El Gaucho - Portland
El Gaucho - Portland

El Gaucho - Portland

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.elgaucho.com/
  • Phone: 5032278794x
  • 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
  • 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: 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 John Hooberman at 971.544.2700 or jhooberman@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
Named as “the definitive steakhouse in the country,” El Gaucho’s award-winning menu features 28-Day Dry-Aged Niman Ranch All-Natural Certified Angus Beef® Brand Prime steaks and custom aged Certified Angus Beef® brand tenderloin filets, ribs, pork, poultry and the freshest seafood, all prepared to perfection over an open bed of glowing coals in an exhibition-style kitchen. Our extensive wine list is award-winning, and happy hour menu is widely recognized as one of Portland's best. Live music is offered nightly.
El Gaucho is the Northwest’s steakhouse legacy focused on old-school, tableside service. We revel in helping guests create a night to remember.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
El Gaucho - Portland reviews from OpenTable diners
137 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (114)romantic (87)notable wine list (57)fit for foodies (51)good for groups (32)late-night find (17)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (10)neighborhood gem (10)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Underwhelming
    NeighborVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Maybe our tastes have changed, but the steaks were under seasoned. When you order a $68 ribeye you assume that it will be marbled and flavorful, but it wasn't. Our favorite SW au gratin potatoes were lacking cheese and overall everything else we ordered was meh.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • El Gaucho - Portland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Lovely first dining experience, the food superb cooked to precise perfection. Intending to order separate plates, but were recommended the El Gaucho Experience a 4 course meal, with many options to savor a variety for less, drawback being both are required to order so meals can be timed together. More than enough food along with complimentary fruit, nut, cheese tray which made you feel the freedom to relax and linger. Our waiter was attentive & personable. We felt no rush and from start to finish spent 3 hours savoring the flavors & relaxing thus making the final price seem less exorbitant & worth the culinary experience. Our valet driver left homemade cookies a kind final gesture to a great evening spent at El Gaucho!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 30th Wedding Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and made reservation through this website. Rose petals awaited us and a congratulatory card signed by staff began the evening and it got better from there. Excellent meal, great wine and a memorable night ensued. Highly recommend for a dining experience to remember.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding service & great food!
    laurij66
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    From the valets opening the door, the hosts, bussers and our waitress Cara our service was exceptional as always! Out of all of the restaurants in Portland, El Gaucho's service is one of if not the best. Top notch and always on par. The food and drinks are wonderful and we always leave perfectly sated!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A little underwhelmed
    morefoodplease
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Took my Husband here for his Bday dinner. The service from the hostess who seated us, attendants and server was first class. The hostess even switched our napkins from white to black so that we did not get white fuzz on our dark clothing. Unfortunately the meal itself was underwhelming especially for the price. Our tab came to $300 (including tip) for two entrees, two rounds of drinks, salad a side and dessert. Don't get me wrong it was good, but given the reputation I expected to have my socks blown off. We have had better for less with more ambiance. I will say that the table side from scratch caesar salad was the most amazing caesar I have ever had and worth trying.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, overall disappointing
    alkoiv24VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I made the reservation over a week in advance. When we got there we were seated back in the wine room,the room had no ambiance or character, it felt like someone's basement with no windows. We were the last ones to be seated in the room so we ended our meal the last 30-45 minutes sitting in a silent empty room. Food was very good and our waiter assigned to our table did a good job. Didn't appreciate the overall lack of service other than our waiter though. Wouldn't say it was worth the money, I could have had a much better meal somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great romantic dinner
    OmnicolorVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My wife and I went to El Gaucho for our tenth anniversary. They had our table prepared for us with rose petals and a card signed by the staff wishing us a happy anniversary. Many of the staff stopped by our table during the meal to wish us a happy anniversary in addition. Thanks for making the occasion so memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top notch steaks and service
    floydsterVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great steaks and outstanding service makes this restaurant worth the high prices. If you stay at the Benson Hotel, don't miss this restaurant which is next door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amaxzing Dining Experience
    DaveyFish
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We all ordered one of the Specials of the day. Whereas most of the meals are ala carte, this special was all inclusive. We had the Lamb Shank. Plenty of food, so we passed on dessert, but they brought us a cheese and fruit platter anyway, comped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    LynsD
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The food and service was great. The table-side prepared caesar salad was wonderful! Be prepared to spend money when you eat here. For four people, we spent about $500, but it was definitely a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    Splat762
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Was recommended to try El Gaucho by a family member and my girlfriend (more on that) and I totally enjoyed the romantic ambiance, the service and the food. All top knotch. I had made special requests thru OpenTable because I was planning on proposing and I was not disappointed, the staff went above and beyond to make our special evening happen...and she said YES! Would recommend this spot in a heartbeat to anyone wanting a special and romantic evening or just a great night out on the town.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our waiter and staff were amazing. The food was of course amazing and we enjoyed our evening immensely.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best steak in the northwest
    hoser1543
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This the only place we go for a great steak. As always, great food, great wines and cocktails, and great service. The atmosphere is like the best steak houses of years ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a great special occasion find
    toms
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    After not having been here in many years we decided to try it again. Everything was perfect. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    elgoucho
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    great food and service- defiantly on the top 5 restraunts of our to visit list
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Experience
    4pupreviews
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Our 1st experience at El Gaucho was exceptional! The food was outstanding, the table-side preparation of flaming filet, Caesar salad and finally bananas foster was very impressive. The wonderful evening my visiting family members and I enjoyed truly exceeded my expectations, and I thank the El Gaucho staff for their excellent service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    PDXfoodie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Expected the service to match the food but this was certainly not the case. Our server was attentive for about the first 15 minutes and then it was like pulling teeth to get her attention and when she did come to the table she was absent minded and curt. The food was excellent, unfortunately the experience was ruined by the poor service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good!
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The filet mignon was tender enough to cut with a fork. Enough said!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Grant
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    El Gaucho has always been a favorite Portland restaurant of mine. The food, service and atmosphere are all top notch. I look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great birthday celebration
    VeryMary
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Everything we had was delicious. The fresh fruit and cheese plate at the end of our meal was an unexpected treat. I've not had a better apple. And the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always an excellent meal
    PtlovesfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The one thing I can always count on when trying to figure out what to eat, El Gaucho Portland will always deliver. With most waitstaff tenure being in the 10 year mark, you know service will always be good. The steaks, sides, soups etc are always good, always the same. Dont be looking for daily specials so much as always a great time, great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • n/a
    foodlover
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Nice place, prices for sure over the hill, kind of once in a lifetime experience. 4 people $500 dinner :/
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thebiegs
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent food - great service - love the ceasar salad - old shool and great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for a special occasion!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Took my fiance here for his birthday dinner and it was excellent! We were seated right when we got there, got a cute table slightly away from the music but close enough to hear and the food was off the charts great. Our server was attentive and our water glasses were never empty. Only had a slight wait when i wanted that second glass of wine. I would definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our anniversary
    Roger
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food took too LONG. My reservation was for 7:15 and we didn't get the main course until 9:00pm.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great experience. The food & service were very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite steak house in Portland
    MwithamVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    El Gaucho is consistently outstanding and makes any dinner feel like a special occasion. You cannot go wrong by dining here!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's expensive, but worth it
    TheEdge
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had been meaning to go to El Gaucho, but Jake's is sentimental to us when we're in town for a nice dinner. We have frequented other offering of downtown, but we decided this time, it was El Gaucho for sure. And we're glad we did. Ceasar Salad table side is as good as everyone says. The Chateaubriand/Lobster was excellent and prepared perfectly. Lobster had no hint of rubber texture. Waiter/Waitress were absolutely excellent in every way. Very attentive, but never annoying. Always there, yet never obvious. Be warned, you may need to consider your budget a bit, but with the caliber of the food, anything you pick will probably be perfectly prepared. If you're not sure, talk to the waiter/waitress. They are very knowledgeable and will help.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We felt the room was quite dark, the food was very good but VERY overpriced
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT FOR SPECIAL OCCASSIONS
    RovingFoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been going here for our anniversary for the last 12 years. Food , service and ambience are always outstanding. Food is always prepared perfectly to everyone's exact specifications. This year they even added a prefixed menu which some at our table tried and was every bit as good as the Ala carte version The steaks are always done to perfection, and were flavorful and juicy with out the big strips of fat or gristle at other steak houses. The wicked shrimp had several layers of spice and heat. the sampler dessert was just a perfect finish
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    JeffT
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    El Gaucho is the whole package; ambiance, class, great service and excellent food. It's our favorite restaurant for special occasions or just to treat someone to a special meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding as usual
    Averageguy
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    El Gaucho is an amazing experience. It's not a bargain, but I believe it's worth the premium. The food and service are truly exceptional. I had a small fillet with peppercorn sauce. I was amazed with the flavor and tenderness of the cut. The staff are very professional and take great pride in what they do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off night
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We love coming to El Gaucho for special occasions, but this was not the most polished service that we have had. Our server was very nice and seemed to try hard. She may have been busy with multiple tables. She interrupted conversations on several occasions a bit abruptly. She would tend to reach across eating patrons without apology. She tended to prepare silverware for the next course while we were still eating an earlier course. It was in contrast to the usual invisible service. The prices of wine have also seemed to go up astronomically. We are no longer able to afford wine there and will need to bring our own in the future.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ralphshaw
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Outstanding in all respects, food, service, ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very good experience
    tm12
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Very well prepared food served by an excellent staff. The food was perfectly cooked and arrived hot. This is an expensive spot, so it's not somewhere you'd head to every day. Nor is it a place to go to try something new and different. However, if you wand a well cooked steak, a not- overdone lobster, wonderful traditional vegetables and desserts, it is a great place for a meal. The complimentary fruit and cheese at the finish is a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The steak was cooked to perfection.
    Froidlik
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The baked potato sauce was wonderful, and the Caesar salad was the best ever. Neither my wife, nor I drink alcohol, so our waiter recommended fresh-squeezed lemon ade, which turned out to be the best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was lousy
    Anniversary
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We've usually had great service, but our last visit to El Gaucho was very disappointing on the service side. Service was pleasant, but uncharacterisitcally slow. Not sure if they were short-staffed or our waitress was new, but very slow indeed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NiceRest
    GoodDiningPdx
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Wine steward was great and very personable. Food was very good. Not a good place if you are on a tight budget, but a great experience. Your guest will be very impressed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our first time experience
    Karen
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My party of two was seated in a row where the tables are extremely close to each other. Can't really have a normal voice volume conversation because you are able to hear one another. Also after our food was brought to us the waiter didn't come back to ask us (as they usually do) if everything was ok. It was our first time at the restaurant. I would go back if I didn't have to seat on those tables again and instead get a booth.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Evening
    lucky6VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Every element of our dinner was perfect, and the steaks in particular ranked with the finest we have ever had. (All our best steaks have been at El Gaucho, by the way.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.