El Gaucho - Tacoma
El Gaucho - Tacoma

El Gaucho - Tacoma

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.elgaucho.com/
  • Phone: 2532721510x
  • 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-close
    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: 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
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 Tacoma'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 Food
El Gaucho - Tacoma reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (83)romantic (70)fit for foodies (33)notable wine list (31)good for groups (11)neighborhood gem (10)late-night find (9)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • What a great time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    El Gaucho never disappoints. Great food, better service and an amazing time. Even the piano guy was fun! This was my first time to the Tacoma location and is now my new favorite (in Washington). Portland gets a lot of points for being able to enjoy a cigar.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great once a year experience
    R3dplague
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great ambiance and absolutely amazing food, large wine list, and the full French restraunt experience. A little pricey if you do the full 4 courses, but portions are so generous I don't think you need to, unless you wanna be rolled home. Highly recommended for extra special occasions. Amazing server and great table side shows, never change the Diablo appetizer, it set an amazing expectation that the beef fillet and dessert delivered on perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!
    teeman
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Best sirloin stake I have had in years, it was good and the perfect among for a meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous everything!
    Goodgollyletseat
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We celebrated my son's 25th birthday here. They made the experience personal and fun. The food was "over the top" delicious. Amazing service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    rtkdiner
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I took my wife here for our anniversary. There was an anniversary card on the table with rose petals. Nice touch. The food was amazing. We had the Chateau Briand. We go there every year for our Anniversary and love the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelente
    SiempreYo
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    El ambiente muy relajado, el servicio muy excelente. Si, yo recomiendo este restaurante (El Gaucho) a mis amistades.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OH NO! Skip Skewer; go for pianist!
    sitkagirlVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Party of 3 B'day dinner. NO to Tenderloin Brochette. Server accidently chucked tomato off top of skewer; landed on serve cart. Chunk of meat flipped up/off sword, rolled onto floor. Server burned trying to 'right' flaming sword/flying meat. The meat couldn't be cut w/steak knife; stretched like elastic. Waiter agreed "that isn't right". Meat replaced w/good steak, but by then, guest of honor had to dine alone. Tab W/tip, $300.- $350. $50. discount for b'days for 'club' members - nice.. BUT, wd rather have NO discount/fabulous experience. EG says they will allow $35. on future visit, available UPON REQUEST. So, OK, I'm not looking for free handouts; thanks but no thanks. W/other fine dining options, won't come begging for $35 (;
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful night
    foodsgreat
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We were seated at a nice table complete with a birthday card and rose petals. What a great touch and a very classy act from the staff. The staff also was very knowledgeable and attentive. The food presentation was fantastic from table side salad to flaming brochettes. Steak and brochettes were cooked perfectly. Best dinning experience in the Pacific Northwest, I feel. Great value for money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Yumyum
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great food. Reheated and ate what was leftover the next night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food... a bit noisy
    SilverdaleCouple
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was great. Service was very nice. Noise level was a bit loud for us. We were looking for a quiet place to talk. Ended up sitting above the music. Not to the point where we had to yell at each other. But did have to lean in to hear what was being said. The scalloped potatoes were wonderful! Wine suggestion was perfect with dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice for steaks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I, and another couple came here for a night out and boy were we blown away at how tender, moist, and perfectly cooked our tenderloin steaks were. The sides consisted of baked potatoes, asparagus, broiled tomatoes, and mushrooms. Everything was perfectly cooked, and the presentation was wonderful. The servers dress your potatoes with all the fixings, prepare a special sauce and cut your piece of meat right in front of you. The service was wonderful, and there is really nothing bad that I can say other than the prices are pretty steep, and our bill was right around $300 for 4 people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chop House
    tacomagourmet
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    El Gaucho knows how to do a chop house right. Great meat, great service, love their Caesar! They are pricey, though, so check their prices before reserving. I wish they would raise the lights, however; they give you penlights since they know it's hard to read the menu otherwise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We were celebrating our anniversary and had a gift card, so decided to try El Gaucho. The gift card definitely helped with the expense of the evening. The food was fabulous, from the bread to the dessert sampler. Would we come again? We'd love to, but only for a very special occasion. Thank you for helping this evening to be so nice!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Anniversary!
    hikingqueen
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our server Jake was awesome! We had a card with rose petals on the table when we arrived. He made our 11th Anniversary very special! Food was amazing, it was our first time. Steaks were really worth every penny. I had Steak Gaucho hubby had Rib Chop Side dishes were big, we should have ordered only one. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Muffinman
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Everything was wonderful. 1 suggestion. The leftovers were packed in the same to go box and Fred has food allergies! If I had Salmon, nuts or egg on my leftovers he would not be able to eat it!!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    annivdin
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had a wonderful evening, from the flowers on the table, to the excellent food completed with the desert sampler!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth every penny
    Steve
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Absolutely a Tacoma treat. Great for special occasions or when you want that perfect steak. Looking forward to future visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Night
    LLariv
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were seated immediately but not the best location in the restaurant and right next to another couple which didn't do much for private conversation. The service was excellent, friendly and helpful with suggestions. The menus is the standard El Gaucho menu so there is some lack of excitement in trying some new entrees. The food (steak) was perfectly cooked as were the sides.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food/price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I would like to start out by saying the atmosphere and service was amazing!!! However, I was a little disappointed at the food especially at the prices they charge. When ordering a $40-$75 steak you would expect it to come out prepared the way you asked and to be amazing. It was not! Luckly I had ordered a wedge salad (good) and scalloped potatoes (good) otherwise I would have left hungry. I think if I ever go back I will probably do salad and a shareable only.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Didn't know what to expect but was pleased with the food and the service and atmosphere were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The best steak I've ever had in my life. Worth the price.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Service was excellent and the food was rich and indulgent. The only thing we didn't care for was the steak unfortunately.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Dining
    Principalwilks
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I was completely satisfied with the Iconic course meals. The Diablo is the finest meal ever prepared!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh shrimp??
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The shrimp in the shrimp salad tasted metallic. They were inedible. I'm sure they were not fresh. The halibut was nice, as was the iceberg salad. Drinks are very overpriced. Service staff was friendly but not very knowledgable and their timing needs improvement. The Tacoma El Gaucho does not measure up to the Seattle standard. For the considerable expense, I expect a memorable experience. It didn't happen. I'll drive to Seattle if I want another El Gaucho experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • funnite
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had a great time, great food, and loved the piano music.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The service here is unparalleled. Everyone from the wait staff to the support staff was excellent. I changed my reservation time 3 times and the restaurant was very acomodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were treated like royalty for our anniversary. So appreciated the kind & special treatment! You made our night special! The food was cooked perfectly too! Thank you all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    dshak
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    By far the best dining experience I have ever had. Every course we had was delicious, steak cooked perfectly. Very attentive waitstaff, and the GM/sommelier is the best. He was very informative and helpful. It was our anniversary and there was a hand written card on our table along with rose petals. At then end of the night they bring you a fruit/cheese platter that is complimentary. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The food was very good, and the service was awesome. I have nothing bad to say about our dinner experience there, and plenty of good. We had the chateaubriand for two, cooked perfectly, with a complete tableside service. We loved it and we will do it again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    Corrie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Always enjoy our dinners at El Gaucho. It can be a little over priced. Had a wonderful birthday dinner with my husband.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was a very nice restaurant for my wife and I to dine celebrating a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fair Service
    Stoney
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We celebrated our 16th anniversary and the over-all experience was good but my wife ordered a well done steak that came out very under-cooked. They did everything they could to try to make it right but damage done.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent....A+++
    mypeabody
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I would recommend El Gauchos restaurant to anyone, Seattle or Tacoma both very good... The whole experience top notch... The food well... mouth watering and savory... I have been Many times, I must say... It is nice to know I can go out to dinner never fearing what experience I am going to receive... I know with them my dinner will be excellent along with my service. Consistency Is the key, El Gauchos has just that... Thank You
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    Romance
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Service and food is amazing!!! Thank you for making our anniversary perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Birthday Dinner
    Kotagirl
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I took my husband for his birthday, they had a handwritten birthday card and rose petals for the table. It was a nice subtle touch, far better than loud happy birthday singing. We enjoyed the food and the service very much. We arrived an hour early and they have a really great happy hour in the bar, very reasonable drink prices (unlike the restaurant). When I got up from our table to go to the ladies room, immediately one of the male servers offered his arm and escorted me. A nice touch, especially since they are all dressed in formal tuxes. It's expensive, so only special occasions for us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a bad meal-Best in Tacoma
    Stonecold
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Joe is a genius at inventing new cocktails. Steak is always good and the menu items change frequently enough to keep one interested without being a radical menu change.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gone down
    Lovefood
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For a intimate evening 8 of 10.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner!
    RevelerRay64
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Excellent!
    farr76
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.