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About El Gaucho - Portland

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.

319 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
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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

Cross Street:
Between SW Oak & SW Stark Streets

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 227-8794

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

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

Parking Details:
Valet is located on SW Broadway at our front door.

Executive Chef:
Steve Cain

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

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 Kate Arvidson at 971.544.2700 or karvidson@elgaucho.com for information.

Private Dining

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

El Gaucho - Portland Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (58)
Good for a Date (47)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
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Romantic (39)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Business Meals (29)
Notable Wine List (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Live Music (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Fun (16)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Cozy (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Authentic (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Happy Hour (9)
People Watching (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Seasonal (5)
Casual (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

I don't like that a 20% tip is automatically included in the tab - kind of contradicts the idea of tipping in the first place. I like the food and go there often, but not as much as in the past due to the tipping - it just doesn't feel right. And I always tip 20% on my own, but a mandatory 20% annoys me.

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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

I’m not a meat eater but this is still my favorite place to dine. I took my son on a “date” this time and he really enjoyed every minute of it. Our server was wonderful, very professional and as we watched every person going about their jobs, we spoke often of the young man filling the water glasses. So refreshing to see each person take pride in their services! Thank you so much for keeping this resteraunt consistently classy.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Romantic, People Watching, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

This was the second time I’ve had dinner at El Gaucho. After a long interregnum the restaurant is still beautiful, the food still great, and the same impeccable service. I cannot recommend El Gaucho enough.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

I am a reasonably frequent customer -- but was very disappointed in this visit. They kept us waiting 30 minutes for our confirmed reservation then seated us in the bar area that was so packed it was hard to have a conversation. After that it took another 15 minutes to even get a glass of water and order a cocktail and that only happened after I "flagged down" two different people. Disappointing experience. Adjusted for price, ridiculous experience.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing service, excellent food and the most attentive wait staff we have had in years!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 7 days ago

I have always had a great experience at El Gaucho's. This time it was a let down. it started with my table not be ready and not getting seated for 25 minutes after said reservation. The service was adequate but not over the top like I had become accustomed to. My hope is this was a one off day for them

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined 7 days ago

Service is always top notch! Attentive but not annoying. Escargot was excellent, not the best steak tartare around but very good & made tableside. Diablo steak oh so tender with a lil kick to it. Chateau Briand for two was excellent as well. Portions were generous, plenty of food to go home full with a bag for later.

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·Dined on January 9, 2018

First of all, I have never been disappointed by anything at any of the El Gaucho restaurants. While this is one of their smaller locations. I believe it adds to the intimate dining experience for a special occasion, a date, proposal, etc.

The service is beyond impeccable. The food is divine. The ambiance is luxurious and inviting. Everything from the placement of the tableware to the feel of the furnishings is sheer perfection.

The staff did not hurry us through one course. Somehow, they knew the exact moment to move the dinner to the next course. They are friendly, kind, polite without being too familiar.

The food was perfect. The appetizer, prosciutto wrapped prawns were decadent, large, and exquisitely prepared. The tableside salad service was interesting as the waiter listed the ingredients as they were added so that one could omit any to suit their own tastes.

The steaks were exactly as requested. The filets were fork tender, crusted perfectly and the presentation was photo perfect. The accompanying sides were more than sufficient in size, delicate and exceptional in flavor.

Dessert was bananas foster. I have to say, the service of which was an amazing sight to behold and a treat for the pallet.

This is not a cheap eatery. However, without a doubt, you get above and beyond what you pay for. I have enjoyed meals at all the greats from Tavern on the Green, John Howies, Mortons, Ruth Chris and more. El Gaucho is hands down my favorite!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We've been holding on to a gift card for over two years and I am so glad we finally used it. It was probably hands down the best steak I have ever had. We cut it with a butter knife...literally. We ordered the dinner for two with no starters and we were so full. The warm bread that they serve before your meal was enough of a starter for us. We will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I took my wife here for her birthday, everything was perfect.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

I’ve always loved El Gaucho, they have the best steak in Portland hands down. The lobster mashed potatoes are amazing. I was a little disappointed that gratuity is now automatically added, I have no problem tipping a very healthy amount for good service. However this time before I even found out about the gratuity I felt the service was not as good as the dozen previous visits that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and now a healthy tip is automatic regardless of your experience. It took a long time to get drinks, we had to ask about the specials, the table was left cluttered and dirty between courses and our server didn’t seem to have the same level of professionalism that I’ve come accustomed to at El Gaucho. Gaucho will always be my favorite restaurant, I will surely be back. I just hope the slight lack of caring our server seemed to have was just a fluke or a bad day on their part. Thank you guys for the years of pleasurable experiences and amazing food!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Live Music
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was good. Service could of been much better. Was very slow and waiter seemed distracted.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The service was top shelf. It’s been 10 years since I last dined at this restaurant and unfortunately the meal seemed not as good as I remembered. I also feel that 20% gratitude should not be automatically added to the tab for table of two. Although the server certainly earned it.

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary here. Expensive but worth it. Food delicious, service exceptional. The rose petals on the table made the experience even more memorable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Ate here with the family (wife, two daughters) for New years Eve. Great experience, overall. Service and food were fantastic. Fair priced options for the daughters. We will absolutely be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The restaurant is a top tier eatery. The ambiance was terrible. We were seated next to a post, right next to the kitchen. The table next to us was approximately 18 inches from ours. The whole staff used the 18 inches between our two tables as an aisle way to and from the kitchen. Bumping into, blowing by....it was not very pleasant. When a dinner for two runs in the $300 range, you'd think there would be some consideration of this.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Probably one of the best steaks I've ever eaten! The service was friendly and fun, the food was delicious, and we were in the quieter back room which was a fantastic experience.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our 15th year ina row celebrating mutual Birthdays and never disappointed! Staff always great and servings excellent in quality and taste.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

From steaks to seafood. All around amazing food, ambiance, and service!
Arguably one of the best filet mignon I've ever had. Wife and I had a great time and will definitely be going back soon.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Used to be really good. But I was really disappointed by the quality of the food and service. The high price and low quality of food will prevent me to go there again. This will be my last time here and I would go to Ring Side or Morton's anytime over El Gaucho.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

It was amazing! The food, the service, every second of it!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Outstanding! As usual

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Christmas office dinner. Awesome

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Best chateaubriand with all the trimmingsand in town. Service is exceptional.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was a very nice restaurant and has a great intimate setting, although we were seated by the cigar room which detracted from our experience. The staff, with the exception of our waiter, was very attentive and personable. The food was very good but a little on the spendy side.

Our waiter was less than congenial and at times sarcastic, but the rest of the staff made up for it. Next time I would bring my own wine, as the wine was extremely expensive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Service was impeccable. Food is very good and we had the flaming brochettes and cherries jubilee so the entertainment of food plus fire was a fun change from the ordinary restaurant experience. our server and wait staff was excellent! :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Casual
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

We had a date night thanks to a gift card, the staff was extremely attentive, making you feel special., from the moment you walk through the door. The food was delicious with generous servings.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

I had taken my wife to the restaurant it was a nice setting. The waiters were all very attentive to our needs. I had reviewed the menu online before going and seen the selections and had decided on what i wanted. When i got there and ready to order the menu was different. We ordered our meals with 2 appetizers. One of the appetizer was not a very good value. The meal came and i looked at my meal it was quite pricey and quite small. The value of our meal was rather disappointing. I will not be going back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our drinks and meal were definitely delicious. The atmosphere couldn’t have been better. Our server was professional, but I must say, with a guaranteed 20 percent tip, I’m looking for someone friendly and warm and who stays at the table long enough to be present as I say thank you. He repeatedly came and left in less than 30 seconds total even as we were saying thank you for whatever he brought. If he were being recorded or if he were serving his bosses, I am pretty sure he’d take the extra 2 seconds to not come off as rude. So, THAT was the only constructive feedback we’d have for improvement.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Usually would rate 5’s accross the board but this Night service and food was just off. Often felt forgotten, live music was so loud we couldn’t even have conversation. Even the food quality was slightly off. A little disappointing since it was our anniversary but won’t stop us from returning. Just a little bummed. Couldn’t give it anything over a four this visit and that was a let down and a stretch in a few categories.

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The husband and I went there for a date night. This was our second time eating there, first time was when we got engaged. We went and celebrated that and Valentine's Day all together. Food, service and atmosphere is excellent every time we go.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 4, 2017

One of the best steaks in Portland. This is my go to restaurant when I am craving a steak. The service is great.

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The service was bad specially if you consider you are charged 20% for service
My meat was dry bad for a place that supposed to be great at it, my wife wanted to order the halibut (they did not have it nor salmon) and was offered a frozen Mahi Mahi for $56.00 instead
The place is very tight in space and you get bumped by the people and the table side carts.
The Mgr. was attentive to my complaints, hopefully they will make the necessary changes. It was an expensive and bad experience. My waiter was awful I had to ask for evertything

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great Food, Amazing and attentative Service, but Extremely expensive. I’d say “over priced”. Also, surprised to see mandatory “service charge” (tip) of 20% added to our bill for only 3 people total.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 30, 2017

OMG, who serves steak with just a regular knife? El Gaucho! And that steak cut just like butter... this was an experience and a half as I celebrated my birthday. EVERYTHING was perfect. And it was such a sweet touch to be greeted by every server who attended us with a Happy Birthday. Although prices are not for the faint of heart, this is DEFINITELY the place for a special occasion

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We love to come to El Gaucho for our anniversary. If you sign up for their reward card, you get $75 off dinner for 2. We had steak and lobster that was great. We also ordered the scalloped potatoes that were phenomenal. The service is impeccable! The tip is included in the bill, ok with me. The valet even left cookies in the car for us.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Wonderful food. Service beyond reproach. A consistently top choice for fine dining in Portland.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 23, 2017

El Gacho never disappoints. Steak, seafood, apps and sides were all in point.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Overall another great meal. We all thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and dessert. The nice young lady who does the Bananas Foster is a joy to watch. A good time was enjoyed by all.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 20, 2017

My wife’s birthday

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