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About El Gaucho - Seattle

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 Beef¼ Brand Prime steaks and custom aged Certified Angus Beef¼ 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.

2505 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, American, Steakhouse

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

Cross Street:
Wall Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 728-1337

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

Entertainment:
Live piano music seven days a week.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available on First Avenue at our front door.

Executive Chef:
Jonathan Garcia

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, 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 Pamela Rockwell at 206-267-5510 or prockwell@elgaucho.com for details.

Private Dining

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.

El Gaucho - Seattle Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (82)
Good for Anniversaries (73)
Romantic (72)
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Good for a Date (63)
Good for Birthdays (44)
Notable Wine List (36)
Live Music (30)
Bar Seating (29)
Business Meals (29)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Worth the Drive (27)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Cozy (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Happy Hour (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Fun (15)
Authentic (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Comfort Food (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Casual (7)
People Watching (7)
Hot Spot (7)
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Paleo Friendly (6)
Seasonal (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Healthy (4)
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Kid-friendly (2)
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·Dined a day ago

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 6 days ago

Great service, excellent food.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Took a friend for birthday. where have I been for the last ten years. I drove by many times and did not know what I have been missing. I will put at the top of my list for future occasions. The happy hour menu looks interesting so I will try in the future. A little pricey.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Solid as always. Service, ambience, food and drink. Solid.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Overall it was a good place to go to. The food was a little salty but it seems a lot of places in Seattle seem to use a lot of salt. The free fruit n nut tray was not all that good. The free bread got hard really quick. We ordered many shareables and appetizers but the only one we really liked was the risotto.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Steaks were significantly undercooked. Ordered medium rare, but got two very rare steaks. Hard to be excited about paying $72 for an undercooked steak.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Amazing food experience, always. Perfectly cooked steaks.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Cozy, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Absolutely the best

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful first visit to El Gaucho - definitely lived up to the great things I've heard about it for years. Thank you!

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 30, 2018

As always...great service, delicious food and love the ambiance!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Have been to both Seattle and Tacoma el Gaucho. By far the Tacoma one has better service and attention to patrons than Seattle. In Tacoma, our water glasses were never more than 1/4 empty. At Seattle, we had to ask for water multiple times. Unsure if it because they are guaranteed 20% service charge in Seattle or not. We were there when they opened so they were not busy at the time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing doesn’t even cover it. It was a dinner experience we will never forget. Thank you!!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My wife and I spent the weekend in Seattle and stayed at the El Gaucho Inn. We made dinner reservations for Saturday evening at the restaurant. Simply amazing! The atmosphere, staff, food and setting are all top notch! This is definitely an upscale place and the prices reflect that. But don't let that deter you. The quality of the food is unquestionably above average. We'll definitely stop by again when we're in Seattle!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2018

First Class.......Great attention to detail and the food was amazing!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Fantastic service and great environment. The food was awesome and I really enjoyed every minute of my experience there. I am definitely coming back.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was excellent - the menu is filled with familiar good eats, but they are all made with quality ingredients. The service was great - we loved the rose petals on the table. Unfortunately it very noisy and hard to carry on a conversation.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Really excellent service, excellent food, pricey but worth it.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Just excellent. Food great. Wine great. Waiter great salad great.

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Live Music
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 17, 2018

We began the evening at the bar with a few drinks. The blueberry drop, similar to a lemon drop was absolutely fantastic. The talented pianist soothed us with tunes to ease the week away and added to the ambience, along with relaxing dimly lit lighting . We were nestled in for a relaxing dinner experience to celebrate a birthday.

After the table was ready for reservations, our waiter was the most gracious, and knowledgeable staff who spent an incredible amount of time making sure we were cared for and catered too. For that price point we really appreciated not only the quality of the food, but the quality of the staff. It’s well worth every penny and you walk away feeling spoiled and satisfied.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Service was amazing as usual! We love it

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Phenomenal experience from start to finish! Mouth-watering food, excellent service, and perfect ambiance.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 9, 2018

I come here fairly often and always enjoy it. This time we sat at the bar and the the incomparable Jason serving us. He is always engaging and friendly! love this place. I will be back in two weeks and, who knows how more times in the coming months.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fun, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Absolutely incredible

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The service was excellent, the steak was done very well, but the automatic 20% gratuity ruined what could have been a higher rating. I understand that automatic gratuities for groups of 8 or more are fine, but for 2 people? Not exactly impressed with that. I always tip accordingly and would rather see the servers get the full tip instead of having an automatic tip shared with the restaurant. That policy needs to improve. I frequent a lot of higher end restaurants and have never seen automatic gratuities on parties of 2. Disappointed with that.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We always have such a wonderful time at El Gaucho. The food, service and ambiance are all stellar. We haven’t found anything to best it.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Everything was perfect! No complaints. Our waiter was very nice, helpful and made our experience wonderful! I can’t rmemeber his name but it was he was a Hispanic man!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Server basically ignored us but food was good

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Most of the fine steakhouses in Seattle will deliver a very good steak. So what I'm trying to buy is over-the-top service to go along with my wonderful meal. It's about the experience, not just the food. El Gaucho failed in both categories.
While my baked potato was great, my tasty wedge salad was the smallest I've seen in years. My steak was so not "melt in your mouth" that you expect for $45 ... and overdone. And the neat bourbon I started with couldn't have been an ounce ... far less than the ounce and a half one normally sees at a steakhouse for $16!
Finally, the server, while pleasant, was inattentive and could be seen bussing dishes and making salads while we waited forever to order dessert and get the check.
The Seattle restaurant scene is suffering everywhere from the lack of good people.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Food was OK. Service not great. Overpriced. Too much hype. Not worth the value

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Really cool place. Dark and romantic

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was amazing, the service was great, the only thing that was a downer was how tight the seating was. We felt like we were sitting on top of other guests.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Feels like a little classic NYC in the middle of Seattle. Wonderful service! Table side salads and flaming desserts combined with the great steaks and candlelight take you back to time when elegant dining was king.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The flaming dishes made for great theater. I asked our server to explain the steps he took in creating our Bananas Foster. Very personable and fun.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Service was overly slow. We waited to be seated, waited to order drinks, waited to order food, and waited to order dessert. A lot of waiting. The food was great, one fillet over cooked, but promptly replaced with a perfect medium rare. If the pace of service was better this would have been five stars.

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The service and the food were exceptional.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had an excellent service. Oka (I hope I didn't butcher his name) was patient and attentive to our table! Steak was cooked perfect to order and had perfect marbling all over. Would definitely recommend this place!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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