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El Gaucho Tacoma

2119 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
253-272-1510
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Ranked #17 of 655 restaurants in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Between S 21st & S 23rd Streets
Description: El Gaucho is the Northwest's Steakhouse legacy focused on old-school, tableside service for people celebrating their lives. We revel in helping guests create a night to remember.
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English first
Boise, Idaho, United States
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Excellent high end menu, very attentive service, excellent quality food, prepared as ordered. Price is quite high but fitting for the quality of food and service. Great Piano player. Were excellent with our young 5 year old grand daughters and made special efforts to make the kids feel welcome. Great place and we will return!

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El Gaucho S, Public Relations Manager at El Gaucho Tacoma, responded to this review

Hi Ron, Thank you for your feedback and 5-star review of El Gaucho Tacoma! We always appreciate hearing from our guests regarding their experience with us, and we're so glad to hear we hit the mark with your recent visit. We strive to deliver world class food and service each night to every guest. We source the best products available... More

Puyallup, Washington
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Went on a date night. Decided to go all out and get the chateaubriand carved tableside and it was DELICIOUS. The steak was cooked perfectly, the potato was great, I also really enjoyed the tomato with the cheese on it. Our waiter was also very good and professional. I thought it was funny that they escort you to the bathroom,... More

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Port Orchard, Washington
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Such a wonderful birthday dinner! The dinner steak was tasty, but a little too done. I ordered medium rare and received medium. The dining steward impressed me with his apologies and offer of a complimentary dessert. The staff as a whole was pleasant and attentive. All in all, it was a good experience.

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Bonney Lake
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We had our valentines day one day early and made reservations a couple of weeks in advance. I love the ambiance, It was dark but I felt that was just part of the experience. I loved the little flashlights they give to see the menu. I did need to use one to see when I was trying to cut my... More

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El Gaucho S, Public Relations Manager at El Gaucho Tacoma, responded to this review

Hi Moon dancer! Thank you for your feedback for your recent visit to El Gaucho Tacoma. We strive to deliver world-class food and service each night for every guest, and we're glad that you enjoyed the food, ambiance, and service with your visit. We revel in celebrating lives and special occasions, and we thank you for choosing us as the... More

Bonney Lake, Washington
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We made reservation months prior to New Years for 8 people. We took a Limo to the restaurant and we had the limo for 4 hours. We figured that was plenty of time to eat and travel around the waterfront of Tacoma. We were wrong. We arrived early at El Gaucho and they were not ready. We understood and stated... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I am very surprised at diners having an unsatisfactory experience within a week of my visit. I was there on the evening of December 23, with two friends, one of whom had been on the wait staff of a different unrelated Tacoma restaurant. All three of us had a great meal, and a great time. We were not pushed out... More

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Seattle, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

This is one of my favorite happy hour destinations. The atmosphere is absolutely perfect, piano bar, waiters in suits and amazing lighting. The happy hour food is consistently fabulous, I have had the tenderloin diablo, tender meat in a spicy sauce with great toasted bread for soaking up the delicious sauce, the burger is perfection, wicked shimp are cooked perfectly... More

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El Gaucho S, Public Relations Manager at El Gaucho Tacoma, responded to this review

Hi Tracy, Thank you for your feedback and 5-star review! We appreciate hearing from our guests, and especially love that you have enjoyed a true El Gaucho Tacoma experience consistently, time and again. Thank you for pointing out your favorite Happy Hour items - we've recently added new items to the menu and would love for you to try them.... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

My husband and I have been to El Gaucho a few times. Unfortunately, our last experience wasn't that great. The food was lackluster and our waiter seemed distracted. My lobster was overlooked and my husband's steak lacked seasoning. Even the tea I ordered was watery and bitter. A bit disappointing for a $300 meal... My in-laws got us a gift... More

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USA
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

This is fine and elegant dining equaled to any high end restaurant in any large city. Don't go here expecting a steak with a little butter on top served to your table quickly by an overworked waiter and a management more worried about 'turn' than about your dining experience. I have been to El Gaucho five times, mostly 'special' occasions,... More

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El Gaucho S, Public Relations Manager at El Gaucho Tacoma, responded to this review

Hi djude1148, Thank you so much for your 5-star review. We always love hearing from our guests, and are thrilled to hear that you have received a true El Gaucho Tacoma experience time and again. We strive to deliver world-class food and service each and every night to our guests, and we love hearing when we hit the mark. We... More

Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We were so excited about this restaurant, but found it just too over-the-top for our taste. The service was intrusive and a bit condescending, never a good combination. The sauces were heavy, the prices were heavy, and the ambiance was old-school heavy. That said, if the food had been better, it would have been OK. But apparently their specialty is... More

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El Gaucho S, Public Relations Manager at El Gaucho Tacoma, responded to this review

Thank you for writing feedback, even though it sounds like we missed the mark with your expectations. We take your comments to heart, and obviously the service and food are a key component of the El Gaucho experience. We certainly want to deliver a great experience without feeling intrusive or condescending. Our goal is to deliver world class food and... More

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