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El Gaucho - Portland

1347 reviews
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$50 and over
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  • Special Occasion (53)
  • Good for a Date (49)
  • Good for Anniversaries (48)
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Steak, American, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm – 11:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm – 12:00am
Sunday: 4:30pm – 10:00pm
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Phone number
(503) 227-8794
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Steve Cain
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Cross street
Between SW Oak & SW Stark Streets
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Parking details
Valet is located on SW Broadway at our front door.
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NIGHTLY LIVE LATIN GUITAR DUO - featuring the talents of Mariano, Toshi, Masud, Bobak & Tom. Every night 6-10.
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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 Kate Arvidson at 971.544.2700 or for information.
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

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.

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What 1347 People Are Saying
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KennyD (Austin)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

Goomba (Portland)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

My favorite place to celebrate my birthday

Chris (Portland)
3.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

DavidD (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

hungp (Portland)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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

Llwood (Portland)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

BrianS (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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

Ragtime (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

DavidA (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Amazing experience. Great ambiance. Incredible food.

JuliaH (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tidalh (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Anchorage)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Great as always

Eastbourne (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

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

vipNorm (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

We went to El Gaucho for an anniversary meal. We were seated promptly and the wait staff were attentive to our needs. The table side caesar was quite good. We each had a filet; unfortunately, mine was a bit undercooked (ordered medium rare - but still raw in the middle). Our wait person promptly took care of it, and the next steak was cooked perfectly. Other than the filet issue, the rest of the evening was very nice. The musicians created a nice ambiance but were not too loud. El Gaucho now includes a 20% service charge in lieu of tips, although additional tipping is accepted.

vipFoodie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We were in Oregon for my husbands birthday and he is a huge steak man, so I booked El Gauco. It did not disappoint! The food was incredible, the service was impeccable, and we had a great time! It is a great place to celebrate a special occasion or just a night out! I would definitely recommend this place!

vipOpenTable Diner (Portland)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I don't think the service is as attentive as it was before the 20% automatic gratuity add-on. Before, I thought El Gaucho had THE best service of any restaurant I'd been to. Many servers helping but our main server was rarely seen and we had to order wine with dinner from the server dropping off our meal, so there was a lag.

viponyx (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Had a wonderful meal celebrating a promotion. Love to celebrate and this outstanding steak/seafood restaurant. Our waiter, Ryan, was knowledgeable, attentive and fun. Had the crab legs which were to die for. Can't wait to go back for next celebration