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
156 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (130)romantic (99)fit for foodies (64)notable wine list (62)good for groups (48)great for lunch (33)neighborhood gem (20)late-night find (18)great for brunch (18)great for outdoor dining (16)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (9)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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)
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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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • 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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    • 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
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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
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
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    romantic
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  • 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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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • 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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  • Of the twenty-eight anniversary
    PVBeachVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2010
    Of the twenty-eight anniversary lunches I have shared with my wife, this was the most delightful and attentively presented. From the moment of arrival, our celebration was noted - by the hostesses, the waitstaff - literally every one we saw or spoke to! Every request on our Open Table reservation - right down to a presentation of the champagne selection on seating - was observed. We must have had the best waitperson in the house! Do not overlook the seafood here! The scallops (served as a starter) are excellent. The grilled fish - I had halibut - rivals the best in the city. Let the kitchen know if you hanker a particular flavoring - the grill men seem to know their way with spices and season to request (even salt-free darn it)
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Food was B+... I didn't care
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/5/2010
    Food was B+... I didn't care for the tableseide caesar salad all that much, but that's just a matter of taste. The steak was great, as was the service. Louis, the watier, did a truly awesome job.
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    special occasion
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  • Steak was phenomenal. Salad
    MshbnyehudVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2010
    Steak was phenomenal. Salad with crab/shrimp was chock full of seafood, and delicious. Skipped dessert - no room. Wines are nice. Overall, pricey -- about $90 per person including tax/tip. Reserved for special occasions.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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  • The food was amazing, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/5/2010
    The food was amazing, but the service was awesome ! Absolutely awesome. The best waitress and table service I've had in years. Thank you so much !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • We had a wonderful dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2010
    We had a wonderful dinner at El Gaucho. We started in the bar for Happy Hour with bartender Jeff who is always great. For dinner, the tableside Caesar salad was spectacular as were our dinners. Our waitress Summer was excellent - attentive but not overly present. We especially enjoyed the leisurely pace of our meal.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • If you are PRIME card user,
    Daniel
    Dined on 10/23/2010
    If you are PRIME card user, be warned that BELLEVUE El GAUCHO no longer accepts PRIME. That affects all you Microsofties out there. Passport = YES; Prime = NO.
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  • This was one of the best dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/23/2010
    This was one of the best dining experiences we have had. The food was unbelievable, the service beyond outstanding and the ambiance perfect. Plus, the complimentary fruit and nut platter after dinner was a nice surprise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Bellevue Lunch Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/20/2010
    Went here for a lunch meeting. The server helped by removing extra stuff from the table and service at lunch (2 burgers) was very fast. One of the best burgers I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • The service was very slow,
    sweetsVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2010
    The service was very slow, it seemed like they had messed up the order and was trying to hide it. hence why the service was slow. Fish was overcooked. Vegetables were good. Soup was nice a little thick. Bread is always good, but overall not impressed. I have eaten at the Seattle location several times, and will continue too. I will not eat at the Bellevue location again. 0 for 2 dinner and lunch
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  • Arriving for a birthday treat,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/16/2010
    Arriving for a birthday treat, the valets were genteel, the Hostesses magnanimous with no pressure for time to sit, and kept our table reserved while we went to the bar. Decor very tasteful, and the piano player, June, is a real treat!! I travel the country, dine out ALL the time... so when we were first seated, no wait staff appeared for about 10 minutes. Judgment was out and heading south by the second. However, the Captain rushed right up when we expressed consternation, and fawned over us all night. It was one of the most memorable restaurant experiences I've had, and the steak is "to die for" as were the rest of our dishes. Prepared perfectly. I highly recommend it for business and personal occasions! They got me for life.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • We had a great dinner. We
    RayBVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2010
    We had a great dinner. We started with the 410 salad which was great. The steaks were outstanding.
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    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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  • Hands down the best service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/10/2010
    Hands down the best service in the area. Classic, professional and always on top of every need. Food is always great and there's plenty left over. Although I would not define this as a kid friendly place, my kids(10,15 & 23) love this place. Nothing like seeing the servers light your food on fire by your table! :-)
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    romantic, special occasion
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