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About El Gaucho - Tacoma

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.

2119 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, American, Steakhouse

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

Cross Street:
Between S 21st & S 23rd Streets

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(253) 272-1510

Website:
http://www.elgaucho.com/

Entertainment:
Live piano music seven days a week.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available on the Northwest side of our building.

Executive Chef:
Jose DeJesus Boites

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 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 mocsan@elgaucho.com if you are interested in reservations in our private dining rooms or request an online form.

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 Tacoma include five private dining rooms to fit the most intimate affair to swanky receptions for up to 150 guests.

El Gaucho - Tacoma Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.9

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (69)
Good for Anniversaries (59)
Romantic (54)
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Good for a Date (52)
Good for Birthdays (40)
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Notable Wine List (29)
Live Music (28)
Business Meals (25)
Cozy (24)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Bar Seating (20)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Happy Hour (16)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Fun (12)
Authentic (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Local Ingredients (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
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·Dined 2 days ago

It was my daughters birthday and her first time eating there. She was impressed by the promptness and attention to detail. The service was beyond reproach, our waitress was perfect. The food was great as usual.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

Sad to say this was the last time that we eating at El Gaucho restaurant we are relocating to a different area of the country . We are really going to miss this restaurant .

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very special treat for my birthday Boyfriend. He’s never been to such a nice place before!! Loved it.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always an A+ consistently the best food , service and atmosphere of any resteraunt around

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Overall experience was good. Erin made our experience delightful. Only drawback to evening was my wife's sea bass was over cooked a little. We will be back again.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Perfect steakhouse in every way. Dark, live piano, vibrant bar scene, impeccable service, and phenomenal food. Tacoma’s place to be and be seen. If on a budget, happy hour in the bar is great. The bartenders are courteous, friendly, and never stuffy. Happy hour menu offers a good sampling of the menu in smaller shareable portions. But dinner in the dining room is where it’s at. Our server was prompt, funny, and made excellent recommendations. El Gaucho is the ONLY place to go for great steak in Tacoma.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Both steaks over-cooked. Lot of $$ for below avg meal.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We had escargot and that was delicious. We each had a steak, I had the grass-fed and we shared Mac and cheese. It was very tasty. The complimentary cheese/fruit tray was nice. Not enough croutons to finish the cheese though. The crème brûlée was disappointing though. It wasn’t silky smooth like I expected it to be and the taste was just ok. Nothing sensational. It was fun to experience this fancy place but it’s really not something we can afford everyday. I would go other places.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was my boyfriends birthday so I made a reservation. When I walked in I was in awe. We enjoyed a lovely meal with lovely piano music. The restaurant had a hand written birthday card and rose petals waiting for us on our table. Worth the high prices! The best steak we have ever had. We will be back again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Always first class food, service and ambiance....everything else is outstanding!

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had our 18th Anniversary dinner at El Gaucho on Friday night. We were greeted with a "Happy Anniversary" multiple times by the staff. There was also a fun little surprise at our table when we were seated. I won't spoil it for anyone else who goes there for their anniversary for the first time.
My filet was amazing. I'm a huge fan of steak that practically melts in my mouth. My wife had the halibut special and she really enjoyed it. We shared a piece of key lime pie for dessert. It plenty big enough to share and we both really enjoyed it.
The piano music was loud, but not dance club loud. It contributed to everyone talking under the music instead of over it and each other. We could have a quiet conversation without having to listen to the people at the table next to us. The restaurant had just put up their Christmas decorations and that added to the festive atmosphere.
This was our first time at El Gaucho, but we will return. We are Central Pierce County residents and it is great to know that we can go out to a dinner this good without having to drive to Seattle or Bellevue.
Thank you to the El Gaucho staff for providing a great dining experience for our Anniversary.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Awesome service the staff really made our anniversary night feel special. Food was amazing and the table side dishes are worth it. Probably wouldn't get drinks here but that's just me.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The food and the service was outstanding as always. Highly recommend the chateau briand.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Live Music
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

I took a friend there Saturday evening for her birthday. The atmosphere, food, and especially the service, were exceptional! I will definitely be going back to the Tacoma El Goucho.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great for a special occasion where you feel okay about high prices.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Most of the food was good, but nothing was great and one steak was bad and should have been sent back (embarrassment kept that from happening). Everything was ridiculously overpriced. The place was far noisier than I remember it being. The entry area at the top of the stairs was dirty, with scraps of paper on the floor.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

The food and service were excellent. The waitress spent time to explain the menu and specials. She wad very attentive. Gret experince.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The Steaks were excellent, just the right char. We had two waiters and my water never got under halfway empty. Service was excellent. Great for a special occasion. Can get very expensive though

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Staff was fantastic! The old school feel with the piano player, staff that are patron focused with a very good variety on the menu. Food, while delicious, was a little salty. The cost vs the product....not sure I would spend that much again.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great service and good food are lots

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Gaucho is like the old school steak places in New York, but with a little-nuance to the service. The tableside cooking is lots of fun. We had the Flaming Sword Brochette of Tenderloin. Next time we will also do the Ceasar Salad (prepared tableside). Food is excellent. Attentive wait staff. Killer martinis. Impressive wine list. And the live piano helped us feel like we were back home.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary by trying El Goucho for the first time. We were not disappointed. It was stellar in every way, from the atmosphere, to the server, to the deliciously prepared food. We will be repeat customers for sure.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great, classy restaurant. Decor reminds me of 1940s high-end restaurant. Service was amazing. Food was more traditional, but cooked to perfection. Wine list and advice are the best we have found in the area. We’ll be back.

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Was disappointed at the service the night. Everyone was there either before or after the Garth Brooks concert so no surprise that it would be busy. Service was slow, food came out cold (was replaced immediately once server came by), but overall felt was understaffed for the price of the meal and I have had better times there in the past and didnt mind paying the price of the meal.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Disappointed and will not return. Restaurant was crowded, noisy, not relaxing and not romantic. Come here for a good steak, but go somewhere else to celebrate with the ones you love. Next time we'll just go to Stanley's.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I was looking for a special place to eat dinner with my husband and a good friend (whom we were treating to dinner and the Garth Brooks concert). Made a reservation at El Gaucho based on reviews and it did not disappoint! Dinner was fabulous and the service was wonderful - friendly and unpretentious. We made reservations for 4:30, but arrived early and were seated at 4:00. The timing was perfect - we were seated a half hour before the pre-concert dinner rush which started at 4:30 or so, and we and were able to have a leisurely and enjoyable dinner and then walk to the concert in plenty of time for the 7:30 start.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always great service from the El Gaucho staff!!! They say it's the little things that count well here the details matter, no water glass was left empty. Food was cooked to order just right.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Kevin was wonderful. For somebody only working there for five days, he made my wife’s birthday special

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

The food and service was impressive and I loved the darker lighting. Great for our anniversary dinner

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Romantic, Fun, Live Music, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I accidentally made the reservation for the wrong night. The host was very accommodating and had us promptly seated. Very much appreciated the help on fixing my mistake!

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Good experience and worth the drive. Excellent service. Would have liked more options for vegetables and seafood. Low score on ambience as restaurant was drafty.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Low lighting. Romantic candle lit dinner. Beautiful live piano. Wonderful staff and delicious food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We went for my birthday and Tacoma restaurant week. It was a great experience

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food, great service . We always had a great time

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent beef, excellent service.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

impeccable service, felt very welcome even in jeans. Food was excellent. Every bite was perfect

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

The service and food are always top notch. I live for the pecan crusted brie appetizer, it oozes when cut into. This last time, our waiter was professional and fun. Steaks are always cooked perfectly and worth the price tag.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great place to eat. It’s not cheap but it’s a good value. We had the skewered tenderloins. They were prepared at hhe table and were excellent. The service was very attentive but not obtrusive. We definitely plan on going back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

We had great service and our waiter was amazing. I had reservations for a party of 6 and my sister had a party of 6 and they accommodated our requests of dining together and put us in a private room. I will definitely return again!!!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent steaks, we ordered the flaming sword tenderloin, delicious soup and desserts . Service was great, convenient valet parking.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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