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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:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (65)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Good for a Date (47)
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Romantic (41)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Notable Wine List (32)
Business Meals (26)
Happy Hour (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Good for Groups (18)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Authentic (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Live Music (11)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
People Watching (8)
Cozy (7)
Fun (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Casual (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Healthy (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was delicious

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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

The best steak I've ever had. Great service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Our service was exceptional, the waitress was great. We took our two high school age grandchildren, very nice evening.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

The ny peppercorn steak was delicious. The rack of lamb itself was prepared the right way although a little on the salty side for the demi glace

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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

Great atmosphere and very romantic. Food was great and the cherries jubilee was so yummy. Loved the flambe style

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2018

As always, great.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a great time. Food tasted good. Lots of tableside menu options. Service was excellent. Flaming sword of steak was cool.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Well staffed and great service. Steaks were amazing. Highly recommend the crap cakes off the appetizer menus, and the brussel sprouts off the sides menu.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 6, 2018

A restaurant to impress! The service was top notch and the ambiance of a vital, busy, important steak house was a success. My date and I shared a very nice overpriced bottle of Turley Zin, a way over priced table side prepared Cesar salad ($30.00 for the two of us) the show/preparation was fun but the salad is a very basic Cesar, an 18oz bone in New York ($74.00) which was cooked and presented perfectly and roasted Brussel sprouts. 20% percent gratuity is not optional and was worth it. So I guess if you are on of those lucky ones with unlimited funds, a company expense account or you really want to impress someone, this is the spot. But as far as value, I would look elsewhere.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Love the restaurant, love the food, love the service but do not like the mandatory 20% service charge.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The service charge model is very confusing. It made me think that I was being charged a 20% gratuity and could tip over that if I wanted and made no mention at all that the servers get 15% commission. The result is that I thought that I was tipping my excellent server 30% and then I thought I had stiffed him and finally, after searching for and reading a long blog entry about the service policy, realized that he got 25%. WAY too much confusion and tainted my experience a bit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, People Watching, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Not impressed. Way too crowded. Waiter put a moving table they use to prep food right behind my husbands chair. When we asked if it could be moved they said they had no where else for it. Wine glasses were dirty and food options were limited. For the price, not worth it.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Amazing service and delicious meals as always. My husband really felt special for his birthday dinner!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great service and food! Can’t wait to go back.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I have been to El Gaucho several times for both business and special events. My experiences have always been WONDERFUL. The food, service and ambience are exceptional and I feel the best in Bellevue! I always come away feeling like I've had the best dining experience ever. Keep it up - I'm one of your biggest fans!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Service was amazing, food was fantastic. I would 100% come back based on that steak alone. :)

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Love El Gaucho, but this is the second time I have gotten bad service there... had a late lunch with a friend, and waiter basically never once came to ask if we wanted anything else, such as another drink. Our waters were never topped off..... come on wait staff...get up to par with the level this restaurant deserves...

The food is great though and ambiance is terrific...somehow both lively and also quiet at the same time.

I was also surprised to find that my table of two check already had the 20% tip added.. I hate when they do that, and maybe that’s the problem with the service. I would not expect an automatic tip on a table of two. In fact I wonder if it is a trick to get a double tip?????

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Good food but service was extremely slow. Not the same level of service we are accustomed to at John Howie.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My ribeye was cooked perfect medium rare, but was not tender at all. The flavor was lacking.

Date had a filet, and it was supposed to be medium, but cooked to medium well. Ruined the meat.

Server was slow, and even left me blocked in my her serving table while we tried to leave.

I would much rather spend that kind of money at the other great steakhouses in the area . Too many option to go back there again.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome atmosphere. Service is top notch. Does not disappoint in quality of food. Drinks are priced fairly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome night out for my girlfriends B-day. Food was excellent, service was excellent, thank you for the special night for her.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

A group of my friends treated someone to a last night out before her baby arrives and we had a great time! The waiter, while almost too bubbly & happy for me, brought my pregnant friend an amazing mocktail so she wouldn’t feel left out which she loved. The food is amazing at all El Gaucho locations, but so far Bellevue has the best surroundings and it’s a great place to take a walk after dinner!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 26, 2018

It was our anniversary and El Gaucho made it a very special night

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 26, 2018

My New York peppercorn steak was perfectly done but my wife's fillet was way over done. Her Medallions (plural) of Maine lobster turned out to be ONE medallion. It had so much sauce on it that she couldn't taste the lobster. Then restaurant is very noisy. The wait staff was very attentive and did a good job.

Tags: Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Our server Heidi was superb and attentive. Amazed how she handled so many customers with such small amount of helper. Your front desk lady was nice and very helpful.
By the way hope you remember to increase the pay of your employees and servers rather than putting a fixed pay with tip included and then cutting their hourly pay . i will pass it on to others to be sure to dine on fair, morally conscious restaurants. so Disgusting that profit does not get share with employees. Happy staff, Happy business,owner . Washington state already too expensive to live in for working class. Don't be greedy. you will not survive without your workers.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 18, 2018

We had a wonderful meal and the service was exceptional!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Great spot for a first business meeting and free wheeling discussion

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 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
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 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!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 12, 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.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 11, 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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Everything was beyond excellent, food and service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 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
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 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
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 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
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Work anniversary

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