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“Wonderfully Decadent”
Review of El Gaucho

El Gaucho
Ranked #97 of 4,676 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Between SW Oak & SW Stark Streets
Description: Named as "the definitive steakhouse in the country," El Gaucho Portland'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 Portland'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.
Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

This is one of those rare restaurants that makes you salivate just at the thought of it!

Dimly lit, fabulous professional service, and fish/steaks that are amazing.

Thank clf1967
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Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

We arrived here based on the recommendation of a vineyard owner.

We had dinner as a group of two couples. All four of us, who all dine out often, stated the service provided by Mark was outstanding and he was one of the best, if not the best servers we have had.

While making our table side salads, Mark overheard us discussing the menu and one person was discussing ordering the halibut. Mark excused himself and stated how there was only one serving of halibut left and if our friend wanted it, Mark would reserve it for him. Our friend stated he would like the halibut and Mark reserved it for him.

In addition to Mark's service, the assistant waiter kept our water glasses full and the empty plates cleared.

The table side Cesar salad was wonderful. We had fun watching Mark make it beside our table, and he answered our questions about the making of the dressing. Be warned it has plenty of garlic....but very tasty.

Our two friends had the salmon and halibut. My wife had the shrimp and crab cocktail as an entree. I had the baseball cut sirloin. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The mac and cheese and au gratin potatoes were good as well.

We noticed a few lobster tails being prepared. None of us ever saw lobster tails that large....they were bigger than a baby's arm.

We were too stuffed to have dessert but the menu looked good.

By far our best meal in Portland with a nice wine list as well.

Thank Bob1775
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Reviewed October 2, 2017

The food and service are impeccable. It is a large restaurant, but arranged so that about 6-7 tables are seen. We had a Chateaubriand. Fabulous with an unbelievable sauce. Would definitely go again. $$$$$. But worth it.

Thank Jack T
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Reviewed September 24, 2017

This was a delightful surprise finding. I had not read a review before going, and did not have any expectations. It is really underwhelming on the outside. But, on the inside, it is a different story. Very upscale!
My husband and I sat at the bar to listen to the live music, and have drinks. A couple of guys were playing guitars which was entertaining. We ended up having appetizers. Absolutely delicious! I had the tenderloin tips in a spicy sauce (Diablo). My husband had shrimp which was also excellent.
And, the bartender was outstanding. Very attentive without being intrusive.

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Thank Red-Camper29
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Reviewed September 19, 2017 via mobile

Great reviews, online and all over town. We planned El Gaucho as the grand finale of a 10 day trip. Nice people, nice enough atmosphere. NOW, the bread was cold, hard and inedible. Drinks and soup ok. While we ordered the server, doing his best to help us to answer correctly, went on about how their temperatures run quite cold and a medium is a cold red center. We ordered accordingly, when he brought the potato out, he had to throw it out, it was burnt and hard inside. Steaks came out, burnt and hard inside. They offered to make more, but after all that over effort to make us order them that way, and the extensive time it would take to start over, we were just too frustrated. So, no steaks, and still walked out with a bill over $150. LUNACY! It's one thing to make a little mistake, but to ruin the meal on a special occasion and then still expect a payment like that, AND we had still to go elsewhere for dinner. One of the biggest dining disappointments of our lives. We felt stolen from, and cheated out of a more than promised experience.

Thank MylezEdward
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