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El Gaucho Tacoma

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2119 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402 (Between S 21st & S 23rd Streets)
+1 253-272-1510
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4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: For years, discriminating diners have trusted the establishments of Paul...
For years, discriminating diners have trusted the establishments of Paul Mackay to turn landmark occasions into lasting memories. At El Gaucho Tacoma, you and your guest will be treated to the ultimate dining experience, including the attentive tableside service that is the Mackay hallmark. Step back in time to an era of uncompromising service and total indulgence, where the smallest of details are considered the most basic ingredients of your visit. We set the stage for an extraordinary event that will exceed your every expectation.
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Visitor rating
  • 74
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Sampling the happy hour

It was late and wanted to try out some more of what the happy hour had to offer: Tenderloin Diablo - the tenderloin was seasoned well and the heat was balanced. The meat was cooked perfectly. Tuna Tartare - not as tasty as last time... something is lacking there Mason Burger - which genius came... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
damiandagger
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Huntsville
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Huntsville
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46 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

It was late and wanted to try out some more of what the happy hour had to offer: Tenderloin Diablo - the tenderloin was seasoned well and the heat was balanced. The meat was cooked perfectly. Tuna Tartare - not as tasty as last time... something is lacking there Mason Burger - which genius came up with the lobster bisque... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

8/26/2015 The service staff was outstanding - the food not so much. We were a party of 6, and celebrating a 50th birthday in our group. 3 of us ordered the onion soup, and it was a horrible disappointment. No broth, only a stew of caramelized onions that were over salted and cheese that was almost burnt on top. 2... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Excellent trimmed steaks. I always thought that the Universities are surrounded by reasonably priced restaurants for students; so, this high end restaurant across from the UC Washington, Tacoma campus was a surprise find. A friendly staff compliments the good food.

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Impeccable service is the hallmark of El Gaucho Restaurant. The restaurant is warm and inviting, almost intimate in its own way. The food is cooked to perfection and the service is supreme. I have been to El Gaucho in Seattle and was,pleasantly surprised to see how good the Tacoma location was. Would highly recommend.

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

Hi Tom, Thank you for the 5 star review! We are thrilled to hear enjoyed a true El Gaucho experience. We strive to deliver unparalleled service and exceptional food to our guests and always appreciate hearing their thoughts on the experience. We are pleased that you received the same impeccable service at both the Seattle and Tacoma location. We look... More 

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723 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We ended an adventurous circumventing Olympic National Park and the entire Olympic Mountain range by stopping for dinner here. Not finding anywhere on the 300-mile drive that appealed to us all day we were famished and a good steak would have done fine. We got that and so much more. Located in an old brick building, stepping inside we were... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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72 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I like El Gaucho's and have been here a few times. I have always saved room for Bananas Foster to end the visit. While I have never been disappointed by the food and service, I have been disappointed by the lack of a beer selection and the prices. I'm a beer guy and El Gaucho's previously understood that. On my... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This is my second time at El Gaucho, Tacoma. We traveled in from Missouri for a business dinner both times and both times had the same waiter. I remember not being super impressed with the service the first time, but then the bad/rude service we received this time prompted me to write this review. Based on the prices of both... More 

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Kingston, Washington
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83 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

From the moment you walk in they treat you like you are the only table in the restaurant. The attention to detail here is amazing. The food did not disappoint us. We walked in on a Saturday evening with no reservations. El Gaucho is a top notch restaurant! We already have plans to go to the Seattle location in two... More 

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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

My husband and I had been encouraged to try this place. We've seen this restaurant internationally but aren't sure if they are all connected...we hadn't been to any of the others. The only reason I rated it this high was because the ambiance is really quite nice and the service was wonderful. Outside of that, not impressed. The food, the... More 

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Lakewood, Washington
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Very unique restaurant. Getting to watch them cook your food and prepare everything at your table was fun. The staff is top notch and the food mouth watering good. It is a great place to come to for a romantic dinner or special occasion!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2119 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
    (Between S 21st & S 23rd Streets)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
  • Phone Number: +1 253-272-1510

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions

Description

For years, discriminating diners have trusted the establishments of Paul Mackay to turn landmark occasions into lasting memories. At El Gaucho Tacoma, you and your guest will be treated to the ultimate dining experience, including the attentive tableside service that is the Mackay hallmark. Step back in time to an era of uncompromising service and total indulgence, where the smallest of details are considered the most basic ingredients of your visit. We set the stage for an extraordinary event that will exceed your every expectation.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?