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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
We attended for Seattle restaurant week. Both of us had the mushroom truffle soup and the filet minion. Each were incredibly flavorful and I highly recommend. My girlfriend had the bread pudding for dessert and I have the seasonal sorbet. As we both really liked the two desserts, the bread pudding was definitely better.
Per usual, the service was amazing from the minute we walked in. They took our coats to hang right when we entered. I took a nice bottle of wine with us and they instantly walked up and asked if I would like it decanted. Five stars all around for food and service
What a wonderful dining experience. The truffle mushroom soup was fantastic. The filet was cooked perfectly. For desert, I highly recommend the banana cooked in liquor with vanilla ice cream. We were visiting Seattle and this was one of the highlights of our trip. Servers were very attentive as well
We went to El Gaucho for my birthday and for their restaurant week menu. I’ve heard so many good things about this place that we decided to check it out.
We were nicely greeted by the valet out front who took care of our car really quick. The whole staff was so friendly and personable. They all had big smiles and were professional but also down to earth unlike some fine dining places that seem like everyone is a robot.
The food was impeccable!!! We had the truffle soup, filet mingion medallions, and bread pudding from the restaurant week menu. All the food came out in great timing where you weren’t antsy for the next course.
Also, the piano player really was the cherry on top for such a wonderful atmosphere. He played Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson songs. He also played “Happy Birthday” when my dessert came out.
This place was so amazing. We will for sure be back! We had such a relaxing dining experience.
El Gaucho is phenomenal. It was affordable for Restaurant week, but expect to drop a bit of money if you're coming at any other time. This is some of the best steak I have ever had, and I recommend asking the bartender for whiskey suggestions, as they have an excellent selection of small barrel rare whiskies and scotches.
Group of friends went to El Gaucho for Restaurant Week. Even though El Gaucho is one of the nicer restaurants in Seattle, they were welcoming to those of us who do not normally dine here. The Restaurant Week menu was phenomenal for the price, steak was perfectly cooked, service was phenomenal. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion or if you are looking for a very well-cooked steak and/or anyone looking for a great Seattle Restaurant Week experience!
We had heard a lot of rave reviews about this restaurant for steaks. My husband wasn't that impressed with the steak unfortunately. My pasta dish was good though.
Also, the required 20% gratuity was annoying since we didn't feel we had the best service with our waiter and making it mandatory was frustrating. We were not apart of the Seattle Restaurant week crowd so expected a little bit more friendliness.
They did make it special when they inquired if we were celebrating anything which was our wedding anniversary and wrote a nice card with rose petals on the table and providing a complimentary dessert.
The last time we were at El Gaucho, there were so many mistakes I can't name them all. We have loved this place over the years we just figured they had an off-night. So we decided to give it a second shot. Everything was perfect except for the food. And when you're paying $300 or $400 for two people, the food should be great. First of all, it's a steak place so the steaks should be really good. I had a ribeye that I had to saw through instead of cut. The bread was mediocre and cold. The "velvety" mashed potatoes were far from that and they were cold as well. The good news is that the service was outstanding and our waitress (Gina) did a fabulous job. In the restaurant business, service is the hard part and they nailed it. The kitchen failed for a second time and that's it for us. Not going back and I'm really sad to say that because it's a really cool place. There's nothing else like it in Seattle.
Servers were pleasant and attentive, but the food couldn’t have been more disappointing. What was described as “fillet mignon medallions” resembled pounded round steak cut into irregularly shaped chunks. The bread pudding was straight from the fridge—stiff with a gummy consistency. I’ll never go back.
Upscale place, the staff are all very warm and friendly and not at all intimidating if you don't go out to eat often at really nice restaurants. The Seattle Restaurant Week menu is a great value. Mostly a special occasion place for me personally but I know I'll always get great service and great food no matter what I order.
We went to El Gaucho for restaurant week. What we experienced was outstanding in quality and service. The food choice was encompassing of all tastes and beautifully presented. We enjoyed the three course menu and will return for seconds before the promotion expires. Definitely worth attending.
Table side service and food prepared table side was spectacular. My steak however, tasted as though a salt shaker had been dropped on it (steak El gaucho). Ruined my taste buds for the night. My husband's steak (Oscar style) was just fine. The asparagus on both of our plates was very woody and couldn't be cut with even with a steak knife. We probably won't go back.
We had a very nice dinner with outstanding service. The only thing I can say that wasn't great was the French Onion soup. It was ok...just very bland. The steak was very good, the sides were good and the bananas foster was outstanding. Every server we had throughout the dinner was fantastic.
El Gaucho is an iconic Seattle restaurant that we tend to save for special occasions. This time we went with close friends just to enjoy a "fancy" dinner. The service did not disappoint but there were a few things with the food that could use some improvement. We started with two table side prepared salads - a Caesar and the El Gaucho signature salad. The Caesar lettuce was brown and not very appealing, but most of it got eaten. When our entrees and sides arrived they were warm but not hot. The baked potatoes that are prepared table side cool off to much in that preparation to make them stay hot. We all had beef of some kind and it was prepared as requested. The Chateaubriand was melt in your mouth.
Still a great place to go but we'd like to see the food temps improve.
Wonderful meal and great service. The bill was confusing as it INCLUDED the tip. Not used to this and I accidentally ending up adding a double tip. My fault for not reading the bill more closely in the very dark atmosphere. But since when does a restaurant automatically include a generous tip for themselves...for a party of two?
Not for the skinny wallet but so well worth it. One of our favorites for special occasions. Loved our seat this particular time. We were seated all the way in back against the back wall which gave us an awesome dim lit view of the whole place. I will definitely be requesting that area every time moving forward. This was our 5th visit in about 5 years. It's pretty outstanding!
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