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El Gaucho Tacoma

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Mexican, Steakhouse
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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 - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, 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
  • 66
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Excellent for steaks.

It dark inside, you have to use flash hand to read the menu. I do not like it, but dishes are excellent and prices, but it is ok. I will not return.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Sammamish, Washington
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  • Special occasions
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126 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Sammamish, Washington
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

It dark inside, you have to use flash hand to read the menu. I do not like it, but dishes are excellent and prices, but it is ok. I will not return.

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Murrieta
Top Contributor
236 reviews 236 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My niece had visited here before, and wanted to treat me for my first night in town. Guess she knows what I like! The outside is quite unassuming -- just a small neon sign. Once you're inside -- wow! The lighting is low. Immediately you hear what you know is live piano music (not Musak). On the landing by the... More 

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

Thank you for your 5 star review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed a true El Gaucho experience. We strive to deliver unparalleled service and exceptional food to our guests, and we always appreciate hearing their feedback on their experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon at one of our El Gaucho locations or at our seafood... More 

Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I came here with my family for dinner and we were all impressed by the amazing food and service at this place. Our server was good with checking up on us for refills on drinks and any additional orders. We will definitely be coming back!

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The sign on the street is classic and subdued. We were totally thrown off when we opened the door to a dark place that felt like another time period. It was so unique. The server placed our napkins in our laps and gave us mini flash lights to view the menu. The beer and wine selection is fairly mediocre. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I took my wife here for her Birthday dinner. The atmosphere was great and our waiter was very attentive. The piano player was not to loud and just a beautiful background music. The bananas florentine was the best. A bit pricey but so worth it.

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Tacoma
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I like to to to El Gaucho (or as the locals call it El Gaugo) when someone else is paying. The steaks are top notch, the setting is like a New York steakhouse ("am I still in Tacoma"), but the prices are very high. There is a $50 corkage fee, which is unreasonable in my opinion.

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Olympia, WA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

As the title suggests, this is one of the few places in Tacoma to go if you'd like to be pampered and spoiled. I've been to this El Gaucho location several times and have always walked away happy with the food, service and overall quality. It compares to the quality you would get in most other fine dining establishments in... More 

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

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 look forward to seeing you again soon at one of our El Gaucho locations or at our seafood restaurant, AQUA... More 

washington
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

i have been going to El Gauchos for over 25 years and the food and service has stood the test of time. Excellent steaks, excellent everything. The service is impeccable..i tend to eat at the Tacoma EG's, the Seattle restaurant is way to dark. you need a flashlight to see the menu, (they actually supply one for you) cannot really... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Its the second time i've been here .Ok so i know you should have steak here of all places ,but i've been eating in steak houses every night on my tour ,so i decided to have the sea bass .I can honestly say its the best fish ive eaten anywhere for a long time -just perfectly cooked and fresh .Only... More 

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Woodbridge, Virginia, United States
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The environment is breathtaking. The food is good (note that everything on the menu is A' la carte). The service is amazing. Ask for Spencer Day if you go as he is an awesome waiter. He will never steer you wrong. There is a live pianist every night. Sandy Harvey sing with the pianist Wednesday through Saturday. Juan Perez is... More 

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

Hi Marcus, Thank you for the positive 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 look forward to seeing you again soon at one of our El Gaucho locations or at our seafood restaurant,... More 

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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: Mexican, 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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