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El Gaucho

#296 of 1,960 Restaurants in Cologne
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Hohenstaufenring 29-37 | Zülpicher Platz, 50674 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
+49 221 246797
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

Consistently great steaks - good atmosphere and good service! Recently moved location but new place still has atmosphere!

Thank gatoruk
Cologne, Germany
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

The original El Gaucho at Barbarossaplatz hadn't comfortable seating either but this relocated place is even worse. Cramped tables and seats so you can hear all your neighbours' affairs and inflated stories. If you are seated on the high chairs you can try to cut your steak in shoulder height. Mine was a lot longer than medium rare, nothing special.... More 

Thank Bob W
Istanbul, Turkey
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2015

Not bad at all! I heard from other visitors that it takes forever for the order to arrive in this Argentinian restaurant, but we had not had to wait for too long. Steak was fine, and service was not bad either. We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. May come back, if in Cologne again.

Thank Orient44
Istanbul, Turkey
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37 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2015

It was really a good place to eat steak at that restaurant. Cooking and taste was perfect. Last time during my visit on Nov, 15 it was closed. I heard that they will move a new place, I hope they will be able to keep ambiance.

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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2015

Went with group of 10 and they did pretty well to serve us. I thought the starters menu was a bit limited and given the steak choice we should have just jumped straight to the mains. Steak was fantastic quality but beware all sides are extra.

Thank cpb_100
Sao Paulo, SP
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266 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

You can taste the best Argentine beef in Cologne at EL GAUCHO. Try that with the mixed salad, grilled corn and Flan with Dulce de Leche for desert.

2 Thank HugoD33
Cologne, Germany
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2015

Best meet in town. All waiters with their expertise and charme will assure that your visit will be memorable. Try the bife de lomo, I consider it the best cut on the menu. Watch out that as of July they will change their business address.

Thank Michael R
Tel Aviv, Israel
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

Everything was so good and felt so Argentinean.. Good steak and amazing atmosphere. Highly recommended

Thank ofir c
London, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2015

Amongst all the places I have been around the world, I must say that I never ate such a good meat in my life. The steak was so tender that you could even cut it without the need of a knife! The portion was quite good as well (400gr) very juicy and perfectly cooked. Good selection of wine and the... More 

Thank Tanja S
Kaiserslautern, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2015

This restaurant was absolutely delectable! We ordered an empanada for starters and then the steak with onions on top (the meat from the first section of meat on the menu) and a baked potato...needless to say that I finished every piece of food I had before me! To say that the steak was cooked to perfection and that it might... More 

Thank Jess A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$27 - $96
Steakhouse, Argentinean, South American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hohenstaufenring 29-37 | Zülpicher Platz, 50674 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  North Rhine-Westphalia  >  Cologne>  > Altstadt-Süd
  • Neighborhood: Altstadt-Süd
  • Phone Number: +49 221 246797
You immediately feel at home when you enter El Gaucho. A hearty welcome in a warm, country-style setting, a juicy steak, fresh salad, a good wine and friendly service - all this will make your stay in one of Cologne's most renowned restaurants not only pleasant, but an unforgettable occasion. The El Gaucho is the first and oldest Argentinian restaurant in Germany. For over 40 years El Gaucho has served its guests with genuine, Argentinian angus steaks, prepared on a central, open grill. Watch and enjoy the taste of these Argentinian specialties - just like gauchos in the pampas. El Gaucho not only stands for quality dining, but is also a part of authentic Argentinian culture in Germany.

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