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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
Food and service was excellent as always. The only issue I have noticed lately is the live music seems to be a bit to loud, making it difficult to carry on a conversation with your table. Im going for a good meal and company, not to a concert, make the music more background, not front stage!
We celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary at El Gaucho on Saturday, and it was wonderful. We arrived to rose petals on the table and a personalized note from the restaurant. Every staff member who saw us said "Happy Anniversary." Our meals were EXCELLENT and the service was prompt, friendly and accommodating.
We even were given a complimentary slice of cheesecake to share. Definitely recommend this restaurant for special occasions, or simply a nice dinner out.
Food was excellent, but pricey. The noise level was too high for us to have a quiet conversation. Perhaps we could have requested a better booth or table because we were between he musicians and the open restaurant, both of which raised the decibel level.
Top notch service and generally good entres although can be hit or miss on how close to the requested level of done-ness they achieve. Overall, we have had great experiences here but last time the Caesar salad was 'meh' and a medium well tenderloin was closer to rare. Still, usually a very good bet.
Want to send a big thank you to the whole staff. I proposed to my girlfriend on Friday the 9th and everyone was more that acomidating. Big shout out to Jen Glen, our server, who took pictures and put out flower petals for our 1 year anniversary dinner. You all made it a very special night for us that we will remember forever.
The quality of the food at El Gaucho was solid but not exceptional, which makes the price point harder to swallow. The wait staff were great and our experience was not rushed. The ambiance was nice, if a bit cramped, but the talented guitarists were playing mellow versions of pop songs, making it feel too much like muzak.
If you go, don't expect the flavors to be very balanced or subtle. I ordered the 8 oz filet and it was cooked perfectly but the sauce was on the salty side, which may be to your liking. The same was generally true of the Brussels sprouts and risotto. We also had Old Fashioneds which were great, but using small ice cubes means the drink gets watered down quickly. Without taking into account the cost, I would give this place 3 1/2 stars.
The service was impeccable and the food was perfect. The wine list was wonderful and they were able to recommend great pairing. The wait staff was friendly and knew the menu very well. The lobster mashed potatoes were delicious!
Eating here for years and always guaranteed a great meal. Oh only complaint is the LOUD music played during dinner. I almost wanted to get up from our table and offer the musicians $100 to stop playing. Music was good, just extremely loud and hard for us to hold a conversation.
Good Anniversary Dinner experience. When we pulled up it was confusing finding a valet parking guy, so we just waited and watched a few homeless until a guy showed up. Things got much better when we entered the comfy dinner house. Good ambiance. Good crab bisque and the all-time best fried oysters I have ever had. Great appetizer! I like bone-in Rib eye steaks but none on the menu, except a giant thing for 4. Like 48 oz.! I then opted for a New York cut, which was fine but not as tender or juicy as I would have liked. Confusing system on cooking temp of steaks. Mine ended up somewhat over cooked. Dessert and coffee were very good. Others at my table ordered other things and they liked it all. Again, a very good evening of good food. We will return for special occasions. Service was excellent!
We normally love this place but we were seated next to a couple with a small child. Who brings a child to a high end restaurant. And as usual, the parents did not control their child and ruined the experience for us. Next time we will insist on being seated further away.
We live out of town have driven in 3 times already this year! It's our most favorite place to eat and Genesis is the best server ever!! It's elegant and delicious and feels like your dining in your own Castle with your own staff who have become a part of the family. It's a Royal treat!
Overall, good restaurant with very good food and service. Pricey and charging $8.00 for valet seems ridiculous when you are spending approximately $100 per person for a meal. Music was WAY too loud, though, had it been reduced volume, would have been very enjoyable. We had to yell at each other across the table to be heard over the live music. We enjoyed the table-side service very much and the service was attentive. The big flaw in the evening came at the end with my top-off of coffee. The server poured and the top flew off pouring hot coffee all over the table (a LOT) and splashed on my hands and top. Now - I recognize this was accidental and the server apologized, and threw a bunch of napkins on the table over the spill. However, in a restaurant such as this, there should be some sort of compensation - desserts on the house, reduced bill, or .....however, the server picked up the $8.00 valet charge and that was that. I was not offered dry cleaning of my clothes, nor did a manager ever show up to the table to apologize. As we always tip valets regardless of them charging, this was a poor offering for pouring hot coffee on me. We left very disappointed in the professionalism of this high-end restaurant. However, food was very good, and up until that point, we felt that we were having a very good experience, despite the overly loud live music. Would we go back? Hard to say. We have better meals when we regularly visit Las Vegas where we don't mind paying $$$ for outstanding food and service.
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