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El Gaucho - Seattle
El Gaucho - Seattle

El Gaucho - Seattle Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.elgaucho.com
  • Phone: (206) 728-1337
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday: Lounge 4:00pm – 11:00pm, 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 and 10:00pm - close
    Saturday 4:00pm - 5:00pm and 10:00pm to close
  • 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 Brooke 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 WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "A half empty restaurant on a Friday evening with slow service, missed and delayed item delivereies. Overall just not the experience I'd expect for a 500 tab for 4. To top it off, the final bill was off by 15% due to overcharges for items that were part of the multi-course tasting menu. Less than impressive service doesn't compensate for what was typically good food."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "El Gaucho is behind the food evolution times. The portions are ridiculous and old fashioned. The room is huge but too dark to enjoy the food. The penlights provided for the menu should be a tip off. Service was top notch but fell off near the end of the meal. The sister restaurant, Aqua is present day with healthier food and beautiful scenery out of their plentiful windows. Perhaps El Gaucho needs a makeover."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Always good. Never a disappointment. We will keep El Gaucho as our favorite."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "A little old-Seattle charm and feels like a step back to the classy days of dining. Great service and fabulous food in a romantic setting."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food was very good, the service was good... maybe a little too over bearing... overall I would definitely go again."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "El Gaucho is a destination in Seattle. Fantastic steaks, caesars, apps, wine list, service."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Service service service!!! The food was amazing, but the service was incredible. Our anniversary was so much fun! Details are what counts and the El Gaucho staff knocked it out of the park from the valet to our server, truly a team effort. I wish every restaurant understood detailed service the way El Gaucho does!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "El Gaucho never fails to impress. They gave us a very nice table complete with rose petals for our anniversary."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Amazon local deal IMO was not what I thought it would get which kind of made me feel like it wasn't worth it.for 175 for two I figured we'd be able to choose off the menu. Nope we were given menus but then quickly were told oh you need to order off this one page small selection menu. Wine pairing went along with it, and that was nice. We had good size pours. Food was tasty, nothing that special. We eat at a lot of high end places. Service was slow at first but then improved We liked our waiter. Generous portion sizes ambiance was really dark but relaxing. Will not be buying any future amazon deals for this place"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food, drinks, atmosphere and a very attentive server, Maik, made for a wonderful night out. This is the way dining out should always be!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We ordered chateaubriand with lobster. Out of habit, I touched the edge of the plate. It was cold. So was my wife's plate. The restaurant was fairly busy but not jammed. The meat might have languished on the cook's counter for a bit. But when it hit the plates, with some perfectly cooked asparagus and a cheese-encrusted tomato half, it quickly lost its heat. When we mentioned the cold plates to the waiter, he said "Yeah, a cold plate would make the food cold. Let me buy you a dessert." We declined the dessert, which he brought anyway. We did not eat it. With a tip (at 20%) the dinner tab came to about $260. Now we know what to expect for that amount at El Gaucho."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The Seattle El Gaucho is the best spot. Their steaks are mouth watering. We drove to Gig Harbor to pick my Mom up for her 81st birthday. Drove back to Seattle to take her to that El Goucho. Then drove her home to Gig Harbor. We have been to El Gaucho Tacoma and Bellevue and they are very good. We just really like to staff, ambience and the food in Seattle. We were a little disappointed that they were out of nitrogen and we could not order our favorite dessert which is the salted carmel ice cream they make at your table."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I was expecting a great steak and a fabulous meal. It was good, but I left feeling disappointed and that it was not worth the splurge. The sides were fine, but nothing special. The steak was a really high quality filet mignon, but it’s preparation with only salt and pepper was a little boring. They use a pre-made seasoning mix that includes bell pepper, which I’m allergic to, so I asked if they could use the same seasonings, just without the bell pepper. The waiter said they could then only do salt and pepper. I would have expected a high-end restaurant to offer more than factory-like cooking, and the waiter could have at least offered to add one of their sauces. Dessert (bourbon chocolate cake) was also over-rated and over-priced."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We were celebrating our 53rd wedding anniversary. Everybody congratulated us. The service and food were excellent. We shall return!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I stumbled upon El Gaucho 3 years ago when I was in Seattle and it has always delivered. The food is spectacular and the service is great."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We've been wanting to try the Seattle El Gaucho after hearing how different the ambience is from the Bellevue location. They are definitely completely different venues. The Seattle El Gaucho was very dark with lots of low lighting. It makes it feel more private while you are dining. We bought the Amazon Local Deal as an excuse to drive to Seattle and eat there. The food was excellent. We started with the wicked shrimp, which had a lot of heat to it. Our steak dinner included two large chunks of lobster, which was very well cooked. I've never been a huge fan of lobster, but I may have to rethink my opinion after having it here. The only item I wasn't a big fan of was the mashed potatoes. The wait staff was very pleasant."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We took my dad for Father's Day and had the best time. We sat in one of the booths along the back wall where it was quiet and had a nice view of the restaurant. The food was perfect - we opted for the Iconic Dinner Experience which was more than enough food for the price. The sommelier suggested the perfect wine and the servers were so attentive. This was our second time dining at El Gaucho and we will definitely be coming back again! My dad was raving about it all the way home. Simply wonderful."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I don't usually write reviews but felt compelled this time...Premier steaks, warm atmosphere and excellent service without being stuffy. My wife and I were celebrating our 33rd anniversary and were a little apprehensive but from the moment we stepped in the door we were made to feel very welcome. It was apparent they love their jobs and enjoyed making customers feel special. Oka, was our server and we thoroughly enjoyed his presence: professional, helpful, sincere and very friendly. The entire staff worked as a team with one thing in mind which was enhancing our special day as much as possible. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "El Gaucho is one of our very favorite restaurants. The food is always first rate and cooked perfectly and the service is friendly and warm, leaving you feeling like special guests. We were celebrating our anniversary and the captain chose a perfect WA Bordeaux style blend wine to go with our Chateaubriand. The meat was cooked perfectly. We also had the Cesar salad tableside and key lime pie for dessert. The key lime pie was the only slight disappointment. I think it should have been more tart and the crust was a little thick. El Gaucho has a great diners club as well and we had $50 put on our card for us for our anniversary. Overall a wonderful evening and dinner."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I haven't been to this restaurant for many years. It was better than before and the service, fantastic. Our server Rebecca was spot on. Everything was top notch, but I still remember the tableside Caesar Salad the most. The flavor was divine and I could eat that all night ! Who could get so excited over lettuce? I can't wait to go back. What I really liked was that even though it was busy, we were NOT RUSHED. We were there about 2.5 hours and it was just perfect. The way to dine."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Unfortunately, it just wasn't a "knock your socks off" experience. It used to be "THE" place to go, but this visit didn't exactly line up to $300 dinner standards. What didn't work? > Our waitress didn't know much about the wine list, but she sent over "the wine gal" who suggested a great wine > The host and others were friendly, but not polished in their service > The food was good (the steak was fantastic, but the lobster & shrimp were a bit over-cooked) What worked? > Our valet went back to the car for us to get a camera we forgot to bring in Would we go back? Maybe for a steak dinner. Maybe it's time to scale back on all the locations and train the staff better on white glove service."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I'm sorry but I thought it was over-rated. I had the NY strip and I thought it was somewhat tough. I had originally ordered the steak as medium rare plus - (in between medium rare & medium), our server advised that they tend to cook on the rare side so advised that I go with medium - big mistake, as I felt the steak was over cooked, which contributed to the steak being tough & chewy. Personally, I think there are better steak houses in Seattle. Plus, it is SUPER dark in the restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "From the time we walked in the door, I knew I had made the right choice for my birthday dinner with my beautiful date. Our waiter, Mock (probably not the correct spelling) was absolutely incredible! A great waiter can definitely make or break a dinner experience, and he only added to the already fantastic and delicious dinner."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Loved the "moodiness", the cooking interaction with the wait staff is awesome. Great food to boot!!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Everything about it was outstanding. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My wife and hadn't been to El Gaucho in a while and honestly, it was OK. In the past, I would give at at least 4 stars but not anymore. The food quality doesn't match the price any more. Overall the food was a little bland. Needless to say, there are too many choices out there where the value matches or exceeds the price."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We went for a birthday celebration + engagement anniversary. As always the service was top-notch, and the food was impeccable. We went on a Sunday and overall liked it more than on a Saturday night: less crowded! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Can't go wrong here. Fabulous service, food and scene!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "After a lot of thought & research I decided Gaucho of Seattle will be the place for our 10 year anniversary dinner. As soon as you enter the restaurant you know you've entered a place that commands respect is going to deliver the same. The staff, the food, the ambience, to the piano in the background all ends up in my opinion to one of the finest places I've ever had dinner. My filet mignon was out of this world, our cocktails amounted to the same caliber. The staff was unparalleled and never felt rushed for anything. I very much so look forward to dining here again. Special thank you to our waiter and my good friend Dominic Justin for steering me to this location. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The nice thing about El Gaucho has always been the their terrific servers and quality of food. I've been going to El Gaucho since the late 60's and have never had a bad experience. I would recommend them without hesitation."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "we could only get a 5:00 pm reservation. Turned out to be great as we really enjoyed our dinner experience. Had time to catch an 8:30 movie"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My spouse made this reservation to celebrate my birthday. She requested a table with a booth. The lighting in the booth area was not enough so we sat at a well lit table. We still had to use the mini flash lights to read the menu. We have been patrons to the Tacoma location many times and the Seattle location is just as nice and service just as wonderful. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This is a pricey, but the service and food were wonderful. Water glass was never empty or even low. Tasting menu was amazing. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We went to El gaucho the day before Mother's Day. We had a great time. 5 stars for customer service, we were even escorted to the wash room which is a plus! For dinner we ordered the mushroom truffle soup for app and I ordered French Rib Chop and it was so tender. My Mom ordered the steak trio and was bit disappointed because her steak were a little tough. My husband ordered the filet which was superb. The sides that we had were mashed potatoes with lobster gravy and mushroom risotto. The lobster mash was okay, the one in Portland was better while the risotto was good! The complementary dessert finished it off. We were so full by the end of dinner. Would def recommend going there!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I took my wife here for our anniversary (a few times now). We held my daughter's graduation party here. Whether it's happy hour or dinner, it always feels special."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We went to El Gaucho for a birthday dinner and it was hands down the best accommodations for a special occasion that I have ever experienced. The food (I highly recommend the tasting menu) and the service was wonderful, but the extra attention for the birthday without drawing extra attention was exceptional. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I've dined at El Gaucho 3 times in past but only sat in bar. This time was in dining room. They were busy and service was definitely slow. I had a $74 bone in NY which had good flavor but was mostly tough. My GF had seared tuna that was good but lacked in flavor. Overall it wasn't a horrible experience but nothing to rave about especially given the cost. I dine at many high end restaurants and tonight's experience would put them out of business quickly. Perhaps a sign of why this restaraunt has moved to running Groupon type deals??"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This was our first time at El Gaucho. We have heard so many great comments, this was exciting to try. My husband ordered Seafood Linguini where the shrimp were all freezer burnt! The scallops were over cooked and rubbery! Mind you this is a $50 meal. No quality to the preparation and execution. My step mom ordered a scallop dish as well, and not our surprise the scallops were over cooked. My husband had the waitress take back his dish and get a steak in return which was done to perfection! Once the bill came, we were upset that there was no discount taken for the disgusting first dish plus there was an extra plate charge fee when we had no extra plates on the table. We won't be back, there are other Steak Houses in Seattle that are better "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We went to El Gaucho for my son's birthday. It was a Thursday night and the restaurant was pretty empty. We had great service and the food was great. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We dine at El Gaucho in Tacoma a lot. It is in our opinion a better layout and ambiance in Tacoma. We dined on a Sunday night on our anniversary. The table had rose petals on it with a card from El Gaucho (that was really nice). The food was good but husband had one piece of meat in the trio that was not good cut, he said. Our waiter was great but we did feel like it all seemed rushed. Not the usual from this excellent restaurant! We will still go here because it just is not the usual experience. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014