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:
    Memorial Day, Mon. May 29
  • 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

    Ellensburg Lamb Lollipops
    lavender demi-glace ~19

    Steak Tartare
    tableside preparation ~23

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

    Ahi Tuna Tartare
    diced, lightly dressed with soy and lemon ~18

    Fresh Dungeness Crab Cakes
    lightly sautéed, roasted red pepper pesto ~18

    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 ~14

    classic garlic-herb butter ~13

Soup & Salad

  • Creamy Clam Chowder
    new england style, bowl ~12

    French Onion Soup
    hearty, rich, peasant style, bowl ~11

  • Classic Wedge Salad
    iceberg, pancetta, egg, tomato, crumbles, kalamata olives, roquefort ~12

    Tableside Gaucho Salad
    shrimp, roquefort ~13

  • Tableside Salad 410
    balsamic vinaigrette, crab, shrimp ~15

    Tableside Caesar Salad
    classically made from scratch
    minimum two ~ 15 per person


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 ~38

    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, asparagus, béarnaise ~74


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

  • Flaming Sword Brochette of Tenderloin
    crimini, béarnaise ~45


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

  • Oscar Style crab, asparagus, béarnaise ~22
    Gaucho Style lobster medallions, asparagus, béarnaise ~22
    Canadian Lobster Tail 8-10 oz ~36


Three fresh seafood selections offered nightly.

  • Canadian Lobster Tail
    14-16 oz, drawn butter ~75

  • Diver Sea Scallops
    & Grilled Prawn Linguine

    fresh herb, lemon beurre blanc ~38

Game & Poultry

  • Ellensburg Lamb T-Bone
    black pepper sweet soy glaze, sriracha honey aioli ~48

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

  • Oven Crisped Chicken
    mushroom, corn ragout ~26

Shareable Sides

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

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

    Crispy Brussel Sprouts
    honey-white balsamic vinaigrette, Daly’s smoked bacon ~12

  • Rainbow Baby Carrots
    char-grilled with honey thyme glaze ~11

    Scalloped Potatoes
    a hint of spice ~11

    Roasted Sweet Corn
    chipotle honey butter ~12

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

  • Asparagus
    lemon beurre blanc ~12

    Crimini and Shiitake Risotto
    made to order ~11

    Tableside Baked Potato
    russet, butter, sharp cheddar cheese sauce, scallions, fluffed tableside ~8


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 503-227-8794 for information.


Specialties & Classics

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

    Crème Brûlée
    seasonal fruit coulis ~8

  • 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

Tableside Flambé

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

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

Happy Hour/Cocktails

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

    Pomme Frites
    truffle aioli ~6

  • 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

  • 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

  • Big Top
    This three ring circus features bourbon barreled Big Gin, Aperol and sweet vermouth performing over ice with an orange peel. So step right up, and be the ring master of your own circus. ~14

    The Laughing Fig
    Sifting through a neighbor’s garage sale, I came across an old cocktail book from Scotland dated 1817. This was the only actual cocktail in it. This original features Laphroaig 10yr, a touch of sweet vermouth, a dash of bitters, a skosh of fresh lemon and a spoonfull of fig puree’, shaken and served up with a lemon twist. Enjoy this one of a kind opportunity. ~18

    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

    Red Ryder
    Nobody walks by this sharp, well dressed 5th grader without a double take. This combination of Sauza Hornitos, Pama (pomegranate liqueur) and fresh grapefruit will make you stop and enjoy the ride. We love him! You will too. ~14

    Sidecar Royale
    We take our classic sidecar to the next level. Remy 1738, fresh orange, fresh lemon, a splash of Cointreau, is shaken and served up with a powdered sugar rim. A cocktail fit for a king. ~19

    17 years ago El Gaucho Portland opened its doors to the greatest guests in the Northwest! Old Forester and Averna are featured in this “Black” Manhattan. Thank you for continuing to celebrate your lives with us! ~14

  • Live Wire
    Pacific Power says “Dont Touch” El Gaucho says “Touch it with your tongue and drink it!” This combo of fresh grapefruit, Hangar One Mandarin and a splash of Campari is served up with a powdered sugar rim. This Live Wire is one you’re gonna want to touch… again and again ~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. ~15

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

    Hot Buttered Rum
    Trader Vic’s ghost appears to us in many forms. This time of year, Vic takes the shape of his classic Hot Buttered Rum with Mt. Gay Eclipse. So let’s get toasty and snuggle up to our friendly ghost. ~13

    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 are shaken and served up with a powdered sugar rim. We couldn’t be more proud of our girl! ~15

    Beso De Diablo
    Your angel may be sitting across from you, or it may be the devil’s kiss. El Jimador Blanco, fresh grapefruit, pineapple juice & Matthew’s Habanero “juice” is shaken and served up with a sugared rim. Flip a coin, heads-angel, tails-devil, either way you can’t lose. ~15

Featured Spirit

El Gaucho Portland Woodford Reserve Personal Selection

We proudly present a unique, hand blended Bourbon by Woodford Reserve’s Master Distiller Chris Morris and the staff here at El Gaucho Portland. Enjoy this unique, one of a kind Bourbon, “G-Blend III” neat, on an ice ball, as a Manhattan, as an Old Fashioned or as one of these El Gaucho originals.

  • Meskel Springs
    Muddle a slice of grapefruit, sugar, Bada Bing cherry and a dash of Peychaud bitters, add a splash of Campari and a shot of G-Blend III, enjoy this Matthew original over ice with a sugar rim. To enjoy Matthew’s original cartoons go to: ~17

    Looking Glass
    “The sailors say ‘Brandy, you’re a fine girl’…” El Gaucho says G-Blend III, equal parts Goldschlager and Drambuie, a dash of Fee Brothers bitters, shaken and served up with a cinnamon stick and an orange peel, because nothing makes you grab the mic like cinnamony bourbon ~17

    Road Trip
    This refreshing adventure begins in Oregon with a splash of Wild Roots marionberry vodka and finishes in Kentucky with a shot of G-Blend III. We pick up a few hitchhikers, torn mint, a touch of lemon and ginger beer round out the trip. We remove the flea bag motels, greasy diners and screaming kids for the smoothest road trip ever. ~18

  • Manzanita
    For those of us who enjoy a unique cocktail, good friends and a setting sun, this original combination of “G-Blend III,” a touch of cream sherry and a dash of Fee Brothers walnut bitters, served up with an orange peel and a cherry is just the thing. So face west, relax and let your friends at El Gaucho take care of the setting sun. ~18

    The Beholder
    This beauty features equal parts of G-Blend III and Cognac, a splash of Grand Marnier, served over ice with an orange peel. Because beauty is in the eye (or is it the hand) of the beholder. ~17

General Manager: Gillian Duff  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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