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El Gaucho Seattle

#79 of 3,041 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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2505 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121-1302 (Wall Street)
+1 206-728-1337
16:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 16:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 00:00
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Seattle WA
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We went as part of restaurant week and it's a bargain at $33 for starter, main and dessert. Regular menu starts at $35 for cheapest steak. Got a very friendly greeting from the hostess, didn't like the table she showed us to and she immediately took us to a different one, better for conversation with friends. Penlights are a necessity... More 

Thank MaryVacationer
Canby, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Had flaming sword of beef, GF had the chicken. Both were xlnt. Mach, our server recommended half orders of corn and scalloped potatoes. Been to El Gaucho a few times, never knew half orders were an option. Because the sides or so large it's a great idea. Atmosphere inside is a real treat. Dark, but certainly inviting. Our waiter Mach,... More 

Thank mjk923
Fort Worth, United States
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

If you're looking for the classic steakhouse of yesteryear with impeccable service El Gaucho is it! Everything is delicious and meticulously presented.

Thank Scott F
El Gaucho S, Guest Relations Manager at El Gaucho Seattle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Scott! We are so glad you enjoyed a true El Gaucho experience with us, and we look forward to seeing you again the next time an occasion calls for El Gaucho! More 

Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere is from a bygone era with low lighting, soft piano music and professional waiters. Steaks are the menu staple here and although among the priciest we've encountered are not the tastiest! The rub used before grilling is too high in salt content and baked potatoes prepared table side were pedestrian at best. The wedge salads were excellent as... More 

Thank Michael G
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Recently I participated in a live streamed presentation in one of their private backrooms at Seattle's El Gaucho. Listen, the food was great. Filet medallions with a black truffle sauce, asparagus and mashed potatoes all cooked to perfection. My beef isn't with my beef. This particular room at El Gaucho was poorly suited to host a live multi media event,... More 

Thank Nick R
Poughkeepsie, New York
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41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Went here for dinner with my then significant other for our anniversary. I ordered a cocktail and steak (which does not come with any sides, that must be ordered separately) for dinner. The steak was perfectly cooked and tasted delicious. After, we shared a bottle of wine with a cheese/nut/fruit platter. Then we decided to indulge further with dessert which... More 

Thank letitgo20145
Seattle, Washington
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142 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

We came here for dinner as a family. Service was excellent and the steak was good....had better but this is a good steak. I ordered Caesar salad but with mix green instead of Roman and it was excellent, the waiter prepares it right in the front of you and you can control the ingredients and the amount of dressing, It... More 

Thank SOocerStar
El Gaucho S, Guest Relations Manager at El Gaucho Seattle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of El Gaucho Seattle. We appreciate hearing from our guests and we're glad that you enjoyed the food and our legendary tableside service. We source the best products in the world for you to enjoy, and our prices reflect that quality. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again the next time an... More 

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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

So you will not find better service anywhere in the city. That's just a fact. From GM to bus boy, everyone is super attentive. Could not ask for more from that standpoint. If, however, you are looking for a great steak? You're not going to get it here. Decent? Sure. Worth the price? Not even. Don't get me wrong, the... More 

Thank SchlepDaddy
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

If you love salt--El Gaucho. Have plenty of water on hand. You will need it. Steak and salt sandwich in the bar for happy hour--equal parts steak and salt. This was my only visit, so I do not know if this was typical. I do not say first visit on purpose.

Thank David M
Castro Valley, California
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Everything was excellent here - was a fabulous place for a date! If you are looking for the elegance of yesteryear without any of the dust needing to be blown off this is your place!

Thank clf1967
El Gaucho S, Guest Relations Manager at El Gaucho Seattle, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and 5-star review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed a true El Gaucho experience with us. We hope to see you again the next time an occasion calls for El Gaucho! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Steakhouse
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2505 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121-1302
    (Wall Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Belltown
  • Neighbourhood: Belltown
  • Phone Number: +1 206-728-1337
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(R) Brand Prime steaks and custom aged Certified Angus Beef(R) 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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?