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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 - 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: Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 65
    Excellent
  • 32
    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
Most recent review
Complete Surprise find

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
sharding23
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Special occasions
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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123 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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 via mobile

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
67 reviews 67 reviews
37 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 via mobile

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
43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
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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 

Edmonton, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We went with friends at the end of Dec 2014. As you enter you notice the dimly lit setting, the dark wooden accents lend to a cozy warm atmosphere. We received warm welcome and promptly seated , we found the staff very friendly,accommodating and excellent hosts to our most enjoyable dining experience. After being seated we were promptly given flashlights... More 

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Rome, Italy
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Very good food in a nice almost dark location. We had steaks perfectly cooked and tasty...but the price was definitely far too high...more than is reasonable for a restaurant. Excellent service!!

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Dupont, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

To all who shall read this from now until the end of times....you must eat here. I have traveled the world, and eaten at countless restaurants of every kind, but none of those have made an impression on me, and my wife like El Gaucho has. In early December of 2014, we were dining with a group celebrating our corporate... 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: 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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