.
  • Private Party Contact: Amanda Orth (971) 544-2700
  • Entertainment: NIGHTLY LIVE LATIN GUITAR - featuring Mariano & Toshi: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.

    Wednesday nights feature Masud & Bobak.

    Saturday & Sunday showcases the talents of Mariano & Masud.
  • 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 Amanda Orth at 971.544.2700 or aorth@elgaucho.com for information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between SW Oak & SW Stark Streets
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is located on SW Broadway at our front door.
A word from El Gaucho - Portland
El Gaucho is the Northwest's steakhouse legacy focused on elegant old-school, tableside service for people celebrating their lives. Located in the heart of downtown Portland.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Hands down, the best steak restaurant I've ever been to!!! My friend and I ordered the 8 oz filet, the Australian lobster, mac 'n cheese, scalloped potatoes, french onion soup, and clam chowder...and we shared it all! We definitely indulged! :) I think the lobster was the best part! The servers were so attentive and friendly...I will definitely be going back to an El Gaucho soon!!!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "El Gaucho is always my favorite place for a festive evening out. I particularly appreciate that one can visit with friends over a wonderful meal without pressure to turn the table over."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "El Gaucho not only has amazing food (the filet was absolutely incredible), but the service was perfect. Never had to wait longer than a few minutes for a drink and the courses came out timely and hot & delicious. Even though someone was always checking on our table you never felt an intrusion in your conversation or felt someone was hovering over you. If you have a special night to celebrate with friends this is a perfect place there is ample space for a large party and you won't be disappointed by the food or service. We received a complimentary fruit and cheese plate at the end of dinner also, unexpected and so wonderful!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This is one of the most classically classy restaurant a in Portland. The cuisine is sophisticated and presented in a manner that encompasses a true appreciation for excellence. The staff was attentive and the service was impeccable-likened to no where else in Portland. We will be back, soon. Thank you for the memories we made and the memories we will continue to make."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "A group of co-workers (and one spouse) met at El Gaucho because one of our group had been there before. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. At 6:15pm they were pretty busy, but the wait staff did not appear rushed at all. I was early and just waited in the lobby. I was asked by more than one person if I needed any thing at all. When my group arrived we were escorted to our table immediately. Our wonderful waiter-Chad-made sure that we had everything we needed. He explained the different cuts of meat to us. He was helpful without hovering. We had so much fun, sharing appetizers and the side dishes, and even our main courses. The food is REALLY expensive, but completely worth it. Excellent experience."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "El Gaucho is always a home run. Client dinner, amazing food and best service there is. They are certainly the Nordstrom of the food world, same experience every time! very well done!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Yep u pay for the meal. & it's worth every bite. No the decor isn't up and coming- but it's classy and doesn't distract from fantastic food and good conversation. The finish to the meal is a fruit/ cheese/& nut plate. Beautiful and a perfect end to a great meal."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "High end expense account and special occasion steak house. You would be disappointed with the quality and service. Its everything you have come to expect at this type of restuarant. However bring your savings as its not cheap. Quality costs!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The great thing about this restaurant is the traditional service. The food is great but still a bit overpriced for not having specifically unique or creative dishes. Still makes for a wonderful evening out!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Highest praise for this exceptional establishment. They manage to be sophisticated without pretention; professional while being warm; attentive while allowing privacy. Exceptional food. Superior."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Went to El Gaucho for our anniversary. Food and service were great. Unfortunately, we had a loud, obnoxious group of 4 businessmen next to us who acted like they were at a fraternity party. Not a very romantic evening having to put up with these guys."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We went to El Gaucho to celebrate my husband and son's birthday. Everything was awesome!!! We enjoyed the Caesar Salad prepared at our table by Brian who was also our server. He was very informative,friendly and enjoyable. This was my first time to your restaurant but certainly not my last. I love that when you order a baked potatoe Brian mixed all the condiments in your potatoe and the beer flavored cheese was great!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Everything was spectacular. The service was responsive, but not intrusive and extremely knowledgeable. Food was perfectly prepared. The chateaubriand and lobster was some of the best I have ever enjoyed. Little things like the clarified butter having a nice lobster essence makes a huge difference between good and spectacular. Fantastic wine selection, we had Stags Leap Cab, Silver Oak Cab, Veuve Clicqout, and a phenomenal Port. Could not ask for more. Pricey, but worth it."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "If you are looking to be treated like royalty you have found the right place. The service was exceptional. The staff was very friendly and helpful with dining decisions regarding the menu and wine list. Then there is the food! I had the Filet Medallions Oscar. Unbelievable! Tender filets topped with crab and a bearnaise sauce. WOW! You need to experience a dish as fantastic as this. My husband and I stay through a bottle of wine and enjoyed the relaxed environment. A definite favorite of ours."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Overall very disappointed with the overall dining experience. Quality of the steak was not very good for any price let alone what we paid this evening. I dine out regulary and am not oppossed to paying top dollar for an outstanding meal but this was not one. I used to be a frequent customer of this location but relocated out of the area so was looking forward dining here again based on many excellent past meals. Hoping this was just an off night for them and they continue to go great things."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "From the greetings, outstanding service, delectable appetizer, cocktails, main entrée, and OMG the cherries jubilee! Amazing!!! Best restaurant experience we've had in a very long time. 5 stars!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Amazing steak, cocktails and dessert. Coupled with fantastic service (including excellent recommendations) and it was the perfect night out. Top notch service, beverages and food from start to finish!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food was fantastic! Host was great requested a booth and he found us one in minutes. Love the atmosphere. Let down was with the service we received from waiter. He was nice enough but at times seemed like he didn't really want to be there. He was often absent just seemed to not really be enjoying himself. Last time we ate there our waiter was amazing he made us feel like royalty. An example of feeling let down was in regards to our drinks. In all of my time eating out I've never had service not ask if I would like another drink after finishing it. He simply walked over took my glass and walked off. I had to waive him down a few minutes later to ask for a drink."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, delicious food, and attentive staff!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Took my wife out for her birthday and got what I paid for. Great service , great steak, and awesome sides and apps. Overall wonderful experience. Heading back soon"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "When compared to the expense of dining in the restaurant, their happy hour is quite reasonable. The portions are a good size and the food tastes great. It's still not cheap by any means, but the food is worth the price."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The restaurant may be a little expensive, but the services is excellent and the food is great. This is a great restaurant for celebrating a special occasion. Note that the restaurant is dark when you first arrive, but it creates great ambience and your eyes will adjust in a few minutes."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This was our 3rd time to El Gaucho. We love it!! The food is fantastic, the service over the top and just an overall great experience."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our food. The service was not so great but we were there for food, enjoy our dinner with great friends so it didn't bothered us much."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Overall we could not ask for anything at all, it was perfect in every way !!!!!!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Did not disappoint! Fantastic, perfectly cooked steak. A bit old school, but delivers exactly what you expect. Definitely the best steak we have had in Portland!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "had the filet and it was the best steak I have ever had! service was very good. When we picked up our car from the valet there were 2 cookies sitting there which was a very nice touch. Will be back for sure!!!!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We've been to El Gaucho many times. The food is always quality, the service superb and the ambiance romantic. It's never been a disappointment."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "It was more than just dinner it was an amazing dining experience like a well deserved vacation from everyday. Great thought and effort were in every detail. The steaks were top of the line as was the wine."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Once again, everything was superb from the hostess who greeted us to our wait staff. Food was great as always. I always find the atmosphere very relaxed. Looking forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "El Gaucho never disappoints. The food is excellent and the service is truly outstanding. Our waiter, Keith was friendly and efficient. We will return!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We have not been disappointing by El Gaucho in 3 times we have dined there. It is pretty expensive, but for a special occasion it is a great place to celebrate. All the dishes that we have had tried on the menu have been great. I enjoyed the Short Ribs, over mashed potatoes and gravy, with carrots and onions. Would have it again in a heart beat! Also enjoy the corn as a side dish. Best corn ever."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "You hear the name El Gaucho a lot when people speak of pricey restaurants in Portland. It's true, the menu is not for the faint of wallet. But what's also true is that you do in fact get what you pay for. Fantastic food, beautifully prepared, elegantly served, with attentive and friendly staff. I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you love food. We had two amazing guitar players providing ambient music for our dinner. These guys were so good that for a while we thought it was a recording. Ambience was truly as much pleasure for our ears as the food was for our tastebuds."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "My husband and sister and I went to have a well deserved dinner out after working together all summer on fixing our Mom's house to get ready to put on the market. It just sold and after hearing so many wonderful things about El Gaucho I wanted to go there. It was very lovely and the service was great."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is a very fun and special night. I would love to go back but due to the price that will have to be reserved for very very special occasions."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The waiters only had about 4-5 tables each so they were always making sure everything was "good". Enjoyed the special attention."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great food, awesome attentive service and the best bread pudding I ever had and I love bread pudding."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Brian B and the rest of the staff were polite, energetic and above all professional! Had such great food and service. We look forward the our dinners at El Gaucho so much! The back room in Portland is quiet and nice. The main room has live music and is brimming with a great dinner scene. We loved that they have limited the post meal fruit and nut tray."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We. Have been to El Gauchos several times always a great pleasure and food excellent. This is probably the best restaurant in town in my opinion but be prepared to spend some$$$ The staff is excellent and very polite."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Our first time to El Gaucho! What an incredible treat. From walking in the door to retrieving our coats at the end, we were treated like royalty. The wedge salad was crisp and a very large portion for a dinner salad. The steak was perfectly cooked and the flavor held throughout. For sides we chose corn and the macaroni & cheese. We were not very polite to one another about sharing the corn. It was wonderful. Should have had the whole serving instead of half. We have never been treated so well and by so many staff members at a restaurant. Thank you for such an incredible experience."
    Dined on 2/17/2014