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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 is our go to special occasion dinner place. The staff were all aware of anniversary and wished us a Happy Anniversary. From the moment we pulled up the valet was attentive and greeted us immediately. Front door was opened by another valet and we were immediately greeted at the hostess podium. We were lead to our favorite table and the great service began. From our server Pete to the entire staff we were waited on expertly. Pancetta wrapped prawns appetizer was and always is fantastic. We split a tableside Caesar and had the steak trio special for our entree. We couldn't decide on which wine to have so Pete brought us a sample of both. The complimentary desert tray which includes fresh fruit, grapes, nuts, and figs and cheese was a nice touch. I forgot. The bread they serve was also fantastic. I highly recommend El Gaucho to anyone looking to dine in class
We came here for my boyfriend's birthday and it was both of our first times ever here and it was so good! They had a card and rose petals on the table for us which we thought was really nice, the who we think was the floor manager gave great selections on wine so we got a bottle of wine. The waiter was really nice and took good care of us, the waiter helper? Was awesome and on top of taking our dishes when not needed and making sure we always had a glass filled with water and was really nice as well.. both the waiter and waiter helper and floor manager lady where always checking up on us making sure we had everything and where doing ok.. the food was AMAZING..sooo good and very fulfilling.. we would totally come back again and would definitely recommend to anyone to try it..
This was the third year in a row that I have taken my wife to El Gaucho. It has always been one of our favorite Portland Oregon Steak House locations. They are not the same anymore. They have sold out. They automatically charge 20% gratuity on to your check at the end whether you liked the service or not. When I asked why, I was told it was because of the minimum wage hike in Seattle. We were also seated in the bar and my wife was not offered desert. No more El Gaucho.
Food was amazing! Had a drink before hand and it was very easy to move to our table when we were ready.
Amy (our server) was great. Very personable.
I was surprised at the end that 20% was added to the bill regardless. When did this get taken out of the consumers hands? It's not a tip. It's a tax when it is added involuntarily. I would have actually given more but was so put off by presuming that we needed to be told to give at least 20% without question. I see that it's on the website but I didn't know I needed to fully research my choice of dining before walking in these days.
I was also over charged which was frustrating. When ordering were asked if we wanted the potatoes that came with our meal or we had a choice of other potato options. We went with the lobster mashed which sounded great but then realized on the check we were charged full price for the choice even though it was made to seem like it was nothing more than an option we had.
I get that the restaurant is high end and there is a ton of profit in wine. But $30 for a corkage fee? Come on.
We ended up with a bill at $600 and didn't order any wine!
Again, the food was great but there are a TON of other great places in Portland where we can get just as good without feeling gouged in the end. It actually kind of left a bruise on the evening after what a really nice meal.
Visiting from AZ. Had high expectations for this place, left mightily dissappointed. The 80 dollar steak was tough and felt rubbery. It was a bone in NY, which is typically one of the better cuts of meat. It had no flavor, left a quarter of my meat on the plate. The wife had an 8oz filet mignon, and she also wasnt impressed. For the cost, I'd look elsewhere. Surely there are local places who offer better quality.
All good until server informed us of mandatory 20% gratuity added to bill!
Historically, I have always paid for meal with CC and tip with cash.
Server's tip would have been much greater than 20%, cash, but El Gaucho
now thinks they can do it better FOR me.
Was a nice run we had - but we are DONE.
Wonderful service and attentiveness for a special evening out with my husband for his birthday. None of the extra touches went overlooked; from the birthday card, to the rose petals and the warm cookies in our car when the valet brought it back! It's incredible what special attentiveness does for your mood, being greeted by name and thanking my husband for his service (re: personal note on our reservation) it all goes such a long way and made us feel special. When I've had it with crummy service elsewhere, El Gaucho reminds me why it is worth the money not only for excellent food, but excellent service, which is definitely a dying element of dining out. Thank you again for the memories El Gaucho, and a lovely dining experience.
It was our anniversary and we had the Chateaubriand for two, which comes with potatoes of your choice, asparagus, a grilled tomato, mushrooms and two sauces. It was amazing and the best deal on the menu by far. Afterward they brought cheese, fruit and nuts to the table, European style. I would go back over and over again. Excellent.
We were celebrating our anniversary and had a lovely evening from start to finish. The service was impeccable, the food was perfectly prepared, and the ambiance was delightful.
Having tried all the other steak houses in Portland, I can honestly say that El Gaucho blows them all out of the water. You might pay a bit more, but it is definitely worth it.
Very overpriced and not worth the money. The type of steak cut we wanted they were out of. We ordered a different type of steak cooked medium and the middle of the steak was medium rare. This was a $78 steak and it was not even cooked correctly. We pointed it out and the manager took it off of our bill, which was nice. But this is a really expensive place to eat that was out of what we wanted, and the replacement wasn't even cooked correctly.
Great classic steak house. Unfortunately, service was severely lacking. Apps, sides, and dinner were all brought out at the same time. Even though apps were ordered at least 15 minutes earlier. Had to track down server assistant to pay bill. Then server chased me out the door because she didn't realize I had already paid. Didn't get to order desert of have after dinner drinks because couldn't get wait staffs attention. Everyone is entitled to an off day I suppose. Food was excellent.
We started with a great bottle of Rose and did the table side casear salad. I had the perfectly cooked 8 oz filet El Gaucho style. Scalloped potatoes, crispy brussels sprouts and roasted corn were great sides. We followed up with table side bananas foster. Simply amazing!
Food was great! Loved the live music!
But the waitress was way far off from our expectations. No recommendation, explanation, nor understandings what we needed. They charge 20% tip no matter what service they offer. Hope I had a different waitress. It was my birthday, but little bit of disappointment.
We were there for birthday dinner. it was a special birthday because my daughter in law was celebrating her 30th birthday. We had my granddaughters both eleven and my granddaughter who is seven months. Dad and Mom had a special time and Grandpa was having a ball watching the little girls marvel at the special evening and the Banana's Flamb'e and the cherries jubilee. It was a fun evening with great service.
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