Seattle >Food & Dining > El Gaucho
2505 1st Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812147.614750 -122.349115
Neighborhoods: Belltown, Downtown
Ready for a meat-tastic flashback? This retro-cool steakhouse specializes in thick slabs of well-marbled beef and traditional sides, served a la carte. Make the experience complete with a Caesar tossed table-side and then finish with an order of Bananas Foster. There's a decent happy hour at the bar and it runs all night on Mondays.
Room for lots of improvement...................... – Very disappointed in the new El Gaucho since it moved to First Avenue. A far, far, far cry from it's prior location in downtown with regard to service. Actually the food is still excellent, it's just the cooks don't know the true meaning of a rare or medium rare steak or how to judge thickness when cooking these steaks for the customer. HINT: go to Jak's and take a lesson on how to cook steaks.
Service very uppity and slow (unless you plan on having a 4 hour dinner with more wait time than eating and relaxing).
As for the women with the baby complaining about the extreme kissing couple - El Gaucho may be listed as a family friendly restaurant - but it's NO place for an infant. People that go to nice and expensive restaurants go to relax and enjoy the company their with - not to be entertained by a fussy crying baby from across the room. Use you brain lady!!
Overrated; cold staff – You expect so much more from the place, but it doesn't deliver. Go somewhere else. Too dark, too loud. My fish was good, but others' steaks were not - overcooked and dry. Primary server and host definitely not warm or friendly. Had a great time anyway, but that was mostly due to good company!
Worst Experience Ever at Steak House – For the amount of money my fiance and I spent (over $500) for dinner, one would think they would've acknowledged the over-cooked steak without having to have an NFL like "review" of the slab to determine it to be just that - over-cooked. by the time I got my steak back my fiance was almost through with hers. The salad was supposed to be a ceasar salad - and our server was so incredibely snotty that we were actually making fun of her by the time we left. If we weren't en-route to the opera and off to Hawaii the day after we would have excused ourselves and cut down on the bill much earlier, but we are blessed and life is good for us - even when the food or service isn't. But if we were strapped and if i was trying to impress business partners - I would be writing a letter to Mackay Rest. Group rather than reviewing them on City Search. From the hostess rolling her eyes at us, to our snotty waiter, and to the GM who disappeared after saying he would comp items off our bill - that were never taken off and couldn't be approved otherwise - a thumbs down expereience. Truly dissappointing. go to the met, or Ruth's Chris, or Daniels, or Jacks, or Sizzler for that matter.
What can you say it is the best – If you have some extra money and want to treat you and the wife out. This is the place. Great food great service. The best wine around.
There are better choices for a good steak. – This place is mainly hype, but what do you expect from a belltown restaurant?
After dining hear and at Canlis in the same month, I would go to Canlis again and forget about El Gaucho.
It is tough to be pretentious enough to make me not want to go back to a high end steak house, but they just did not appreciate our patronage.
Meat lovers paradise – One of the best steaks in Seattle. Thick. Juicy. Rare. Yum!
Amazing service, tasty food, plush, romantic atmosphere – OK, I've always loved El Gaucho but when I tried their mac & cheese for only $12 (a side dish) I fell even deeper in love. It is the ultimate comfort food. A penne pasta with a white cheesy sauce that isn't too rich. Yummmmy! Also when you fill out the info card in your bill jacket, they send $25.00 Gift cards via Email on Birthdays & Anniversaries. Now that the Bellevue one opened which is even more extravagant than Seattle I have to go at least every other month for occasions, big & small.
worst dining experience ever – I live in Seattle and I have been to El Gaucho quite a few times in the past years with mostly favorable opinion about the service and food.
But today it all changed, I went with my husband and baby to celebrate my bday.
First the ceasar salad we ordered had too much citrus flavor and didn't taste like what you would consider a good ceasar salad ( the server said he would take it off the bill, but at the end didn't).
Second, they took almost an hour after the salad finished to bring the steak, and they had overcooked my husband's filet...but was good enough to get a new one for him.
Third, one of the table in the room was occupied by a tourist and "his fiance". They were making out pretty much in open after they had finished eating. I mentioned the situation to the assistant manager, and he pretty much didn't seem surprised by it, but rather just apologized for me having witnessed it. I couldn't stomach sitting there and having to look at them, therefore we didn't even stick around to have dessert, and I just waited by the hostess while my husband finished paying the bill.
I thought this was an upstanding steak house in Seattle. But today I had the worst service, barely tolerable food, and an ambiance I would rather not revisit anytime soon.
I am so angry that I ended up wasting a good birthday dinner with my family at this place. shame on you El Gaucho, this goes against everything you claim on your website about families sharing special moments. Its hard for new parents to get time to have dinner, and you guys don't really care about the locals at all...it seems to be all about who buys the most drinks even if there are questionable behaviors.
I am sorry to say that from now on I will not recommend this place for local families.
Date: March 20th, 8-10pm
Definitely a Classic – El Gaucho is an Oldie but always a Favorite place to dine in my list of top Seattle are restaurants! You simply cannot find better service at an upscale restaurant. From an escort that walks you to the restrooms, to tableside service; El Gaucho is all about catering to the individual!
The steaks at El Gaucho are prime, the martinis made to perfection. Inadequate food or service simply let your wait staff know and the issue will be resolved.
El Gaucho gives off the Classical Era of Cigars, Dirty Martinis, James Bond - 007, and Frank Sinatra. Being in such a class atmosphere, you are truly transformed.
So whether you dine at El Gaucho for a special occasion or just because, El Gaucho is a place to talk about!
By the way - The Happy Hour Sunday through Friday is phenomenal.
Clearly has enough business, doesn't need more... – After 4 detailed phone messages left on the reservations line, and two website requests to make arrangements for a reservation for a room to acommodate a group of 7 for complete holiday season dinner and libations, not one message or email was responded to.
When our host called and asked to speak to a manager, a call later came back from the same staffer on whose voicemail the phone requests for reservations had been left.
EXCUSE GIVEN? " So Sorry, I never got any of your phone messages, or website emails". Nothing more, nothing less.
So, needless to say we are taking our reservation plans to another establishment who may be looking for customers to accomodate in this season of social gatherings and celebrations.
Perhaps this will leave Dominique free to accomodate other customers who don't inconvenience her with reservation phone calls and emails.
Topic of conversation at the new location for our gathering? Don't bother trying to make reservations at El Gaucho, they are busy enough with existing clientelle, and won't receive your message for reservations anyway.
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