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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
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Puyallup, WA
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I wanted our daughter's 21st birthday to be a very special one. We definitely were impressed with El Gaucho. I made a reservation online and it asked if you wanted to have flowers delivered to your table. Well, of course I would----so I ordered those. I called El Gaucho before we arrived to make sure that the... More 

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Monterey County, California
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50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I booked this place for my wife's birthday dinner. Let me say first, the staff was absolutely AWESOME. I mean from the guy that came and picked us up form the hotel all the way up to server. The setting is perfect, not too loud, the lighting was perfect and the booth we sat in was very comfortable. We ordered... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback and 5-star review of El Gaucho Tacoma! We are so glad you enjoyed a true El Gaucho experience with your recent visit. We strive to deliver world class food, service and ambiance each night to every guest and we're glad we hit the mark. We look forward to serving you again the next time your... More 

Port Orchard, Washington
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

The food is awesome. The Service is also top notch, with the waiters in formal attire. There is a pianist who plays elegant piano music and the restaurant is dimly lit for a special private atmosphere. There is parking nearby, but I would recommend using the Valet parking. It's a little pricey but well worth it. Overall, a fantastic experience.

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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 September 30, 2016

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 

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Tacoma, Washington
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148 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 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.

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Mesa, Arizona
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125 reviews
67 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 

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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....

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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 

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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.

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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 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $100
Cuisine
American, Steakhouse
Meals
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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
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
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
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.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?