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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 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.
Seattle, WA 98121
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
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live piano music seven days a week.
Valet parking is available on First Avenue at our front door.
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 email@example.com for details.
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
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.
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.
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.
Exceptional service from the moment we arrived and were greeted by the host staff, leading us to our table with thoughtful alacrity and a tiny flashlight! Kudos to the staff for providing flashlights with every menu! We ordered a half-dozen oysters to start—the Cottage Bay were my favorites, with a creamy lemony finish. The Insane Truffle Soup was deeply truffled, with a smooth texture and perfectly cooked mushrooms (more of a sauce than a soup, but terrific flavor). The Wedge salad could be a meal of its own, with at least a half ounce of dark bleu cheese. The Caesar salad was crisp and the dressing leant just the right measure of anchovy and lemon. The Lamb T-Bone created a several-second-silence of closed-eyed ecstasy, with the perfect marinade complement. I ordered my steak medium, but next time I will go medium rare. The edges were too done for my taste, but fortunately, it suited my table mate perfectly. The finish of fruit, nuts, and cheese as a dish of appreciation is lovely, though I wanted a choice of a non-bleu instead. My table mate very much enjoyed the cheesecake dessert and the Moscow Mule accompaniment. The table-side fiery displays are the exciting, though too showy for our taste. Definitely an impressive part of a romantic evening or business dinner. The only downside of our visit was that on the night we went (8p on December 21), it was very loud. Lots of holiday gatherings, and the Christmas music was almost blaring, making ordering challenging and table conversation difficult. Fortunately, service was efficient yet we felt completely invited to linger as long as we liked. This was our 36th Christmas together, and we decided to treat ourselves to a room along with dinner. It could well become a tradition!
We have a tradition of of spending time in downtown Seattle during the holidays, and always have included El Gaucho over the years. Our most recent visit in December 2017 was for the first time disappointing. Not overly crowded, but nevertheless a more apathetic approach by staff. Weak drinks, slow service, not near as much catering as has been typical, and food served late and cool. Once we received the bill, it became clear why. Seattle/Washington allows the merchant to add a "service charge" of 20% that they keep 100% of in lieu of tipping. This has always been reserved for parties of 8 or more in my experience and 18%. At any rate, the servers and staff no longer have to "earn" their tips, and the overall experience suffers accordingly. At the amounts El Gaucho charges for their food and drink, the service is expected to be impeccable. Unfortunately, the socialized and mandated tipping process now in place obviously inhibits the service and experience we used to enjoy at this restaurant.
This is one of the few Seattle restaurants that are old-style, classic fine dining places. Excellent food, highly trained staff delivers perfect service. Expensive, but the fine ambiance and outstanding service staff and food quality have a cost, too. The house was full when we arrived, our table was ready on time for our 7:15 reservation. The tuxedo'ed staff looks very smart, compared to a very low level of dress among the patrons. People were there wearing sweatshirts and tee shirts but a few were nicely turned out in jackets and cocktail dresses - amazing how the public standards have slipped in a very fine restaurant. Side note - Canlis still has a patron's dress code to maintain their ambiance. I would have given El Gaucho 5 stars except the noise level was very high; their piano player is great and makes for a nice evening but when the very mediocre singer begins the amplified sound is too much and the "entertainment" becomes a negative. Free valet parking is a very nice touch.
Upon walking in, you experience a quick change of environment from the lobby. It’s dimly lit with a piano player performing in the background.
Our server Justin was super attentive and very kind. He had great suggestions of meals, side dishes and drinks.
Will definitely come back in the future!
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