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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 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
Seriously, where do I begin? Okay, maybe I don't get out much, but this place... SUPERB! From the second we pulled up along the curb, to the moment we got home and realized the valet placed a bag of cookies in the car, we were pampered! The service was top notch! Our water and wine glasses were never empty as the staff was very alert, aware, and ready to serve. The servers were extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. The table-side flambe services was a blast to watch, and delicious. So, speaking of delicious, the food. OH MY GOD... seriously though, my mouth literally is watering RIGHT NOW as I'm writing this and remembering how superb EVERYTHING was. From the best crab cakes I've ever had to the sensational wedge salad... yes, wedge salad. How could a wedge salad ever be sensational? I DON'T KNOW, but it WAS! Then the main course: Flaming Sword flambe, roasted tomato (I don't even like tomatoes, but I ate this and wouldn't you know, it was freaking delicious!) with Cremini mushrooms. The risotto... oh the risotto. Okay, well, I've never had it before, but as I was telling the chef when he came to our table to ask how the food was, I told him it was my first time having it and he apologized for ruining me from all other risottos, and I'm certain he was right. It was perfection. I almost felt gluttonous, but it was all so good, I JUST DIDN'T CARE! But wait, there's more. A complimentary fruit plate with fruits and cheese all before the magnificent dessert of table-side prepared Banana's Foster was a perfect ending to a perfect night. We spent, with tip and valet service, just over $200 and we don't regret a single penny. The food, the service, the table side prep, the convo with the chef, the ambiance, the live music, the valet and to end the night finding the special treat in our dash of those wonderful cookies, made this the ABSOLUTE BEST DINING EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE! Oh yeah and we brought our own special bottle of Monte De Oro wine from our wedding.
We had a very nice meal with at least many ambience. The restaurant was exploding from energy! The food was fantastic. Also the whaiters were very good in their job!
We had a table next on front off the kitchen. Very nice!
It was not chape but once in your life you have to do it.
My girlfriend abd I were in Portland from Tampa Fl for a conference. I was looking for a nice steakhouse and chose El Gaucho based on recommendations. We wanted to compare to our local renouned steakhouse Berns.
They were on point from the beginning. Our server Jenn was fabulous! She guided us through the menu effortlessly and her recomendations spot on. Our chateaubriand was cooked perfectly and the baked potatoes were divine! Their cheese sauce put it over the top! Wow!
It is not inexpensive but worth every penny gor such a high quality meal with superb service! Fantastic
Service impeccable but the food was mediocre. The rib eye ordered medium at the suggestion of the waiter was charcoal on the outside and very overcooked. The wine we ordered off the menu "could not be found" although they suggested a decent alternative. Go for the ambiance and the service but be prepared to pay outrageously high prices for poorly prepared food.
As always, El Gaucho never let us down! Great service and excellent (one of best steaks in US) plus table side Ceasar Salad best we have ever tasted (comparing to Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Malyasia and hometown of San Francisco so quite an achievement!). RL
Celebrating 37 years in Oregon. Service exemplary. Attention to small details even in the formal suits of the wait staff. The dining experience starts with great drinks and continues through the main course finishing with artfully presented dessert. Front to back is an Olympic TEN! They run a well oiled machine. The staff is long term as I am able to recognize many of them each time I visit. Just no turnover in their waitstaff which is a positive for me.
A recent change was made in their operation and it is a 20% gratuity is now added in their billing. A card is presented with your bill explaining the reasoning for this as well as their making anything not to your satisfaction right! They definitely put the customer first! During our service we were asked by numerous staff how was our meal and anything they could do to help. Water and drinks were kept filled. Never felt the servers "hovered" over us. First cabin all the way. Thanks Derick for your fine service!
As always El Gaucho delivers a delicious steak, Caesar salad, oysters and baked potato.
Everyone should know by now before entering that you are paying premium prices here
that are easily on par with New York or San Francisco. The one problem I have is what I
feel are truly excessive prices charged for a premium drink and the even more ridiculous
price for a 6 oz. pour of a truly mediocre Pinot Noir. ($25.00)
We love Gauchos. My friend and I have been going there for special occasions at least once a month for the last 5 years. The wait staff remember all their repeat customers and it is always like coming home! Coming to talk is perfect because the setting is so intimate. The wait staff are also wonderful to talk to. The food is 100% superb all the time. And we really love Mariano and Toshi who play live music most nights. This really is our special place to come back to in all of Portland.
Great service and great food. We just noted that is was our 5 year anniversary and they had a nice hand written card and rose pedals waiting for us on the table when we arrived. Several servers wished us a happy anniversary and they even comped our dessert as a gift. Table side service was awesome and fun to watch!
I really expected a different vibe/ambiance. My partner and I were dressed up for date night and expecting a romantic date night. The service was excellent. The food was excellent despite my salty lobster... it didn't ruin my evening, they made it priority to correct. I was overall impressed but I expected a little more ..especially for the money and reputation. I was looking for an elegant romantic date night but the environment was a more casual and fun date night.
Excellent service and one of the best steakhouse experiences I have ever had. Great service and all the food was excellent. Perfectly cooked steaks and tasty bread pudding dessert. Superb service and cocktails too. Can't wait to come back to this place again!
El Gaucho has always been one of my favorites places to go in Portland. However, they just implemented a program of automatically adding a 20% gratuity to every check! I always tip 20% anyway, but to have automatically added is quite the surprise. I have NEVER been to a restaurant where a 20% gratuity is added - except for large groups of course.
Not sure why they are doing this, but if will probably affect my decision to go there in the future.
Best steak in Portland, hands down. Every side is perfection.
The table side Caesar salad presentation is not to be missed, either.
All in all, professional, friendly staff, beautiful music, great wine selection and a cheesecake that rivals New York's best! Come hungry- most steaks are around 14oz.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at El Gaucho. We sat in a nice cozy booth in the bar, so we were able to have happy hour and also order dinner off the menu. The service was outstanding. Our server was very attentive and came by occasionally to check on us, but was never overboard. We ordered the baseball cut steak, which happens to be the cheapest steak on the menu, so we weren't sure if we were going to get decent quality. It was fabulous! And also we ordered the king salmon, which was perfectly prepared. The entrees do not come with anything so they have a nice variety of side dishes to choose from. We ordered the brussel sprouts and the mushroom risotto. Both we very good, but just a touch too much pepper on both. But still, very flavorful.
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