Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Portland / Oregon
  4. Portland
  5. Downtown

El Gaucho - Portland

4.6
4.6
1300 Reviews
$50 and over
Steak

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 Portland'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.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


Is this your restaurant?
Claim this listing

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steak, American, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm – 11:00pm Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm – 12:00am Sunday: 4:30pm – 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (503) 227-8794

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Steve Cain

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining at El Gaucho is a memorable occasion. Our guests are truly pampered, treated to the pinnacle of experienced, knowledgeable and gracious service.

  • Private party contact

    Monique Jones: (503) 227-8794

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Between SW Oak & SW Stark Streets

  • Parking details

    Valet is located on SW Broadway at our front door.

  • Entertainment

    NIGHTLY LIVE LATIN GUITAR DUO - featuring the talents of Mariano, Toshi, Masud, Bobak & Tom. Every night 6-10.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 1,300 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Sort by

Filters

  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and food as always!

  2. JH

    JuneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary. When we were shown our table there were red rose petals on the table and a hand written card to us wishing a happy anniversary. Our server was amazing, not only knew the menu and could answer our questions with no problem, she was incredibly friendly.

  3. E

    Eddie

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    As always the service and food was exceptional. Had the filet wife had halibut.

  4. B

    Bikemutt

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional dining experience as always, not cheap but hey, only live once. We were unaccustomed to the automatic 20% gratuity but once it was explained, all good. My wife enjoys lobster on her birthdays, she said this one was the best so far, Nova Scotia I believe. The rose petals on the table for her birthday was a welcome surprise. The flaming beef medallions were to die for. Valet parking was effortless.

  5. S

    Serenity

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience! Great good! Customer service exceed my expectations!!

  6. SO

    SOSO

    Portland

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2018

    overall1food1service4ambience3

    Have been to El Gaucho many times in the past but not recently. Steak was not good quality and way overpriced for what had traditionally been a sure thing. I would pass on recommending to others.

  7. T

    Thad

    Fargo

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service great food a little on the pricey side but I would still go back

  8. FV

    FredV

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    The food was superb, the presentation perfect. I found the wait staff impersonal, stiff. I notified restaurant in advance that two birthdays were being celebrated. Not even cupcakes with candles were given for the celebrants.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing. The sides were rich but not greasy, the meat was tender and perfectly cooked. We were there celebrating our wedding anniversary and the staff was great in helping us celebrate with a kind card and rose petals on the table.

  10. AH

    AndrewH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic! The Chateaubriand is wonderful. Melts in your mouth. Thank you so much, for making every time worth every penny.

  11. n

    newbloog

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Food and wine is very good, especially the brussel sprouts. I ordered the ribeye which was cooked perfectly but didn't wow me with flavor. If you're looking for a good steak, this is a great option. If you're looking for a contender for best steak of your life - keep on looking.

  12. MT

    MariT

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    El Gaucho has always had top notch service and food. My recent visit was no different. Immediately from being greeted by the hostess, they knocked it out of the park. There was the personal touch of a flower and card to mark my special occasion, the excellent wait service, and the delicious food as well. I highly recommend El Gaucho for any special occasion or just a dinner to make you feel special.

  13. FA

    FunAtmosphere

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    El Gaucho is our go to for exceptional food, exceptional service and and all around exceptional evening out. They never disappoint

  14. E

    Edward

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Perfect 5 star food that was prepared perfectly. Excellent service that treats you like an elite. Tableside salads and main courses with sharable sides. A great experience that is worth the price.

  15. KB

    KieranB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I Very much enjoyed eating here 15 years ago and loved it. So I eagerly returned recently and it is every bit as good as before. Great acoustic guitar duo with excellent music selection, especially their expertise on Brazilian and Latin music , really sets a nice vibe for the evening and was attuned in volume so as to be appreciated without being too loud or to subdued. Indeed the overall sound level was also consciously calibrated to feel abuzz without being overly loud. Haveing travelled extensively in Argentina in the course of over a dozen visits there since visiting this restaurant I have to say that it very much evokes the ethos of some of the best tier of that countries established spots. There is an inherent flair and dash about the place, a sense of pride coupled with fun, in a genuine friendly sophisticated manner that is just charming and a pleasure to experience. Service is very warm and friendly and attentive Food is excellent room lighting, layout, just the mood of the place ( I hate the overused word “ ambience “ ) is elegantly relaxed. Will return whenever I am back in Portland , hopefully soon From you walk in the door till you leave you feel well taken care of in a genuinely friendly way and also i was also impressed by the 20 percent included gratuity and the brief but helpful menu explanation about how the management treats their staff with a decent salery with health coverage and encouragement for continuing education etc. Bravo and well done on that front too !

  16. RM

    RogerM

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service

  17. GA

    GenoA

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    10 Year Anniversary .. everybody was really great and food was excellent

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to dinner to celebrate Valentine’s Day. (A couple of weeks late). As always every thing was perfect. Our server, Meg, was wonderful. Great service, great food, and a delightful selection of wines. I read some reviews on Trip Advisor - there were quite a few complaints about the added service charge. When we take the time to treat ourselves to a fine restaurant we never tip less than 20%, so it made no difference to us. The live music is lovely. We will return to enjoy a romantic evening or to have a fun time with friends and family. We had crab bisque, El Gaucho salad, steaks, crab leg, and sides. We finished with a 1937 Port. Wonderful.

  19. AW

    AmyW

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I love this place. It’s a great atmosphere to celebrate something special! We’ve brought our friends and family here time and time again. The rib steak was incredible and I love their cocktails. The Blizzard was delicious. It’s worth every penny!

  20. GL

    GinaL

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Gauchos is my most favorite place to go for a guaranteed special night out! I have never been disappointed. The wait staff are sooo attentive. I love the regular musicians, Mariano and Toshi, who can melt you with their music! The food is always perfectly prepared and served. For a special night, I come here with friend(s) and just sit and talk for hours and enjoy the ambiance.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    it was our first visit to El Gaucho!

  22. IF

    IsaiahF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My experience going 3 times now on special occasions have only been great! Every time I go with my wife or others the food is amazing. The service is great and the atmosphere is perfect. Thank you for everything you guys do.

  23. KD

    KennyD

    Portland

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    King crab legs were perfect...steak sampler was on point...literally butter-tender. Service was amazing.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2018

    overall5food3service4ambience5

    El Gaucho was excellent. Our waiter provided excellent service and it was nice having a live band at dinner. The wife and I will definitely be going back again.

  25. G

    Goomba

    Portland

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My favorite place to celebrate my birthday

  26. C

    Chris

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2018

    overall3food5service5ambience3

    The food and service was very good, but it was expensive. A 20% tip was automatically added on to our bill for our party of four. Our bill came to over $450 for our party with one drink each. Nice experience, but probably will not return anytime soon.

  27. T

    Thatstheguy

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It is always a good experience at El Gaucho. Been here a few times and the crab bisque is a MUST along with the frenched rib chop (med rate of course) and banana’s fosters to finish it off. It is all about presentation and ElGaucho follows through every time. Definitely, love the table side bananas fosters prep and it adds to the enjoyment of the dessert. Good for any special occasion or date night. Make your reservation and enjoy good food, good ambience, and good company with whoever you are with.

  28. H

    Hammie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic flavorful cuisine. Well worth it in calories and dollars!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were in Portland for my boyfriends birthday. We chose to have his bday dinner here. It turned out to be amazing. What a great night. We had a great server and then at the end of the night they moved us in to the cigar lounge where Nick hooked us up and we enjoyed some delicious after dinner cigars. What an amazing perfect night.

  30. A

    Aeg97008

    Portland

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great place to dine for a special occasion.

  31. DD

    DavidD

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    My $75 ribeye was disappointing. It had quite a bit of tough grisl in it. I questioned the waiter and he said it was to be expected “connective tissue”. I have had a lot of rib eyes and they are usually always very tender. Also we had a $50 gift card that was rejected due to it being “out of date”. Too bad the customer had to absorbe the value of the card.

  32. h

    hungp

    Portland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2018

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    had a small piece of steak for 77 dollars and it taste so saltyyyy. I make better steak at home with rib eyes

  33. L

    Llwood

    Portland

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2018

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    The food was good, but it took over an hr to get to us, but I was disappointed that I made reservations over a month ago and we stuck in the back booth of the bar area. We couldn’t have much of a conversation because it was super loud.

  34. BS

    BrianS

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best Steak and seafood in the Portland area and the service is GREAT!

  35. R

    Ragtime

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the Chateaubriand for two . . . very tasty . Meat cooked perfectly and asparagus as well. Live guitar music a nice bonus. After dinner cigar bar was nice too. Wish it would have cost about half what it did, but El Gaucho has now been checked off the bucket list.

  36. DA

    DavidA

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience. Great ambiance. Incredible food.

  37. JH

    JuliaH

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrated our anniversary here and had a wonderful experience. The staff and location were both amazing, and the food was beyond delicious. They even decorated the table for our anniversary! Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to celebrate and enjoy delicious food. Side note, there were players from the Utah Jazz dining which added a fun celebrity moment.

  38. T

    Tidalh

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The waiter was a veteran and was absolutely management material. The salad he prepared table side was amazing as well as his loaded potato prep work and not to mention the sauces he made for our stakes. Will be returning.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great as always

  40. E

    Eastbourne

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always the food and service was outstanding , our server Gabriel did a wonderful job.

FAQs

El Gaucho - Portland is rated 4.6 stars by 1300 OpenTable diners.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


Is this your restaurant?
Claim this listing

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between SW Oak & SW Stark Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm – 11:00pm Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm – 12:00am Sunday: 4:30pm – 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Steak, American, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet is located on SW Broadway at our front door.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Steve Cain

  • Entertainment

    NIGHTLY LIVE LATIN GUITAR DUO - featuring the talents of Mariano, Toshi, Masud, Bobak & Tom. Every night 6-10.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (503) 227-8794

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining at El Gaucho is a memorable occasion. Our guests are truly pampered, treated to the pinnacle of experienced, knowledgeable and gracious service.

  • Private party contact

    Monique Jones: (503) 227-8794

Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo