Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.10mi
  2. Distance: 0.19mi
  3. Distance: 0.28mi
  4. Distance: 0.33mi
  1. Distance: 0.10mi
  2. Distance: 0.19mi
  3. Distance: 0.28mi
  4. Distance: 0.33mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.10mi
  2. Distance: 0.19mi
  3. Distance: 0.28mi
  4. Distance: 0.33mi
  1. Distance: 0.10mi
  2. Distance: 0.19mi
  3. Distance: 0.28mi
  4. Distance: 0.33mi

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
View Larger Map

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:
Michael Jordan

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.

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

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (68)
Romantic (53)
Good for Anniversaries (52)
See All
Good for a Date (51)
Good for Birthdays (44)
Business Meals (35)
Notable Wine List (32)
Happy Hour (24)
Live Music (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Authentic (13)
Bar Seating (12)
People Watching (10)
Cozy (9)
Fun (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Casual (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Sort by
S
1357 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

Our dinner reservations were for 7:15 on a Saturday night. We were promptly seated at a table decorated with rose petals and a card signed by the staff because we were celebrating our anniversary! That was very nice. It was pretty busy inside or it must of been because it took a good 10 minutes to get waters to our table and a table side cart blocked my fiancé from getting out of his seat for a good chunk of our stay. I was super excited to get a steak "oscar style" because I had seen some great pictures online and the reviews were mostly good. Unfortunately once my steak came it was not what I had been expecting. My first bite was pure grizzle. Something that I would not expect from a "prime grade" New York. I tried another bite and it was cooked to my preferred temp but fairly flavorless for something crusted in peppercorns. The oscar was not warm and my plate was missing the mushroom cap garnish but maybe they forgo that once something is upgraded oscar style. Our waiter was incredibly nice and apologetic, offering me something different I went with the chicken dish. It was tasty but not what I went there for. My fiancés swordfish was delicious and the wine was very good but for a place to be known for their steaks I was super disappointed. The after dinner fruit/nut basket is fun at the end and the banana bread pudding dessert sounded really good but we were over it and ready to move on.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service3
value3

 
 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Menu is awesome, but food preparation was inconsistent. Service was pleasant, but at times slow and didn't come across as really knowledgeable.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service3
value2

 
 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was good but they didn’t make my birthday feel special at all despite asking if we were there for a special occasion. Even “average” restaurants give us a complimentary desert with a candle at least.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service3
value4

 
·Dined 5 days ago

We had a wonderful meal and the service was exceptional!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Great spot for a first business meeting and free wheeling discussion

Tags: Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 14, 2018

They provided the most unique touch to help me celebrate my fiancee's birthday. The fact that several servers stopped to tell her "Happy Birthday!" as we were being seated already blew us away. To see the other personal touches (no spoilers) they added truly made the night memorable. Collectively, all the servers were extremely accommodating and just flat out awesome.

If you really want to create a special, feel-good, moment, set a reservation at EG's!

Tags: Scenic View, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Used to be our favorite place but they have been seriously slipping lately. Tonight was our “let’s try one more time” night & it was a disappointment again.
We will not be back.
Hair in salad...no biggie, kept giving it a chance.
Floor manager (where the problem is) came by and said, “sorry about that hair in your salad but it looks like you have enough food”. Um yeah....thanks🤔
We continued on...had a good evening. Last nail in coffin was they snuck a 20% tip on our tab. We FULLY planned on taking care of our waiter (who was awesome) but to sneak this in on a table for two was pathetic.
Bye bye El Goucho!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service3
value2

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was disappointing- meat over done. Soups was mediocre nothing special and salad wasn’t dressed well. Wine was delicious and service fantastic.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience5
service5
value1

vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We had a lovely evening. EVERYTHING was delicious. Good service, too.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 12, 2018

What makes a restaurant an event and not just a meal is the care of good service that comes with it. El Gaucho made repeatedly sure that our experience was flawless. We are only in Seattle for our toddler to receive chemotherapy and radiation at Seattle Children’s. We are here for a surprise 6-9 months and can’t wait to get home and be normal. But this is a marathon, not a sprint, so we are trying to recharge where we can. On my birthday, it meant going out. Going out with the kids, since we don’t know anyone who the kids would be comfortable with. There is no way, of course, that the staff could know all this, but they were doubly kind to us; the manager thanked us for bringing our two little polite (but noisy) kids and said he thought it was neat to see. The waiter actually bought our desserts. The food, also, was cooked the way I (a foodie) would cook it at home—with attention to each and every dish and sauce. It was delicious.
Highly recommend as a place to go when you DEFINITELY don’t want to be disappointed. They will take good care of you.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Everything was beyond excellent, food and service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Our visit was enjoyable and of course the food is outstanding what more could one ask because the service is second to none.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on January 7, 2018

Service and food are amazing. I guess you get what you pay for. The prices are a bit more than other places but I’d pay the Price again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was absolutely delicious and service was outstanding! We felt like special guests all evening and the servers not only checked in with each course, but also were very personable and friendly. We'll be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Work anniversary

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The restaurant was very good, and the food and service excellent. Why just a three star rating?

At the end of the meal, when presented the check we were told that they added 20% to the bill as a tip. (I am sure it was in the menu somewhere, but I didn't study it.) I was told could add more if I wanted. I have only seen this when having big groups (which I understand and agree with) and in Seattle with their $15.00 minimum wage.
I don't believe that 20% goes to the wait staff directly, and I don't appreciate being told what to tip. BTW, the wait staff would have gotten their 20% as they were very good.
But I am not coming back. There are plenty of other good restaurants on the Eastside that don't force a tip on me. If your restaurant wants to make more money raise your prices.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great wine list and great service but food was flavorless... Doesn't make sense to pay 56 bucks for a flavorless rib eye. Time this place closed their doors.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service5
value2

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Truly a great experience. The decor, staff, and food were phenomenal. Great pianist. Everything was perfect.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a really nice New Year’s Eve dinner. The atmosphere, service, food, and seating were impeccable as always. We look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Restaurant was quite loud. Despite early reservations for a very special occasion, we received a poor location. The food was good, but not as good as the prices warrant. Service was usually attentive, but perhaps a bit overbearing at times. Highly recommended "signature dishes" we not that great.

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value2

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great meal with family wrapping up the year. The ambiance is why we love so gaucho. Tableside prep is the best. Always enjoy eating here.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Bar Seating, People Watching, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great service and awesome food! Great for a special occasion!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Very good service, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Great food and drinks. Swanky and sophisticated without being stuffy. Nice open and roomy eating area. Will definitely be coming back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Good for Groups, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 27, 2017

El Gaucho has an incredible staff waiting on your hand and foot. Our server, Dominic, was personable and engaging and provided excellent recommendations for wine and whiskey as well as his favorite entrees.

The only thing that was off about our experience was probably due to the VIP table next to us. I cannot confirm they are VIP other than the attention they got from everyone who worked at El Gaucho. Some of the dishes we ordered went to the VIP table prior to us, despite ordering earlier. Normally this wouldn't be an issue, but at 7pm we were ravenous after a 15 mile hike and not eating all day.

Tags: Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 27, 2017

As with other visits, the food and service was outstanding!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went for Christmas Eve dinner. Been there many times. Excellent steaks and service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Had a great experience! Janelle, our server was so cute and beyond helpful with my boyfriends dietary restrictions. Our captain Nels made an excellent wine pairing recommendation and even found vegan butter to make vegan bananas foster. Perfect night- thank you El Gaucho Bellevue!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Steak was dry and flavorless

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience5
service3

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Dinner meeting

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 22, 2017

All staff were outstanding: from the moment we entered the door, each and every person acknowledged our anniversary as I shared when making the reservation. Tableside preparation was fantastic as was each and every dish. A truly wonderful experience!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value2

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Always a great meal!
A bit presumptuous though with automatically adding a 20% tip to my bill for two.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This was our first time at the Bellevue El Gaucho's. We have gone to the Tacoma El Gaucho's in the past. The service was impeccable. Our server was very attentive without rushing us. The food was amazing. We brought home leftovers that we are looking forward to eating another night. We love the live piano music playing in the background. Very classy. Tonight we celebrated my husbands birthday. It is always tough to celebrate his birthday so close to Christmas, but it is nice to see how pretty the restaurant was decorated for the holidays. We will definitely be back.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Service was hands-down above par and always felt taken care of. The food portion sizes were decent and taste was good. The table-side salads and desserts add to the fun and experience! While I didn't really have room for dessert was glad we ordered some.
While this is not a place we would dine on regular occasion, we will be back for another special occasion in the future.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great meal, my favorite place for filet mignon. Love the cherries jubilee as well as the preparation!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We had a great time for my birthday dinner. From the time we walked in the door the service was exceptional. The quality of the food was amazing and good. We will be back for sure.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Expected 5 stars, got 2. Disappointing dinner. Good waitress couldn't compensate for the long wait for food. Over seasoned and tough steaks. Loud piano. Over priced for the quality.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service3
value1

 
·Dined on December 16, 2017

Two of the three valet attendants did not acknowledge us upon entering the restaurant. The one gentleman who did, opened the door for us. Walking to up to the host/hostess desk, the gentleman at the computer looked at us but did not greet us or ask if he could help us. The three ladies behind him all greeted us. I had to initiate the conversation with the host to let him know we had a reservation. Those were the only two instances that were, not necessarily negative, but not the standard that the rest of our evening had been presented to us. Our server was fantastic and knowledgeable about the menu. I will recommend and I will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very good food. Outstanding service. But it was expensive, by Yakima standards.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Always a superior experience

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 13, 2017

Adding 20% automatically to the bill to boost revenues is unacceptable.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.