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El Gaucho Tacoma

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2119 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3003 (Between S 21st & S 23rd Streets)
+1 253-272-1510
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Delray Beach, Florida
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74 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a recent business trip, two of us dined at El Gaucho site unseen, and assumed it was a Spanish or Mexican restaurant based on the name only. Mistake, it is not. The fare is mostly American, like steaks, chicken and fish. The entrees ordered were a fish and steak, along with a shared appetizer, shared side vegetable and one... More 

Thank David B
Tacoma, Washington
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128 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Table side Caesar French rib-ribeye Baked potatoes Brussels sprouts Food and service are fabulous and very expensive. Be sure to join their dining club.

Thank kikirob
Mesa, Arizona
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116 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

My son took my wife and I and two of his friends to this Rest last Wed night. Great Service, they provided us with a private room for our party, which made a very nice setting. Menus was extensive, but the emphasis was on their Meat Prime Beef, so the menus read. Everyone but me happy with their entrees. I... More 

Thank palomah1
El Gaucho S, Guest Relations Manager at El Gaucho Tacoma, responded to this review

Hi Palomah, Thank you for your review although we are sorry to hear that you received a tough piece of meat. We absolutely sell Niman Ranch All-Natural Certified Angus Beef prime cuts, but once in a while we get a tough piece that gets by everyone. We truly apologize. We would have loved to know that evening that it was... More 

Kent, Washington, United States
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Marvelous steak but the highlight for us was the tomato and blue cheese salad, the wonderful roasted corn dish and the chocolate gaunche....Sigh....

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

Hi Bev, Thank you for your 5-star review of El Gaucho Tacoma! Even though steak is the highlight, we're so glad to hear you enjoyed the salad, sides and dessert. We hope to have the opportunity to see you again soon. Cheers! More 

Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

When I lived in Tacoma I used to make this place part of my weekly. You don't have to go all out. They have some very great, very filling appetizers. My favorite was the one with the word "Diablo" in the name, can't really remember the legal term. Really, what I lived about this place was the ambience. Great cabaret... More 

1 Thank The_Drunken_Foodist
Dayton, Washington
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

We were in Tacoma last weekend and had a wonderful dinner at El Gaucho's. Very nice, great food and the service was excellent! All of the staff members were friendly and well informed about the history of the resturant. The food and drinks were excellent but pretty expensive which we expected. I'd definitely go again on a special occasion.

1 Thank jrtak23
El Gaucho S, Guest Relations Manager at El Gaucho Tacoma, responded to this review

Thank you for your 5-star review of El Gaucho Tacoma! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed a true El Gaucho experience. We strive to deliver world class food, service and ambiance and we love knowing we hit the mark with your recent visit. We look forward to seeing you again the next time an occasion calls for... More 

Tacoma, Washington
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

The Filet Mignon accompanied with the Australian Lobster is a excellent choice for dinner. The Maine Lobster is also good but believe me the Australian Lobster is a tough one to beat. I dine here often and have never been disappointed. I really like the dimly lit atmosphere which allows for great conversation. -Pete

1 Thank RRRAP
Mill Creek, Washington
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

We have previously visited the el gaucho in Bellevue and felt it was nice, but the Tacoma atmosphere is something special. The original building architecture combined with tufted leather make this feel like a real old-school steakhouse. I went to use the restroom and got an arm in arm escort. Every waiter greeted us as we walked past. My husband... More 

1 Thank Katie J
Tacoma, Washington
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

The food tends to be expensive for Tacoma so when a good friend of mine wanted to go with our significant others I obliged. The main issue I have us 50 per cent of the time I have excellent service... the other 50 % of the time I get average service. Sometimes it is a tale of two services. Starts... More 

1 Thank Scott H
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016

We had dinner for my birthday. We walked in the front doors and all could think was wow...The Piano was playing and the light was dimmed and subtle red curtains and the lighting was excellent I instantly felt i was thrown back to a different time all the male staff were in Tux and ties..the was great ambiance through out.... More 

1 Thank TLC253
El Gaucho S, Guest Relations Manager at El Gaucho Tacoma, responded to this review

Thank you for the 5 star review! We are flattered you chose to celebrate your birthday with us and we are thrilled to hear we could make it an extra special occasion for you. 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 celebrating... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $100
American, Steakhouse
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2119 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3003
    (Between S 21st & S 23rd Streets)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
  • Phone Number: +1 253-272-1510
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?