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El Gaucho - Seattle
El Gaucho - Seattle

El Gaucho - Seattle Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.elgaucho.com
  • Email: cmills@elgaucho.com
  • Phone: (206) 728-1337
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday: Lounge 4:00pm – 10:00pm, Dinner service begins at 5:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: Lounge 4:00pm – 12:00am; dinner service begins at 5:00pm.
    Happy Hour: Sunday - Monday: all night
    Tuesday - Friday 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Saturday 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Brandsey
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, 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: Live piano music seven days a week.
  • 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 Brook Lee at 206-267-5510 or blee@elgaucho.com for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wall Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available on First Avenue at our front door.
A word from El Gaucho - Seattle
El Gaucho is the Northwest's steakhouse legacy focused on elegant old-school, tableside service for people celebrating their lives.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Diner Reviews
  • "The food, service and ambience was wonderful! It's definitely a wonderful experience! "
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We were given the gift of a dinner at El Gaucho as a wedding gift from our in-laws.....and what a lovely gift it was. The food was excellent....from the amazing tuna tartare and prosciutto wrapped prawns to the fruit and cheese. But it was the service that made the evening glorious. Never have either of us felt so cossetted since childhood. Kudos to Creig Kostoff and his tuxedoed colleagues for a wonderful, memorable evening!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "El Gaucho is a classy place. Excellent service, well-prepared food, wonderful atmosphere made special by talented piano player."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We were really looking forward to a high end outstanding steakhouse but were fairly disappointed. No complaints about our servers or tableside salad preparation. The staff was friendly, courteous and helpful and our Ceasar Salad was very nicely dressed. However our food was only average and definitely not worth $68 and $75 entrees. My NY Steak was somewhat tough and gristly, and the $24 lobster mash was nothing special at all. The crowning blow was finding the restrooms dirty and obviously not serviced all evening. I'll stick with Canlis or Daniel's Broiler when I want to splurge for a good steak dinner and dining experience."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Good food, great service. A little noisy. However, that would not stop me from going again."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "After numerous dining experiences going back about 10 years, El Gaucho has steadily declined to what it is today: Just another expensive place to get a steak. The ambiance is gone, the charm is gone, and the food is acceptable, a far cry from the high standards they once promised AND delivered on. When I read these reviews, I always want to know "why". Service was indifferent, inconsistent. Two orders for filent, both requested "medium well", met different fates; one arrived warm, not hot, the other burnt. A "loaded' baked potato (an ala carte item) has a surcharge (of $4) for bacon? For the surcharge, you'd expect that bacon to be freshly prepared. If you've never been, El Gaucho is decent, but hardly extraordinary."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Had a wonderful, romantic dinner with my sweetheart. Everything about the experience was perfect!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "It was packed, loud and what was with the plaid shirts? The flight of wine to complement the food was a nice touch, but the kale salad was a bit overwhelming. I'm sure it has a much more intimate feel at any other time of the year."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Dining at El Gaucho is always a pleasure. The food is terrific, the service impeccable, and the ambiance very inviting."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The steaks are tender and melt in your mouth. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We were dining during the Seattle restaurant week, they served big plates, nice ambiance"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The steak was delicious and dessert very tasty. It was restaurant week so obviously the place was very busy, which impacted Service. The wait staff was very pleasant but not as attentive as we would have expected for a fine dining experience. That said, it was a great experience."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I have eaten at El Gaucho about 50 times and this was the first time anyone was outright rude. The female captain informed us the kitchen was closed and that our reservation was 9:30, not 10:00. When I showed her the confirmation I received for 10pm, she sharply asked if I would like to see that their system said 9:30 and we were headed out the door after my wife and daughters had driven up from Auburn through stadium traffic. Thank goodness the chef sent someone else over to let us know we could eat. Rebecca was fantastic and we all ate too much."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Great food, service was great, except....The table ordered el gaucho potatoes table side...which I have bragged about for years we were told after we received and pretty finished our main course they weren't ready. Then the waiter brought a bowl of mashed potatoes, he tried, then after we were done with main course the potatoes were "done" 2 Togo and two table side. All in all great food good service... And never go for first service at el gaucho"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We took advantage of Seattle Restaurant Week to dine at El Gaucho with some friends. There's nothing like it. Food was outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "It was our first time here and it was amazing! We loved the romantic atmosphere and the live piano music was a great touch. Our server Ben was awesome and very informative about the menu. We also enjoyed watching the table side preparations, they were neat. Never seen anything like that before. I would definitely come back here. We also stayed at Tree El Gaucho Inn and that was very nice too!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Came for SWR dinner. Ordered truffle soup and shrimp for appetizers. They are only OK. Soup is definitely better of the two but I have better in other Seattle restaurant. We ordered Braised Tenderloin (Creamy polenta, bordelaise sauce, wild mushrooms) and Tenderloin medallions (bearnaise sauce, crimini mushrooms). The steak is really the best, much better than what we had at Daniel's Broiler. Braised Tenderloin is nice but not so stand out. Would have ordered 2 medallions if we come again. Dessert is also surprisedly good; Chocolate ganache and Baileys bread pudding. Not too sweat and the sauces are there to add additional flavor to the dish, instead of the usual deco. Bread pudding is very diff. than what we had in the past. Great!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I would recommend this restaurant as a place to go for a special occasion. The food was deliciously cooked and presented in a beautiful way. The attention by our waiter, Craig, was novel and entertaining. The musician at the piano was superb! Wonderful ambiance. The noise level was moderate, so that conversation at the table was easy to hear. An interesting touch was providing small flashlights in order to see the menu. This was the ONLY way that we could have read the menu. I would suggest continuing the flashlights, but would (even with the flashlights) turn the lighting up a notch or two so we could see our food and our company. A bit expensive for us, but well worth the experience for a special occasion."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "With high ratings and reading reviews, I couldn't pass this by! Service was great, not to mention to put in a request and they had a card set with a Happy Anniversary and that topped it off for me! Nice and dim and food was divine! First time experience was spectacular!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants for food and service we have dined at in a long while - you get what you pay for - a memorable experience! The atmosphere is great - you could visualize Dean Martin or any other "Rat Pack" member making an appearance."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We went to El Gaucho's to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. It was our first time there but will not be our last. The service and the food are excellent and the restaurant is beautiful. It is a wonderful place for a special occasion or just if your are in the mood for a fantastic meal."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I enjoyed my dinner here with my date. Great service!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Quiet, dark, great service, great Tanqueray martinis, wicked shrimp, steak trio, and creme brulee. A perfect 13th wedding anniversary. It was worth the flight from Anchorage. Thank you, El Gaucho, for an unforgettable evening. Hope to visit you again soon!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The food and service could not have been better. Rebecca was our server and she has worked there since they opened 18 years ago! This restaurant is wonderful and definitely meant for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Always a pleasure to dine at El Gaucho. I live the traditional table- side service offered, and always great menu selection."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoy steak restaurants more than any other. We've been to all of them in Seattle, and El Goucho is the best by far."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I have taken my wife to this location and we absolutely loved it so I thought since my daughter is doing so well in school that I would take her. It was an absolutely priceless experience. My daughter absolutely loved it, as did I. The liquid nitrogen sundae was one of the coolest presentations I have ever seen. We will absolutely be back again."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This was a second visit to the El Gaucho in Seattle's Belltown district. They ever fail to impress. The food is expensive, but worth it! If you go expecting a phenomenal steak, you will receive just that. If you want amazing service, you'll get that too. We always look forward to the next special occasion or date night just so we can enjoy this place again. And if you want a great date night or special occasion - spend the night upstairs at the INN. Again, great service and super comfortable beds ad rooms with real leather furniture. Plus they serve wine in the lobby each evening for their guests. Top to bottom, a memorable experience and well worth every penny!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Had dinner on 22 March. All aspects were great. They sat us at our reserved time. Wait staff was very attentive. Food was terrific, especially having the salad made right at the table. Enjoyed watching the other tables bing served bananas foster too. Two of us had steaks that were cooked perfectly and tender. The girls had scallops with butternut squash that was excellent. The only downside was having a 25 minute wait for their speciality sundae to be made table-side. Apparently there are few staff trained to create the dish and we were 6th or so in line. We ended up canceling dessert. But, as we were leaving, they handed us a bag with a few dessert items for home. Very nice of them. It was a very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Amazing setting and service. At first when you walk in it looks very open and not quiet as private, however the layout and the low lighting provide a very romantic setting. There was also live piano music which was incredible! The food was delicious!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My boss gave me gift cards to El Gaucho as a Holiday Bonus. I waited until I had something to celebrate and took my best friend out to dinner to say thank you. The food was amazing and the atmosphere and service were wonderful. I plan on coming back for the late night happy hour."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We only go to El Gaucho about once a year as it is spendy, but are always completely pleased with the experience. We had the Chateaubriand for two. The roast was perfectly cooked, juicy, tender, delicious! The accompaniments- asparagus and our choice of potato - we had the mashed - were also perfectly prepared. I am looking forward to our annual anniversary dinner at El Gaucho next year."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Wife and I celebrated our 22nd anniversary. Amazing!!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Don't expect to spend less than $100 a person, minimum. It's the best Romantic restaurant in the city. We went for our anniversary after my husband came back from the field. Our seat was next to the kitchen. There were rose pedals and card wishing us a happy anniversary on the table. The staff was amazing, attentive, and informative. Once they found out my husband was military they were tremendously respectful to him and I. We had 3 appetizers (foie gras, ahi tuna tartar, cajun steak dish, served with crostinis). We also shared the steak and lobster dinner for 2. They gave us the banana's foster for free to celebrate. No words can describe how good it was. My husband is a bourbon drinker and enjoyed the scotch societies selection very much"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The restaurant is very atmospheric and the service was extremely attentive. However none of the courses we ordered were standouts and the prices for wine and food were astronomical ... There are better restaurants in Seatle at this price point."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We have eaten at the following El Gaucho restaurants: Tacoma, Aqua, and Seattle and we prefer them in that order due to their ambiance they each offer and the food is outstanding in all three. Just our two cents!~"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "From beginning to end, service was unlike no other. Hostess was well-spoken and pleasantly kind. Our server was professional and knowledgeable but not pushy. Our drinks, appetizers and food were perfectly spaced out. The Wicked Shrimp is NOT for the wimpy palate -definitely spicy and amazingly delicious - would go again just for this! The Frenched Rib Chop was cooked to perfection Med-Rare and the table-side Liquid Nitrogen Brownie Sunday, although pricey $20pp limited 2 was out of this world! A must try at least once, although I'm sure you'll want to return for more. All in all it was an evening to remember"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had been looking forward to dinner at El Gaucho, made our reservation - earliest time available was 9:00 pm… That was late, but forced to take so we wouldn't miss the chance to eat there. We were pretty hungry, so arrived 10 minutes early, & decided to just sit quietly at the door, figuring we'd be seated shortly. We were asked by at least 3 different hostesses if we'd like to wait in the lounge area, to which we replied no.. and were kept waiting 1/2 hour before we were seated for our 9:00 pm reservation time. Both of us were about to leave when they finally came to take us to our table… but glad we waited. The food & service was incredible! They bring a delicious complimentary fruit & cheese platter to your table after your meal."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Enjoyed a great meal at El Gaucho on Saturday. We had reservations, but the restaurant was very flexible about moving them around for us at the last minute. The food was tremendous, with the steaks done exactly as requested, and the chicken very moist and not overcooked at all. We bought the 20% off cards from.Costco, so even the sting of their high prices was muted somewhat. My only criticism is their choice of house vodka. Very odd taste to it that colors any drink. Be sure to specify a vodka you know and trust instead."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We went to El Gaucho for an anniversary and had an amazing time. Dining out is always hazardous for me because I have several allergies (dairy, eggs, wheat) and the staff was beyond accommodating to my needs without making me feel awkward about it. All of the food was fantastic. The ambiance was romantic with low lights, live piano, and a quiet buzz of conversation that added to the air without preventing us from hearing each other. We were just the pair of us, but I saw groups there as well. There is no view to speak of, as there were no windows, but that didn't detract from our experience at all. I would recommend El Gaucho for a special occasion or for when you want to impress a foodie family member who loves steak."
    Dined on 2/23/2014