El Gaucho - Seattle
El Gaucho - Seattle

El Gaucho - Seattle

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.elgaucho.com/
  • Phone: 2067281337x
  • 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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
El Gaucho - Seattle reviews from OpenTable diners
136 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (106)romantic (95)fit for foodies (65)notable wine list (61)neighborhood gem (19)good for groups (17)late-night find (16)vibrant bar scene (15)hot spot (13)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great dinner, ambiance and service
    diningbirdVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    El Gaucho is one of our very favorite restaurants. The food is always first rate and cooked perfectly and the service is friendly and warm, leaving you feeling like special guests. We were celebrating our anniversary and the captain chose a perfect WA Bordeaux style blend wine to go with our Chateaubriand. The meat was cooked perfectly. We also had the Cesar salad tableside and key lime pie for dessert. The key lime pie was the only slight disappointment. I think it should have been more tart and the crust was a little thick. El Gaucho has a great diners club as well and we had $50 put on our card for us for our anniversary. Overall a wonderful evening and dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I haven't been to this restaurant for many years. It was better than before and the service, fantastic. Our server Rebecca was spot on. Everything was top notch, but I still remember the tableside Caesar Salad the most. The flavor was divine and I could eat that all night ! Who could get so excited over lettuce? I can't wait to go back. What I really liked was that even though it was busy, we were NOT RUSHED. We were there about 2.5 hours and it was just perfect. The way to dine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Knock your socks off" experience?
    VinnieS
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Unfortunately, it just wasn't a "knock your socks off" experience. It used to be "THE" place to go, but this visit didn't exactly line up to $300 dinner standards. What didn't work? > Our waitress didn't know much about the wine list, but she sent over "the wine gal" who suggested a great wine > The host and others were friendly, but not polished in their service > The food was good (the steak was fantastic, but the lobster & shrimp were a bit over-cooked) What worked? > Our valet went back to the car for us to get a camera we forgot to bring in Would we go back? Maybe for a steak dinner. Maybe it's time to scale back on all the locations and train the staff better on white glove service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfection
    dubie2007
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    From the time we walked in the door, I knew I had made the right choice for my birthday dinner with my beautiful date. Our waiter, Mock (probably not the correct spelling) was absolutely incredible! A great waiter can definitely make or break a dinner experience, and he only added to the already fantastic and delicious dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Loved the "moodiness", the cooking interaction with the wait staff is awesome. Great food to boot!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Gaucho was great
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Everything about it was outstanding. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what it used to be
    experienceddinerVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    My wife and hadn't been to El Gaucho in a while and honestly, it was OK. In the past, I would give at at least 4 stars but not anymore. The food quality doesn't match the price any more. Overall the food was a little bland. Needless to say, there are too many choices out there where the value matches or exceeds the price.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over-rated!
    rez42
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I'm sorry but I thought it was over-rated. I had the NY strip and I thought it was somewhat tough. I had originally ordered the steak as medium rare plus - (in between medium rare & medium), our server advised that they tend to cook on the rare side so advised that I go with medium - big mistake, as I felt the steak was over cooked, which contributed to the steak being tough & chewy. Personally, I think there are better steak houses in Seattle. Plus, it is SUPER dark in the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always!
    rafaeltcVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We went for a birthday celebration + engagement anniversary. As always the service was top-notch, and the food was impeccable. We went on a Sunday and overall liked it more than on a Saturday night: less crowded!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OMG !!
    Thatbigguy
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    After a lot of thought & research I decided Gaucho of Seattle will be the place for our 10 year anniversary dinner. As soon as you enter the restaurant you know you've entered a place that commands respect is going to deliver the same. The staff, the food, the ambience, to the piano in the background all ends up in my opinion to one of the finest places I've ever had dinner. My filet mignon was out of this world, our cocktails amounted to the same caliber. The staff was unparalleled and never felt rushed for anything. I very much so look forward to dining here again. Special thank you to our waiter and my good friend Dominic Justin for steering me to this location.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always top notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Can't go wrong here. Fabulous service, food and scene!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service are spot on
    great
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The nice thing about El Gaucho has always been the their terrific servers and quality of food. I've been going to El Gaucho since the late 60's and have never had a bad experience. I would recommend them without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exquisite customer service
    pepperlovesalex
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We went to El gaucho the day before Mother's Day. We had a great time. 5 stars for customer service, we were even escorted to the wash room which is a plus! For dinner we ordered the mushroom truffle soup for app and I ordered French Rib Chop and it was so tender. My Mom ordered the steak trio and was bit disappointed because her steak were a little tough. My husband ordered the filet which was superb. The sides that we had were mashed potatoes with lobster gravy and mushroom risotto. The lobster mash was okay, the one in Portland was better while the risotto was good! The complementary dessert finished it off. We were so full by the end of dinner. Would def recommend going there!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Belated birthday dinner
    Giselle
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My spouse made this reservation to celebrate my birthday. She requested a table with a booth. The lighting in the booth area was not enough so we sat at a well lit table. We still had to use the mini flash lights to read the menu. We have been patrons to the Tacoma location many times and the Seattle location is just as nice and service just as wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • early dinner leaves room to relax
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    we could only get a 5:00 pm reservation. Turned out to be great as we really enjoyed our dinner experience. Had time to catch an 8:30 movie
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and food
    VJJJ
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is a pricey, but the service and food were wonderful. Water glass was never empty or even low. Tasting menu was amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always special
    Happy
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I took my wife here for our anniversary (a few times now). We held my daughter's graduation party here. Whether it's happy hour or dinner, it always feels special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We went to El Gaucho for a birthday dinner and it was hands down the best accommodations for a special occasion that I have ever experienced. The food (I highly recommend the tasting menu) and the service was wonderful, but the extra attention for the birthday without drawing extra attention was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just OK this time
    DarrenTVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I've dined at El Gaucho 3 times in past but only sat in bar. This time was in dining room. They were busy and service was definitely slow. I had a $74 bone in NY which had good flavor but was mostly tough. My GF had seared tuna that was good but lacked in flavor. Overall it wasn't a horrible experience but nothing to rave about especially given the cost. I dine at many high end restaurants and tonight's experience would put them out of business quickly. Perhaps a sign of why this restaraunt has moved to running Groupon type deals??
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2dineout
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This was our first time at El Gaucho. We have heard so many great comments, this was exciting to try. My husband ordered Seafood Linguini where the shrimp were all freezer burnt! The scallops were over cooked and rubbery! Mind you this is a $50 meal. No quality to the preparation and execution. My step mom ordered a scallop dish as well, and not our surprise the scallops were over cooked. My husband had the waitress take back his dish and get a steak in return which was done to perfection! Once the bill came, we were upset that there was no discount taken for the disgusting first dish plus there was an extra plate charge fee when we had no extra plates on the table. We won't be back, there are other Steak Houses in Seattle that are better
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We went to El Gaucho for my son's birthday. It was a Thursday night and the restaurant was pretty empty. We had great service and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We dine at El Gaucho in Tacoma a lot. It is in our opinion a better layout and ambiance in Tacoma. We dined on a Sunday night on our anniversary. The table had rose petals on it with a card from El Gaucho (that was really nice). The food was good but husband had one piece of meat in the trio that was not good cut, he said. Our waiter was great but we did feel like it all seemed rushed. Not the usual from this excellent restaurant! We will still go here because it just is not the usual experience.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    BL123VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Been here a few times, never disappoints. It's expensive, but worth is once in a while if you've got the $$!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Elegance
    GayCynic
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Some restaurants emulate a particular era or theme, and then dial them up a notch. El Gaucho takes all that was good about a 1950's Seattle steak and seafood house and dials it up that critical notch. Excellent food combined with top quality service and both the willingness and ability to accomodate the needs of the under 21 and over 85 crowds without "dumbing it down" make El Gaucho a notable experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the worst in seattle
    ospreyboats
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    we had visited the restaurant 10 years ago we were regulars,WE WILL NEVER GO AGAIN! I paid 62.00 for steak that couldn't be eaten even though it was medium rare. I was so shocked I didn't even send it back,the salad was old ,the potatoes we couldn't eat they were just salt.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not great
    Missy
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Food was cold, had chateaubriand, food plated at the table so both food and sauce were cold. Overpriced for what u get. Don't bother.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great and not so great
    dslesq
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    When I made the reservation I requested that I be able to sit next to my wife because I wear hearing aids and they are difficult in large places. When I arrived the hostess told me that they had a table immediately or that there was a booth coming available in "just a few minutes." The few minutes turned into an hour with no apology from the staff until I went over and advised them of the time lapse after 45 minutes. Once we were seated the food was great as was the service. But still, the taste of the wait left a bitter feeling in my mouth and elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Par de Excellence
    MCrane
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    A fun and delicious evening. Outstanding service and the food was fresh and vibrant. I highly recommend this top chop style restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attention to detail
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    El Gaucho is a classy place. Excellent service, well-prepared food, wonderful atmosphere made special by talented piano player.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    The food, service and ambience was wonderful! It's definitely a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How to spoil yourself !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Go to El Gaucho if you want a truly memorable eating experience. Even if you have a short memory, you won't forget the wonderful food preparation.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not stupendous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We were really looking forward to a high end outstanding steakhouse but were fairly disappointed. No complaints about our servers or tableside salad preparation. The staff was friendly, courteous and helpful and our Ceasar Salad was very nicely dressed. However our food was only average and definitely not worth $68 and $75 entrees. My NY Steak was somewhat tough and gristly, and the $24 lobster mash was nothing special at all. The crowning blow was finding the restrooms dirty and obviously not serviced all evening. I'll stick with Canlis or Daniel's Broiler when I want to splurge for a good steak dinner and dining experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food
    gloworm
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Good food, great service. A little noisy. However, that would not stop me from going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a wonderful, romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Had a wonderful, romantic dinner with my sweetheart. Everything about the experience was perfect!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seattle Restaurant week
    Michelle
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We were dining during the Seattle restaurant week, they served big plates, nice ambiance
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steaks
    Saturnsnoopy
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The steaks are tender and melt in your mouth. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Gaucho during Restaurant Week
    Dott
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    It was packed, loud and what was with the plaid shirts? The flight of wine to complement the food was a nice touch, but the kale salad was a bit overwhelming. I'm sure it has a much more intimate feel at any other time of the year.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    MelMc
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Dining at El Gaucho is always a pleasure. The food is terrific, the service impeccable, and the ambiance very inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    The steak was delicious and dessert very tasty. It was restaurant week so obviously the place was very busy, which impacted Service. The wait staff was very pleasant but not as attentive as we would have expected for a fine dining experience. That said, it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • regular guest surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I have eaten at El Gaucho about 50 times and this was the first time anyone was outright rude. The female captain informed us the kitchen was closed and that our reservation was 9:30, not 10:00. When I showed her the confirmation I received for 10pm, she sharply asked if I would like to see that their system said 9:30 and we were headed out the door after my wife and daughters had driven up from Auburn through stadium traffic. Thank goodness the chef sent someone else over to let us know we could eat. Rebecca was fantastic and we all ate too much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.