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El Gaucho - Tacoma

1201 reviews
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$50 and over
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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 Tacoma'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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Steak, American, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: Lounge 4–10pm; Dinner Service begins at 5pm. Friday: Lounge 4–12am; Dinner Service begins at 5pm. Saturday: 4pm–12am. Sunday: 4pm–10pm.
Happy Hour:
Sunday-Monday 4:00pm-10:00pm (open to close)
Tuesday - Friday 4:00pm-6:00pm & 9:00pm-close
Saturday 4pm - 5pm & 9:00pm-Close
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Phone number
(253) 272-1510
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jose DeJesus Boites
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Cross street
Between S 21st & S 23rd Streets
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Parking details
Valet parking is available on the Northwest side of our building.
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Live piano music seven days a week.
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Special events & promotions
Private dining at El Gaucho Tacoma is a special occasion. Our beautiful and incomparable dining rooms are available seven days a week. We also provide buyouts of our entire restaurant. Please contact Merica Ocsan at 253.272.4424 or if you are interested in reservations in our private dining rooms or request an online form.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Private Dining at El Gaucho is a memorable occasion. Our beautiful and unique private dining rooms in Tacoma include five private dining rooms to fit the most intimate affair to swanky receptions for up to 150 guests.

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What 1201 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 18 hours ago

This was the first time at El Gaucho for my wife and I. It definitely will not be our last!! Amazing food and an outstanding dining experience. We loved watching other diners getting the Flaming Sword Tenderloin and the Bananas Foster! All of our food was absolutely amazing and the service we got from Kelly B was top notch. We’ll be back in June for our 21st anniversary for some Flaming Swords!!

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food love the steak Tatar

4.0  Dined 7 days ago

The food was spectacular as it always is! I always have a wonderful experience when dining at El Gaucho but I wasn't very impressed with the server we had this time around. He seemed very stiff and without much personality. For a place that has dedicated people to fill empty water glasses, I was disappointed to see that we sat with empty plates in front of us for nearly 15 minutes while our server prepared a table side salad for a party of six next to us. Couldn't someone else have picked up our plates? I could've also had another glass of wine while we were waiting if I had been offered one. Although we felt a bit ignored for a period of time, the food is excellent and I know I'll keep going.

3.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

The food was pretty good the medium rare filet mignon was over cooked. More like medium. It was a bit to dark. They gave you a flashlight to read the menu. And the music was way to loud. It was very difficult to try and hold a conversation. For a $$ type place I think it could way better.

Willie47 (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Very nice for any occasion. However, I did not like that 20% was automatically added to an already over priced meal.

4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Fantastic steak and oysters Rockefeller. The Jamaican mule is great twist on the original. We'll be back.

5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

An overall great experience. The table-side service is fun and the food is wonderful, but you definitely pay for it. I do appreciate that the steak is always cooked perfectly, as ordered. Would go again for a special occasion.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

The service was excellent and the food was exceptional as always. Thank you for making our 10th anniversary extra special.

4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

The service was impeccable, wine very good, the spinach had sand ( grit) to the bite when chewing it, took to much time to open up and fill potato, it was not hot by the time we got it on the table, steaks were amazing.

5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

The staff was extremely warm and welcoming but professional as well. We were made to feel like we were their only guests. The food was phenomenal! My husband said his Earl Gray Fashion was the best he’s ever had.
They even had white rose petals and a bday card for him waiting!
The chefs special made dinner fulfilling and extremely reasonably priced.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

We gather with friends at El Gaucho Tacoma twice a year. This is going on 10 years. We tried other places around there, but always came back to "We should have gone to El Gaucho". This time was no different. Outstanding Service, Outstanding Food and 3 hours seemed like minutes. The salad 410 was a nice discovery. Worth a try. The beef was awesome as always. Always surprised at how spendy the place is but it's worth it for us.

Great atmosphere, food and service.

Note: There is now a 20% automatic charge to the bill and tipping isn't necessary. Overall, we felt that the impeccable service makes this a no brainer. See you in September!

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Overall was a great experience! The food was delicious. Probably the best meal I’ve had in a while. I recommend the steak el gaucho , sweet corn, and chocolate cake for desert! The el gaucho red wine was great too. The only negative I can think of is the 20% service fee. It definitely adds up and we feel bad not tipping so we tipped on top of that.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

I guess you have to be friends with “Courtney” in order to get better service and complimentary things. Simple things like bread and drinks must be a high coveted prize. Guess I’ll take my money else where.

EmilyS (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

This is the go to restaurant in Tacoma for fine, yet relaxed, dining and delicious food. The staff at El Gaucho is on point and very friendly. Order the Flaming Brochette of Tenderloin! It is a wonderful presentation as well as a delicious plate of food.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Great food and service. We got sat at the best table in the place to help celebrate our anniversary. Everyone said hi and congrats on our anniversary. Table had handwritten card with rose petals surrounding it. Really over the top with the extra service and details.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Beware they charge a 20% service charge because they are a Seattle based company and they're offsetting the livable wage they have to pay their employees. So sad because it also impacts how you too your server when $50 gets added to your bill.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Really good food, great service, but a little cramed and a bit noisy, a bit pricey for the lack of personal space and portion size, overall all a great experience

birdsall1 (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

As always El Gaucho did not disappoint! The staff is always very friendly and the food second to none. Thank you for an unforgettable night. We will be back soon!

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Amazing food, excellent service. I love this place!

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

The food and service is great. I do have a question about Open table reservations. I wanted to change my reservation from 2 to 5 @ 7PM and was informed by open table that there were no openings until 9PM. While at the restaurant I noticed many "open" tables that were empty. With this observation: Is "open table" only allowed so many tables being allotted? Would calling directly to restaurant for a reservation?