El Gaucho - Seattle

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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 Seattle’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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steak, American, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: Lounge 4:00pm – 10:00pm, Dinner service begins at 5:00pm
Friday - Saturday: Lounge 4:00pm – 12:00am; dinner service begins at 5:00pm.
Happy Hour: Sunday - Monday: all night
Tuesday - Thursday 4:00pm - 7:00pm & 9:00pm - - close
Friday - Saturday 10:00pm - close
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Phone number
(206) 728-1337
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jonathan Garcia
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Private party facilities
Private Dining at El Gaucho is a memorable occasion. Our beautiful and unique private dining rooms in Seattle include five private dining rooms to fit the most intimate affair to swanky receptions for up to 125 guests.
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Private party contact
Pamela Rockwell: (206) 728-1337
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wall Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is available on First Avenue at our front door.
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Entertainment
Live piano music seven days a week.
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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 Pamela Rockwell at 206-267-5510 or prockwell@elgaucho.com for details.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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TE
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience and amazing all around meal. Thanks El Gaucho!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the experience but I found the food was over seasoned. I couldn’t eat my Caesar salad that I was so looking forward to. The service was excellent. Everyone there makes you feel special.

CK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and fantastic service. Request a booth for views of the entire restaurant.

SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time. The lighting was great. Service was wonderful. The music was perfect. The food was amazing!

j
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food would be impossible to beat. Chateaubriand was incredible plus the numerous side dishes you can get prepared tableside.

TV
Seattle
59 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is impeccable. We strayed from the steak section and ordered lamb and fish. Both dishes were superb. Loved our waiter Chas and bartender Brent.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning experience. Would highly recommend for special occasions.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Anniversary

s
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, amazing service! Great experience - pricey, but worth it.

BL
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend took me here for a celebration dinner.
The atmosphere was incredible, the service was outstanding, I cannot express enough how friendly and accommodating the staff is here.
Highly recommend and will be dining here many more times to come.
I hope you enjoy the same visit we shared.
Reservations are highly recommended.

WW
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food at El Gaucho was expensive but the food wasn't good enough to support that. The following evening we had dinner at Palace Kitchen where the food is about half the cost and the drinks are priced the same. I had the paloma at El Gaucho and a very similar drink at Palace. The drink at Palace was better. We had fried brussel sprouts at both restaurants, the brussel sprouts at Palace were better. The service was better at El Gaucho, but also weird at times. The male waiter seemed to undermine our female waiter after admitting that he was bored and stepping in for her. Later, two of my female colleagues went to the restroom and they were shocked to be offered an arm in arm escort from the male waiter. This was so off putting that my third female colleague decided not to go to the restroom until we got back to her hotel. Maybe this is a thing that old steak houses used to do, but it's not appropriate anymore.

JA
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Gaucho really surpassed what I expected. It was dark, but not so much that you could not see one another or your food. (Penlights are a nice addition for reading menus.) Dress how you want, as no one can see you anyway until you are in the restroom, the great equalizer. That being said, dress up because your tablemates can see you just fine. Service was friendly and KNOWLEDGABLE, without being overly formal or snobby.
Food was amazing. The Seafood Tower featured some too the best tuna tartare and ceviche I have had. The mignonette for the raw oysters was superb (rice vinegar may have done the trick). Prawns were a little bland, and should have been cooked in a more-flavorful court bouillon to bring out the flavor. Chowder was delicious, as was the French Onion soup, although I found it a tad too sweet and rich. We finally finished with dessert of Cherries Jubilee, which was very nice, despite the garish LED lights illuminating the glass bottles of liquor. I think it would be even better if the dessert was made with SOUR cherries, instead of Bing. Sour cherries (aka pie cherries) have an inherent tartness that refreshes the palette from the sweetness, readying your mouth for more.
We are not wine drinkers but the cocktails were very good. The Paloma was a knockout. Never had such a wonderful tequila drink that worked so well with the flavor of tequila itself.
It truly was a wonderful dinner
A minor drawback was that there was no doorman, when we entered and left; and the valet and receptionist made no effort when we left to say goodbye. It had little bearing on the rest of the evening, of course, but it always makes for a gracious departure.

WB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Plump and pampered! Dark and swanky atmosphere with attentive service! The meal was incredible, the army of waiters were always there without being intrusive. Table side Bananas Fosters was quite the way to end our meal! A definite must!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very noisy Food was good. Presentation was lacking

SS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place for all of our special occasions. Service has always been fantastic and our steaks are always perfectly cooked!

JC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING over the top incredible!! We moved it! From the tableside drinks to the incredible service!! I LOVE it at ELGaucho!

C
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Gaucho has the most impressive service and, at the Seattle location, the most interesting ambiance of any place we have found in over 30 years in the area. We love to sit on the highest tier and just watch the action, while enjoying a wonderful dinner.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience at El Gaucho from the hostess to our waiter to the food.

OM
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the most excellent grassfeed filet with Bordelaise for a novel experience in steak dining.

CA
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down best date my wife and I have been on. Spectacular food and the staff are great at making you feel important.

ER
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We ran into traffic and the staff was very accomodating in moving our reservation out. They left a nice card on the table for our occasion. I appreciated all the nice touches in table service. Our food was delicious and perfectly cooked. Pricing was definitely in range for nicer places in the city - maybe a little high -- but the quality earned that price tag. Was thrilled with our meal.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall a good eve. The downer was when they served us a plate of oysters that looked like they were all the very small rejects. We eat enough oysters to know that it was not the ‘type’ For what they charged I would have been embarrassed to serve them.
Read your bill carefully. They add your 20% tip automatically. Not a complaint but almost double tipped.... and we would have tipped more.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my husband's birthday. Everything was excellent. The wait staff was patient in answering all of our questions. Can't wait to return!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very low lit room with live music. Waiters were always aware of us and quick to refill and try to accommodate to us. The food was fantastic, the table-side prepared plates are a must! Whatever you do make sure to try a desert! They give you a complimentary plate of cheese ,crackers and grapes after your meal. Will definitely be coming here again great service, great food and with the inn at el gaucho upstairs it is a must book together deal!

JY
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Asparagus appears to be the primary vegetable with the dishes offered. Need to find an alternative vegetable for those who do no care for asparagus.,

M
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mak is the best!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable food and service! Expensive but worth it for the overall quality. Great for a special occasion.

VH
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about this restaurant is excellent except the extremely high prices. My husband ordered the cod and did not ask the price ( which is our mistake). It tasted great but was $70. Even with our $100 gift certificate our bill was over what we would have paid at other wonderful restaurants. The restaurant is extremely dark inside also but they give you a tiny flashlight to see your menu. The wait staff looks and is very professional. If money is no object then you will absolutely love this place.

MC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fabulous by Mark who attended in just the right amount, and making my wife, son and I feel welcome from the start to end. The food was great as usual: steak, Brussel sprouts, corn, seafood, mac cheese, wine recommendations were all great. The scalloped potato had a tad too much seasoning and spicy, so skip that. Everything else was wonderful!

a
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

My wife and I like El Gaucho Steak REst. We usually find it great. This time we were in for a bad Surprise. WE had fleminon and the meat was tasteless, chewy at places. WE asked for carrrots on the side, could not eat most of ir, uncooked, raw, hard. Only mashed potatoes were decent. Wine was not bad for its value. SErvice was cordial.
Probably in future ( in a few months time) we shall dare go again just to see how they have become...

OT
Indiana
41 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner! One of the best ever!

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Not comparable to the Metropolitan Grill. The steak I had was good but poorer quality and pricier than the Metropolitan. The side of mashed potatoes were not very interesting... not creamy, not buttery, just blah.

Turn up the lights, improve the food and lowere the prices and I'd return. Otherwise, I have better places to go.

E
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I willing to spend on good diner. I can confidently recommend El gaucho.

SS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My boyfriend and I came here to celebrate Valentine's Day and our Anniversary. We had a wonderful time! Hostesses and waitstaff treated us like royalty and went above and beyond to congratulate us on our anniversary and make us feel special. The food was delicious and, all in all, we had a magical evening.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Charged us for a cheesecake we didn’t order, was given to my gf as it was her birthday 😂😂

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate in the bar during ‘happy hour’. Everything was delicious and the service was great. Love this place!

BB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant not cheap but unmatchable in terms of food and environment

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Gaucho never disappoints. This is our once a year anniversary splurge and it is always wonderful. They set the scene with rose petals and a card, comp our dessert, the food is incredible and staff are there to make sure everything is perfect. I love being escorted to the restroom (it's a bit dark/romantic lighting) and checked on. Valet is complimentary, so no walking in the cold! Overall it was a great night as always.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a special place to celebrate. Excellent food and service. Lives up to its reputation of fine dining. Atmosphere is very dark unlike the Bellevue El Gaucho where we usually go. Loved the piano music playing as we dined.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent food.

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