El Gaucho - Seattle
El Gaucho - Seattle

El Gaucho - Seattle

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.elgaucho.com/
  • Phone: 2067281337x
  • 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 - Thursday 9:00pm - - close
    Friday - Saturday 10:00pm - 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: 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
Named as “the definitive steakhouse in the country,” El Gaucho’s award-winning menu features 28-Day Dry-Aged Niman Ranch All-Natural Certified Angus Beef® Brand Prime steaks and custom aged Certified Angus Beef® brand tenderloin filets, ribs, pork, poultry and the freshest seafood, all prepared to perfection over an open bed of glowing coals in an exhibition-style kitchen. Our extensive wine list is award-winning, and happy hour menu is widely recognized as one of Seattle’s best. Live music is offered nightly.
El Gaucho is the Northwest’s steakhouse legacy focused on old-school, tableside service. We revel in helping guests create a night to remember.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
El Gaucho - Seattle reviews from OpenTable diners
166 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (134)romantic (118)fit for foodies (80)notable wine list (72)vibrant bar scene (24)neighborhood gem (23)good for groups (23)hot spot (21)late-night find (20)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Great for Special Occasions
    Foodie4ever
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We went for Restaurant week 2014. The ambiance is intimate and romantic with very dim lights - to the point of them giving you mini flashlights to view the menu. I ordered the truffle soup, filet mignon, and bread pudding. Everything was excellent. The truffle soup was lighter than I expected in a good way, the filet mignon was cooked perfectly and the sauce underneath was scrumptious. For dark chocolate lovers, their chocolate dessert is absolutely decadent. I would come back, but only for very special occasions as the regular prices are quite high.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but really bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We had an amazing time in the bar top and your food was AMAZING BUT Our server Gina was not the type of server I thought we would have in a very nice restaurant. I am a manager at a high end restaurant and my boyfriend is a chef in another so we love food and a good service but our server was the Cherry on top we didn't want. We felt like we were sterio typed by her as soon as we said we wanted to do the restaurant week menu since it was our first time there and we wanted to be able to try a little bit of everything. She was short, no effort, felt like she wanted us turned over, and didn't appreciate us in her section at all. I was not happy with her but your food and ambiance of the restaurant was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stellar service worth sticker price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Not every high end steak house embraces restaurant week and the coupon clippers (like me) that come out in droves; but El Gaucho still pulled out ALL the stops. Menu selection was top shelf: food = beyond delicious; service (Rebecca) = exceptional, helpful and friendly; overall = this rich experience made us want to come back again soon because now we know it's well worth the asking price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DebH
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Valet parking was great! We weren't rushed, in fact waited quite awhile for main course. Very noisy and hard to talk, but it was restaurant week.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing !!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Definitely one of the best steakhouse in Seattle ! Excellent service !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute pic
    n911
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Steak not prime, ribeye not tender, prices for prime
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, underwhelming food.
    mmlong727
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We went to El Gaucho for our ten year anniversary. The restaurant was very nice with a warm, charming feel. The waitstaff were pleasant and very attentive. Sadly, the food was disappointing. I ordered the grass fead filet mignon to be cooked to medium rare. A majority of it was medium to medium well. My wife ordered the chicken, which she enjoyed and took her leftovers home. However, when she opened the container at home (where you can actually see what's in front of you), a large portion of the chicken was still pink. So the steak I wanted to be undercooked was overcooked and the chicken that should always be fully cooked was not. Despite the romantic atmosphere, the overall experience was overshadowed by the disappointing food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise loud
    teres
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Food was good after getting the correct meal. I was brought the wrong dish and my husband had finished his prior to me getting mine. The waiter did apologize, however that was that. It is awkward eating your meals at different times.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Dinner
    Likes8s
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Dinner choices were great and service was outstanding. Her recommendations and advice were perfect. We all had a lovely evening and would definitely return recommend this restaurant to our friends and family. I would definitely advise valet parking. It's worth the cost. There was a piano player who played music suited to this restaurant. It was my first visit since dining at their previous location for many years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    foodietillidie
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We went for restaurant week expecting it to be nice like we have heard from others, we couldn't have been prepared though for the amazing dishes and excellent staff we had throughout the night. Enjoyed some of the best food we have ever eaten and all in a timely manner and friendly waiters. 10/10
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good first time experience
    foodnoob
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Made a reservation for 5pm. Was the first one in for dinner service on a Wedneaday night during Seattle's Restaurant Week. Service was friendly and portions were good-sized even for the $30 deal - we left stuffed! This will be among my list of special occasion eateries, along with The Met and Daniel's Broiler.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seattle Gem
    janie
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We dined at El Gaucho during Restaurant week. We were extremely pleased. The venue is beautiful, (complete with lovely live piano music), the food was outstanding, and the service was perfect. The menu is pricey, and I would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Great dining experience food and service was very nice would recommend to friends and family thank you
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Great night out for a special occasion. Great steak!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 5yr anniversary Date
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    great service ordered baseball sirloin and girlfriend had the tenderloin from the Seattle restaurant week
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the best
    cchavezpie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The best place for atmosphere and romance. If you like steak this is your place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lighting
    Emt6913
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The lighting was way to dark. I did not like having to use flashlights to look at a menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best
    Seni
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    everything was perfect i like it and my boyfriend like it as well i will be back with my friends again for sure. The best of the best
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service!
    MD12
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The service, atmosphere and stood were great and cozy!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant in Seattle.
    Billmotism
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Never disappoints, amazing service to go with great food. Total old-school restaurant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No special occasion
    Nice
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We wanted to treat ourselves to a nice dinner. We had never been to El Gaucho's for dinner. It was very nice! Good Food! Great Service! A quality restaurant! Make reservations, you wont be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What Happened?
    SaltysFan
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    El Gaucho has always been a place to go for a special occasion, however, we were disappointed at the food and ambiance. We ordered chateaubriand (medium rare) and it was not prepared at tableside and the quality of meat was not what we've had before (tough). The baked potato was definitely different. One of our guests ordered a well done steak and it was more medium rare. Since you no longer have the curved booths, the noise level is definitely higher as we are all lined up with no buffer. The quality of the food surprised us the most as we did not feel we were eating at the El Gaucho we knew in the past.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A definite yes
    oregonVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Do you want....a great steak...yes...Do you want a great side of scalloped potatoes and asparagus...yes.. Do you want a great appetizer...yes Do you want desert..no...ONLY because I had no room for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great business dinner
    DarrenTVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Had a great filet and sides. The group all enjoyed their meals as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Divine dining!
    Bistrolover
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    El Gaucho defines classic dining, superb service, and swagger. It made us feel like Bogart & Becall
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of the best
    danielsVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    one of the best places to eat in seattle . excellent food , service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Steak House
    MichaelA
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    El Gaucho is still kickin. I think it beat Metropolitan in the overall experience and I prefer the steaks at El Gaucho.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • go hungry
    ginabling
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    we recently dined here for my boyfriends birthday. The service was fantastic and the food amazing. It feels timeless in there, classy and elegant. I couldn't believe I saw people in jeans and tshirts (dress up, Seattle)! Seriously though, GO HUNGRY. We were hungry when we arrived and left uncomfortably full. You get a ton of delicious food, so be prepared! I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Huskydiner
    Huskydiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food and service are excellent. A bit noisy to be really romantic. Parking fee for valet parking.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • canelson
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food, nice atmosphere and superb service. El Gaucho lives up to its reputation as a truly fine dining establishment. They go the extra mile including their post dinner fruit and cheese platter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Gaucho is a favorite!
    KMcGinnis
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I first dined at the El Gaucho in Portland and had a wonderful experience. I couldn't wait to try the one in Seattle, since that is currently where I reside. This past weekend, my sister and I had another great experience dining at El Gaucho. The service was right on target, the food was incredibly delicious, and I loved the ambiance (dark lighting, jazz-club feel). I will definitely be going back in the near future!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great old time steak house
    hawk36
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Dark and rich interior with a vibe of a by gone era, yet just modern enough so as not to seem dated. Great service and really good food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food was outstanding. Service very pleasant. Music a little loud but you get used to it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant in Seattle
    puckeydrew
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    While this is a special occasion place for my girlfriend and me, if we had the means, it would be a once a month kind of place. Unreal food, atmosphere and service. I cannot recommend it enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night Out
    CmeClimb
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    To celebrate a special occasion, my wife and I decided to do the trio of El Goucho, Big Picture and a night at the Inn. We stopped by the bar pre-show to have a happy hour cocktail and nibble, all of which was very tasty, and the happy hour pricing was reasonable. Staff were very friendly and attentive without hovering. After the movie, back upstairs for dinner. The atmosphere was dim without being dark, and made you feel like you had the place to yourself. The service was impeccable; the waitress knew the menu well, had good opinions to help split decisions, and very personable. The food was extremely good. Quality and preparation was top-notch and the quantity was quite satisfying. Table-side Caesar Salad is a must try!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    RainZone151
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Tableside Caesar salad, chateaubriand for 2, and bananas foster all prepared tableside. 'nuf said!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as usual!
    DiningNye
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Logged on to open table to make a reservation, and it asked if there was a special occasion. I said yes, our 27th Anniversary. So when we were seated at our table, there were red rose petals on the table and a card from the El Gaucho team wishing us a happy anniversary! It was very very nice. Dinner was fabulous--I actually forgot how good my dinner was from the last time we ate there, but when I took my first bite I in awe all over again. The special touches El gaucho made for our special evening was soo nice -- even to the complimentary slice of cheesecake with a candle. Thank you, El Gaucho, for an evening to remember!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of good a little bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I've never been to El Gaucho and had anything short of exceptional service. Our waiter Jeff was a wonderful host and made sure we were taken care of throughout our visit. The cocktails I ordered were, again, exceptional. My only disappointment was the meal. I found much of the food to be unseasoned and quite bland. I ordered a rare Ahi Tuna steak and was shocked not to find any seasoning or even a little bit of salt. I realize that some diners are sensitive to salty foods, but much of what we ordered lacked any noticeable amount of flavor. Ok, ok – I promise to order the steak next time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    MakeItSizzle
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I've gone to El Gaucho 5 times in the past 3 years. I've celebrated my last 3 birthdays there and have gone there on 2 other occasions. For the first time I was disappointed by both the service and food. My steak was warm at best which is unacceptable at $70 and the dinner lasted 3 hours due mainly to the 75 minute wait for our main courses to arrive. I traditionally have ordered the Banana Fosters but was so tired and disappointed by the end of dinner I opted for no desert. I will not return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth it!!
    Livin2Love
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is a VERY expensive restaurant. It is worth it! Get the truffle soup and get the bread pudding! Tableside Caesar is great, too! We absolutely LOVE El Gaucho - they take VERYgood care of us and we look forward to the special occasion of dining there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall