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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.

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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4.6

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4.7

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4.6

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (86)
Good for Anniversaries (77)
Romantic (70)
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Good for a Date (66)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Notable Wine List (34)
Business Meals (29)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Bar Seating (26)
Worth the Drive (26)
Live Music (25)
Happy Hour (23)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Cozy (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Fun (16)
Good for Groups (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Authentic (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Hot Spot (11)
People Watching (10)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
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Disabled Access (5)
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food and great service

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent food with a beautiful ambiance. While I would come back in a heart beat my only frustration was that we had reservations for 8:15 & didn’t get seated until 9.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Started w cocktails at the bar: excellent.
Service was attentive and very professional.
The table side Caesar salad was so fun to watch and so delicious! Ordered three sides for 2 people and had leftovers of each. Will definitely be back!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 26, 2017

always enjoyable experience, albeit a little pricey. But for the best in a good steak, this is where you go.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Nice ambiance, great food, tasty cocktails, good music, excellent service ...who could ask for more?!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

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

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Server seemed openly hostile towards us and acted as if she didn’t want us there. She was very unfriendly and this experience didn’t live up to our previous dining experiences at El Gaucho.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Another wonderful meal! As always, the service was exceptional.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Had an amazing dinner for my anniversary! It was also restaurant week and the menu options were perfect. Great ambiance for a romantic dinner. Loved that there was live piano playing as well!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food was very good. The ambience was nice but a bit too dark. Overall, I would love to come again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

It was horrible. Loud. You can’t see it’s so dark. Food is over priced and not good at all.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Fantastic!!!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Tonight our dinner was outstanding! We ordered the flaming sword. The steak was the best I have ever had. This place makes you feel like a millionaire ❤️

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great place for our 10 year anniversary. Awesome experience and friendly staff.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Maik was our server and went over and above in making sure we enjoyed our evening.
His recommendations were spot on. Food was outstanding as usual.
Perfect evening.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Best steak I've ever had! Great ambiance.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Wonderful food, service was impeccable as always.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We had a great time. The food was great! We enjoyed our time with Mail, he made dinner memorable. And we got to sit in the mink booth!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Like a steak house from 1999 this place is great for a casual affair meet up or a business meeting with your sales bros.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Best Filet Mignon ever. Cooked to perfection. Truffle soup was divine.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 16, 2017

As usual, El Gaucho delivered. Went for the seattle restaurant week menu, which is an amazing value!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great Anniversary dinner!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We always request Maik as a server. He's the best. He remembers us from previously. Choose him if he's there. The steaks are great, it's pricey, but good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food and service was fantastic. Everyone stopped by and wished us a happy anniversary.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Love this place! Was here 5 years ago and returned while visiting Seattle for thanksgiving weekend. It's an experience and was highlight of trip. Food was amazing as was service. Love the piano player as well. Expensive but worth it as a special occasion.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

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?

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent food and excellent service! Mok was our server and he was fantastic !

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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