About El Gaucho - Portland
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 Portland'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.
Steak, American, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm – 11:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm – 12:00am
Sunday: 4:30pm – 10:00pm
Between SW Oak & SW Stark Streets
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
NIGHTLY LIVE LATIN GUITAR DUO - featuring the talents of Mariano, Toshi, Masud, Bobak & Tom. Every night 6-10.
Valet is located on SW Broadway at our front door.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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 Kate Arvidson at 971.544.2700 or email@example.com for information.
Private dining at El Gaucho is a memorable occasion. Our guests are truly pampered, treated to the pinnacle of experienced, knowledgeable and gracious service.
El Gaucho - Portland Ratings and Reviews
The food quality and preparation was imm ...
The food quality and preparation was immaculate. The Certifed Angus Beef tenderloin is some of the best I ever had and was cooked perfectly. Kelly, our server, was very sweet and knowledgeable of the menu and the wines and provided some wonderful recommendations.
Everything was wonderful. Be sure to try ...
Everything was wonderful. Be sure to try the tableside fluffed baked potato with the cheese sauce and the Mississippi mud cake. Had the filet mignon and it was cooked perfectly even with me having it well done. Amazing night!
The meat was tasteless and the wine list ...
The meat was tasteless and the wine list was mostly swill. They say fine dining with a dress code but happily seated people in baseball hats and shorts.
Amy, our server was very attentive. I li ...
Amy, our server was very attentive. I like the team approach in meeting the needs of the diners at the table. We were seated in the lounge and yet it felt as relaxed and intimate as a table in the dining room. The steak... melt in your mouth fabulous... does it get any better than that?
Booked last minute for an anniversary an ...
Booked last minute for an anniversary and arrived minutes later. Not only did the staff recognize my fiancé and myself but they already had a private booth prepared for us with a beautiful card and roses recognizing our special occasion. Throughout the meal service was impeccable and the entire team of the restaurant continued to wow us by remembering our names and giving us best wishes on our special day. We will definitely be back!
Found this restaurant on many lists as o ...
Found this restaurant on many lists as one of the top romantic places to eat and indeed it was! I made reservations for my boyfriends birthday dinner and we both loved the place from the minute we set foot. The customer service was outstanding as we were seated right away and welcomed with a table decorated for the occasion. If we ever travel back to Portland, we will definitely be coming back to El Gaucho!
Amazing food And Service!
Amazing food And Service!
Our event and experience (our first time ...
Our event and experience (our first time) was fantastic. Service and food was the best, especially our steaks. Loved our appetizers and garlic bread. Our deserts was superb. A place to come back to for special occasions. Thank you for making the night special for us.
Stellar wine list. I had the Spicy Oreg ...
Stellar wine list. I had the Spicy Oregon Bisque for starters, easily the best soup I've ever eaten. Steak was cooked to perfection. All around first class meal. Service was decent. Atmosphere was perfect for the occaision of my girlfriends bday.
The food was absolutely wonderful. Some ...
The food was absolutely wonderful. Some of nthe best I HAVE EVER HAD!
Lovely Birthday Dinner
El Gaucho is one of our favorite places in Portland for special occasions. We are never disappointed and the food is always excellent. For starters we chose the El Gaucho salad and the crab bisque. The salad is prepared table side. My husband ordered steak and shrimp, I ordered the halibut. As always the food is hot and perfectly cooked. Since it was just the two of us we did not order any of the sides with our dinner. When we come with a larger group we will order sides but for two it can be too much food. There is a great selection of wine, by the glass or bottle. We especially appreciate the selection of dessert wines. I cannot say enough about the service at El Gaucho. Our server, Jen, is terrific. After dinner we went into the cigar lounge for after dinner drinks and a cigar. El Gaucho has valet parking.
Awesome server, Kyle. Great cigar bar.
Awesome server, Kyle. Great cigar bar.
A++ in every way, as always
A++ in every way, as always
Had higher expectations
I was so excited to visit El Gauchos, however was disappointed with my experience. I am a steak lover and was not pleased with my meal. It was an alright steak, but for the price....I expected phenomenal. I won't be back unfortunately!
My wife and I have visited El Gaucho fou ...
My wife and I have visited El Gaucho four times over the past couple years, and I think we're going to move on to other fine steak houses at this point, rather than return to El Gaucho in the near future. The service is quite uneven--wonderful twice, indifferent twice--and most importantly, the steak quality simply doesn't match the premium pricing. And when you request a medium rare steak and receive one that is only barely pink in the middle (mostly brown), at a fine steakhouse, you know that the kitchen is carelessly committing the cardinal sin--overcooking the steak.
Food was WAY TOO overpriced but not up t ...
Food was WAY TOO overpriced but not up to par. Filet Mignon was not a great cut which for around $60 it should be fantastic.
Delicious meat and appetizers, pleasant ...
Delicious meat and appetizers, pleasant service and presentation, burnt and grainy creme brule, and noisier than some sports bars I've experienced. Overall if you're looking for mostly delicious food and can afford the price tag El Gaucho is a worthwhile restaurant. If you want a quieter ambiance where the business deals and bragging of the half dozen tables around you can't be easily followed, find somewhere else.
There is a cigar room separated only by ...
There is a cigar room separated only by a glass door in the restaurant. The room was well populated and every time the door opened for a patron to enter or exit, or a server to go in and out smoke made it to our table, tainting our experience. We were not able to enjoy the food and had to leave.
We like to celebrate our anniversary her ...
We like to celebrate our anniversary here. Even though their prices are high, as members of their Revelers Club, we get a generous $50 credit toward our bill. We love their chateaubriand for two, which comes with asparagus, grilled mushrooms, baked or mashed potatoes and half a grilled tomato. This is seasoned, cut and plated tableside. We love their bananas foster but decided to try their cherries jubilee this time. Both are flambéed tableside in dramatic presentation. The service here is top notch. We were lucky to have Amy as our waitress. She's phenomenal.
Great night, amazingly delicious dinner ...
Great night, amazingly delicious dinner. We Was very disappointed with our table. I had called ahead to let the restaurant know we were celebrating 2 birthdays... Only one birthday was mentioned and they sat us at an end table away from the ambiance next to the cigar lounge but overall the dinner and service was off the charts tasteful.
Busy, bustling restaurant. Despite the crowd very good service, great food.
Great restaurant for that very special o ...
Great restaurant for that very special occasion celebration. Not many restaurants in this elite catagory in Portland.
Great birthday dinner!
Wonderful service and food! We came in Friday night for a birthday and everything was just perfect! We had the steak el gaucho and the copper river salmon! Both were cooked perfectly and tasted delicious! Our server was attentive without hovering and we never had an empty water glass (or cocktail glass) El Gaucho lived up to its reputation!
This spot has the best steak and trimmin ...
This spot has the best steak and trimmings in Portland. The service is always impeccable and friendly. Go for a full 4-5 course experience.
Went for our 1st wedding anniversary! Th ...
Went for our 1st wedding anniversary! The restaurant was almost empty (8:00) upon arrival, yet we unfortunately waited 10 minutes at the host stand before anybody stopped by to greet us. Eventually a server with her hands full of wine glasses who apologized -- came over and flagged down the host who eventually sat us. We were seated and the same thing happened again!! We sat there for 20 minutes waiting for a server to greet us. Several servers walked by and kept looking at our table yet said or did nothing. Is team greet just not a thing there? We almost left. Food was awesome as usual, just a bummer about the slow greeting. When you go somewhere and drop $200+ for 2 people, you expect that to be reflected in the service.
Awesome Cigar Lounge
El Gaucho has great steaks and nice dining area but an even better Cigar Lounge with very friendly staff and a decent cigar selection. They do not have cutting fee if you bring in your own cigars. The drink list is extensive and the locals who frequent the lounge are very friendly. Not many places like this left so if you have the opportunity to try it out don't hesitate.
El Gaucho is simply hands down the best ...
El Gaucho is simply hands down the best dining experience in Portland. It has never disappointed.
The food is always great, service impeccable. It's our "go to" for celebrating special events
Longtime customer. Gaucho always delive ...
Longtime customer. Gaucho always delivers superior service and food. My go to steakhouse in Portland.
Great as always.
Great as always.
Waiter not sensitive to food allergies
While the food was enjoyable but not outstanding, our rude and insensitive waiter really overshadowed what could have been a great experience. When we informed the waiter that we had a person in our party with food allergies and could there be extra precautions taken, we were met with an unhelpful and flippant attitude from our waiter. He said to the something very similar to "I'm sure you can pick out the items on the menu that you can't have. I mean there's only like 5 items that contain your allergy and you can probably already know." He was loud, obnoxious and very insensitive. The food was ok, but in not sure it was worth the price tag.
You just can't beat El Gaucho for a good ...
You just can't beat El Gaucho for a good dinner out. Excellent drinks, food, service, music. Always my go to first night in the city that has so much good food!
Had a great birthday dinner for my wife. ...
Had a great birthday dinner for my wife. Food was great and service was very good. Loved the live music.
All the food was superb and the service ...
All the food was superb and the service was excellent. This was my first time dining at El Gaucho and I will definitely return.
Consistent high quality food and service ...
Consistent high quality food and service. They still make their Caesar salads at your table and they are beyond special. This is not an inexpensive place but the portions are generous and they do not give you a hard time about plate sharing.
First class AS ALWAYS
Great service and the food is AMAZING every time we visit. Scallops appetizer - Perfect Rib eye (medium) - Perfect Australian lobster tail - Perfect Corn side - Perfect Scalloped potatoes - Perfect
It was amazing and service was wonderful ...
It was amazing and service was wonderful.
We enjoy celebrating at El Gaucho's several times a year! The food is outstanding , the service is impeccable!
We come here for our anniversary every year, and it is always perfect. Service is marvelous and thoughtful without being stuffy, and the steak is amazing.
Our Favorite restaurant
We have never been disappointed, this absolutely is the number one restaurant in Portland. The steaks are out of this world, the wicked shrimp and the crab bisque is amazing. The service is good and the atmosphere is intimate in the bar.
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