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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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
My wife and I went to El Gaucho to celeb ...
My wife and I went to El Gaucho to celebrate are third year anniversary. We were very please overall with the experience. We were a little early for are reservation and they sat us right away. They had a personalized card waiting on the table to wish us a happy anniversary. Are server answered all the questions we had and gave great recommendations on items to order. I'm more of a beer guy so I can't comment on the wine. Food was well prepared and both of us left full and satisfied. Thanks for a great experience.
Spend but a nice experience for a specia ...
Spend but a nice experience for a special night out. The table side caesar was a bit overdressed. All the sides were excellent. The filet was actually ordinary, which was a disappointment. The wine list was extensive and we were very happy with our selections.
We visited El Gaucho after a 1.5 year hi ...
We visited El Gaucho after a 1.5 year hiatus. The food was still as fantastic as we remembered. Unfortunately, however, the service was not. While our server was wonderful and did the best she could, it literally felt like a "layer" of the experience was missing. We waited several times for what felt like an extended period (for bread at the beginning, for our drinks to arrive, to get a dessert menu, to get the bill and pay at the end, etc.), which we had never experienced at El Gaucho before. Usually you barely set your fork down and someone is there to assist you!
While someone cleared our plates, no one tidied up the table (sweeping away bread crumbs). Yes it's a pretty minor thing, but again, it goes back to the entire experience that one comes to expect at El Gaucho. I don't know about others, but when we are paying ~$300 for a dinner for two, we look forward to phenomenal service along with phenomenal food.
My husband and I both agreed afterwards that while we love the food here, we simply can't justify spending that much money for a dinner out if the service isn't A+++. We'll be visiting some of the other fantastic restaurants Portland has to offer on our future special occasions.
The service was slow and the food was po ...
The service was slow and the food was poorly prepared and presented. When I consider the the price this was one of the worst dining experiences I've ever had. I will not return. There are too many delicious options in Portland.
Pricey, be prepared to spend a few bucks ...
Pricey, be prepared to spend a few bucks. Restaurant seemed a bit too dark. Water steward could have been a bit less efficient, hardly had time to drink a sip or two before the glass was filled again. Food was good though.
The food quality and preparation was imm ...
The food quality and preparation was immaculate. The Certifed Angus Beef tenderloin is some of the best I ever had and was cooked perfectly. Kelly, our server, was very sweet and knowledgeable of the menu and the wines and provided some wonderful recommendations.
Everything was wonderful. Be sure to try ...
Everything was wonderful. Be sure to try the tableside fluffed baked potato with the cheese sauce and the Mississippi mud cake. Had the filet mignon and it was cooked perfectly even with me having it well done. Amazing night!
Amy, our server was very attentive. I li ...
Amy, our server was very attentive. I like the team approach in meeting the needs of the diners at the table. We were seated in the lounge and yet it felt as relaxed and intimate as a table in the dining room. The steak... melt in your mouth fabulous... does it get any better than that?
Booked last minute for an anniversary an ...
Booked last minute for an anniversary and arrived minutes later. Not only did the staff recognize my fiancé and myself but they already had a private booth prepared for us with a beautiful card and roses recognizing our special occasion. Throughout the meal service was impeccable and the entire team of the restaurant continued to wow us by remembering our names and giving us best wishes on our special day. We will definitely be back!
Found this restaurant on many lists as o ...
Found this restaurant on many lists as one of the top romantic places to eat and indeed it
was! I made reservations for my boyfriends birthday dinner and we both loved the place from the minute we set foot. The customer service was outstanding as we were seated right away and welcomed with a table decorated for the occasion. If we ever travel back to Portland, we will definitely be coming back to El Gaucho!
Our event and experience (our first time ...
Our event and experience (our first time) was fantastic. Service and food was the best, especially our steaks. Loved our appetizers and garlic bread. Our deserts was superb. A place to come back to for special occasions. Thank you for making the night special for us.
Stellar wine list. I had the Spicy Oreg ...
Stellar wine list. I had the Spicy Oregon Bisque for starters, easily the best soup I've ever eaten. Steak was cooked to perfection. All around first class meal. Service was decent. Atmosphere was perfect for the occaision of my girlfriends bday.
Lovely Birthday Dinner
El Gaucho is one of our favorite places in Portland for special occasions.
We are never disappointed and the food is always excellent.
For starters we chose the El Gaucho salad and the crab bisque. The salad is prepared table side.
My husband ordered steak and shrimp, I ordered the halibut. As always the food is hot and perfectly cooked.
Since it was just the two of us we did not order any of the sides with our dinner. When we come with a larger group we will order sides but for two it can be too much food.
There is a great selection of wine, by the glass or bottle. We especially appreciate the selection of dessert wines.
I cannot say enough about the service at El Gaucho. Our server, Jen, is terrific.
After dinner we went into the cigar lounge for after dinner drinks and a cigar.
El Gaucho has valet parking.
Had higher expectations
I was so excited to visit El Gauchos, however was disappointed with my experience. I am a steak lover and was not pleased with my meal. It was an alright steak, but for the price....I expected phenomenal. I won't be back unfortunately!
My wife and I have visited El Gaucho fou ...
My wife and I have visited El Gaucho four times over the past couple years, and I think we're going to move on to other fine steak houses at this point, rather than return to El Gaucho in the near future. The service is quite uneven--wonderful twice, indifferent twice--and most importantly, the steak quality simply doesn't match the premium pricing. And when you request a medium rare steak and receive one that is only barely pink in the middle (mostly brown), at a fine steakhouse, you know that the kitchen is carelessly committing the cardinal sin--overcooking the steak.
Delicious meat and appetizers, pleasant ...
Delicious meat and appetizers, pleasant service and presentation, burnt and grainy creme brule, and noisier than some sports bars I've experienced. Overall if you're looking for mostly delicious food and can afford the price tag El Gaucho is a worthwhile restaurant. If you want a quieter ambiance where the business deals and bragging of the half dozen tables around you can't be easily followed, find somewhere else.
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