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El Gaucho Seattle

#69 of 3,031 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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2505 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121-1302 (Wall Street)
+1 206-728-1337
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Princeton, Canada
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We knew going in that this was going to be an expensive dinner, and it was, But the experience here was well worth it. You walk in and it has low lighting and the smell of steak tickles your nose. They have great wait staff that makes sure you want for nothing. Not just one person but many. We ordered... More 

Thank Sherry L
Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is true. My steak that cost $50+ was served exactly as shown below. Can the owner not spare 50 cents to throw a parsley leaf, 4 slices of carrot or a half cup of spinach? I've never in any restaurant even a diner been served such a plate. I'm a Seattle local; this must be a massive tourist trap.... More 

Thank cbaileymed
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Now I know that other steak restaurants in Seattle might not agree with me, but that's ok, this is just my own opinion. What I like about El Gaucho is the old world charm it has when you walk in. I love the dark setting, and the ambiance, and the vintage charm it has, most of the staff wearing tuxedo... More 

Thank Ckings8
Detroit, Michigan
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776 reviews
480 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow so disappointed, been waiting to eat here for years. Everyone talks about how great the steaks are, not impressed. I had the bone in rib eye or there version of it. Tough and just not that great. I personally have eaten great steaks all across american and this was not one of the spots. Way overrated

Thank Joe M
Seattle, Washington
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had never eaten at El Gaucho before so we thought we'd give it a try this past Saturday evening. The prices were expensive but we were not disappointed. The Chateaubriand was amazing! Best steak we've ever eaten and the sides were excellent too. We left with enough food for a second meal. The service was also excellent. This is... More 

Thank Lori M
El Gaucho S, Guest Relations Manager at El Gaucho Seattle, responded to this review

Thank you for the 5 star review! We are thrilled to hear you 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 

Seattle, Washington
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

El Gaucho is literally our happy place. My husband and I walk in and know we are immediately in for a great night. the service is always great, the live piano is awesome. The food is great, the El Gaucho (w/béarnaise, asparagus, and lobster) is best steak in Seattle. The Wedge Salad and loaded baked potato are great. And Banana's... More 

Thank micheleevans2016
Zurich, Switzerland
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55 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

Really nice restaurant with a beautiful ambiente and live music. We had a truffle soup which was excellent. Then we tried the escargots; they were terrific. As a main dish we selected salmon which was really amazing. The place is really great if you are willing to spend a little more than usually.

Thank Barron66
Seattle, Washington
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138 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

We ate dinner at El Gaucho a few nights ago having never eaten there before, despite being long-time Seattle residents whom eat out all the time! The exterior building does have a very low-key feel, but I think that heightens the contrast once you enter the restaurant. It feels as though you are slipping back in time to a very... More 

Thank dkFiona
El Gaucho S, Guest Relations Manager at El Gaucho Seattle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are sorry you did not have a 5-star experience with us. We strive to deliver unparalleled service and exceptional food to our guests and always appreciate hearing their feedback. It sounds as though we missed the mark on more than few aspects of your meal and again, we truly apologize. Our General Manager, James... More 

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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

The Inn at El Gaucho surpassed our expectations, largely due to the amazing service. While not much to look at from the outside (my girlfriend was hesitant when we first drove past), the lobby and rooms are very cool and stylish, in a sort of 50's vintage hard-boiled decor. Our room had a fantastic bed and very cool leather furniture,... More 

Thank Fergusthejustifier
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75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

What fun to run across an old fashioned steak house! The steaks were delicious - but excessively priced. The building was tired and the service was poor. But, the steaks were delicious.

Thank lizzypooUsa

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Steakhouse
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Validated Parking, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2505 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121-1302
    (Wall Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Belltown
  • Neighborhood: Belltown
  • Phone Number: +1 206-728-1337
Named as "the definitive steakhouse in the country," El Gaucho's award-winning menu features 28-Day Dry-Aged Niman Ranch All-Natural Certified Angus Beef(R) Brand Prime steaks and custom aged Certified Angus Beef(R) brand tenderloin filets, ribs, pork, poultry and the freshest seafood, all prepared to perfection over an open bed of glowing coals in an exhibition-style kitchen. Our extensive wine list is award-winning, and happy hour menu is widely recognized as one of Seattle's best. Live music is offered nightly. El Gaucho is the Northwest's steakhouse legacy focused on old-school, tableside service. We revel in helping guests create a night to remember.

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