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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
El Gaucho never disappoints. This is our once a year anniversary splurge and it is always wonderful. They set the scene with rose petals and a card, comp our dessert, the food is incredible and staff are there to make sure everything is perfect. I love being escorted to the restroom (it's a bit dark/romantic lighting) and checked on. Valet is complimentary, so no walking in the cold! Overall it was a great night as always.
Took a friend for birthday. where have I been for the last ten years. I drove by many times and did not know what I have been missing. I will put at the top of my list for future occasions. The happy hour menu looks interesting so I will try in the future. A little pricey.
Overall it was a good place to go to. The food was a little salty but it seems a lot of places in Seattle seem to use a lot of salt. The free fruit n nut tray was not all that good. The free bread got hard really quick. We ordered many shareables and appetizers but the only one we really liked was the risotto.
Have been to both Seattle and Tacoma el Gaucho. By far the Tacoma one has better service and attention to patrons than Seattle. In Tacoma, our water glasses were never more than 1/4 empty. At Seattle, we had to ask for water multiple times. Unsure if it because they are guaranteed 20% service charge in Seattle or not. We were there when they opened so they were not busy at the time.
My wife and I spent the weekend in Seattle and stayed at the El Gaucho Inn. We made dinner reservations for Saturday evening at the restaurant. Simply amazing! The atmosphere, staff, food and setting are all top notch! This is definitely an upscale place and the prices reflect that. But don't let that deter you. The quality of the food is unquestionably above average. We'll definitely stop by again when we're in Seattle!
We began the evening at the bar with a few drinks. The blueberry drop, similar to a lemon drop was absolutely fantastic. The talented pianist soothed us with tunes to ease the week away and added to the ambience, along with relaxing dimly lit lighting . We were nestled in for a relaxing dinner experience to celebrate a birthday.
After the table was ready for reservations, our waiter was the most gracious, and knowledgeable staff who spent an incredible amount of time making sure we were cared for and catered too. For that price point we really appreciated not only the quality of the food, but the quality of the staff. It’s well worth every penny and you walk away feeling spoiled and satisfied.
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.
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.
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.
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