El Gaucho Portland

The Northwest’s Steakhouse Legacy focused on Old-School, Tableside Service for People Celebrating their Lives

  • 503.227.8794

    319 SW Broadway
    Portland, OR 97205


    Restaurant Closures:
    Thursday, Oct. 20; Monday, Oct. 31;
    Thanksgiving, Nov. 24;
    Christmas, Dec. 25
  • Located in the historic Benson Hotel in the heart of Portland, guests enter a world of shimmering candlelight, live flamenco guitar music 7 nights a week, and the palpable anticipation of a very special dining experience, including the attentive tableside service that is the El Gaucho hallmark.

    Join us for happy hour, dinner service, a special event and exceptional private dining.


Our menu features fresh seafood selections and 28-day dry-aged Niman Ranch All-Natural Prime Certified Angus Beef® and custom-aged Certified Angus Beef® Tenderloin Filets as personally selected by John Tarpoff. Steaks and chops are prepared on our one-of-a-kind charcoal grill in our open exhibition style kitchen. Our commitment is to sourcing the finest ingredients – and we proudly source the best products in the world. Not all menu items are listed on our website—we also offer daily fresh sheets as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Please feel free to contact us regarding special requests or food allergy concerns.



  • Pancetta Wrapped Jumbo Prawns
    grilled, scallion pesto ~19

    Wicked Shrimp
    sautéed with our custom wicked spice ~18

    Tenderloin Diablo
    sautéed tenderloin tips, cajun cream sauce ~18

    Ahi Tuna Tartare*
    diced, lightly dressed with soy and lemon ~17

    Dungeness Crab Cocktail
    fresh horseradish, cocktail sauce ~18
    + prawns ~23

  • Steak Tartare*
    tableside preparation ~23

    Fresh Dungeness Crab Cakes
    lightly sautéed, roasted red pepper pesto ~17

    Diver Sea Scallops
    lemon beurre blanc ~18

    Oysters Rockefeller
    spinach, hollandaise, baked ~19

    Northwest Oysters*
    1/2 dozen, fresh, half shell ~17

  • Pan Seared Oysters
    six fresh yearling oysters lightly seared, tartar ~12

    classic garlic-herb butter ~13

    Crispy Calamari Skewers
    honey sriracha aioli ~16

    Steamed Clams*
    chorizo, garlic butter,
    white wine ~16

Soup & Salad

  • Creamy Clam Chowder
    new england style, bowl ~9

    French Onion Soup
    hearty, rich, peasant style, bowl ~9

    Spicy Oregon Crab Bisque
    cream, tomato, dungeness crab ~14

  • Classic Wedge Salad
    iceberg, pancetta, tomato, crumbles, kalamata olives, roquefort ~11

    Tableside Gaucho Salad
    shrimp, roquefort ~12

  • Tableside Caesar Salad*
    classically made from scratch
    minimum two ~ 14 per person

    Tableside Salad 410
    balsamic vinaigrette, crab, shrimp ~15


Steaks & Chops

We proudly serve 28-day dry-aged Niman Ranch All-Natural Prime Certified Angus Beef® and custom-aged Certified Angus Beef® Tenderloin Filets as personally selected by John Tarpoff. Steaks and chops are prepared on our one-of-a-kind charcoal grill in our open exhibition style kitchen.

Served with crimini mushroom cap.

  • Baseball Cut Top Sirloin
    12 oz ~37

    Filet Mignon
    8 & 12 oz ~52 / 72

  • New York Steak
    14 oz ~65

    Peppercorn New York
    14 oz ~68

  • Bone-In New York
    18 oz ~74

    Frenched Rib Chop
    18 oz ~68

  • Steak El Gaucho
    8 oz custom-aged filet mignon, maine lobster medallions, asparagus, béarnaise sauce ~74

  • Filet Medallions Oscar
    two 4 oz filets, fresh dungeness crab, béarnaise, asparagus 74

  • Top Sirloin Diablo
    pacific prawns in our own diablo sauce, norigold mashed potatoes ~52

  • Carved Tableside

    An El Gaucho tradition for two! 20 oz center cut of tenderloin
    served with baked potato, asparagus, broiled tomato, cliff sauce ~129

Add ons

  • Béarnaise ~5
    Roquefort ~5
    Peppercorn ~5
    Bordelaise ~7

  • Oscar Style crab, asparagus, béarnaise ~22
    Gaucho Style lobster medallions, asparagus, béarnaise ~22
    Maine Lobster 10 oz tail ~36
    Australian Lobster 16 oz tail ~98


  • Australian Lobster Tail
    one pound, drawn butter ~98

    Diver Sea Scallops
    & Grilled Prawn Linguine

    fresh herb, lemon beurre blanc ~38

  • Alaskan Halibut
    grilled, pineapple, orange, citrus beurre blanc ~54

    Columbia River Chinook Salmon
    grilled, lemon-herb butter ~54

  • Hawaiian Yellowfin Tuna
    grilled, miso glaze, soy reduction, wasabi, pickled ginger ~52

Game & Poultry

  • Ellensburg Rack of Lamb
    all-natural, hazelnut crust, merlot demi-glace, asparagus, broiled tomato ~56

  • Oven Crisped Chicken
    mushroom, corn ragout ~26

Original El Gaucho Menu Selections

  • Rack Of Venison
    New Zealand red deer, grilled over quebracho blanco lump charcoal, cherry port wine demi glaze ~56

    Ostrich Fan Fillet
    grilled over quebracho blanco lump charcoal, mushroom madeira sauce ~68

    Veal Scallopini Marsala
    marsala, wild mushrooms, linguini ~42

  • Tableside Flaming Sword
    Brochette Of Tenderloin

    crimini, béarnaise ~45

    Tableside Lamb Shish Kabab
    lamb sirloin, peppers, onions, tomato,
    seared on rotisserie, creole sauce ~48

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Shareable Sides

  • Gaucho Mac & Coastal Cheddar Cheese
    bread crumb topping ~12

    Norigold Mashed Potatoes
    buttery, velvety ~9 / + lobster ~24

    Scalloped Potatoes
    a hint of spice ~9

  • Sautéed Spinach
    olive oil, garlic, chili flakes, lemon ~ 10

    Oven Roasted Kabocha Squash
    pomegranate and maple syrup, brown sugar, chives ~9

    Crimini and Shiitake Risotto
    made to order ~9

  • Roasted Sweet Corn
    chipotle honey butter ~11

    lemon beurre blanc ~12

    Gaucho Baked Potato
    russet, butter, sharp cheddar cheese sauce, scallions, fluffed tableside ~7


View our wine list (pdf)

We strive to provide our guests the highest level of service and quality when it comes to wine, our courteous and knowledgeable sommelier is always at the ready with a pairing suggestion. Our wine list includes well-known labels as well as wines from smaller, family-owned vintners. We have an extensive selection of wines by the glass as well as an ever-changing wine list, so even the most dedicated aficionados can expect to find new and exciting wines each time they dine with us.

For our guests wishing to enjoy that special bottle from their own cellar, you are welcome to do so. There is a corkage charge per 750 ML bottle with a two bottle limit. We will provide Captain service and crystal stemware. Please contact us at 206.956.9171 for information.


Specialties & Classics

  • Summer Berry Pound Cake
    seasonal berries ~ 10

    Mississippi Mud Cake
    warm chocolate cake, espresso and kentucky bourbon, madagascar vanilla bean ice cream ~10

  • Irish Cream Bread Pudding
    bourbon caramel, chocolate, madagascar vanilla bean ice cream ~12

    Homemade Cheesecake
    new york style with seasonal fruit coulis ~10

  • Sorbet
    olympic mountain magic berry ~8

    Crème Brûlée
    seasonal fruit coulis ~8

Tableside Flambé

  • Bananas Foster
    (for 2 or more) ~14 per person

  • Cherries Jubilee
    (for 2 or more) ~14 per person

Happy Hour/Cocktails

  • Original El Gaucho Cocktail Selections

    Pisco Sour
    Pisco brandy, fresh lemon, egg white, simple syrup ~14

    Muddled Rye Old Fashioned
    Knob Creek Rye, fresh orange, maraschino cherry,
    Angostura bitters, sugar ~16

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Top Picks from our El Gaucho Locations

  • Bellevue’s Gaucho Cosmo
    mixed berry infused vodka, triple sec, fresh lime, sour ~13

  • Portland’s Ruby
    citrus vodka, fresh lemon, Chambord, powdered
    sugar rim ~14

  • Seattle’s Gaucho
    Blanton Manhattan

    Blanton’s single barrel select bourbon, Carpano Antica vermouth, Scrappy’s bitters ~20

  • Tacoma’s French Kiss
    vanilla vodka, pineapple juice, Chambord, sugar rim ~12

Happy Hour

  • Spicy Fried Chicken Sliders
    chipotle aioli, wicked pickle chips, buttered brioche bun ~14

    319 Burger
    Niman Ranch All-Natural Certified Angus Beef® aged cheddar & Niman Ranch All-Natural bacon ~14

    Sticky Ribs
    Malaysian BBQ sauce, cinnamon, black pepper & peanuts ~15

    Steak Frites
    All-Natural Certified Angus Beef® top sirloin, béarnaise, house-cut fries ~18

  • Tenderloin Diablo
    sautéed tenderloin tips finished in a Cajun style cream sauce ~12

    Fish & Chips
    house made tartar sauce ~13

    Gaucho Mixed Green Salad
    Dijon vinaigrette, candied walnuts & Fuji apples ~6

    Pomme Frites
    truffle aioli ~6

  • Happy Hour Beverages

    Ginger Cosmo ~7
    Cuke Gin Drop ~7
    El Diablo ~7
    319 Old Fashioned ~7

    Red or White Wine ~7
    Select Beer ~4

Signature Cocktails

  • Samba
    Dance your way to the Summer Games. Celebrate Brazil with this refreshing cocktail of Avuá Prata CachaÇa, fresh lemon, lime and orange served tall. Go for the gold! ~14

    Blood & Sand
    Named for a Rudolph Valentino Movie in 1922. This old timey classic features, Famous Grouse, splashes of Cherry Herring, Sweet Vermouth, fresh orange, Shaken and served up. Your grandparents thought this was cool, we think you will too. Your grandparents weren’t as square as you thought. They enjoyed a cocktail or two…too. ~15

    A romantic night at El Gaucho would not be complete without this Venetian classic. Originally created
    for Venetian painter Giovanni Bellini in 1943. This classic blend of white peach puree and Prosecco will have you humming Volare’ in no time. ~14

    True Sazerac
    A Sazerac fit for our founding fathers and mothers. This original recipe features Remy 1738, Peychaud bitters and a touch of Herbsaint. Relax with a true American original. ~18

    Felino’s Night Off
    It’s your night off, relax with friends, enjoy a steak, a nice cigar and a fantastic cocktail. Equal parts Gentleman Jack, sweet vermouth and Aperol are served over ice with an orange peel. Spend your night off with us. ~14

    C.O.W. (Cocktail of the Week)
    Fairly unique, occasionally tropical, mostly fun and always inventive. Go ahead… have a COW! ~13

  • G-20
    20 years ago El Gaucho Seattle started construction at the corner of 1st & Wall in Belltown. Old Forester and Averna are featured in this “Black” Manhattan. Thank you for continuing to celebrate your lives with us! ~14

    Not just the pretty face on the ten dollar bill this show on Broadway is such a thrill Rye, lemon, mint, ginger beer in a mug who knew Aaron Burr would turn out to be a thug ~14

    Like most typhoons, this one will knock your socks off. Brace yourself for a flurry of fresh lemon, muddled mint, lemon bitters, Portland’s own Aria gin and a touch of Green Chartreuse, shaken and served up. Storm protection provided by El Gaucho. ~14

    Tahitian Honey Bee
    This Trader Vic’s original features fresh lemon. a squeeze of honey, a dash of Fee Brothers bitters and Mount Gay rum, shake it, serve it up, drink it, and keep the ghost alive. ~14

    You know her, you love her, you can’t live without her. This University of Puget Sound Freshman is also an El Gaucho classic. Citrus vodka, fresh lemon and a splash of Chambord is shaken and served up with a powdered sugar rim. We couldn’t be more proud of our girl! ~14

    The Cartel
    We’ve kidnapped our house margarita featuring El Jimador Blanco and added Matthew’s “habanero juice”. Served tall with a smoked salted rim, it’s a daring “Rita” with just enough heat to take off the season’s chill and the cartel’s demand of ransom. ~14

General Manager: Corey Hightower  Email | Bio
Executive Chef: Steve Cain  Email | Bio
Live Music: Mariano & Toshi Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Friday 7pm | Masud & Bobak Wednesday 7pm | Mariano & Masud Saturday 7pm -Sunday 6pm.

Hours: Sunday: 4:30-10pm; Monday-Thursday: 4:30-11pm; Friday-Saturday: 4:30-12am. Valet parking available. Happy Hour: Available in our bar and cigar lounge. Sunday: All night; Monday-Friday: 4:30-6pm & 10pm-close; Saturday: 10pm-close. (Bar & Cigar Lounge only. Not available on holidays).

El Gaucho Portland

  • “BEST Steaks, BEST Oysters Rockefeller, Best Cocktails! This is a very expensive restaurant but worth even more for the delicious food and outstanding service! The two piece acoustic guitar group was amazing and perfect for this intimate dining experience. We stayed an additional 30 minutes to savor our dessert, madeira and atmosphere. We felt welcome and not rushed. We will be back again for our anniversary next year!
    ~Trip Advisor | 1/8/2016

Private Dining

We coordinate so you can celebrate. Our Private Dining team will create an experience for your most important business and personal moments. Our beautiful and incomparable private rooms provide the perfect venue for your every occasion – from an intimate dinner to an important meeting, a family celebration or a large group gathering. Available for lunch and dinner service Monday through Friday and dinner service on the weekends, as well as buyouts of our entire restaurant.

  • The elegantly appointed Gold Room is ideal for any special occasion or corporate presentation. Enjoy flexible seating for as many as 30 guests.

  • The Vintage Room is an impressive and intimate setting for private gatherings or entertaining your most valued clients. Surrounded by our working wine cellar, the room’s table will accommodate as many as 17 guests.

  • Want us all to yourself? Our Main Dining Room can seat 100 guests. The whole restaurant can seat up to 175.

  • The entire Bar can be used for a seated dinner and can accommodate 50 guests or for a lively cocktail reception for up to 60.

  • Our premium and classically appointed Cigar Lounge is open nightly and features flat-screen TV’s to watch your favorite teams. Full menu is available, along with high-end spirits, and top-notch cigars. Seats 25.

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