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About 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.
City Center Plaza
Bellevue, WA 98004
Steak, American, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner: Daily: Service beginning at 5:00pm
Happy Hour: Sunday: 5pm-close; Monday: 2:30 to close; Tuesday – Friday: 2:30 – 6pm; Saturday: 5pm – 6pm
Between NE 4th & NE 8th Streets
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live piano music 7 days a week.
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.
Located next to the NE 6th Street Transit Center.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Private dining at El Gaucho is a memorable occasion. Our beautiful and incomparable private dining 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.
El Gaucho - Bellevue Ratings and Reviews
This was a dinner meeting of the leadership team of a health care company, and was an excellent venue for that. Quite and calm enough for thoughtful conversation, but not moribund. Unrushed, not too dimly lit for three Alpha males to meet. I don't drink, but my two colleagues who do seemed happy with the options. I had the baseball-cut steak which I also had previously at the Seattle Gaucho. It was excellently prepared and tasty, and there seems to be consistency in prep from date to date and location to location. The only complaint, and its minor, was that this location was very difficult to find and I ended up feeling like we were driving on pedestrian pathways to find the door which is tucked back deep inside a retail and condo area. Overall great experience, even though missing the Seahawk's game to be here.
Our server on this occasion merits special mention. She was extremely will informed about both the alcohol and food menus, understood and conveyed how various dishes were prepared, and was authentic, personable and engaging without seeming like it was about upselling. She also handled the rather boorish behavior of one of our party with confidence, good humor and aplomb, managing what could have been an unpleasant situation while keeping it light and pleasant. I don't remember her name, but good for her!
Feel free to relay the above comment to the server, but don't publish it anywhere for obvious reasons. Your welcome to use the rest of the review as you see fit.
Have been to El Gaucho several times but this outing for a birthday celebration was truly sub par at best, especially for the price. Everything tasted like goat cheese for some odd reason. Bread was good in theory but over-powered by goat cheese taste. Caesar salad made table side was on par with a bagged salad from QFC with the added tang of goat cheese. Grass fed filet mignon was tough and chewy and medium rare was more like rare with a slight browning on each side. Served with "roasted carrots" that were essentially raw but slightly warm. Got the corn as a side and that was delicious. Dessert was also great, table side cherries jubilee. Service was impeccable. Overall though the food just wasn't great and we were pretty disappointed.
The service was great (from the time you enter the restaurant) and the ambiance was outstanding. What a beautiful venue! The food, however, was poorly prepared and presented. Our steak tartare reminded me of roadkill, my filet minion was cooked well enough, but tasted freezer-burned, the presentation of my steak was non-existent (only a mushroom cap accompanied my steak), and, to top it off, both my wife and I were a bit nauseated when we got home. Luckily, our wait-person removed the steak tartare from my bill after I complained about how gross it was. And, no, this was not the first time I've eaten steak tartare. I've had the dish at both Canlis and Daniel's Broiler (multiple times). I knew the food was bad when my wife complained that she had better prime rib at the Keg and the Black Angus restaurants. If the food were as good as the service, I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. Maybe they had an off night.
Beautiful place, in the middle of Bellevue downtown with views of the surrounding skycrapers. Nice live music by a piano player. Regrettably, I asked my sirloin medium and it came overcooked. After a short discussion where I needed to cut the meat by the middle to show, they brought me a new one, now medium-cooked. I also asked for some 90 bucks wines, but the sommelier did not show up, and passed his recommendations through the waitress, IMHO, for such price I would have expected a more close and effective customer service.
Visited here in 2012 had the best meal ever. Traveled the US in search of a better stake dinner. Have never found one that does it better. So made plans to revisit to insure it is still the best in the US. And wouldn’t you know 5 years latter it’s still number 1 on my list.
Love this place.
We have always had great experiences at El Gaucho, but this was the first time there's ever been an issue - a lot of big parties/kitchen in the weeds kept the waitstaff occupied and there was a pretty significant delay getting our entrees to the table. Our waiter was very apologetic and took the price of the appetizers off the bill - worked hard to make it right. In all other respects, our experience was great - even rose petals on the table for our anniversary. We really like the restaurant and know that this was just a hiccup in what is normally excellent service.
We loved the live piano playing during our meal - the tunes were an eclectic mix and beautifully done. I know it's not food-related but it was my favorite part of our visit!
The food was good. I had a Dungeness crab cocktail - yum! Our steaks, shared scalloped potatoes, and wine were wonderful, as was the service. Even though we were full and passed on dessert, we were offered a lovely fruit and cheese platter after our meal. The bleu cheese was fabulous and I only wish I could have eaten more!
The noise level was a bit high for a romantic meal like ours but the rest of the ambiance was lovely with a soft, warm golden glow permeating the restaurant.
I came here for Seattle Restaurant Week: 3 course dinner for $33. My spouse and I were excited to try this restaurant for such a great deal. However our waiter advised us that the Bellevue location was not part of Seattle Restaurant week? Nowhere was this specified online which was a major disappointment. Prices are unrealistic. We walked out of there spending $200 including a nice tip for a two person meal... the food was amazing but not $200 amazing.. that’s a car payment..
The restaurant was breathtaking from the waiters in tuxedos to the the piano music. The free bread and fruit with nuts and cheese was a nice perk, but didn’t make up for the prices. My meal was delicious, however I kept finding small pieces of shrimp shells in my noodle dish.
Great, fun and memorable night . Thank you. We will definitely be back. I wanted to give my boyfriend a pre birthday surprise and he got it . He loves El Gaucho but he has never been to the one in Bellevue. We had a fabulous time and the service and atmosphere was amazing .
It was a little crowded at 7pm on a Tue, but thinned out at 8pm. Service was impeccable. There were rose petals strewn over our reserved table and a card signed by most of the waiting staff for the birthday we were celebrating. The beef tartare was made at our table, delicious. The steaks were at the right temperatures, rare was nicely seared on the outside. Filets and New Yorks were all tasty and flavorful. Sides were adequate. The bananas foster was a delightful end to the meal. Stacey was our server, and she did a wonderful job to make it a memorable evening.
It seems next to impossible to find a significant flaw with El Gaucho. Larry the floor captain is large and in charge as the service is a remarkable experience. We brought my mother in law here who comes from the supper club and fine dining era gone by. Not only was she not disappointed as someone who served and sat on both sides of the table, she can’t stop talking about the service and experience.
Thank you Larry
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