El Gaucho - Tacoma
El Gaucho - Tacoma

El Gaucho - Tacoma

  • 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-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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
El Gaucho - Tacoma reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (81)romantic (70)fit for foodies (34)notable wine list (29)good for groups (13)late-night find (10)neighborhood gem (7)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (4)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • HIGH PRICES, FORGETFUL SERVER = POOR REVIEW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    It seems El Gaucho depends on their reputation as being an upscale Steak House, rather than being an upscale Steak House. Thankfully we had been given Gift Cards that helped pay for this lavish overpriced meal in a restaurant in the basement of an old Tacoma building. It started with the POOR parking availability (cars parked in alley's, gravel parking lots....etc....pathetic for a place that ended up costing us $171.00 AFTER a $50 gift certificate......drink costs are unbelievable.....$12 for a plate of CORN???? You guys are real proud of your food now if only the quality lived up to the prices..... I have eaten at many high end steakhouses and was looking forward to my first visit to El Gaucho, needless to say it ranks among the lowest......Daniels, Anthony's all have provided better Food, Service and Ambiance than El Gaucho......judging by the emptiness of the restaurant when we left maybe this is a sign for El Gaucho to adjust their business plan?????
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    ChristaVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We frequent all of the El Gaucho restaurants, but this one is by far the best. Great service and a great experience is always expected and achieved at all the EG's, but the embiance in this location is just amazing, so it sets it apart from the others. If you are ever in Tacoma and looking for an amazing dining experience, go here. Tip: Before a concert at the Dome you can park here, eat, drink, and walk (about 15 minutes) to the Dome. Easy access out of the city after the concert...missing the terrible traffic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at El Gaucho.
    JasonMoreplees
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Took my wife there for our anniversary. The food was amazing. My wife and I had steak and lobster, and they steak may have been the best steak that I have ever tasted. Our server Anne Maria was fantastic, she explained the menu, offered suggestions and never left us waiting to speak with her. She also offered to take a picture of us so we could capture he night. Loved this place, will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience
    Troy
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Our server Rojay made our experience at El Gaucho. It was my wife's birthday and he set us up with elegant appetizer and champagne to start our evening. His attention to detail and knowledge of the food and wine were thorough. He even sent us home with a slice of key lime pie that was to die for. Food, service, and ambience were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Service
    Todd
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. We were celebrating family birthdays and they made our evening very special from the moment we walked in the door! We have made this an annual tradition for the past five years!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Feeling
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This is our third time to El Gouchos. Food is always great. Service always supreme. This time the staff were much more friendly and sociable. Instead of feeling like a stuffy old money restaurant it is now warm, sociable, friendly. I didn't feel like Julia Roberts n Pretty Woman. What a nice change. The piano player was lovely and warming.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful anniversary night
    Eveningout
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Service was Outstanding the food was excellent, tender and tasteful. 1st time at El Gaucho, we went there for our anniversary, atmosphere was very nice, the staff went above and beyond to make my wife and me feel welcomed. I now understand why everyone talks about this place. Prices were a little up there thought this was a special occasion so we knew that going in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our special anniversary date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Had a great time, everything was perfect. Wait staff was attentive and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • again, wonderful.
    mcarper
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The food at El Gaucho is excellent - the service superb. The noise level was slightly louder than I would have liked to have a nice conversation with our guests - but at least this time we were not seated right next to the piano. Everyone has to try the lobster mashed potatoes - they were ridiculously good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was great. The service almost perfect. The piano player could have been better. We enjoy this restraunt for special occasions. It is my wifes favotite place.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Swift125
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I have been a customer for many years. We appreciate the professional staff and the formal attire. The food is always excellent. We are always pleased with the quality of service and the attention to detail
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great time!
    RobG70
    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
  • Nice place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food and service were both great. Timing between courses was excellent. We were a little taken aback by a few of the patrons attire, Seahawks jerseys and blue jeans, but I guess that isn't so far out of the norm in the PNW.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.