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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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Happy Holidays! We will be open from 3pm - 8pm on Christmas Eve.

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

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (70)
Good for Anniversaries (55)
Good for a Date (48)
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Romantic (46)
Good for Birthdays (43)
Business Meals (35)
Notable Wine List (28)
Live Music (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Worth the Drive (21)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Good for Groups (18)
Fun (16)
Cozy (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Authentic (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
People Watching (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (Portland)·Dined on November 27, 2017

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

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 (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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 (Portland)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Very good experience for my Wife’s birthday. From start to finish we enjoyed ourselves.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The service was the most impressionable thing for us the evening we had dinner at El Gaucho. Our waiter made us feel truly pampered. The food was very good but we think overpriced. The lighting is too dark.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The bad: Overpriced and 20% tip included with a hint from the waitress that I should leave more.
The good: I’ve been coming here for 20 years and will be coming here for the next 20. Spend lavishly and eat steak then have a cigar.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Good food, service and room. But extremely over-priced. Twice as expensive as other upscale restaurants in PDX. Save some money and get two meals for the price of one at El Gaucho by going somewhere else.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Dinner was very good but expected fabulous for the price.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 13, 2017

As always, the service, staff, and food was amazing at El Gaucho. It has become our “go to” spot for our anniversary dinner over the past few years. The food is always prepared to perfection, we can’t pass up the filet and lobster tail, and peppercorn steak. The table side Cherries Jubilee just adds to the occasion and is a delicious way to end the meal. We will be back, again and again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Outstanding service and excellent food. The live music was wonderful, it played in the background just loud enough to notice but at a perfect volume.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I prefer the quieter atmosphere of Ruth Chris where you can hear what your guests are saying. Way too noisy, and the service is not as good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our hostess was very accommodating! ( I think she may have also been the manager) Thank you!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always a great experience. Just wish they still had the sweat potatoes

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This restaurant seems a throwback with its dark (but clean) dated interior. But was struck me the most was pricing. $58 for halibut drowning in sauce. $68 for a decent, not great rib eye. Wow! We had an dry crab cake that was handled very professionally by the staff. I know this is an institution but they need to freshen up.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was terrible. This is a mediocre restaurant posing as a fine dining restaurant.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We came into town for my niece's 20th birthday and wanted to take her out for a nice evening on the town. This is a hard task to make her happy as not only is she just a picky eater but she is gluten free, dairy free and nut free (all allergies). I cannot say enough nice things about all of staff and how accommodating they were. They prepared side items specifically that she could eat. They allowed us to bring in a cake that she could eat which they kindly plated and put birthday candles on. Everyone greeted her with happy birthday. They did a special "mocktail" for her which just delighted her. It was just an amazing evening for her and it was all due to the amazing staff at El Gaucho. The service was beyond impeccable. Oh and the food was fantastic as well! It was truly a memorable evening all thanks to an amazing restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food and service was great, loud atmosphere on a Friday night and it was overpriced

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Fine dining with a laid back atmosphere. If you're prepared to splurge, (figure $150+ per person for an appetizer, entrée, drink and dessert), this is a great place to celebrate a special occasion. Everything was cooked perfectly and delicious. Service was top notch. Will definitely being going back, although probably not real soon given the price tag.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Wonderful meal, great service, and can't wait to go again!!

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Late-night Find
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great atmosphere, incredible food, awesome service - but it was to loud and hard to hear people in my group. Only complaint about the evening. Music is to loud.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, People Watching
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were in town for

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Once again El Gaucho delivered. I brought three friends that had never experienced a meal at El Gaucho and they all left super impressed. From the table side Caesar salad to the main courses, side dishes and finally dessert, we had an exceptional evening. Always my go to place to take newbies.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

The shrimp appetizer was delicious. The steak was ok and the Gaucho salad did not taste very good. Service was good.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Very enjoyable meal. Staff was attentive and responsive. Food was excellent!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Parents 29th anniversary

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Everything about El Gaucho is first-class, from the food, to the ambiance, and to the service. We're never disappointed, and it's always at the top of our list for special occasions. We'll be back!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We were celebrating our anniversary and this was a great place to do it. Excellent food and service. Also, loved the live entertainment.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had a great dinner and enjoyed quality food and service...

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Steaks were very basic and not anywhere close to "top notch". Dry and chewy and quite underwhelming, especially given the price

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 5, 2017

El Gaucho is our go to special occasion dinner place. The staff were all aware of anniversary and wished us a Happy Anniversary. From the moment we pulled up the valet was attentive and greeted us immediately. Front door was opened by another valet and we were immediately greeted at the hostess podium. We were lead to our favorite table and the great service began. From our server Pete to the entire staff we were waited on expertly. Pancetta wrapped prawns appetizer was and always is fantastic. We split a tableside Caesar and had the steak trio special for our entree. We couldn't decide on which wine to have so Pete brought us a sample of both. The complimentary desert tray which includes fresh fruit, grapes, nuts, and figs and cheese was a nice touch. I forgot. The bread they serve was also fantastic. I highly recommend El Gaucho to anyone looking to dine in class

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We love coming here! Service and food are always top notch!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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