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El Gaucho - Tacoma
El Gaucho - Tacoma

El Gaucho - Tacoma Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.elgaucho.com
  • Email: jamesc@elgaucho.com
  • Phone: (253) 272-1510
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm -12:00am
    Happy Hour:
    Sunday-Thursday 4:00pm-10:00pm (open to close)
    Friday 4:00pm-6:00pm & 9:00pm-11:00pm
    Saturday 9:00pm-Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Jose DeJesus Boites
  • 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, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining at El Gaucho is a memorable occasion. Our beautiful and unique private dining rooms in Tacoma include five private and semi-private rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Alicia Klein (253) 272-4424
  • Entertainment: Live piano music seven days a week.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Private dining at El Gaucho Tacoma is a special occasion. Our beautiful and incomparable dining rooms are available seven days a week. We also provide buyouts of our entire restaurant. Please contact us if you are interested in reservations in our private dining rooms or request an online form.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between S 21st & S 23rd Streets
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available on the Northwest side of our building.
A word from El Gaucho - Tacoma
El Gaucho is the Northwest's steakhouse legacy focused on elegant old-school, tableside service for people celebrating their lives.
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Diner Reviews
  • "El Gaucho has done it again! We've dined at this great restaurant many times over the years. Their attention to their customers, the food, the ambiance, and drink is excellent. They have never failed to please us in any way. When we dine here, it's always a special occasion to us. The food is simply fantastic, from the crab cakes, to the Tenderloin Diablo, the fabulous USDA Prime meats, to the Bananas Foster. This is living well!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Wow - $280 for dinner for two........great, but really?"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food and service were both exceptional and worth the price. Keep in mind this is a very spendy restaurant so be prepared for that. With that being said if this is a once a year treat you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food, service and ambiance were great. We were a party of 5 and overall really enjoyed the experience. One of my brother's ordered the chicken and said it was the best chicken he'd ever had. Quite a compliment considering he's almost 60 years old. My other brother and I ordered the rib chop. Although it was flavorful, I didn't consider it exceptional. The banana bread pudding on the other hand was fantastic!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were running late and El Gaucho accommodated us regardless. Roger' was an incredible waiter and very attentive, even when my friend wanted to tell a very long joke - it was busy and Roger was very gracious. We got to the concert on time, it was just wonderful."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The steak was good the crab appetizer very fresh and tasty. Caesar salad, well lets just say we've had a lot better. Could not eat it because too much parm was put on it and too saucy.. Guess we are used to Metropolitan and their great steaks anytime and our steak was just good, not fabulous, good. I had the Halibut and it was very good. The trim on the bottom was almost pefect by the chef and the oscar sauce very mild and great tasting. I was perplexed as to why they have such a small by the glass Chardonnay menu. The two offered were both awful and I could not finish it. Overall, for $215 for two I guess we expect more after seeing the reviews for El Gaucho"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Everything was perfect about this meal! Every course was outstanding. The service was attentive and friendly without being stuffy."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I have been a fan of El Gaucho for many years, my wife and I dine out most every evening. We have dined in most all of Tacoma's Restaurants and there are none that compare to El Gaucho. This not going out to eat, this is a dining experience."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We have been to your Seattle property many times and have always loved it. We had a wonderful experience Saturday night. Our server was on top of his game. I was a server for many years and I was impressed. The birthday note was a great touch. My only note would be to have a broader wine list for blends. Pricey."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The fried oyster and crab cake starters were excellent, so were the main meat dishes, peppercorn stake, medallions, and the flaming tenderloin skewer. Atmosphere was decent, a little too dark and couldn't see the menu. The drinks were measured to the exact oz. Service was slow in getting to the main order. Two in the party were celebrating Birthdays...nothing complimentary was given ie small desert. I paid the bill discretely with a couple of gift cards and credit card, when the waitress returned she voiced out loud that the gift card amount was taken off the price and the rest charged on my credit card...I felt embarrassed to our friends who we dined that evening. I expected some great experience fro the money I spent...did not get it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My husband and I were celebrating the joy of life following a nasty reminder of just how tenuous it is. The service and the food was outstanding. Portions were huge, making it necessary to take home a sizable amount for next day's meal."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food and service met all expectations and beyond. Outstanding. Unfortunately, i don't think the ambiance matched the price. The food and service was exactly what I would expect from el gaucho. I just felt a little let down by the rather unspecial cafeteria seating feeling. Loved the handwritten birthday note to my husband and rose petals hand delivered to the table. Very special. Real candles too were nice. Just missing some of the opulance."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I brought my girlfriend here for a romantic dinner. I had never been to El Gouchos before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I was very pleased! We arrived earlier than our 6:45 reservation, but we were still welcomed and accommodated at the bar until our table became available. The service was fantastic and the food was incredible! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this establishment to anyone! Thank you!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My El Gaucho experience started in the 60's as a young man on a prom date at the Seattle location. The experience made a mark in my memory that I have never forgotten. On or anniversary we dined at the Tacoma location and the experience was matched. Five stars all the way and worth every penny. We will be back, of course. Thank you all."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I chose this venue to celebrate a special occasion and I am glad I did. The ambiance, service, polite staff, and the food made it a wonderful dining experience. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We showed up early for our reservation and enjoyed a wonderful time at the piano bar. The sommelier Joe was fantastic having us try different wines before consulting with us while we choose our wine. We also enjoyed appetizers at the bar. Once we were seating and wanted a different table we were accommodated immediately. We had wonderful service, great table side service and an overall fantastic dinner. Great restaurant."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was great. My son thought his steak tasted like bacon.YUM! The halibut was amazing!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My husband and I went there with a $100 gift card and spent $300 with tip. Our dinner consisted of main dish, 2 drinks,2 sides, a salad, and dessert. The food was not at all worth what the price asked for and the service they talk about is "so Good" is not that impressive. The ambience is wonderful, but still with that price it should over look the water. I have had better service and food at Stanly and Sea Fort and other pricie places so with that said El Gaucho needs to step it up if they want to ask for you to pay that much. VERY DISSAPOINTED and I will never recommend and go there again."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "El Gaucho is always a great experience and this time was no different. Excellent wait staff and even better food. This isn't a place to take the kids out for a burger and fries but for it's intended audience is hard to beat. Expect to spend more than you expected to spend but you'll be rewarded with great food, great service, great atmosphere and live piano music which all make for a memorable evening out."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We have now celebrated our anniversary twice at El Gaucho's in Tacoma, WA. Both times were exceptional. The service is personal and the atmosphere is relaxing. A great way to spend your hard earned money."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "It was a nice surprise to find that there are also some daily seafood selections for those who prefer seafood to steak! The servers were all wonderful. The food was great as were the desserts. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Bread was good. Steaks were adequate. Corn was good. Wine not so much and overpriced. Key lime pie not tart enough. Basic opinion - good, not excellent food, and overpriced. Excellent service, however."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My wife and I had an excellent time there. We will be going back every year. The people and the restaurant was amazing!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Had a really nice dinner Saturday night. The food, the drinks, and the service was outstanding. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Other places can pretend but El Gaucho executes everything perfectly from the best service anywhere to the great all Natural Niman Ranch meats. Our meals where cooked to perfection and we were treated like royalty. This is the best overall experience available in the Tacoma area hands down."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "As always, a fabulous meal and experience. Though expensive, the quality an preparation of the food is outstanding. For a special event or wanting to impress a lady friend, take her to El Gaucho!!!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My husband and I ate dinner at El Gaucho for the first time and we loved it. The service was great and food was a lil higher in price but worth the money. Would recommend!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We have been going here a couple of times a years for the last eight years. We finally brought our son for his sixteenth birthday. We've always had a great experience and the food is always been great too."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The service, food, and atmosphere was as usual outstanding!! We can't wait until the next time we will be dining at El Gaucho again."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We had to send two of the steaks back because they were way too raw. My son and daughter ordered medium and they were almost rare. They had no problem taking it back and were very friendly. My steak was great except that there was too much of it I couldn't eat because of gristle and fat. 13 Coin's French onion soup is much better. Desert menu was OK. My Ganache was so rich it was hard to eat more than a couple of bites. Very expensive for what you get"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great steaks, great atmosphere, recommend for a romantic evening."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "impeccable service, food and atmosphere awesome on the evening we dined! Thank you again to Ann Marie and the staff that saw to my every whim Friday evening, we have put in on our date night list"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Loved the ambiance, incredible attentive service and wonderful pianist. By far the best steaks! Can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Salad ingredients and flavor were mediocre but rest of meal very enjoyable and the service attentive and friendly. Would return for special occasion as prices too high for me to come on regular basis."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The service here is top notch. The server made yet another perfect table side Caesar. The steak was prepared just how we love it."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Been to El Gaucho before and the food was wonderful and it was very romantic. This time we were seated by the bar and couldn't hear each other talk and the food was just okay. Excellent service though."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Online reservations were very easy and convenient. Even received an email reminder of our reservation. Meagan was our server and she is wonderful - attentive, knowledgeable, enthusiastic about the menu. We felt as if we were in her home, being pampered. The valet, the hostess, the decor, the food, the cocktails, the wine. the excellent service, birthday wishes from several of the staff and the personalized birthday card all made for a special birthday evening for me (oh! and my husband had a great time too). Thank you so very much for such a lovely experience."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I made a reservation on a wednesday for my wedding anniversary and was not disappointed. We were seated immediately. When we were shown to our table there was an anniversary card surrounded with rose petals. We ordered the scallops appetizer and it was excellent. My wife and I both had the fillet oscar and we loved it. We both loved the corn side and wish we could find a way to have our corn that way all the time. Our server was on the ball and very helpful. She did a great job. I rated the sound level as moderate only because of the pianist that was playing. The music provided a nice atmosphere. If there was no piano I would rate the sound level as "quiet"."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Food was good, noise level was high, they were very busy."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The staff was friendly, responsive, and the food was excellent. The pianist was exceptional and he added a great touch to an outstanding experience."
    Dined on 2/21/2014