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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

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (72)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Good for a Date (51)
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Romantic (47)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Business Meals (31)
Notable Wine List (31)
Live Music (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Worth the Drive (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Good for Groups (15)
Cozy (13)
Authentic (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Fun (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Local Ingredients (8)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
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 (Portland)·Dined a day ago

My wife’s birthday

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 (Portland)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Business Meals
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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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

food was average at best.
way overpriced for quality

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We came here for my boyfriend's birthday and it was both of our first times ever here and it was so good! They had a card and rose petals on the table for us which we thought was really nice, the who we think was the floor manager gave great selections on wine so we got a bottle of wine. The waiter was really nice and took good care of us, the waiter helper? Was awesome and on top of taking our dishes when not needed and making sure we always had a glass filled with water and was really nice as well.. both the waiter and waiter helper and floor manager lady where always checking up on us making sure we had everything and where doing ok.. the food was AMAZING..sooo good and very fulfilling.. we would totally come back again and would definitely recommend to anyone to try it..

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 27, 2017

This was the third year in a row that I have taken my wife to El Gaucho. It has always been one of our favorite Portland Oregon Steak House locations. They are not the same anymore. They have sold out. They automatically charge 20% gratuity on to your check at the end whether you liked the service or not. When I asked why, I was told it was because of the minimum wage hike in Seattle. We were also seated in the bar and my wife was not offered desert. No more El Gaucho.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Anniversary dinner, which they recognized and honored us. Service was mediocre though, they messed up our steaks, and delivered the wrong food the first time. The food did taste amazing though!

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was amazing! Had a drink before hand and it was very easy to move to our table when we were ready.
Amy (our server) was great. Very personable.
I was surprised at the end that 20% was added to the bill regardless. When did this get taken out of the consumers hands? It's not a tip. It's a tax when it is added involuntarily. I would have actually given more but was so put off by presuming that we needed to be told to give at least 20% without question. I see that it's on the website but I didn't know I needed to fully research my choice of dining before walking in these days.
I was also over charged which was frustrating. When ordering were asked if we wanted the potatoes that came with our meal or we had a choice of other potato options. We went with the lobster mashed which sounded great but then realized on the check we were charged full price for the choice even though it was made to seem like it was nothing more than an option we had.
I get that the restaurant is high end and there is a ton of profit in wine. But $30 for a corkage fee? Come on.
We ended up with a bill at $600 and didn't order any wine!
Again, the food was great but there are a TON of other great places in Portland where we can get just as good without feeling gouged in the end. It actually kind of left a bruise on the evening after what a really nice meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

A classic, businessman dinner. Cigars afterward! Live music too.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Visiting from AZ. Had high expectations for this place, left mightily dissappointed. The 80 dollar steak was tough and felt rubbery. It was a bone in NY, which is typically one of the better cuts of meat. It had no flavor, left a quarter of my meat on the plate. The wife had an 8oz filet mignon, and she also wasnt impressed. For the cost, I'd look elsewhere. Surely there are local places who offer better quality.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent food as usual. Go for steak...any steak will do. Ordering seafood here save as a surf and turf combo is just wrong!

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Food is good, but extremely over priced. Coming from Texas, I could have a better steak for half the price.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 21, 2017

I have been eating at El Gaucho for many years. They are consistently the best. Food is always good. Service is always the best. Just ask any wait staff how long they have been working there...there are many that are 10-15 years. That says it all for me.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Another fantastic night at El Gaucho! Ryan was our server and he did a great job as usual.

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Live Music
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 19, 2017

All good until server informed us of mandatory 20% gratuity added to bill!
Historically, I have always paid for meal with CC and tip with cash.
Server's tip would have been much greater than 20%, cash, but El Gaucho
now thinks they can do it better FOR me.
Was a nice run we had - but we are DONE.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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