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El Gaucho - Portland
El Gaucho - Portland

El Gaucho - Portland Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.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
  • 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 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "El Gaucho always provides the best overall dining experience. The food is always prepared exceptionally. The service is unrivaled in Portland."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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.."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "If you want to have great service and a wonderful meal El Gaucho is the place to go. My husband and I have been eating at El Gaucho for years. It's at the top of our list for dinner downtown"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "El Gaucho was amazing as usual. We have never ben disappointed. Excellent and our highest recommendation."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We celebrated my husband's 50th at El Gaucho with our adult children. As usual, the service, food, and atmosphere was outstanding. Our waiter was exceptional as well as the rest of the staff."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We always have a great experience at all of the El Gaucho locations. We went with our friends here this last weekend a because they wanted to see what it was like and it was their anniversary. They enjoyed it immensely. I do have to say that my wife and I always were treated with a dessert compliments of the house on our anniversary, and had told our friends that. Unfortunately, they were not treated to the same special as we have been for the last three anniversaries, but I had to make good and paid for their dessert myself. Still, El Gaucho is a place that I will always go back to for the food, service and ambiance."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Took my wife to dinner, had an excellent experience. Wait staff and food were outstanding. Loved the wine. Table side Caesar salad is a must!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed the chateaubriand and lobster for dinner. It was marvelous - everything prepared to perfection. That is no surprise though, it's what I've come to expect when dining at El Gaucho."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I have been to El Gaucho many times and I wanted to share it with my mom and it once again it was excellent! Food was great and the staff was very accommodating. We will be coming back soon!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable. The restaurant serves local items including heirloom tomatoes and wild caught fish. The steaks were tasty according to my dining companions. I would recommend the restaurant highly."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I always look forward to dining at El Gaucho - great food, elegant atmosphere, and wonderful service!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "An annual pilgrimage to El Gaucho remains high on any local resident's "must eat" list, if only for the impeccable service, tender steaks, and tableside Caesar salad. No blenders will interrupt your dinner; no costumed wait staff will sing a happy birthday ditty to you or other cutomers. What you will find is a quintessential fine steak dining experience, at a price, but well worth it. You leave feeling like royalty, and Caesar salad in other restaurants will always be a disappointment after El Gaucho."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I love the rose petals on the table, the card and the fruit tray at the end of the dinner. The music was great, just kinda stayed in the background, not overwhelming the private dinner conversation. Love it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We arrived to a "Happy Anniversary" card on our table with a thoughtful message and signed by the staff. We were waited on conscientiously but no intrusively. The wine list was amazing and they were very thorough and patient in answering our questions. The before dinner drink was delicious and the food was AMAZING, everything cooked to perfection. This was our first visit, but we will definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is our favorite spit! This restaurant is just perfect for every occasion. We were celebrating my birthday. We love to come to this place. This is our third time here. Our server was great!!! Thank you El Gaucho."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Service was amazing and very accommodating. We had no issues with our visit and our dinner was super yummy!! Will totally go back and eat here again."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Went for my 50th Birthday! Food was outstanding and only to be outdone by the service!!! Fabulous!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Food was cold and had no taste. Very pricey for a bad meal"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "And has always in the past been worthy of the price ticket. This was a fathers day dinner with reservations made well in advance. The hostest sat seated us in a very small and over flow room in a corner. Next to a table of a large noisey group. Not sure why you would place a quiet couple in such a dynamic. The menu was missing our favorite... the porter house. The bone in NY selected was tough and grissly. Overall the experience was dissapointing and you really feel it when the tab arrives. I am not sure if I will return."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Not only was the entree, filet mignon superb, the salad and après dinner cheese and fruit platter were divine. Put this on you list if you want an impressive dinner spot. It is also elegant and very romantic!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Very good food and service - traditional steak and fish place - excellent wine list. Expensive but worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed celebrating my wife's dinner this past Saturday night. Awesome experience!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was awesome and our waiter was fantastic. A great experience!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "First, we made reservations. We got seated in the bar (not the dining area which is where I would assume the reservations are for). There was loud music playing and a huge party next to us. We couldn't talk to our party due to the overwhelming noise. The service was sub-par. It took for ever to get a drink. Sitting in the bar, we could see the drinks sitting on the counter for about 10 minutes before they are finally brought to our table. The server was awkward. The maître d was extremely awkward and was not fit for the position. She didn't know their own drink menu. We ordered two sides of spinach which was spicy (not listed that way on the menu), and the seafood pasta was also spicy (not listed on menu). Mortons/Ruth Chris is better."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We celebrate almost all special occasions here and love to just come for a spectacular dinner. Never disappointed! Top quality. Join the Reveler's Club, if you haven't. You earn points for your dining and get special offers on your birthday and anniversary. The food is some of the best in town."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My husband and I have celebrated our wedding anniversary at El Gaucho every year. The ambiance, the service and friendly wait staff, the food, and just a feeling of romance makes our anniversary special every year. The food is cooked perfectly to order and everything is so fresh and delicious. Makes our special day even more enjoyable"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The restaurant was highly recommended and it lived up to the hype. Great food and superb service. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We can say nothing but good things about our experience at el Gaucho. As they knew we were celebrating a special occasion, they reserved a booth for my husband and I and sprinkled the table cloth with rose petals. The service was outstanding and the food was mouth-watering. Excellent wine recommendation as well! Table-side preparations of caesar salad and bananas foster were amazing. We savored every bite of steak. They honored our anniversary with a complimentary dessert as well. We live across the country from this fine establishment, but we will definitely be back the next time we are in Portland or Seattle! Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "It was great. They had flower pedals at the table along with a signed card for my wife. It was a great evening and my wife enjoyed it very much"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We have dined at El Gaucho many times. It is our go-to special occasion restaurant. This most recent dinner was perfect in every way, from the Caesar salad, to the filets & side dishes, to the service and the ambience."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The people at El Gaucho could not have been more hospitable nor the food any better! I noted in my online reservation that it was our anniversary and there were rose petals on our table! A live guitar duet added to the perfect mood. Try the Fenway martini -- wonderful! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We've been to El Gaucho several times and we have always had excellent food and service. Unfortunately this last visit the food was a bit off. My wife had ordered a filet and asked for it medium plus, I had ordered a NY and wanted it medium rare. The steaks were cooked incorrectly and my wife's steak was medium rare at best, mine was medium well and a little charred on the outside. After the steaks were dropped off it took about 10 minutes or so until our server came back to check and see how it was cooked. They tossed my wife's steak back on and on the second time back it was still under cooked and now charred. I think it was an off night we were hoping the steaks would have been as good as they usually are. Hopefully next time! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had a fabulous time! The staff couldn't have been more gracious and enjoyable. The food as always was perfect! It is always the best place for my family to celebrate any occasion. We love it and will be back next month!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Very friendly service, two burly bouncers opened doors for us, actually found that strange, was this a strip club? Great menu, excellent food, table side preparation for salads and potatoes. Steaks outstanding along with fish. Great touch with a fruit, nut, fig and cheese plate at end of meal. Will definitely come back."
    Dined on 5/23/2014