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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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4.1

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (88)
Good for Anniversaries (79)
Romantic (72)
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Good for a Date (68)
Good for Birthdays (49)
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Business Meals (30)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Bar Seating (28)
Live Music (26)
Worth the Drive (26)
Happy Hour (24)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Cozy (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Fun (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Authentic (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Hot Spot (11)
People Watching (10)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
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Creative Cuisine (6)
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Disabled Access (5)
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Casual (3)
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was amazing as usual! We love it

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Phenomenal experience from start to finish! Mouth-watering food, excellent service, and perfect ambiance.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I come here fairly often and always enjoy it. This time we sat at the bar and the the incomparable Jason serving us. He is always engaging and friendly! love this place. I will be back in two weeks and, who knows how more times in the coming months.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fun, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Absolutely incredible

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We always have such a wonderful time at El Gaucho. The food, service and ambiance are all stellar. We haven’t found anything to best it.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Everything was perfect! No complaints. Our waiter was very nice, helpful and made our experience wonderful! I can’t rmemeber his name but it was he was a Hispanic man!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Server basically ignored us but food was good

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Food was OK. Service not great. Overpriced. Too much hype. Not worth the value

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Really cool place. Dark and romantic

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was amazing, the service was great, the only thing that was a downer was how tight the seating was. We felt like we were sitting on top of other guests.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Feels like a little classic NYC in the middle of Seattle. Wonderful service! Table side salads and flaming desserts combined with the great steaks and candlelight take you back to time when elegant dining was king.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The flaming dishes made for great theater. I asked our server to explain the steps he took in creating our Bananas Foster. Very personable and fun.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

The service and the food were exceptional.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We had an excellent service. Oka (I hope I didn't butcher his name) was patient and attentive to our table! Steak was cooked perfect to order and had perfect marbling all over. Would definitely recommend this place!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

What a beautiful dining experience! Food, service, ambiance all exceptional. Very romantic

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

ElGaucho is always our favorite place to celebrate a special occasion. Can’t beat the food, service, and love the classy yet vintage, low light atmosphere with Piano music.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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!

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Fantastic as always. The food is consistently good and the wait staff are polite and attentive. Our go to spot for fine dining and...the hotel is divine too.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Fantastic dinner! Every aspect of the service and the meal were perfect. A great place to have a Christmas dinner with business associates.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Fabulous Caesar salad. The filet was very good but not great. Very hard to hear.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Retirement

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great service. I ordered filet medium rare , and it was close to well done. I was disappointed.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great food, great service. Nothing could have been better. Server was outstanding. Very professional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

The food was fairly good, the service was mediocre. The overall ambiance of the restaurant was very cool, a modern speakeasy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

The food was premium. So delicious. Love the ambience and staff were terrific. A really memorable dining experience. This is the place to go for special occasions.

Tags: Cozy, Live Music, Romantic, Fun
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

The fabulous service starts curbside at the valet and ends with the lovely front desk staff gathering your checked outerware. Food and service was amazing as always.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amazing experience!
They made my birthday so special with their attentive service.....

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Beyond classy! Delicious food, worth every penny!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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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