El Gaucho - Bellevue
El Gaucho - Bellevue

El Gaucho - Bellevue

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.elgaucho.com/
  • Phone: 4254552715x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 1:30pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am – 3:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: Service beginning at 5:00pm

    Happy Hour: Sunday: 5pm-close; Monday: 2pm to close; Tuesday – Friday: 2pm – 6pm; Saturday: 5pm – 6pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Executive Chef John Broulette
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live piano music 7 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 Whitney Twede at 425.455.2742 or wtwede@elgaucho.com for information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between NE 4th & NE 8th Streets
  • Public Transit: Located next to the NE 6th Street Transit Center.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Take exit 13a from I-405 for NE 4th Street. Drive west on NE 4th toward downtown Bellevue. Turn right onto 108th Ave NE. Take first right into the driveway between the First Mutual Bank building and the China Trust Bank building. This will lead you between the two buildings through the courtyard up to the City Center Plaza building.
    Self-parking in the garage is validated for up to 3 hours. Valet parking is available evenings for $7.
A word from El Gaucho - Bellevue
El Gaucho is the Northwest's steakhouse legacy focused on elegant old-school, tableside service for people celebrating their lives.
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El Gaucho - Bellevue reviews from OpenTable diners
147 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (122)romantic (94)notable wine list (59)fit for foodies (57)good for groups (47)great for lunch (33)neighborhood gem (20)great for brunch (18)late-night find (16)great for outdoor dining (14)hot spot (14)vibrant bar scene (9)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Steak was excellent. Careful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/30/2011
    Steak was excellent. Careful with salt levels on scalloped potatoes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • For any special occasion or
    Roger
    Dined on 4/24/2011
    For any special occasion or just to treat yourself to some fine (Expensive) dining, this is certainly one of the Eastside's better restaurants. This was Easter Sunday, so it was not busy at all, the waitperson was very attentive and stopped by several times to see if we needed anything.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I would eat there again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/16/2011
    Waitstaff were attentive, but not smothering. Food was excellent, especially the crabcakes and the frenched rib chop. Lobster mashed potatoes were buttery and delicious. It was a bit on the loud side where we were seated, which was too bad since we were there for a romantic dinner, but we didn't have to yell or anything, just repeat ourselves a few times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food. The service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/8/2011
    Amazing food. The service is outstanding. They are attentive but not pesky which was really important as we were celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous time as usual! I
    Cynthia
    Dined on 4/1/2011
    Fabulous time as usual! I love this place... the food, the service and the venue all perfect! A special thanks to Nicole for getting us out in time for our show! You were the best! Bummer about El Gaucho no longer accepting the Passport card though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We had an awesome anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2011
    We had an awesome anniversary dinner. Friendly, helpful staff. Food was amazing especially the ceasar salad. It was amazing all the way to the 2 chocolate chip cookies left in the car by the valet for munching on the way home.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I have been frequenting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/20/2011
    My wife and I have been frequenting steak houses over the years. But for whatever reason, we had never dined at El Gaucho until this time. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. But the food did not live up to our high expectation. Although the meat quality was excellent, both the frenched rib chop and filet mignon we ordered were slightly overcooked and incredibly salty. And the lobster mashed potatoes was rather average. The restaurant was also very dark, so much so that the folks sitting at the next table asked for flash light in order to see their bill, which made us chuckle. Overall I have to say that our experience was mixed. While the steak was good, we have had better steak somewhere else.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is the finest resturant
    Aloha9620
    Dined on 3/15/2011
    This is the finest resturant in Bellevue. High ambiance, service second to none! Great menu, and in my opinion is the most romantic resturaunt in the greater Seattle area. It is my go to place for all special occasions, but leave the kids at home! It is for grown ups!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent food, wine and most
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/6/2011
    Excellent food, wine and most importantly, exceptional service which enabled a special occasion to be that much more memorable. There is no question that we will return, perhaps with a larger group than the two of us.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Avoid. Just avoid.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/3/2011
    A great steakhouse, if you've never had a great steak. I had the NY strip, my wife had the fillet. Both were bad cuts of meat, poorly prepared. And the sides! Bland stuff you could prepare at home. Amazingly, the mashed potatoes have that instant boxed potatoes aftertaste! Head down the street to Ruth's Chris if you really want a good Bellevue-level steak experience. Also bad, they allow the Microsoft cubical monkeys to dine in the restaurant in jeans and hoodies. If I'm spending $400 on dinner, it would be nice not to have to look at a T-shirt featuring a middle finger at the next table.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gorgeous inside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/26/2011
    Absolutely gorgeous inside. We eat at the Tacoma El Gaucho as often as we can and thought it would be fun to check out the Bellevue one since we were in town for Wintergrass at the Hyatt and it was within walking distance. We were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful staff, great steaks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/22/2011
    Went for a business dinner with a party of 4. Very easy to get a reservation on short notice. We were pleasantly greeted by valet and hostess. The service was attentive and excellent all night, from wine recommendations to the pacing of the meal. The food was very good as all 4 in my party were very pleased with our choices of various steaks and seafoods. The Caesar salad is prepared table-side, but only available for 2 or more. Sides are served to be shared. The restaurant sent over a complimentary food and cheese plate at the end of the meal; a nice touch. Overall, a very enjoyable dinner. Nice location, but may be roughy to find your first time there as it is set back off the street. Keep eyes peeled for sign at end if driveway
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We came in for our first time..have
    SophieVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2011
    We came in for our first time..have been to downtown El Gaucho many times...Had to wait for our reservation about 20 min. The service was very good as usual. My steak and my husband's steak were both over cooked. We asked for MR, both were medium. We thought the wine list was way over priced just like the Seattle venue.. Wish there were more reasonable prices. I think the steaks are over priced as well...Really??? $70 for a steak ??I can get a fantastic steak for much less at Bis on Main and the service is just as good and the wine is a better value. I think this restaurant is NOT a good bang for your buck!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for special occasions
    Roger
    Dined on 2/19/2011
    El Gaucho is the place to go on the Eastside for any special occasion or just to treat yourself to a great dinner. The staff are always friendly and ready to offer suggestions should you have questions about selections or preparation. They are happy to split an entree if your appetite is not what it used to be. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/12/2011
    We booked a reserveration for 8:30 through Opentable. However we didnt end up getting seated until close to 9:30, hostess offered us a free appetizer for our trouble. Service could have been much better, food was good but didnt make up for the 60 minute delay. Ambience was nice, but for the price I would rather go somewhere with better service. At the least a manager could have visited the table and apologized for the inconvenience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was good , but i'm
    Belle
    Dined on 2/12/2011
    The food was good , but i'm not sure it was worth the price. The restaurant is very dark , you can't read the menu so the waiters actually offers you flash light! do they really think this is romantic?! the acoustics is pretty loud. Since you get a nice bread at the begining (abd thourgh the meal) and a large fruit bowl at the end, you might concider to skip startes and dessert but add a side dish to the main course. The meat was very good. ( filet)
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • On our limited budget we were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/11/2011
    On our limited budget we were looking forward to my birthday celebration using my Passport two for one discount. Sorry to say, they no longer honor it. My mistake for not checking the Passport website. However, the staff was able to provide a $25 discount AND a free dessert!'By sharing the entree and the vegetable and salad side as well as the dessert we were able to stay close to our budget.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/29/2011
    Excellent environment, food, and service. The steaks were fantastic and desserts were heavenly. You can't go wrong with your menu selection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our first time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/28/2011
    This was our first time at El Gaucho. The room is imposing and very well appointed, but the floor plan is open, and does not have a romantic feel. All of us had steaks --- New York and baseball filet. It was... good. But not great, somewhat bland. New York slightly overcooked. Nothing really serious to complain about, but, frankly, at $60 New York should be absolutely perfect. Maybe I am just being stingy. But for my money, Ruth Chris is better on all counts.
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  • El Gaucho is absolutely fantastic.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/21/2011
    El Gaucho is absolutely fantastic. The food is a bit on the pricey side but if you went to El Gaucho for any other reason than to treat yourself to a first class night, then of course you would be a bit turned off. But seriously, order the filet mignon your first reaction will be slightly embarrassing because it might involve drool. The wait staff were really great; involved and very pleasant. The food - one word: More!!!!! And the price? Well worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just love this place. Steve
    TheBaconistaVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2011
    Just love this place. Steve Smith is a knowledgable, but friendly sommelier who always recommends the right wine and the kitchen turns out some of the most consistently great steaks on the east side.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner was delicious and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/15/2011
    Dinner was delicious and service was fantastic. Dessert was good but not great. Definitely would come again for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good, not great.
    rc8647VIP
    Dined on 1/13/2011
    Food was good, not great. I think this restaurant is a bit overpriced . Not sure how long before I return as there are many other places that are as good or better for not as much money
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unfortunately, not a good
    CapnmanVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2011
    Unfortunately, not a good night at El Gaucho. Sort of a first. Steak was overdone and thready. Wont stop me from going back but for $59...it was a rip.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They overcooked the steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/8/2011
    They overcooked the steak and threw away a lot of leftovers when we asked them to pack them up. The server was talking about how wasted he got the night before. It was a horrible experience and a waste of a lot of money. I am extremely disappointed.
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  • Service was outstanding and
    Jacktastic7VIP
    Dined on 1/6/2011
    Service was outstanding and food was good. Not many vegetarian options for the non meat eater in our family (waiter told us even the vegetable sides are seasoned with au jus) and the seafood was ok. Husband & son ordered steaks and loved them. Veggie sides were bland. Lobster mashed potatoes were sublime. But, not sure the meal was really worth a the $500 for a family weeknight dinner. Lots of business men dining there together which I think the place is more suited to.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb experience. Friendly,
    RonS
    Dined on 12/31/2010
    Superb experience. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Finally a decent martini.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my top restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/31/2010
    One of my top restaurants in Seattle, hands down. Excellent service and amazing food - well worth the money you'll spend.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Visited on New Years Eve,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2010
    Visited on New Years Eve, so it was very busy and may have impacted our overall experience. Not likely to rush back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The surroundings were lovely--very
    norakoz
    Dined on 12/26/2010
    The surroundings were lovely--very upscale 50s vibe. The steaks were excellent as expected but the seafood was just average as were the sides. The service was surprisingly inattentive and slow considering that less than one fourth of the tables were occupied. It took quite a while to get the sommelier back to our table to take our wine order after we requested a few minutes to look at the wine menu. And our server did not seem interested in putting forth much effort to get answers from the kitchen to help one diner with dietary limitations.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food!! - but disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/24/2010
    Excellent food!! - but disappointed in the service. May be due to the holiday, but table staff was not engaged - and seemed preoccupied. Not the usual high standard we have been accustomed to at this restaurant and for the $$ spent. Our Christmas Eve experience was not as enjoyable. We had drinks in the lounge while we waited 1/2 hour to be seated and Chris was an exceptional, personable and attentive bartender.
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  • Overall a great addition to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/18/2010
    Overall a great addition to Eastside Dining. Food was excellent with steaks, seafood and vegetables cooked to perfection. However the service was sophomoric and distracted from the food. Besides a server working at another table spilling a salad on me and the same fellow spilling sauce when clearing out table, our waitress had not mastered the art of being attentive without being annoying. Also if you need a flashlight to read the menu, you could probably use a lighting redesign. So would I go back? Yes, but if the service lacked again, It will be back to Daniel's on Leschi, or the original El Gaucho
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • El Gaucho never fails to please
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/11/2010
    El Gaucho never fails to please with the food or the service. It goes without saying that the steak was fantastic, as were the sides. We started with caesar salad which is prepared table side and it doubtless the best salad I have ever had. It's extremely garlicy, but don't let that put you off. We also tried the steak tartare which was again heavy on the seasoning but absolutely delicious. They use a much coarser grind of meat than most steak tartare, and it paid off. The service was impeccable as well, and they were even friendly and accommodating to our 15 month old daughter who sat with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, service seemed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/6/2010
    Good food, service seemed a little off as we were charged for something we never ordered, the item was removed from the bill when we brought it their attention.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The ambience of this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/27/2010
    The ambience of this restaurant is all that it has going for them. Wiater claimed it would be the best steak you will have in your lifetime. This was a joke. Food (steak/oyster rockefeller)was mediocre. We felt so bad after spending a fortune on this experience. Daniel's Broiler in Bellevue still stands supreme.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Appetizer - Dungeness Crab
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/19/2010
    Appetizer - Dungeness Crab Cakes - When it arrived it was just warm not hot. It is not anywhere close to blue crab crab cakes. If you had blue crab crab cake from Maryland you will be disappointed. I was. - Pancetta Wrapped Jumbo Prawn - Good size, but seems chemical treated. Entree - Steak EL Gaucho - Capital Grill's top sirloin is much better. no comparison. - Peppercorn New York - I can really taste the meat and it was great. But I would not order it with peppercorn again. Overall - Skip the appetizer. Not good quality. Over priced. - Order a large piece of steak with simple preparation. do not need any saurce. - Order sharable sides, reasonablely priced but quantity is less than Capital Grill
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  • Highly recommend their warm
    Eat4living
    Dined on 11/17/2010
    Highly recommend their warm seafood Caesar salad. They offer generous portion with plenty of seafood.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is very good, beautiful
    Excellent
    Dined on 11/13/2010
    Food is very good, beautiful setting, service was EXCELLENT! The one issue we had was the location was kind of tricky to find. Will dine there again!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was great. Flaming
    Sonustack
    Dined on 11/13/2010
    The food was great. Flaming skewers were fantastic. Service was great. Being over 50, had to use a flashlight to read the menu since they keep it quite dark for ambiance. Prices are on the high to very high side. At $14 a pop for my McCallan Scotch, I guess they will clear a great profit on a $52 fifth. $56 for my New York steak (and nothing comes with it - all sides and salads are ala carte). We did order a bottle of 14 Hands Merlot, which is one of our favorites for $36 a bottle. Definitely not the place to go regularly for us middle class types except for special occasions and to see how the other half lives.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was too pricey. This is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/12/2010
    It was too pricey. This is our second time there and it was not as good as our first time. Food was too salty both the onion soup as well as my meat. I do not think we will come back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic