Portland >Food & Dining > El Gaucho
319 Sw Broadway, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.521634 -122.678609
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Neighbors West - Northwest
One of the only true "status symbol" restaurants in PDX. Pricy and over-the-top, but when you can afford a steak at Gaucho, you know you've arrived.
Because I'm worth it! – El Gaucho is a spectacular culmination of food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend this dining experience to anyone who appreciates the finer things in life; themselves! It can be a bit spendy but the happy hour gives you all the dining experiences mentioned above at a price any budget would appreciate.
Terrific Experience – I've been to El Gaucho many times and I'm always delighted with the experience. This last week we went with friends and tried a few things other than our normal "beef". The osso bucco was fabulous, and the ostrich was quite a nice piece of meat, very steak-like. Of course, the filet was excellent as usual. It's pricey, but well worth it for special occasions. The fruit and nut tray is always a nice end to the evening. Don't miss it!
Not Worth the money – My first experience at El Gaucho was my last. I will never eat there again. The food was extremely overpriced and the service was not that good. It seems like the restaurant caters to the rich only. I'd rather eat at the London Grill or Portland City Grill.
Great Food and Good Service – I have been here a few times and the food is absolutely good and has always been good!. Everything we had a few days ago was well prepared and of superb quality from the garlic bread to the sauteed spinach to everyones steaks! Nothing frou-frou, and certainly nothing super creative but just good food! The Bananas Foster were a great
way to end a very satisfying meal.
The service was attentive without being overbearing.
The only negative was the faint smell of cigar/cigarette?? smoke which everyone at our table commented on that evening.
I will go back in a heartbeat for one of the best steaks in Portland.
Not recommended – I was pretty disappointed with El Gaucho. The service was slow and awkward and our waiter and bus boy reeked of cigarettes. It was so dark you could not see what you were eating and it was a relief when the amplified musical group took a break so that our party could hear one another. The food came extremely slowly. We were there on a slow Sunday night and dinner took 3.5 hours. The shrimp and roqufort salad was blah and my dinner, diver scallop brochette, was cold, bland, and oversalted. The steak was not as good as it should been for the reputation. The menu is unispired and required no thought on the chefs part as you get slab of meat on a white plate and it is up to you to pick your pairings (which of the five we chose were unispired, salty, and bland). With all the good food in Portland why do people still eat here? Save your pallete and nose and go somewhere else.
You've Got To Be Kidding! – Our Porterhouse steak was $65 ala carte. We split it. The steak was good but I think the price made it taste worse than it was. My wife and I split a ceaser salad and twice baked potato and they charged us extra for both. Hey, we needed to pay next months rent. Perhaps good for the business traveler on expense accounts, but for us regular "Joe's", it's way too much money for the food.
Beautiful in every way. – We went to El Gaucho last night for a special occasion and were truly blown away by everything. From the moment we walked in, we were treated like royalty. Many places in Portland has snobbish service and that is something I've just accepted. Not here, the hostess was friendly, the bus people were friendly, our waiter was outstanding and everyone was attentive and knowledgeable. We brought our own wine, and not only were they nice about it, but the waiter commented on how he's had it before and that it would be fab. Of course, it was. The food was amazing, the filet mignon was like butter and cooked to perfection. Every aspect of this meal was worth every penny. I cannot say enough how lovely the place was, not a bad table in the house and everyone was top notch professional, efficient and friendly. There are many places in this town where you can spend at least as much money for a meal, but at El Gaucho, we were not disappointed in any way. I have absolutely no complaints at all.
Expectations exceeded – The evening began with anticipation. We arrived early and took a temporary seat in the lounge where we were treated very graciously. We were finally seated but, half an hour past our reservation time. We inquired but did not complain. Sometimes you just can't control everything. We were finally seated accompanied by a very sincere apology and we were apprised that the Manager would be with us shortly. (I really didn't want to make a fuss). Moments later the Manager came to our table presenting crab cakes (the most amazing I have ever tasted) and two flutes of Champaigne. The Manager deeply apologized and took personal responsibility to make sure we were comfortably accomodated. The rest of the evening, the dinner, the service, the lovely table-side manner and personable demeanor of the servers, was truly memorable and heart warming. We had the most amazing Fois Gras, Caesar prepared table side, and Chateaubriand presented table side. The artisan combination of subtle flavors were kaleidoscopic and deliciously memorable! I can't wait to return!
Thank you El Gaucho!
Oh so pampered – My husband took me here for a birthday dinner, trying to recapture the experience of our favorite steak restaurant in Florida. Although not the same, it was a wonderful experience - very, very old school personal service with the table side ceasar salad and flambe desserts. Our server was phenominal! She had my mouth watering with everything we ordered. Lobster mash and ostrich were PHENOM!!! Duck appetizer just melted in your mouth. The complimentary fruit and cheese plate was a treat, but had to have the creme brule - light and refreshing. Very romantic, great wine list (although pricey), ala cart for more variety, sides sized for sharing. I highly resommend this for special occasions or all around treating yourself.
Over-rated for the price – We have eaten here on several occasions and the service here is perfect and everything you would expect from a restaurant charging over $300 for dinner for two. The steak and lobster has good lobster but the steak has been one tough chew toy after the next. After four bad steaks in a row, we have given up the hope of having food you could actually swallow. The salads and side dishes are good but are not as overwhelming as the prices. This restaurant is not on the same level as New York or San Francisco, only the prices are.
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