About El Gaucho - Portland
Portland, OR 97205
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 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
I went with a group of friends to celebrate my birthday. I had requested a booth. I received a call that day to confirm my reservations and that they would do everything they could to accommodate my request. We did get a booth in the bar which was fine. I brought two amazing bottles of wine to share with my friends. We were a bit noisy but no one scolded us. 😊 The food was amazing as always. It was a great way to start our evening celebrating.
Let me start by saying that the service was outstanding! Unfortunately, the meal was at best okay, and at the price we paid ($500+ including tip), I was disappointed. We ordered the spicy crab bisque which was really good. We ordered 3 filets; 2 large and 1 small. The 2 large ones seemed to be cooked correctly, but neither was tender. The small one was for my son, and it was under cooked and had to be returned to be completed. The Mac-n-cheese was good. For desert, we got the bananas foster... outstanding!
It would have been great to write a fantastic review on this place because we really enjoyed the experience, but I can't justify spending that much money on a meal and to have my main course fail so badly.
OH MY! We got a wedding gift for this place and we decided to go all out and spent over $200 with tip. We loved the service, meat and experience.
They have some old school tomatoes that seem like garnishes to us. Gigantic baked potatoes with our meal and the cheese sauce, yum!! Next time I'll need to remember to ask for the asparagus to not be al dente, too crunchy for me, I like the heck grilled out of them. BUT the steak....28 days aged and perfectly medium-rare like we love. LOTS of veggies and would've liked more meat...looked funny on our plates. Alas, a treat for sure.
Save room for the banana foster...the caramel sauce made table side was incredible.
El Gaucho is one of our favorite locations to go for an amazing meal. While the prices can be high, the quality and service we receive is worth every penny! The servers are fantastic! They are full of knowledge and always eager to make your meal a special one. The only issue we had (and this was a first at this location) was the hostesses (2 out of 3 of them) were somewhat rude. I realize that it was a busy night, being Valentine's Day, but they were somewhat snobby and condescending. Besides that, the meal, ambiance, servers, everything were top notch!
El gaucho is a very delicious restaurant. The prices are high but you get what you pay for. The food is amazing, the staff is just as fantastic too. Very friendly and helpful with selecting options. I made reservations for early Valentine's Day, we got to the restaurant a little early and was still seated immediately.
Whenever we visit Portland we make sure to have at least one meal at El Gaucho. It is a great steakhouse with all the trimmings. The tableside Casear salad is about the best I have ever had. They have an extensive wine list and the bartenders whip up some great drinks. They also have a cigar room. It has comfy chairs, a fireplace and a good selection of cigars. We always have our dessert and after dinner drinks in there. El Gaucho harkens back to a time of excellent food and service.
I had read reviews about seating in the bar. I should have gone with my gut and asked to be seated elsewhere. We've dined at El Gaucho many times and ALWAYS enjoy the food. This is the first time that we were seated in the bar. At first, I thought ok, we're getting an 8 person table (meaning 6 comfortably) for 5 people, maybe the extra room will be nice. Yes, the table and seating was spacious but the very loud noise in that area was not worth the extra space. We couldn't have a conversation beyond the person next to you so were constantly relaying what was said. The food was amazing. It always is. The service was slower that usual. We expected a leisurely dinner. It's an event at El Gaucho. That's part of what we come for. This was ridiculously slow. Our server was very nice. I'm not sure if she had too many tables or what. We were a little disappointed but we definitely will be back. We just won't sit in the bar again.
The atmosphere was wonderful. We had the corner booth with the fur. The music duo was very enjoyable and did a great job. We have visited many times before, but this was our friends we brought for the first time. We brought them in celebration of both his birthday and mine two days earlier. It was a very relaxing evening and the cookies in the car from the valet topped it off!!!
Usually food is excellent. This time my guest had to send their plate back 3 times to get it right. Slight pink or none in meat was request. They compted the dinner so nice gesture. My steak was on tough side and had too much gristle. Not worth the $74 I paid. Didnt complain after go around my guest had. Havent given up on restaurant but this experience was not at same level Ive experienced in past. Service was ok but borderline unattentive.
My husband and I have been to El Gaucho's twice. The first time was the day we got engaged (also my birthday), and the second was his birthday. Both times we have had PHENOMENAL service and the food is as good as it gets. Gabriel was our waiter the last time we went and he was a wonderful server. Also, their Ruby cocktail is absolutely delicious! You won't find a more romantic and memorable place to enjoy dinner! We will definitely be back multiple times a year on our special occasion days. As far as cuisine goes, the table side Caesar salad, filet mignon Oscar style, mashed potatoes with lobster, and tableside bananas Foster are our favorites. Overall, the experience, atmosphere, and staff are as wonderful as it comes.
This is simply the best restaurant in downtown. The staff and food are top-notch. I'm the type of person that likes to be comfortable when I eat (I don't like to dress up). The level of respect and care that is received by every person who dines here is exceptional and exactly the same level that celebrities and athletes receive when they eat here. The staff remembers your name after just a couple of visits.
I could write pages about the quality of the food and wine but it's best if you just try it yourself.
The ambiance is very nice. Service was good. We ordered steaks and they were all cooked as ordered, tender and well seasoned. The sides were underwhelming. We had mac & cheese, squash and risotto. Dessert was bananas foster prepared tableside highly recommended by the server. Also underwhelming. The whole experience can be had for less at places that are just as nice. It seemed overpriced at 500.00 for 4 people. For that price I feel I should come away feeling I had a great time not just meh, it was fine.
I am probably not the best person to be writing this review. I am a very frugal person and this is not a place for a frugal person to go. However, the service was AWESOME!!! Three of the four of us had water and not once was a water glass less than half full. We had crab cakes and the Diablo Tender lions for appetizers. I will admit I had not really looked at the menu before going so I had no idea of the pricing or the fact all sides were priced in group pricing.
It was our second time going here and the food was once again delicious. We tried completely new items on the menu and were quite satisfied. For first time goers I recommend the table side Cesare Salad or the tomato and crab bisque soup, along with the mashed potatoes and your favorite cut of steak. Perfect for special occasions.
Both of our steaks were cooked improperly. One way over-done and the other very rare (ice cold in the center) when we both ordered medium rare. I sent it back to be cooked to the proper temperature. The tableside potato was so scalding hot at that point that I burnt my mouth, so I had nothing to eat but bread. Then they brought out some mashed potatoes with gravy to tide me over I guess. Finally my steak came at the end of the meal for my husband.
Cocktails are overly sweet, to the point where one was undrinkable. To her credit, our server Meg noticed and offered to bring my husband something else. But you only have four or five beers, and they are all very ordinary. This is a crime in Beervana! Widmer Hefe, Stella Artois? Dumpy Chinese restaurants have better selection.
I have lived in Portland for over 20 years and have had the good fortune to dine at a lot of the best restaurants in the city, but never the vaunted El Gaucho until this meal. What a colossal disappointment.
This was a FABULOUS restaurant and apparently, very popular! My meal could not have been any better - had a wonderful, fresh salad with a great Rombauer Chardonnay, followed by one of the best filets I have ever eaten, cooked perfectly! I had the side order of asparagus beurre blanc which was done exactly right. My Robert Biale Zinfandel complimented that part of the meal. THEN, was served a fruit, nut and cheese plate for dessert with an excellent 30-year-old port - just heaven! The atmosphere is great - wonderful live music, kind of a Spanish jazz, and the decor is dark, cozy and elegant. Add to this an excellent wait staff and a management attitude that a solo diner need not be hidden in a corner - had a great banquette - and I had a SPLENDID evening here. I highly recommend this restaurant!
Our first seating was right in front of the kitchen in a semi-private l-shaped booth. I was faacing a large table of 10 which was quite noisy and with the kitchen behind me, it was the ideal spot. I asked for a more private booth and was seated in the lounge area near the bar. It was so much better - and a couple of live musicians were playing jazz music.
Started off with an amazing Spicey Crab Bisque Soup. Oh, it was so magnificent. Service was excellent. Enjoyed an 8oz 28-day dry-ages Filet mignon that was cooked to perfection. One of the best I've had and I have been to serveral premium steakhouses in the Bay Area. Accompanied with a 2008 Phelps Creek Columbia Gorge Pinot Noir.
Our server was very accommodating and allowed us to take our time and understood we didn't want to be visited every 15 min to clear a plate. My date and I enjoy taking our time and especially do not like having someone interrupting us and asking us "is everything ok?".
We heard so many good things about this restaurant so we were looking forward to eating there. I have to say the service was excellent, the atmosphere was very romantic and it was nice that we didn't have to dress up formal. The food was very good but the prices seemed a little steep, that was the only downside. I do hope we can go again, but only with coupons!!
My boyfriend & I went there for our anniversary. We are big seafood lovers so we had crab cakes, linguine, scallops & one of their wedge salads. Food was fabulous but it was very busy and so we were at tiny table & wasn't as romantic as would have liked because sound level etc. They are known for their excellent service & lived up to their reputation. We look forward to going back there for Birthdays or maybe anniversary again but maybe ask to reserve booth.
Requested nice table for birthday dinner but they seated us under bright lights in the bar, had to ask to move to dining room. Our waiter was indignant and did not inform us of the special. We ordered the crab and got one crab leg for $90 very disappointed
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