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, 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
We were actually most impressed with the ...
We were actually most impressed with the staff - from host to bartender to wait staff, everyone was very sincere, friendly, made excellent recommendations, gave personal high-quality, professional service.
The Oysters Rockefeller (at the bar) were delicious - beautifully presented and a rare treat. Our steaks were grilled to perfection. The bread pudding was perfect. We were given wonderful recommendations by our server resulting in a lovely date-night. It was extravagant, but we left feeling that it was more than a meal....it was an experience. We will definitely recommend El Gaucho to our friends and family.
This was our first visit to El Gaucho an ...
This was our first visit to El Gaucho and we both thoroughly loved it. The service was impeccable and the food was worth every bite. Our steaks were delivered with perfection and melted in our mouths. The sides were very tasty, not overly heavy and were enough to share. If there was one thing I would change about this place, it would be the loud factor. We had dinner early, so we had great conversation, however, after 6:30pm the place was bustling with energy and noise. We will definitely be back to El Gaucho again- one of the best restaurants we have been too in PDX by far.
AS always, outstanding food and even bet ...
AS always, outstanding food and even better service. Usually dine at the Tacoma location, but found ourselves in Portland and decided to try it. Could not have been more pleased. The cigar lounge after dinner was a great experience as well!!
The experience was awesom,as usual.A nig ...
The experience was awesom,as usual.A night at El Gaucho is always special. The entire staff is extremely nice and so attentive.i will say that this last dinning experience had the very first hiccup we have ever had at El Gaucho.I am not sure,but our waiter may have been new or was overloaded.Our service was very drawn out .A little over 2 1/2 hours start to finish.About an hour too long.He was outstanding when he was at our table but the duration of time between visits was way too long.It won't deter us from a great dining experience,I know that,but we may need to be a bit more forward in attaining quicker service.
My wife and I went for our one year anni ...
My wife and I went for our one year anniversary. The host, wait staff, and manager all made sure to wish us a happy anniversary and even wrote a card that we found on the table when we arrived, which was incredibly thoughtful! The food was very good overall. The crab cakes and roasted corn where phenomenal, steak was good.
Eli our server recognized us from our la ...
Eli our server recognized us from our last visit. She is amazing! Food has always been delicious!!! My only issue was the (spiderman) drink ordered several times before wasn't made the same. When it was mentioned & even pictures shown bartender still made it his way. Still good but not what we wanted & still paid full price for the drinks.
Friday night a friend and I went to El G ...
Friday night a friend and I went to El Gaucho to celebrate my birthday. I made the reservation through open table online. I was disappointed that they sat us in the bar. I have been to El Gaucho several times and the atmosphere is much more relaxing in the main dining room. We found the staff to be a slight bit arrogant. The food was exceptional as always. But the room was hot. I thought it was me, because I wore a coat and tie, but my friend who was in a Hawaiian shirt said it was surprisingly hot and stuffy in there. (It was a hot day.) If I ever go back to El Gaucho I will require being seated in the main dining room or I will not go.
Not my first time to El Gaucho. This ev ...
Not my first time to El Gaucho. This event to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary fell a bit flat. We shared the iconic menu and the Chateaubriand was over cooked and I felt lacking taste. I am confident had I ordered my usual, a NY strip, it would have been fabulous. But my wife wanted the iconic menu and wanted to split the Chateaubriand, so there you go.
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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.
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