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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
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.
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.
This review may be biased due to the fact that it was restaurant week, and perhaps the restaurant was busier than usual. My date and I both had the three course meal. The green salad was a healthy portion and my soup was tasty. The entrees were on the small side, but met our standards. There was a mix up on our order but it was quickly rectified. Service was fast(maybe too fast, as the courses came out very quickly and I felt a bit rushed) and attentive. The negative: The bread pudding was the worst bread pudding that I have ever had. It was as hard as rock(over exaggeration but a close call). They did offer another dessert, but the sorbet was overly sweet. We had early reservations, and the noise level increased as more people came in to dine. We basically stopped talking because it was too difficult to hear each other. At the end of the meal, a 20% automatic service charge was added to our bill, but in addition, on the check, was a line for "additional tip" which "would go entirely to the server". That makes for a very pricey meal. I personally thought that was not a very classy touch. No thanks, there are so many other choices for other wonderful restaurants in Seattle.
We came here to enjoy Restaurant Week and weren't disappointed. I usually expect a little less than perfect service for Restaurant Week due to the lowered cost of food and increased number of visitors (on a side note, we offset this by over-tipping during this time - reduced food cost shouldn't mean a reduced tip for the same amount of work). But! The service we had was exceptional! We bought tartare from the full menu and since it's made tableside I had to VERY quickly stop her when she said she was going to add anchovies since I'm genuinely allergic. She wasn't phased by it at all (sometimes I get grumbles) and then when I asked about the Worcestershire sauce she was just as upbeat and helpful letting me know it was anchovy-free.
Our food was great, although quite salty. The drinks were great and I was really pleased to see well-priced wine available for the Restaurant Week menu. Overall, a great experience ESPECIALLY for Restaurant Week. Aside from being a little loud with a live jazz performance, it was a great place for a date and we will return.
While the food is superior, the service seemed to be lacking. We were 10. Minutes late due to traffic , we were seated and no one came to get us drinks. The server finally came over to tell us he had to make a salad at the table next to us and he would be with us shortly. W have been to dinner many times here and the service was not what we have come to expect. That being said, the food was superior !
My boyfriend and I recently celebrated our anniversary at El Gaucho, and all around it was absolutely wonderful - we've already recommended it to several friends. We had reservations for dinner, were running a little late, called ahead to let them know and they were very accommodating. They have free valet complimentary for restaurant diners, which we didn't know. It was posted on their valet sign, but not on their website or anywhere else I was able to find at least, so I can't really be upset about that - I should've looked at the board! The hostess who greeted us was very professional, and the other one who led us to our seat was very sweet and conversational! One of the best touches by far was the anniversary card and rose petals they had scattered on the table for our anniversary (when we made reservations, they had asked if it was a special occasion or anything like that), and a couple waiters told us happy anniversary though out the night.
Our waiter was very knowledgeable and professional, as well as the other waiters who ran our food out to us. One waiter was especially helpful, my boyfriend had ordered escargot for the first time and no clue how he was supposed to eat it, and the food runner explained a couple different ways and made some light conversation. The dim lighting was very romantic, and although it was super spendy (we got out relatively cheap, spending only about $150 for two starters, drinks, and entrees - to be expected for fine dining!). Although we didn't order anything table side, next time we absolutely will!
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
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
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.
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.
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