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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.

450 108th Avenue Northeast
City Center Plaza
Bellevue, WA 98004
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Between NE 4th & NE 8th Streets

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(425) 455-2715

Website:
http://www.elgaucho.com/

Entertainment:
Live piano music 7 days a week.

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.

Public Transit:
Located next to the NE 6th Street Transit Center.

Executive Chef:
Tristan Chalker

Additional:
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 wtwede@elgaucho.com for information.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Happy Holidays! We will be open from 3pm - 8pm on Christmas Eve.

Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (73)
Good for Anniversaries (68)
Good for a Date (66)
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Romantic (61)
Good for Birthdays (51)
Business Meals (42)
Notable Wine List (31)
Live Music (29)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Happy Hour (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Bar Seating (15)
Authentic (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Fun (13)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
People Watching (9)
Cozy (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Casual (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Healthy (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

I’ve been to three of the four El Gaucho’s and Bellevue is by far the best. Not as noisy as the one on First Avenue. Excellent Wait staff.

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·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic, Live Music
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Took my wife for her birthday and everything was top notch. The staff all wished her a happy birthday even had a birthday card signed by the staff. The service, the food, the ambiance couldn't have been better.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

What a great staff. 18 of us showed up for a shockingly great meal. Wish we had tried this place long ago. They really make a great steak and know how to make you feel special. Great live piano.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great atmosphere, service, food - just like I expect and always receive

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always good

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great atmosphere, casual but elegant. The service was impeccable, didn't feel rushed but very attended to. Excellent wine list and the food was perfectly prepared and reasonably priced.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Love lunch and dinners there. Lunch has to many business lunches going on. Wish there was a place for us that dont want to listen to phone conversations to enjoy our lunch. Maybe sitting in the bar would be better.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

French onion soup is superb, and paired with a salad as a combo makes a nice lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My husband always picked El Gaucho for his birthday dinner, but the last two years it has gone downhill in food and service, but not in price. We both got sick after this last trip to add to the already disappointing experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

WE have NEVER been disappointed when we have dined at El Gaucho

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

El Gaucho is one of my fav places to go to. Great food. Great Ambiance. The Steaks are great and well made. The service is amazing. Its a bit on the pricey side, but for the food and experience, its well worth it. Will be going there for long time.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Romantic, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

I requested a Special Birthday Dinner For My Wifes 40th Birthday, And They Delivered. Very Happy With service. My Only Beef Is With The Steak - Asked For medium Rare And Got Rare. They Took It Back ANd Came Back Medium. Oh Well.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Seasonal
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful evening for our anniversary. All the servers, especially Manny & Larry made sure everything was perfect and we enjoyed the great conversations :o) and impeccable service!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Premier fine dining in downtown Bellevue. Excellent food with professional and caring service. Choices include fresh fish or steak options. All prepared and served with care and attention to detail. Highly recommended.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The staff is always amazing. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and it was a very special meal thanks to Manny and all the wonderful folks who work there.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

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 .

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Live Music
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Not at all worth the price. Food isn't bad just bland and not memorable.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We went for our anniversary and they went above and beyond to make it special. The service was wonderful and helped make our anniversary dinner special!

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Staff and overall service were superb. Probably the best service I’ve experienced in Seattle/Bellevue.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Not only their foods are great but their service always take us all the way to 5 stars!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 18, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Incredible food and great service. Having the semi-private room for our work team dinner was wonderful.

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great food, and great environment. The steak and starters are recommended

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The service was a little slower than normal, and never gotten ask about my parking ticket. The server took the fruit tray away without asking.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Superb. Pure bliss. They make you feel very very special. Fabulous food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The service was over the top great. We sat in the upper level and had a great view. Terrific food.

Tags: Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great food, service and vibe, as always!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Anniversary

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Love this restaurant one of our favorites! Lonnie makes the best 410 salad tableside

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 12, 2017

El Gaucho is a favorite of ours for lunch. They have a great menu selection, and the always superior service we expect from El Gaucho.

Tags: Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Every part of the visit was perfect! Easy free parking garage, amazing steaks, side dishes, wine and dessert.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 9, 2017

All around great experience. It was my daughters birthday and everyone came to say happy birthday even people that didn’t have anything to do with our table. She loved it. We will be back!

Tags: Special Occasion
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