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
Our server Jen didn't tell us the specia ...
Our server Jen didn't tell us the special and everytime she came over to put down silverware she wouldn't say a word. And when we got our check, she gave us back to sign and didn't even say thank you.
The overall vibe from her was not good as we can see the table next to us got better service from another waiter.
Food was good, but I will not come back again.
Dining at El Gaucho is an event! Its no ...
Dining at El Gaucho is an event! Its not just eating, its being pampered by your waiter and chef!! The chef came to our table to give us our appetizer, Doug our waiter was amazing!! So attentive, but never intrusive! And the food is fabulous!!
We enjoyed a great night out that starte ...
We enjoyed a great night out that started with a stop at El Gaucho. Very enjoyable meal. The service was great. Would have been a five star experience had the lamb not been a bit off temp. Ordered it medium rare and it was closer to medium well. It still had good flavor though. The lobster, filet, crab bisque, pancetta prawns and salads were wonderful. Super rad night in Portland.
There are 2 ultra high end restaurants i ...
There are 2 ultra high end restaurants in Portland for each seafood and meat. They are Jake's Crawfish (for seafood) and El Gaucho (for steak and game). If you want food, service and an evening that you wish could be a regular thing, but can only enjoy such a treat once in a while, you need to consider either restaurant.
Been to the restaurant 3 times now. I wa ...
Been to the restaurant 3 times now. I was surprised at how much the steaks went up in price. $72.00 for a Rib Eye........I've been to many of the best steakhouses in the US. El Gaucho is among them. However, the price has exceeded the quality. $72.00 for a steak...
Really Enjoyed the Steak and Ambiance. ...
Really Enjoyed the Steak and Ambiance. My dinner party arrived in an earlier time slot, and as the evening progressed, you could see that this was a popular restaurant, as all the tables started filling up. Definitely worth a visit and I'll come back.
El Gaucho has always been our favorite r ...
El Gaucho has always been our favorite restaurant for special occasions. We were highly disappointed the last couple times that we have came.
The meat was not the same quality that we have had the last couple times that we have dined with El Gaucho. It was tough and grainie very poor quality of meat for what we pay for. It was lacking favor.
Unfortunately, we will not be dining at El Gaucho again. We have had two bad experiences in the last 6 months and don't feel as though we need anymore.
I will say the service was very good.
We always love El Gaucho, it's one of ou ...
We always love El Gaucho, it's one of our favorite places.
A couple areas of opportunity this last visit that we hadn't experienced before:
The service was slower or maybe less attentive than previous experiences. To the point where we were looking around to see where our server was so we could flag her down. Have never had to do that before.
The server did not ask how we would like the bill (one or split). We did indeed want it split between two but didn't have the opportunity to request that. Then after the check was dropped it was nearly 20 minutes before we were cashed out (calculators out we figured out the split on our own since she did not come back, having to navigate 7 different meals). Again, not the level of service we have been accustomed to at El Gaucho.
Small things, but noticeable from a person who cherishes her opportunities to dine there.
Classic old-school high-end steak house ...
Classic old-school high-end steak house restaurant. Outstanding quality of food and service. Very experienced and knowledgeable servers. Caesar salad prepared table-side and fabulous. They bring a beautiful fruit, nut and cheese platter after dinner to every table. This is a top notch restaurant! I just wish it was a bit less noisy - low ceilings and no noise dampeners.
Came here with my wife for our anniversa ...
Came here with my wife for our anniversary. The service was excellent, and the ambiance was nice until the live music arrived. The guitar music matched the taste and overall feel of the establishment, but was slightly too loud for our taste. The food was excellent, but overpriced. Everything was fantastic, but at the end of the meal I didn't feel like the price matched the overall level of service and quality. I would recommend, but personally won't be back.
El Goucho was an experience. The decor w ...
El Goucho was an experience. The decor was beautiful. The service was great. The food was wonderful, although way too much food. Our waiter was wonderful. It's nice to have table side prep of salads and desserts.
My teenage daughter and I were traveling ...
My teenage daughter and I were traveling and El Gaucho was recommended as a beautiful steak house that could not be beat. We looked forward to our reservation. We were seated at a table right next to the open kitchen, so it was very loud. Although the food was delicious, the service was not. We were treated as an afterthought. It took a very long time to get a server to take our order. The servers would peek at us, but continue to work the kitchen line. When our food did come, we were served across the barrier from the kitchen instead of coming to our table. The service was not what we expected from a $225 bill.
Went here for an anniversary dinner. We ...
Went here for an anniversary dinner. We were placed at a nice table with a card personalized for us surrounded by rose petals; a nice touch. The food was OK but not great. We have now been to all of the steak houses and Portland. This was probably the most expensive. I prefer Ruth Chris.
Wonderful atmosphere and excellent servi ...
Wonderful atmosphere and excellent service. Great wine selection both in bottle and by the glass. Food was just average and not up to the same caliber as the rest of the experience. Chateaubriand steak was ordered medium rare but ended up a definate medium. House "cliff" sauce was unimpressive. Broiled tomatos were rock hard. The highlight of the meal was probably the diablo prawns as an appetizer.
The food and the atmosphere were amazing ...
The food and the atmosphere were amazing! I had a hunch when I was booking a table that the restaurant would be pricy, sure enough, when the receipt came I about near died. The price for two with no appetite not dessert was very high. If I were a millionaire I would go to this place every single weekend!
Just caught in the trap of this so calle ...
Just caught in the trap of this so called "KNOWN" steak house which really needs to understand how to cook. Service and sides were great but that was about it. It was my birthday and we ordered a NY steak MEDIUM-WELL and they came out with RARE steaks and asked us to cook them after we cut them? NO ONE cooks the steaks after its cut. They didn't charged for the steaks but definitely not going there again. Worst experience for $300 restaurant and hefty price paid for it. I was mistaking it for being as good as Ruth Chris or ever Fogo but I was wrong. This is just labeled premium and that's about it.
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