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
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
El Gaucho - Portland reviews from OpenTable diners
150 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (126)romantic (95)notable wine list (60)fit for foodies (49)good for groups (30)hot spot (17)late-night find (16)neighborhood gem (15)vibrant bar scene (13)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place for a top notch Steak
    LuvSteakVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    El Gaucho is always on top of their game! The service and food are excellent and we always enjoy the great live music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Temperature Control
    pdxrunrVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Long time fan and customer of El Gaucho. Food was outstanding as usual. However, on this occasion, they seated us in the smaller front dining room. As soon as we walked in, we realized it was freezing! It was a very pleasant 80 degrees outside, but they had the A/C set well below 70 and it was uncomfortable. We asked not once, but twice and it still was never adjusted properly. It was no fun to shiver through an expensive meal. I'll never allow them to seat us in that room again! If you go, be sure in your reservation request that you want to be seated in the MAIN dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a great celebration
    AuntieV
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    everyone agreed that hands down El Gaucho has the best meat - so tender, flavorful and cooked perfectly. I would not get the steak El Gaucho again tho- $20 for two really small lobster pieces is not worth it. But we loved the roses on the table, the birthday for my friend, service, the bread, the salads and soup - everything was great! We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tops!
    TravelingprofVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    El Gaucho offered us one of the finest overall dining outings that we've experienced over the past several years. The food was very good, the wine list was marvelous and the service was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Beef in Town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have been to El Gaucho several times and each time we have been impressed with the food, the service and the ambience. We enjoyed our dinner completely and had a very nice pre-dinner drink at the bar. Great discussion with the bartenders. It was our anniversary and when we were shown to our table there was a card signed by all the staff congratulating us on our event. While El Gaucho is pricy, I'd have to say you get what you pay for. It was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chateaubriand
    LCJeff
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Few, if any, places better in Portland. It's an amazing restaurant with a top service staff. Great food and there's little way to enjoy it end to end without getting overly fully. We went with a light scallop appetizer which was incredible and skipped the salad/soup altogether so we could enjoy their signature bananas foster for dessert. We had the Chateaubriand for two which is carved table-side. Amazing meat with an incredible sauce accompanying it. Came with a baked potato and asparagus. Finished with bananas foster and it was too much food .... but had to do it. Great evening and can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • To die for
    MKGWnews
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I love this place. Try to make it at least a few times a year. The best bread you'll ever taste. Service is always amazing. Never have to wait for anything.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of everything consistently
    Livingthedream
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    10th Anniversary. Perfection from every point of contact throughout the evening. Every person was friendly, genuine and wished us happy anniversary. The night was flawless from amazing food to exceptional service. Without question, the best restaurant in Portland. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nancy birthday
    Goomba
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Second time here. Feed was delicious and service fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, wonderful service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The food is great, the service is amazing!!!! The knives to cut the steak....terrible! I would suggest bringing your own... Ambience, I personally feel they tried to hard for a "fancy" feel & failed. It's boring & has less character then an emergency room. They are going for an authentic Argentine experience but didn't come close...especially after experiencing the true thing at El Raigon in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    UnderMedium
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    El Gaucho always provides the best overall dining experience. The food is always prepared exceptionally. The service is unrivaled in Portland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Prime steakhouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Steak is what they do and they do it very well! Exceptional service and a romantic atmosphere. Could not ask for a better place to go on a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No changing table in restroom
    Tahaser
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Frustrating that we payed over 60 dollars per person and had to change my kid on the floor because there is no changing table in the restroom
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent choice
    GFinPDX
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The combination of the service, the table side preparations and the great food make this a favorite for me in Portland. The food, the atmosphere, the wine list and the service are all top notch. The service is also genuine, not forced which matters to me. Their new course meal allows you to try more things and is more than enough food to fill you up. Of course, the a la carte steaks and sides are always excellent, and the table-side Caesar is my favorite.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Outstanding
    Disneymom
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    High Class Service with personal customer service. We told them ahead of time it was our wedding anniversary and when we got there we had rose petals on our table, a card and we were giving $50 off our meal. Everyone wished us happy anniversary too. The food is spectacular and they prepare the Caesar salad table side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love El Gaucho (& OpenTable)
    Jacques
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Sure, El Gaucho is a multi-location "chain" but their food and service are exceptional, and they made our kids feel really special with the extra bit of attention.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Luvs2eatout
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    During my last visit I was asked to remove my hat from the dining room.. People experiencing chemo should not have to remove their hats during dinner..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.