El Gaucho - Bellevue

4.6
1432 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steak, American, Steakhouse
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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
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Phone number
(425) 455-2715
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Jordan
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Private party facilities
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.
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Private party contact
Whitney Twede: (877) 282-4062
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between NE 4th & NE 8th Streets
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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.
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Public transit
Located next to the NE 6th Street Transit Center.
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Entertainment
Live piano music 7 days a week.
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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.
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
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DG
Seattle
45 reviews
Reviewed on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Went to my senior prom at the old one on Olive in 1966. I still love the place. The food is great, the service is great, and cherries jubilee.

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RB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, great atmosphere, friendly staff.

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SB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was terrific
Service was slow
Our dinner was approx 3.5 hr

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a real treat to dine here!

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OT
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and the team there couldn’t have made it better! Every team member wished us happy anniversary! The food and service were as expected...exceptional! The atmosphere reminds you that you are on a special night out!

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b
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

49 plus birthday celebration. Sword fish was great , martini perfect. Overall a great evening,
we will return and hope we can get Mike as our server--added much to our dining experience.

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VZ
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have been El Gaucho a few times and had a good experience. This time I felt the lighting was too dim to read the dinner menu and steak was charred.

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M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an electronic gift card that was a challenge to use, however manager went over and above to resolve, and were very gracious during the whole process. They definitely put customer first!

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PJ
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and quality of food and service doesn’t disappoint. Only complaint is the high cost of drinks. One 6 oz. glass of wine cost us $25. Automatic 20% service charge is also standard. This is a high end venue so we did expect the meal to cost more. Overall enjoyed our dinner there.

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A
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service I’ve had in 15 years living in the northwest! Best Cesar’s salad in town! Phenomenal atmosphere!

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t
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Get rid of the mandatory tip!! This is absurd.

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PF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Crab melt was extra special, Cubans were generous and ingredients superb but croissants are not the best bread for the sandwich, too delicate. Salads and fries great as always and the service was perfect.

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HM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Gaucho has become our special occasion restaurant of choice. The meals are extraordinary, the atmosphere is relatively quite where you can have an across the table discussion without shouting. The service is outstanding - starting with the receptionist and continuing through the servers. The presentation of the meal is beautiful - you almost don't want to damage this work of culinary work. The staff are attentive without being intrusive.

Overall a magnificent meal and evening out. Not inexpensive but well worth it.

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C
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Started off fine. Nice waiter, ok table, nice bottle of wine. Got our appetizer/salad. Then it was 40 minutes (!) before our steaks came. When they did, the filet was overcooked, the ribeye undercooked. The asparagus was woody and nearly raw. They were apologetic and comped a bunch of it. But it turned a nice evening into an ordeal.

Wish I could say it was the only time El Gaucho has disappointed. Not going to let it happen again.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and great service.

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l
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I specifically made reservations for Sunday so that my son and nephew could enjoy the Prime Rib dinner special that is only done on Sunday. When we were seated and asked to order, we were told there were only two end cuts left (at 7 pm). VERY Disappointing and the dinner ended up costing significantly more than I had anticipated.

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience was once again amazing at El Gaucho. They made an effort to move us to the booth we sat in a year ago when we eloped and had dinner there after. They were over the top with their amazing service. We will be returning every year if not more.

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A
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steak diablo app!! Banana bread pudding is Devine! New York peppercorn is greater

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JM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Of all the nicer restaurants I have been to in the past year, this is by FAR my favorite. Love all the food we had. Doug and everyone else we interacted with - 6 stars! People throughout the restaurant greeted me by name! I can’t wait to go back! It was an experience and not just dinner. Nice job everyone!

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DL
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the El Gaucho wait staff & feel like they are family. The food is always exceptional, service impeccable & a wonderful ambience.

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KE
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! The steak was fantastic.

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s
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeting desk did horrible job of first seating us next to piano while there were plenty of other seats. After we asked for a seating change, Then the lady took our menus without even talking to us and led us to the back of restraunt without notifying servers who should cover us. Had wait 15mins before I had to walk to the kitchen to get water.

However, the restraunt manager saved the day by personally serving us to make up.

Turned my mom’s visit from disappoint to a fully serviced and appreciated.

Guess in the field managemebr style works. Now definitelt retained confidence to host business dinners there again.

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AK
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a Monday Business lunch . The restaurant was not very full so the noise level was fine. I have been here for dinner on a weekend with a full restaurant, and it can be quite loud. Food was fantastic!

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HD
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food
Service perfect

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GI
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Gaucho offers a great experience and food. The facility is 5-star. The service is great. It's on the expensive side but great for special occasions. The bar scene is very good too. Give a kudos to our Server Manny.

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R
Seattle
62 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Gaucho is our go to restaurant for special occasions. It is a true dining experience. Pricey, yes, but worth the expense.

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S
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had our 35th anniversary dinner at El Gaucho with Ruqayya Bala.
We are members of their Revelers Club. They give us a very generous anniversary deal every year.
Started with crab and shrimp salad.
For entrees, a Bone-in Frenched Rib Chop for me and Scallop and Prawn Linguine for my wife.
Rose petals on the table and a beautiful card signed by staff.
For dessert we shared our favorite Banana Bread Pudding.
After dinner they also serve an old fashioned platter of fresh fruits, nuts, cheese and crackers.
It was a wonderful evening with a very precious friend.

Every thing was wonderful as always.

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r
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I'm just never super impressed with the ambiance or the value for the food at this location. Service is always great, they can get you in and out in under an hour for lunch which is important.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic experience in every possible way. Food, wine, service and ambiance are 10 out of 10

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L
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been to El Gaucho many times and I feel like it has gone down in quality of food. I had to send my steak back twice to just get medium, and even then it’s just a dry steak brought in a boring plate. Our potato dish wasn’t ready at the same time as the steak so that was a miss. It was just ok. Not worth the high price.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite steakhouses. They now change a 20% service charge to help deal with the minimum wage for Seattle even though we went to The Bellevue Restaurant

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M
Central Coast
33 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dining experience with El Gaucho! Very attentive and professional staff, nice ambiance, and outstanding cuts of prime beef. Highly recommend the tableside Caesar salad, the filet mignon, and all of the potato sides.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Valentine’s Day date! And returning from India dinner!

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C
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was fine. The ambiance was good. A little noisy. But the big problem is the automatic onerous service fee. I had no idea that El Goucho had implemented the "service fee". I always tip a good server 20%. I had no choice in the matter. I've been dining at El Goucho since 1974 and I wont be dining there again.

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CV
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was very good. Wait staff, particularly our waitress was excellent. Very attentive without being overly intrusive. good, quiet atmosphere.

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CV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! It was just hard to hear the live piano player over all the ambient talking.
I will come here again soon.
Food 5/5
Service 5/5
Facility 5/5

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A
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

This will be the very last time we eat at El Gaucho. Their food, their service, the way they supposedly pay their wait staff. We are done.

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D
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Family dinner with our 15- and 12- year old daughters. Table was ready! Customized for our anniversary/birthday celebration. Server was friendly and accommodating to our children. Wine list was strong, steaks were perfect as usual, and table along the perimeter was appreciated. Only con was the server at the table above us was loud and truly obnoxious while chatting it up with his tables. He probably didn’t realize his voice carries they the restaurant like a coliseum. Overall a dinner for our daughters to remember.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The waiter was amazing. The food fantastic. The small child seated next to us, that her family allowed to watch TV at the table without headphones virtually ruined the evening.

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AK
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the place. My friend recommend me to go there for my birthday. Great service and food. Nothing to add. Will come again!

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