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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
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!
Great place. Nice piano playing. Great bartender! Wonderful happy hour but I still spent $120 only eating off the happy hour menu. This is an expensive place. If you order an entree and drink wine, expect $100-200 per person. They call it el gouge-o for a reason. It’s a rare splurge.
I wanted to take my granddaughter and her new husband to a great place for dinner to treat them to something very special that as students both working would not be able to spend the money on. They loved it! Now they know what a steak is supposed to taste like!! The service and staff was impeccable. Thank you also for have the live pianist. Very enjoyable!!
We have been to El Gaucho's several times in the past and have generally enjoyed the experience whether that was with customers in a business meeting or with my wife for a special dinner. However, I hadn't been at the Seattle location for at least a year. This particular occasion was for our 33rd anniversary, which I had noted when making our reservations. Unfortunately, upon arrival, the host initially seated us at the lowest level seating right next to the kitchen. It was extremely noisey and lacked the ambiance I had grown accustom to at El Gaucho, so I asked to be moved which the host accommodated. Second location was ok although in a major run way area for folks heading to the restroom. Our meal was extremely late getting to our table - literally over 2 hours after our arrival and an hour after receiving our salads. We could see for some time that our meal was sitting on the counter waiting to be served for well over 30 minutes, and when we finally received our meal it was cold. The Chateaubriand we ordered was over cooked and cold. When the service team attempted to melt butter over the meat to prepare it at our table, the butter did not melt off of the meat but rather just sat there until the server pushed it to the side. All in all, we were very disappointed with the experience and we're not likely to return.
The food was really good. The waitstaff was outstanding. But.....the prices are astronomical. Just my wife and I....I didn't even drink. She had just 1 glass of wine. No appetizers. Cost......
That's ridiculous. Dinner Should NEVER EVER be this expensive for ANY couple.
And, for that kind of price, I want a view, I want ambiance,,,,not walking up to the restaurant on a dirty sidewalk, no view, and a dirty carpet inside.
My wife and i spent our 1 year anniversary here and it was amazing! The staff treated us very well and the ambiance and atmosphere were perfect for a romantic dinner. The food was delicious and is on the pricey side, but worth it. I don't think there you'll find better steaks anywhere else!!! They have a wonderful bar and a very large wine list. Highly recommend to anyone wanting a very unique experience that they will always remember.
The service at El Gaucho’s is extraordinary. Even a trip to the restroom warrants a escort to help navigate, especially in heels! Per request, they made sure that we got upper booth seating for the special birthday occasion. The cuisine, always perfectly consistent.
An unusual hiccup at the beginning, but they rectified it immediately. We put in a special request for an upper table for a birthday, but they tried to seat us at a crowded table near the kitchen. When we questioned the seating, they pointedly said the upper tables are by special request. When I pointedly told them that we indeed made that request, they took a look at our reservation, which showed they were wrong so they made it right. I know, it seems like a little thing but when it’s a high caliber, expensive place like El Gaucho, the bar is immediately (and rightfully) set very high.
After that, it was the same amazing food and service we’ve experienced many times before.
El Gaucho was our "go-to" for extra special occasions but no longer. The quality of their offerings have noticeably degraded, the caesar salad dressing tasted off with a bitter olive oil after taste, we didn't finish our salads. We've had better caesar salads from our neighborhood pub. Disappointed that the waiter didn't ask if there was anything wrong with our salads since we didn't finish. The truffle mushroom soup tasted off as well, with a tangy after taste and the linquini with scallops and prawns in beurre blanc sauce was spicy despite no mention of spice in the menu description. It was a birthday celebration and we didn't want to taint the experience for the birthday girl by complaining. We ordered 4 courses and was in the restaurant for 3 hours, the wait between courses was too long. hats over 45 minutes for each course. And the back staff kept dropping things, loud enough to hear in the dining room. After the 2nd time someone dropped a tray of dishes, we started counting. By the time we left, we were on our 5th count. We just expected better from El Gaucho. With the automatic 20% gratuity, maybe the effort is just no longer there. We have no problem leaving a higher tip if deserving. We felt cheated we couldn't tip our usual 15% for the substandard service.
Thank you to Mac, and all the server's at El Gaucho. I had a dinner date set up in advance and the ladies up front found a fantastic little booth that was quiet and isolated. Our Server (Mac) was gracious, friendly and helpful.
I will definitely come back.
My wife and I celebrate our anniversary here every year. We stayed at the hotel on our honeymoon and have become El Gaucho loyalists every year since. It's a magical place where time seems to stand still and you can feel a world away from the everyday stresses. I would eat here weekly if my budget allowed it.
El Gaucho was very solidly in line with what you'd expect for an expensive steakhouse. Darkly lit, a good selection of cocktails and wines, traditional steaks, sides, and desserts. Service was good if a little off in spots (what's up with the giant plate of fruit at the end of the meal? are they trying not to sell you dessert?). In a city with a number of great restaurants trying new and exciting things, El Gaucho feels a little too tired for the price. But if a classic steakhouse experience is what you're looking for, it's a fine choice.
Atmosphere and food were exceptional. Service was top notch. You pay for all of that overhead, however as it is not a cheap place to eat. Dinner for two with 2 drinks each, appetizer, table side salad, entree, and desert cost close to $350. This includes the automatically added 20% service charge.
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