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El Gaucho - Tacoma
El Gaucho - Tacoma

El Gaucho - Tacoma Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.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
  • 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
  • "Very disappointed in quality of food. I have dined with El Gaucho at least 8 times over the years! Would not go back! When you pay 62 dol for a New York steak that is dry that is not acceptable. El Gaucho does not feel special anymore. Not worth the money."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great food and service, slow down the water boy til glass 1/2 full, interuptes conversation, and the piano started out loud then quieted down. The waitress was very helpful and knowledgable with wine and drink suggestions."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Both my wife and I have made El Gaucho Tacoma a tradition for our anniversary. We just visited for our 19th anniversary but for eight years now we have enjoyed this special occasion at El Gaucho Tacoma!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Once again we enjoyed a wonderful meal at El Gaucho, Tacoma. We expect it to be excellent and they never fail to deliver. The service was awesome and our meal was prepared just like we requested. I highly recommend them for a special occasion or even just to sit in the bar and order off of their bar menu - which is also to die for!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I took my wife out for 20th anniversary. Everyone was very nice, very attentive, and made a point of asking and congratulating us. Set the mood. Food was great, service was awesome and we've decided to do this more often."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Service was good. Appetizers were bland except for the Wicked Shrimp which was WAY over spiced. Salads were tasty. There were four of us and two ordered the same entrée. The special "Blackened Shrimp" should have been listed as an inedible entrée. The shrimp was way overcooked with to much seasoning. The celery root and other vegetables were so tough and hard we couldn't chock them down. After a few bites we had to send both back for a bowl of clam chowder. The Scalloped Potatoes dish was dry and had cheddar cheese on top. Having ordered this side many times before made it very disappointing. We usually love the food but this time it was a total miss. We all like spicy, well seasoned food. This time El Gaucho's missed the mark!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We've been here several times - it's our go-to special events place. This time, every staff member that came to our table congratulated us. We asked a simple question about wines and ended up getting a full-blown lesson. It was AWESOME! Great food, great service, a perfect place to celebrate our anniversary!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The wines we selected for dinner and dessert were both unavilable. I had to give the waiter my order 3 times. After he left we joked that my meal would be a surprise. Just then, he came back to confirm what my husband had ordered! The support wait staff were so much friendlier and on the ball. As always, we very much enjoyed the food and live piano."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "our family of 4 loves to eat dinner here for my birthday/anniversary. always excellent service and outstanding food. if you sign up for their revelers club it can definitely save you some money. thank you again for the wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Exceptional food and service make this a top NW find. Price is high but you get what you pay for."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This is a great place to go for a celebration. We went for our anniversary and had a wonderful experience. We ordered the fresh king crab legs for a starter and the chateau briand with lobster for 2. It was Delicious the steak was cooked to perfection it practically melted in your mouth. We then had bananas foster and the creme brûlée. The preperation of the bananas foster at table side is fun to watch."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I could not have chosen a better place for our 22nd anniversary. Perfect service, perfect setting, phenomenal food, best piano singer/player I've heard in a long time. I will recommend this place to my many military friends. Lt Col Gene Moore, USAF"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Always a treat to go there. Noted our anniversary beforehand and they had a nice hand written congrats card a rose petals on the table waiting which were a nice touch. Food is great- a special place."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed the meal very much. Everyone wished my wife Happy Birthday. Karin was the best dresses woman there on Wednesday night. A woman's 60th birthday is special, and for a $180.00 tab I was disappointed your staff did not " compt" the cherries jubilee for Karin, for her Birthday. We were not looking for a "freebie" but it would have been a nice jester on your part. Thanks, Charles"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "food was excellent Rozalyn was our server and she was great!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "French Onion soup the best I have ever had. Steaks were very tasty. Service was impeccable. Great value for a special celebration."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Excellent service and food! Great dining experience!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Surprised at what a great place this was. Totally recommend."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 17th anniversary here. It was our first time there. The stuff was really nice wishing us a happy anniversary. The food was very good. Really enjoyed have the Cesar salad and the banana foster made by the table. It was a very nice night for us."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Best steak ever. If you like steak El Gaucho is a must. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 11th anniversary at El Gaucho in Tacoma. I had the Steak El Gaucho, which included an 8 oz filet magnon and 2 lobster medallions, and my hubby had the baseball steak, which was a 12 oz filet magnon in the shape of a baseball! We also had crab cakes for appetizer, corn, risotto, and mac 'n cheese for sides, and creme brûlée for dessert. Everything was delicious, especially the steaks! We ended up taking a little bit of everything home after dinner--I was stuffed! The service was the best that I've experienced in any restaurant. Our server, Matthew, recommended a red wine, some kind of shiraz from Australia, that is simply out of this world. It's a great place; I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had steaks, Filet Mignon, medium rare, and they were cooked to perfection. The peppercorn sauce added an extra zip to the flavor. Salads were crispy and fresh with added lemon zest with perfect dressing. Scallop potatoes were a little mushy and somewhat stale. Service was prompt and friendly. I think the prices are too high to make it a regular visiting restaurant and affordable only for special once or twice a year experience. Similar quality can be had at other restaurants for 20 percent less (Ruth Chris as an example). The same goes for the drink (Martini) prices. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The food was good, the service was good, almost overdone with too many interruptions asking how we were doing and filling our glasses when they were just down a tiny bit. I realize we were there for our anniversary, but at the end of the meal (when we were too full for dessert) they brought us a fruit and cheese tray compliments of the house. Don't get me wrong, compliments of the house is always good. However, we were already full and couldn't eat much at all. I feel this was a waste of food. I did take the apple and pear home with me. So I would recommend they tell us about the complimentary fruit and cheese tray and give us the opportunity to say yes to it and not waste food. Thank you."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My family had a wonderful dinner, the food was great and the staff were all attentive and friendly. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Romantic mood lighting, exceptional staff, beautiful live piano music and food that I can take my chef friend to eat without a single complaint (a miracle). No electronics are allowed so patrons can enjoy the peace, quiet and privacy. They are open late. The bar is safe for a single lady. Valet parking available. They hire professional staff who make you feel welcome. Questions regarding wine are welcomed without judgement Enjoyed Ruths Chris Steaks? Then you will be thrilled with the ones here. They have fabulous steaks which are spice rubbed then cooked over coals. We love the French Onion soup which has a rich broth and exquisite broiled cheese ($9). The sides are tasty and serve 2 or more. The Key Lime pie and Brulee are a must "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • " This is one of those "at least once in a lifetime" restaurants. The ambiance, food, and service were all impeccable and the time between courses was perfect to make the evening relaxed and enjoyable. The price range limits the opportunities for repeat visits; however the total experience is well worth an occasional splurge. This is the closest I have seen in the North West to Chicago fine dinning. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I booked our reservation online for my wife and I’s 8th wedding anniversary. In the comments/requests section I simply requested a nice table due to that fact. It was our first trip to the Tacoma El Gaucho’s and we liked the atmosphere the second we walked in the door. After having an appetizer and beverages at lounge we were seated in a nice booth overlooking the lower level. The staff couldn’t have been more spot on with taking care of us and taking the time to whish us a “happy anniversary”. They even set a hand written card up on our table with fresh rose petals spread around it. It was a very memorable night largely due to all of the staff. On top of that the food was top notch across the board. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Food is excellent, wait staff is excellent. The staff is available for whatever you need but never smother you. Love dining at El Gaucho"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "El Gaucho was recommended to us. never been until May 22, 2014. Love it from the moment we walked into the El Gaucho. Always looking for great steak and now we have one here in Tacoma. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I've been to 4 El Gaucho restaurants to include the one in Portland. Hands down the one in Tacoma is the one I seem to return to the most. The others, in their defense, the parking and or just getting to the location is terrible. Thank you Tacoma, I'll be back."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "My family and I enjoyed a fabulous dinner at El Gaucho. The service was impeccable and the food overall was great!!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Great service. Appetizers were good, steak was great, lobster was lobster, but the shrimp was over cooked. Dried out. The bread was awful. Mealy and flavorless. I really appreciate good bread, a meal isn't complete without it. This is the first time I have eaten at a steakhouse that had bad bread. Disappointing. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I took my wife to El Gaucho to celebrate Mother's Day and it was a great decision on my part I must say. Food was phenomenal, service was excellent and the atmosphere was very enjoyable. Definitely go back fro other special occasions and on date nights."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We ordered the Chateaubriand and it was excellent. The table-side service was a great addition to the meal. We definitely look forward to going back for our next special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "A wonderful dining experience, as always. Looking forward to the next time."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We decided to splurge for Mother's Day at eat at El Gaucho for the first time. We knew the menu would be pricey and that it was Ala Carte. The restaurant is elegant, they have an impressive grand staircase at the entry. The restaurant is rather dark, in fact they give you a penlight flashlight as an assist to read the menu. The staff is kind & waited on you from entry to exit. The bread they give you to snack on was excellent. I had high hopes for enjoying my 1st dry-aged steak but found it tough instead of silky smooth as I had heard others declare such steaks; with a little added pepper, the flavor was good. The mashed potatoes were silky smooth. Glad I can say I've been but the price is cost prohibitive to return."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I work in the sales industry of customer service and handling customers all day. I was recommened to El Gaucho by some co-workers and friends. We had just put a offer on a house that was accepted and our wedding is coming up in July. Wanted to treat ourselves to a great treat! Took some of our best friends to join. When we first walked in, we were " greeted" by a lady with dark hair who didnt acknowledge us. I had to approach the desk she was at, and with a attitude she asked " do you have a reservation?". I gave her our name. she then took us to our seats, and maybe we were dressed to be model top 10 people, but there were people in jeans there getting better service then us. I had higher expecations that night. All employess had attitudes"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We celebrated our 15 year anniversary at El Gaucho Tacoma and it did not disappoint. We were greeted with a card and rose petals at our table. The entire night we were pampered and treated to the best food in town. Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "This was our first time visiting an El Gaucho and the experience was outstanding. The live music and singing were a very nice touch to go along with the dimmed lighting and environment of the evening. The wait staff were very knowledgeable about the menu and very attentive to our table, but not overly so. The food was prepared perfectly and the portions were just right. Thank you for making our 19th wedding anniversary dinner special. My wife really liked the rose petals on the table along with the personal note about our anniversary."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Took my wife to El Gaucho for her birthday. Took the kids too. By far, it was the best meal I've had since moving back to the State of Washington in 2011. I had eaten at the Met in Seattle in 2011, and it was fabulous...but this was better. WAY better. The kids (ages 26 & 22) both agreed. It's pricey, and not a place I'll run to every month...but it clearly is the "go to" meal location for those SPECIAL occasions!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014