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.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Second time we've been for an anniversar ...
Second time we've been for an anniversary/ celebration. Food is wonderful - though the Cesar salad was too creamy this time. I was disappointed with the slower service and lack of attentiveness. Other than that it's a good place. I'm not sure we will be back for awhile though. It's pretty expensive and not sure it's worth the value given all of the PDX restaurants.
I kept hearing about El Gaucho but never ...
I kept hearing about El Gaucho but never had an occasion to go. I finally chose it for a business meal and am I glad I did. From the very first encounter with the valet, I got 1st class treatment and a wonderful experience. Food and service were A++++
It will now be my "go to" restaurant in Portland.
Great new find! Was upset with the Rings ...
Great new find! Was upset with the Ringside new remodel/menu that we were on the hunt again for a great steakhouse and this has won! Saturday at 6pm. Valet available $8, staff in fine dining attire and super friendly/attentive, water replenished constantly, napkin refolded if you leave for a moment, romantic dim lighting w/live music, steak melts in your mouth, garlic bread to die for, sides are 'a la carte' but sharable between 2 people, wedge blue cheese salad was large but would recommend less dressing or on the side next time, dress nice but no need for fancy, saw people in maxi dress and flip flops/golf shirts/shorts, kids were present but on good behavior, menu pricey but not bad for special occasion, free fruit/nut basket after dinner. Would only sit in booth next time because center tables crammed in and chairs not the most comfortable. Had servers making Caesar salad and flamed bananas foster directly behind me which made me uncomfortable and hard for people passing by. We each had 8oz steak, wedge salads, shareable baked potato, shareable spinach and 4-5 drinks ('Ruby' is YUMMY!) which brought our total to around $200.
My husband and I really enjoyed our meal ...
My husband and I really enjoyed our meal. The wait staff were wonderful. The only downside was that it was 100° outside that day and their air conditioning wasn't working. It was pretty uncomfortable. Obviously, that's not something that will happen often.
Dry-aged steaks, rich red wines, live Sp ...
Dry-aged steaks, rich red wines, live Spanish Guitar? Sounds like a great place for an Anniversary or Birthday Dinner and it was! The steak was delicious, the music was great and the Merlot was one of the best I ever had. Problem was, we ordered a Cab. Did not notice it until after we enjoyed the first glass. Probably an honest mistake and it saved us $40. Next time, we will check the label more carefully upon presentation. Complimentary fruit and cheese plate at the end of the meal was a super nice touch, too.
My halibut dinner with the grapefruit an ...
My halibut dinner with the grapefruit and mandarin orange topping was to die for - absolutely delicious and moist, mashed potatoes were a huge helping and very tasteful also!
My hubby ordered the fillet and he said it was not as tender as he would like to have had it and was not a superior cut. also was not hot when served to him.
Our waitress appeared to may have been new on the staffing. We over-heard the male waiter addressing his table with the various specials for the evening, nothing was mentioned to us about the evening specials by our waitress.
Over-all experience was good though!
The air conditioner does not work there ...
The air conditioner does not work there because its an old building. I was extremely hot!! On top of that they sat us at a small table by the grill. I could see all the people trying to fan themselves because it was so unbearably hot. We almost walked out but it was my wife's birthday and we flew in from another state to have dinner and a broadway show.
El Goucho is one of the best dining expe ...
El Goucho is one of the best dining experiences in Portland. The ambiance is beautiful, food is consistently delicious, service excellent and tableside options are wonderful. Also, join their loyalty club for $50 off on your birthday!
Part of the El Gaucho experience is the ...
Part of the El Gaucho experience is the very attentive service- from the table side prep of salads and deserts to the water and drink service and part of it the food. Both are outstanding. The steak is the best I can recall and I've had steak at a lot of top steak places. All courses were top notch. The only thing that didn't wow were the mashed potatoes (which were fine). Everything else was remarkable from the side-dish of corn to the Caesar salad to the desert.
It's certainly not cheap but can make for great date or occasion place. It is dimly lit, which can be nice for dates. Valet parking is the way to go.
Food was expensive steakhouse good but n ...
Food was expensive steakhouse good but nothing out of the ordinary. My husband's steak was vet under cooked the first time and a bit under cooked the second, so he just ate it. However, we had an 8:15pm reservation and were not seated until 9:00pm. The place was over crowded, tables so close together that the wait staff had trouble moving around. We were told they were just waiting for a table to open up in order to seat us, there were some just finishing and that they had paid. After a 15 minute delay, an apology was fine. After 30minutes they should have offer to buy us a cocktail. After 45 minutes it should've been a bottle of wine or dessert. Instead they offered us a glass of water and later some bread.
Everything was great until a fruit fly w ...
Everything was great until a fruit fly was in my wine, you would think for the price and value of the restaurant they would have taken the wine off my bill, or given me a free glass, but all they did was replace it, and say sorry. Kind of discouraging at a place like that.
Everything was great esp the steaks and ...
Everything was great esp the steaks and service.
Maybe I'm just old fashioned but I go out and drop $100+ bucks each (plus wine) on dinner, I really don't care to be in a room full of people in Jeans and tee shirts.
Sign of the times I guess.
" get over it , old man"!
My husband and I came to El Gaucho to ce ...
My husband and I came to El Gaucho to celebrate our 15 year wedding anniversary. The hostess spread some rose petals on our table, and gave us a nice congratulations card from the restaurant. The guitarists were very enjoyable to listen to, and created a nice romantic atmosphere for our dinner. The service was excellent. The food was delicious and generous on the portions. The overall experience was very relaxing and enjoyable. We did not feel rushed through our dinner. We will definitely be back on another special occasion.
Excellent service as always...I love tha ...
Excellent service as always...I love that waiters do not bus dirty plates...all restaurants should do that. The table-side Caesar salad is the best you will ever eat, our waiter (Peter) really took the time to make it right, probably took him 15 min.-- it was excellent, the perfect balance of garlic, oil, satt/pepper and anchovies. The 30 day dry-aged steaks are excellent, but be forewarned--they are old-school on cooking steaks--if you order rare, you will get a cool, red center...not like Outback! But they are excellent, the flavor of the grass-fed beef along with the aging provides one of the best steaks in Portland--Ringside--pay attention!
My wife and I went to El Gaucho to celeb ...
My wife and I went to El Gaucho to celebrate are third year anniversary. We were very please overall with the experience. We were a little early for are reservation and they sat us right away. They had a personalized card waiting on the table to wish us a happy anniversary. Are server answered all the questions we had and gave great recommendations on items to order. I'm more of a beer guy so I can't comment on the wine. Food was well prepared and both of us left full and satisfied. Thanks for a great experience.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.