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, and have always left there pleased with the cuisine, the wines, and the service. El Gaucho goes out of it's way, yes over the top, to bring you a dining experience that is unmatched in Tacoma. It is a meat eaters paradise with the best steaks in Tacoma. Their fish offerings are unique and well prepared. Yes, it is 'presented' however unlike some other 'ritzy' places I have been, the portions are larger. The side dishes are all wonderful and in larger portions. Last evening we had an 'event' with fifteen people. Our waiter, Rouge (no kidding) was fantastic. He managed a wait staff of three to five, all seemingly dedicated to our dining experience. The meal combinations were complex - and they were all delivered hot, efficiently and to the correct individual. Each of us were served with the same attention as though we were solo diners. The wines were served properly, by a sommelier that knew what he was doing. El Gaucho's will give you a magnificent dining experience. Expect to pay for that experience as this is a high end restaurant. You do get good value for the money - and you don't have to feel compelled to wear a suit and tie to dine. The only thing I find troublesome, and it is probably only me, is the lighting does not allow me to read the menu and I cannot see the fantastic food on my plate. To me it is dark inside this restaurant. It would be nice if there were some way a beam of light could be brought to a select table if requested. I bring my own flashlight. Do not let my whimsy deter you from enjoying this wonderful Tacoma restaurant. I will return again for another 'special' occasion.
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