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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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Happy Holidays! We will be open from 3pm - 8pm on Christmas Eve.

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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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (87)
Good for Anniversaries (85)
Romantic (73)
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Good for a Date (66)
Good for Birthdays (53)
Notable Wine List (35)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Business Meals (32)
Live Music (29)
Worth the Drive (29)
Bar Seating (27)
Happy Hour (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Authentic (17)
Cozy (17)
Fun (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Hot Spot (14)
People Watching (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Paleo Friendly (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Healthy (4)
Casual (2)
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 (Seattle)·Dined a day ago

Gina was excellent waitress, made our first time experience wonderful. Thank you.

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 (Portland)·Dined 2 days ago

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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·Dined 2 days ago

It's always a great experience to go there. Love the Seattle location, service, and menu!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

El Gaucho never disappoints. It always makes us feel special!

Tags: Disabled Access, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Great place to spend some money and have it be well worth it! You can carry on a conversation as food is being prepared at your table or just watch all the flames flaring up throughout the restaurant! Great service and food!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Hot Spot, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

First class as always. Expensive as heck, but worth it once in a while.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Beyond classy! Delicious food, worth every penny!

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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

El Gaucho is always a treat. My waiter remembered me/my order and engaged me with friendly chit-chat. My steak is always done perfectly, just as I requested(which is not to be expected everywhere since I like it medium-well).

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

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!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

I loved the service. We had a great dinner for my husbands birthday.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Celebrated our 25th Anniversary and El Gaucho went above and beyond! So happy and feeling totally pampered! Thank you El Gaucho!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Annniversary

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Carter truly made the birthday dinner celebration so special. Attention to detail in our service by every member, the food was incredible and the wine paired nicely. We cannot wait to celebrate another special occasion here.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fun
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

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......

$212.00

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.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Overall the experience was incredible. We had some of our dishes done table side which was stupendous. Would recommend to anyone wanting one of the finest steaks and meals in Seattle.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

First time after numerous visits to the Portland location. Doesn't even compare.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Absolutely fantastic! Over the top food, drinks and service.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Live Music, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The ‎chateaubriand for two was wonderful. Nice au jus for it as well. Have the scalloped potatoes to go with it. You won't regret the combo.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Amazing service and food. Probably the best dinner I've had in a decade. The atmosphere and service are absolutely lovely. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here and will definitely be coming back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Overall the experience was good. Ordered the Chateaubriand for 2. Steak was slightly over cooked on the outside so it was a bit dry but the part that was medium rare was tender. Service was top notch.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Michael

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

The service and food was to good to believe. From front to back it felt like we were truly being taken care of.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I went here for my birthday. Getting the meal was a bit slower than usual. The staff seemed rushed. It is still my go to place for special occasions.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Chaz was a fantastic. The Caesar salad and flaming skewer is a must.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Had the NW grass-fed filet and wow! My mouth is still watering. Cooked perfectly and the sauce (mushrooms/bordelaise) was amazing. Service/food/drinks were exceptional. Atmosphere is always fun. Price is expected for the experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

You will not be disappointed. Great setting, food is incredible, and staff very friendly. Great date night

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful 40th Birthday celebration for my son and the rest of the family. The staff was attentive, and brought a few surprises to the table.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Our Dad had dinner here 20-30 years ago and said we should go. We did and it was wonderful. Loved every minute of our stay.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Live Music
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent food, service and atmosphere..was the perfect birthday date dinner.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went for my Wife's birthday as a special event. Seating was great, plenty of room at the table, great view of the room to watch what was going on. Food was excellent with a great presentation and the staff was right on top of things.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 2, 2017

El Gaucho was the perfect restaurant to get together with some old friends and enjoy a spectacular meal and great wine. The service was impeccable and the atmosphere was great.
I will definitely be coming back real soon...

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Romantic
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