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
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 Bellevue's best. Live music is offered nightly.
El Gaucho is the Northwest’s steakhouse legacy focused on old-school, tableside service. We revel in helping guests create a night to remember.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
El Gaucho - Bellevue reviews from OpenTable diners
140 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (116)romantic (88)notable wine list (56)fit for foodies (52)good for groups (45)great for lunch (30)neighborhood gem (20)hot spot (18)late-night find (15)great for brunch (15)great for outdoor dining (13)vibrant bar scene (11)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • El Gaucho, not only met but
    FLED
    Dined on 7/22/2011
    El Gaucho, not only met but exceeded all my expectations. Our Server, Manny was great, and the food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but for the money not great
    sunnygirl
    Dined on 6/25/2011
    This was our first time at El Gaucho in Bellevue. We had heard many great things about the restaurant and we had purchase a gift card at charity auction so decided to use it. The place is beautiful and the staff very helpful and friendly. The caeser salad prepared tableside for 2 was the best caeser salad I'd ever eaten! My steak was delicious. My husband's lamb was delicious as well, just not enough of it. We also shared a risotto that was too earthy for my taste. The total bill came to $210 (which included 2 glasses of wine and a lemon drop) which is why I didn't rate this restaurant higher. While it was a good experience, for the money it was not a grand experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My wife and I went to El Gaucho
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/24/2011
    My wife and I went to El Gaucho for our 10 Year Anniversary. Every aspect of our evening went off without a hitch. Our food and drinks arrived promptly, the waiter had the correct amount of engagement, and after paying our bill the valet had our car waiting for us. El Gaucho also made the evening special by providing a complimentary dessert which was a nice touch. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable, consistently delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/24/2011
    El Gaucho Bellevue is consistently Very Good. Our waiter was polite, attentive, and was passionate about his work and his employer, our steaks were PERFECT. I haven't experienced anywhere else where you can get a light light char on the outside and have the whole steak still melt like butter (Filet Mignon, that is). Wonderful for a romantic anniversary (Anniversaries and birthdays, you get a complimentary dessert), not too loud, and looking forward to going back. Keep in mind, they used to take the Passport/PrimeCard that gave you two for one entrees, however they stopped at the beginning of the year (we didn't know that).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected a bit better service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/1/2011
    Expected a bit better service for the price. Been to Seattle location. First time to Bellevue...seemed a bit "casual", but very friendly.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My husband and I dined at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/26/2011
    My husband and I dined at El Gaucho to celebrated for our 1year anniversary. We were promptly seated and all the staff was extremely nice. The shrimp and crab cocktail was a hit and is something that we always order. The bread basket was delicious as well and kept our hunger at bay while we waited our main course. My husband ordered the burger and I ordered the steak el gaucho, both ordered med-rare. Unfortunately both were overly cooked. The complimentry dessert was a nice touch to end our lunch. We just wish our main course was cooked to our liking.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I found this restaurant overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/24/2011
    I found this restaurant overpriced and so dark that not only it is hard to see the food, but you also cannot read the menu. The wine list leaves you breathless: few bottles cost less than $100, many cost between $150 and $900+. The food was good, but not exceptional. I've dined in other steak houses and the food in most of them in my opinion was better and priced much more reasonably. The service was good and our waitress was very attentive.
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  • Wonderful food, great service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/21/2011
    Wonderful food, great service, memorable experience
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have dined at the Seattle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/30/2011
    We have dined at the Seattle location and prefer the lighting of Bellevue. Pianist was excellent. Cannot wait to return, food and service was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    Aloha9620VIP
    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
    • Food
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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)
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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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    • 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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    • 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
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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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  • 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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