El Gaucho - Seattle
El Gaucho - Seattle

El Gaucho - Seattle

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.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 - 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
El Gaucho - Seattle reviews from OpenTable diners
183 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (153)romantic (131)fit for foodies (85)notable wine list (81)vibrant bar scene (28)hot spot (27)neighborhood gem (27)good for groups (25)late-night find (19)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • A tad different while we we're in San Antonio
    Stevezii
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The good: Still the best steak around, wine list was great, crab cakes were amazing and Steak Tartare!! The Change: The Cigar room is now a dining area, we used to come in and really enjoy the appetisers in there roughly an hour before dinner, now it's not available. The could have been a little better: Waiter was not the best, seemed thin between the two or three tables he had (really never experienced that before??) Service was slow, really slow in the begining. The Hostesses were quite snooty irritated that we showed up early and unwilling to even have a conversation about some options (yes, we were early and went down the street to a local bar for an hour, normally we'd have gone to the Cigar room) oh well it was cheaper and worked for us. Overall: The food wins out for me this trip, normally always does, BUT (yes big BUT) if the service is any less than what we experienced this trip, I'd have to put this with junkie places like The Met! I'd like to see those enwaveringly friendly Hostesses not so full of themselves that they are eager to help! (I give two nuggets of nothing about how they look, i am here for the food) Looking forward to a waiter of old, where they need not a pad of paper to take the orders from the table; i'll mention Leon (i think, that was a LONGGG TIME AGO) but we have had great waiter since, just need to see it again. WE WILL BE BACK hungry for more and a little better service!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic
    Nata
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We went their to celebrate our anniversary and it was beautiful. The food was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    becl
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    First time here for dinner and it did not disappoint. Great service, steaks were perfect, and overall experience was above expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Food
    Foodee
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great Dinning experience. Food was very tasty, very generous portions. Staff was very attentive and friendly from the time you entered to the servers. Wine was affordable and Wicked shrimp to die for. loved the complementary fruit, cheese and nuts platter. Thank you guys you made our special day memorable. definitely go back again for a fantastic steak dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like coming home!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Staff accommodates special requests effortlessly. Steaks were of coarse what we ordered and they were great. Sides were a great compliment as well. And glad to see the baked potato is still there as many have dropped it but it was great.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food, great service
    mp2112
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Gaucho's is as much about the experience as it is about the food. Attentive servers, table side preparations and fantastic steak.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mary's Birthday
    Mary
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We come to El Gaucho for birthdays every year and have always has great service. This experience last Saturday was horrible! There were 6 of us and we were seated at 7:00 and didn't get out until 10:30 it took 1 1/2 hour to get a drink. Service was so poor and I did complain to our waiter but he just has excuses. We were meeting friends at 10:00 at another bar but we were so late they had to leave. Dinner was almost $1,000 and we didn't mind the price because the food is so good but the bad service might keep us from returning for awhile
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always top notch
    smiles
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Of the many choices of steak houses in Seattle this one has a charm that is warm and greeting, from staff that is very friendly and receives past customers by name to awesome food and wine lists.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    seattlefoodie
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Food was good, however our server was a little miffed about the restaurant week crowd. Made us feel a bit uncomfortable, as the only time some people can afford El Gaucho is during restaurant week. They should make a point of making all feel welcome. However, in the middle of our dinner we had a different server, who was super kind and accommodating. The dinner menu for restaurant week was well thought out and the meat was incredible.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We were here for Seattle Restaurant Week. Even though it was very busy because of this, our server was awesome. The food was fantastic. We will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I had high hopes for this restaurant especially their steak. I regularly dine out but somehow haven’t dined at El Gaucho before. The interior of the building was little bit outdated, but still well maintained and fit for a night out. For starter I ordered the kale salad which I enjoyed. As for entree I ordered the Filet Mignon, which was good but nothing special, the minus was that the outer part of the steak was burnt. I actually enjoyed the mushroom much more so than the steak. Lastly the desert bread pudding was just amazingly delicious. I must say this was the highlight of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worthy of a Night Out
    seattleliz
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Went here to celebrate a birthday dinner and it was well worth it. It is spendy so not an every day dining option but for a special occasion it is worth saving up for. The service is exceptional. They are friendly and knowledgeable without hovering or being obtrusive. The food was incredible. A small menu but that just means they have perfected those few items. Made for an incredibly memorable night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    Ghensixteen
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stellar service worth sticker price
    FrugalPhyllis
    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.
  • romantic ambience
    luv2bserved
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    As a server myself at a fine dining restaurant I was very impressed. I loved the coffee service in particular. We had a very great server, the ambience is absolutely romantic. The mushroom truffle soup was amazing, and we also had the Filet, Pork Tenderloin and Chocolate Grenache for dessert. I enjoyed having the option for a 9oz pour of wine. Overall, we had a wonderful experience, I will definitely be back to try more wonderful food and drink!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing !!!
    Luv2dine
    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
    • Food
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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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced BLAH
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Creepy atmosphere, spotty service, food is average, overpriced. Nothing special.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • 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.
  • Just ok
    BelltowngirlVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We tried it for Seattle restaurant week and felt very unimpressed. The waiter was very condescending and went over the many restrictions. It was crowded and it had a Dennys feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.