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
It was our second time going here and th ...
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 improperl ...
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 appar ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 anni ...
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.
Food was just ok. Not great. For a $380 ...
Food was just ok. Not great. For a $380 dinner for two,being sat in the bar was not a great experience. No where near the same ambience as the main dining room. Way too crowded. We love this place but it seems to be going downhill.
Requested nice table for birthday dinner ...
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
Annual anniversary trip to the Benson at ...
Annual anniversary trip to the Benson at Christmas, and dinner at El Gaucho. Food was very good. Waitress was not particularly attentive, which I hope was due to the fact they were busy with the Christmas crowd. Would have been nice if she had checked in after food was delivered. Drinks were very slow in coming. Again, they were quite busy before the holidays, but maybe a bit understaffed?
We were seated immediately. We ordered ...
We were seated immediately. We ordered a bottle of nice red wine from Woodinville and Oysters Rockefeller for an appetizer. When the oysters came they were barely warm and covered with a heavy layer of cheese. My 410 salad was outstanding, prepared table side. My husband ordered a soup which was very spicy; the seasoning wasn't noted on the menu. He did enjoy it so we didn't say anything. We ordered Chateaubriand for our entree. The meat was very rare when sliced. We had ordered medium well. They sliced off several pieces, plated it, and took the remainder back to the kitchen to cook. My baked potato was full of butter with something like cheese whiz dumped over the top. The asparagus was so underdone that it was difficult to cut. This was not a $300 meal and certainly wasn't they way I had planned to celebrate my 25th anniversary. I felt like crying by the time we left. This was a special occasion for us and it was pretty much ruined. The wait staff did not go out of their way to accommodate us or make our night special other than some rose petals scattered on the table before we were seated.
Overall, a very nice experience. Our se ...
Overall, a very nice experience. Our server, Derick, was top notch. Very friendly when we initiated conversation and efficient in taking our order. The food runners were also efficient in delivering our plates. The food was outstanding with some of the best steaks and lobster we've had. A slight flaw was the slowness in getting the check to us. Understandable as the restaurant was clearly 'slammed' with new diners. A nice complementary cheese and fruit plate helped here. We will return and will ask for Derick.
After being dissapointed by other steakh ...
After being dissapointed by other steakhouses in PDX we returned to El Gaucho after a very long haitus. We had an outstanding meal!! Service was fantastic as well; we will go back soon. The tableside Caesar was one of the best salads we've ever had. Three of us had filets and one bone in rib steak; all were very good. One was initially underdone but the server handled it quite nicely bringing out an extra side while that diner waited for just a few minutes. The other sides were standard steakhouse fare. A complimentary fruit and cheese plate is a nice finishing touch. We skipped dessert but the bananas foster looked impressive. Don't go here if you're on a budget. Do go if you want a special night out with great food and service.
The Spicy Shrimp was not nearly as good ...
The Spicy Shrimp was not nearly as good as we remembered. The other appetizers were mediocre. My Mahi dish was not good- it was thin, over-cooked and the spice was not good either. The mashed potatoes and asparagus were very good, thank God. We had two hours to dine before the Symphony and we were late and couldn't finish our meal or enjoy any dessert. Overall, probably won't be back unless someone else is paying haha.
I came to the restaurant to celebrate my ...
I came to the restaurant to celebrate my birthday and the service was not top-quality as I would expect from a restaurant of the stature. I was very disappointed the waitress did not bring me my crab legs that I had ordered and then try to substitute her mistake by giving us a fruit and nut platter and my date is actually allergic to nuts so it went to waste It would have been nice if she would've offered to give us something that we actually would've eaten. I just really expected more and would have preferred to have my birthday at another location especially since she did not even recognize my birthday after being told about my special day.
What a great treat El Gaucho is! I took ...
What a great treat El Gaucho is! I took my husband for his birthday - our first time there - and we had such a great experience. The service was top-notch, the music was just right, and the food was delicious. This is the place to be for a special occasion!
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.
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