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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.
Portland, OR 97205
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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, 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
El Gaucho was everything and more that you would expect from a steakhouse. They have some special dishes that are seared at your table, amazing flavors in all of their food, salad dressing made at your table in the salad bowl, a gorgeous fruit, nut and cheese plate that I wish was served after dinner and replaced dessert for me, and excellent service. Classic and classy steakhouse... Kind of has that dark, boisterous, mafia family feel to it with lovely jazz musicians playing almost too loudly, but your ears adjust and it was very good music.
Fabulous food, perfectly done and much completed tableside. Excellent service. They will typically do a little extra for a special occasion, which adds a lot of value to me. (I.e. rose petals and a card on our table for our anniversary). Doug was kind and attentive, helpful with the menu and made a great suggestion for after dinner live jazz in the same building. Great overall experience.
There are not enough words to say how FABULOUS our experience was! Besides having which is probably the best meal we have had thus far since moving to Portland from Florida, the atmosphere was perfect for holding a private conversation even though some tables are only an arms length apart. We ordered the Chateaubriand for two, scalloped potatoes and spinach for additional sides and a lovely bottle of Cab from Figgins Winery to compliment the meal. The table side preparation and presentation on the plate was very well done. Served with the steak was a broiled, lightly browned tomato half with 4 spears of perfectly cooked asparagus on top as well as 2 large sauteed and seasoned mushrooms. Being true foodies, I took pictures of the meal before we started and after when our plates were nearly empty. There are ample servings of each item and I promise you will not leave hungry!
Taste - A++ Service - A++ Atmosphere - A++ Wait time - about 1 minute for a table
Quite expensive with the bottle of wine my husband chose ($350.00+) but we are definitely returning as the entire experience was well worth the cost!
We were there on a Tuesday night around 5:30. The server neglected to inform us of any specials or give us any more than the basic minimum of attention. He seemed more preoccupied with the table next to us for some reason. It wasn't very busy, so I'm not sure what warranted the neglect. When the food did come out, mine was great but the other person I was with got a cold steak. It took us about 5 minutes to get the server's attention so I was finished with mine before his came back out. Rather disappointing for a $220 meal for two.
We always make a pint of dining at El Gaucho when we come to town.
They never diasapoint when it comes to service find food and drink.
If you are looking for a place that reminds you of stepping into the past when dining was an experience then El Gaucho checks all of the boxes.
Recently dined for my 31st birthday on Saturday 4/15. Service was great, Bre was an excellent server. Outside of that, the food was average at best. I think my expectations were way too high after reading the reviews and seeing the prices. My filet mignon was grainy and pretty tough for a filet, I've had better all over the country. I am not sure if it's because it was late or what (10:30) because my mashed potatoes were warm, lacked any butter and salt. They had flavor but weren't flavorful. Again, great service and don't want to put down the establishment but I was disappointed with the food. I didn't want to say anything to my server because she truly did everything she could to make my birthday special. The yellow rose petals and the card was such a special touch but I did not enjoy my $93+ meal for one.
My family and I went to El Gaucho before going to the Arlene schnitzer concert hall. We requested a private table were surprised with a a huge booth in the corner of the restaurant. We had a wonderful time. The food was excellent! My husband and I ordered oysters, filet mignon with crab and bearnaise sauce, and blackened salmon. My parents ordered a rib eye, king crab, and lobster. Everything we ordered was divine! Our waiter was exceptional. He went out of his way to take care of us. Overall, it was a very special evening. Thank you for taking care of us!
Amazing restaurant! El Gaucho is one of my favorites, and it never disappoints. The service is some of the best I've ever had, and the food is outstanding. Just about everything on the menu is worth ordering, but my husband's and my favorites are wicked shrimp and escargot (appetizers), lobster mashed potatoes and sweet corn (sides), steak el gaucho and ostrich (main course), and the table side bananas foster (dessert).
I would highly recommend this place! It is spendy, but the food, ambiance and service are top notch.
As Always El Gaucho does not disappoint. Incredible steaks excellent starter choices as well as salads, and a really excellent assortment of sides. All in all a memorable meal. An annual event at a minimum. In my opinion the top steak in Portland and I have not missed many offering.
I wanted to take my wife to a great restaurant for our anniversary and was disappointed with the service at El Gauchos. It took almost an hour for our food to arrive and the waitress never refilled our coffees. Other than bringing out our food we received no service at all..
.after we finished we waited a long time for our check...which never came...so we had to go to the front, wait in line, and spend several minutes sorting out our bill. For an expensive meal this was not a great value.
Service was amazing - thank you Amy! - but truthfully everyone we interacted with was friendly, professional and pleasant. Food was outstanding as well. Gaucho salad 401 prepared tableside was fresh and very flavorful, scalloped potatoes were pure comfort food and the steak...tender, perfectly prepared and juicy. All in all, a great birthday celebration evening! Thank you!
This was a nice restaurant. We went out to dinner with family. I chose El Gaucho because I am a vegan among meat eaters and the website stated vegan and vegetarian menus available. This turned out not to be the case. The chef, however, was accommodating and knowledgeable and prepared me a special meal.
Have wanted to go here for years but until this trip, it had not worked out. We were in town from LA, met friends for dinner and had a great meal. Our waiter Gabriel was excellent and we took advantage of the food as theatre: Caesar salads and Bananas Foster made table side as well as some specialty cocktails.
We had a nice greeting for the birthday celebration and we had a great table a booth near the bar.
Our waitress was ok not much of a personality and she forgot to go over the specials for the evening.
The food was not what we were expecting. The Caesar salad was terrible, the French onion soup was good. The steaks were tender not much flavor the asparagus was fine and the mac n cheese tasted like kraft out of the box with parmesan cheese added to it and it was watery.
Then we got this weird cheese and fruit platter complimentary. The apple was old and cold. The grapes were dirty not washed. The blue cheese was good with the fig and cracker. Honestly not sure why this restaurant does this. It almost felt like it was their way of saying yes our food is way over priced so here is your goody bag.
Then we got the mudpie dessert. I took a bite and was like wow it tastes burnt and then went for the 2nd and there was this hard piece that was completely burnt and not edible. It honesty ruined the entire meal because I left with a burnt taste in my mouth.
When we told the server about the burnt dessert she seemed annoyed and her only response was well it was on the house anyways because of the birthday celebration.
We paid our bill $185.00 plus tip we left $40... it was our first and last time as customers.
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