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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 Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Diner Reviews
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Outstanding in all respects, food, service, ambience."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    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.)"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "El Gaucho is always on top of their game! The service and food are excellent and we always enjoy the great live music."
    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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Second time here. Feed was delicious and service fantastic."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    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