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El Gaucho Seattle

Where it all began: Swanky. Nostalgic. Ritualistic. Personalized. Spirited.

  • 206.728.1337

    2505 First Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98121


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  • The bustle of Seattle’s Belltown is instantly hushed as guests enter a bygone era – a world of shimmering candlelight, live jazz on the piano and the palpable anticipation of an exceptional 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.


Menus

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.

El Gaucho Seattle now includes 20% service charge on each guest check. El Gaucho retains the full service charge and distributes it to employees in the form of wages, commissions, benefits, or otherwise entirely at El Gaucho’s discretion, in accord with the agreements and understandings that it has in place with its employees.

Join us for Seattle Restaurant Week October 15th – November 2nd (Sun-Thurs) for a Three-course dinner for $33.

Seattle Restaurant Week Menu


October 15th – November 2nd (Sun-Thurs Only) • Three-course dinner for $33
*Cost of each side and wine pairing is in addition to the $33 Seattle Restaurant Week Menu. (V) Vegetarian, (VEG) Vegan, (GF) Gluten-Free

  • STARTERS – Choose One
    Insane Truffle Soup (v)
    black truffles, wild mushrooms, cream

    Arugula & Beet Salad (veg)
    lemon vinaigrette

    Mixed Green Salad (veg,gf)
    apples, almonds, Dijon vinaigrette

  • ENTRÉE – Choose One
    Fettuccini Bolognese
    Parmigiano-Reggiano

    Filet Mignon Medallions (gf)
    28-day dry-aged Certified Angus Beef®
    Grilled medium rare to medium
    béarnaise, mixed mushrooms

    Grilled Sockeye Salmon (gf)
    cilantro honey vinaigrette

    Roasted Vegetable Couscous (veg)
    chimichurri

  • DESSERT – Choose One
    Chocolate Ganache (gf,v)
    salted caramel ice cream

    Bailey’s Bread Pudding
    vanilla ice cream

    Seasonal Sorbet (gf,veg)

ADD-ON SIDES

Mashed Potatoes (gf,v) ~ 5
Grilled Broccoli (gf,v) ~ 6
Roasted Sweet Corn (gf,v) ~ 5

Dinner

Starters

  • 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

    Escargot
    classic garlic-herb butter ~13

  • 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

    Seafood Tower
    North Atlantic lobster tail, poached prawns, Dungeness crab fry legs, tuna tartare, fresh northwest oysters, snow crab claws, Alaskan halibut ceviche (minimum two) ~48 per person

Soup & Salad

  • Creamy Clam Chowder
    new england style, bowl ~12

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

    Creamy Asparagus Soup
    melted parmesan crostini ~10

  • Insane Truffle Soup
    black truffle, wild mushrooms, cream ~12

    Tableside Gaucho Salad
    shrimp, roquefort ~13

    Tableside Salad 410
    balsamic vinaigrette, crab, shrimp ~15

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

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

Entrées

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

  • Frenched Rib Chop
    18 oz ~68

    Bone-In New York
    18 oz ~74

    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

  • Northwest Grass-fed Filet
    wild mushrooms, bordelaise ~52

    Steak Trio
    served with mashed potatoes
    and crispy shallots
    ~90
    4 oz new york – snow crab claws, béarnaise sauce
    4 oz filet mignon – prawns, diablo sauce
    4 oz top sirloin – porcini truffle butter

Tableside

  • 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

Add-ons

  • 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
    Tristan Island Lobster 10 oz tail ~70
    King Crab Leg lemon beurre blanc ~49
    Seared Foie Gras pan sauce ~25 / + cherry port wine demi-glace ~30

Seafood

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

Vegetarian

Starters

  • Apple Salad
    mixed greens, maple Dijon vinaigrette, apples, candied slivered almonds ~12

  • Insane Truffle Soup
    black truffle, wild mushrooms, cream ~12


Entrées

  • Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli
    garlic, cream, reggiano parmesean ~23

  • Roasted Vegetable Quinoa
    chimichurri ~25

  • Brown Butter Gnocchi
    spinach, mushrooms, roasted walnut, reggiano ~25

Sides

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

  • Southwest Scalloped Potatoes
    creamy with a hint of spice ~9

  • Sugar Snap Peas
    olive oil, spice, garlic ~12

Wine

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 206.728.1337 for information.

Dessert

Specialties & Classics

  • Key Lime Pie
    sweet whipped cream, graham cracker crust ~10

    Crème Brûlée
    classic ~8

    Lemon Cake
    blackberry sauce, almond tuile ~10

  • Chocolate Bourbon Cake
    caramel sauce, candied pecans ~10

    Chocolate Ganache
    cocoa nib, crème anglaise, salted caramel ice cream ~10

  • Baileys Bread Pudding
    baileys irish cream, caramel, chocolate, vanilla ice cream ~12

    Homemade Cheesecake
    strawberry coulis ~10


Tableside Flambé

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

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

  • Spanish Coffee
    (for 2 or more)
    house-infused chai tea brandy, coffee liqueurs, irish cream infused whipped cream, flaming
    cinnamon & sugar ~16 per person

Bar/Happy Hour

Happy Hour

  • Bocadillo de Pollo
    8 oz grilled chicken breast, spicy truffle aioli, green papaya, carrot, cucumber, jalapeño, brioche bun 13

    410 Burger*
    1/2 lb Niman Ranch Certified Angus Beef®, New York Cheddar Cheese, bacon, 1000 island dressing, brioche bun, duck fat fries ~13

    Chicken Sliders
    deep fried, jalapeño cole slaw, honey dijon dressing duck fat fries ~9

    Steak Sandwich*
    8 oz sirloin, caramelized onions, corn, jalapeño and poblano peppers, Gaucho baguette, chimichurri, cheese, duck fat fries ~16

    Tenderloin Diablo*
    tenderloin sautéed in cajun style cream sauce ~15

    Thai Sticky Ribs
    sweet soy, brown sugar, black pepper, sweet Thai chili ~12

  • Diablo Fries*
    tenderloin sautéed in a cajun style New York cheddar cheese sauce. Tossed with duck fat fries ~12

    Gaucho Mac & Cheese
    gemelli pasta, English Coastal Cheddar, bread crumb topping ~7

    Wicked Shrimp
    four large prawns sautéed with our custom Wicked Spice ~12

    Caprese Salad
    Burrata mozzarella, heirloom tomato, basil, olive oil, blood orange balsamic ~10

    Ahi Tartare*
    pine nuts, hot peppers, capers, onions, pears, soy sauce, wontons ~15

    Insane Truffle Soup
    black truffle, wild mushrooms, cream ~6

  • Gaucho Cosmo
    citrus infused vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry, lemon & lime juice ~10

    Barrel-Aged Gaucho Manhattan
    Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey, bourbon, cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth, bitters ~10

    Blueberry Drop
    vodka, blueberries, orange liqueur, sugar, lemon & lime juice ~10


    Wine
    House Red or White ~6
    Captain’s Choice Red or White ~10
    Saviah Malbec 2012 ~10
    Rombauer Caneros Chardonnay 2014 ~18

    Beer ~5
    Maritime Old Seattle Lager
    Manny’s Pale Ale
    Bodhizafa IPA
    Square Mile Cider
    Seasonal Rotating tap

Bar Bites

  • Ellensburg Lamb Lollipops*
    lavender demi-glace ~19

    Bocadillo de Pollo
    8 oz grilled chicken breast, spicy truffle aioli, green papaya, carrot, cucumber, jalapeño, brioche bun 18

    Thai Sticky Ribs
    sweet soy, brown sugar, black pepper, sweet Thai chili ~15

    Tenderloin Diablo*
    tenderloin sautéed in cajun style cream sauce ~18

    Diablo Fries*
    tenderloin sautéed in a cajun style New York Cheddar Cheese sauce. Tossed with duck fat fries ~15

  • Ahi Tartare*
    pine nuts, hot peppers, capers, onions, pears, soy sauce, wontons ~18

    Gaucho Mac & Cheese
    gemelli pasta, English Coastal Cheddar, bread crumb topping ~12

    Duck Fat Fries
    truffle aioli ~8 / + diablo spice ~11

    Steak Sandwich*
    8 oz grilled sirloin, caramelized onions, corn, jalapeño and poblano peppers, Gaucho baguette, chimichurri, cheese, duck fat fries ~18

    410 Burger*
    1/2 lb Niman Ranch Certified Angus Beef®, New York Cheddar Cheese, bacon, 1000 island dressing, brioche bun, duck fat fries ~16

  • Wicked Shrimp
    four large prawns sautéed with our custom Wicked Spice ~15

    Chicken Sliders
    deep fried, jalapeño cole slaw, honey Dijon dressing, duck fat fries ~15

    Bone Marrow
    lemon, lime, orange zest and garlic, French Toast 18

    Insane Truffle Soup
    black truffle, wild mushrooms, cream ~12

    Caprese Salad
    Burrata mozzarella, heirloom tomato, basil, olive oil, blood orange balsamic ~12

Signature Cocktails

  • Barrel-Aged Gaucho Manhattan
    Straight Kentucky Bourbon, cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth, bitters ~13

    Picante Dulce
    Mezcal, peppercorn ginger simple syrup, Grand Marnier, lemon juice, muddled orange,
    sweet and spicy rim ~13

    Gaucho Cosmo
    mixed berry infused vodka, triple sec, cranberry, fresh lime, sour ~12

    Moscow Mule
    House ginger vodka, fresh lime, ginger beer, copper mug ~12

  • Gaucho Paloma
    Tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, blood orange balsamic reduction, ginger beer ~14

    Cinnamon Old Fashioned
    Cinnamon infused bourbon, muddled cherry and orange, honey ~13

    Gaucho Highball
    Suntory Toki Japanese whisky, honey syrup, muddled basil and lemon, soda ~13

    Kicked Up Mule
    house pepper infused vodka ~12

  • Tableside Cocktail

    Hickory Manhattan
    Eagle Rare 10 year, hickory smoke wash, Carpano Antica Formula, Angostura Bitters, Griotte Cherries ~35


General Manager: James Parsons  Email | Bio
Executive Chef: Jonathan Garcia   Email | Bio
Live Music: Daniel Davison Tuesday–Saturday 6pm. Alexey Nikolaev Thursday 8pm. Eric Verline Sunday & Monday 6pm. Josephine Howell Sunday 7pm.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday: Lounge 4-10pm; Dinner Service begins at 5pm. Friday-Saturday: Lounge 4pm-12am; Dinner Service begins at 5pm. Valet parking available. Happy Hour: (Bar only. Not available on holidays) Sunday-Monday: All night; Tuesday-Thursday: 4-7pm & 9pm-close; Friday: 4-7pm & 10pm-close; Saturday: 4-5pm & 10pm-close.

El Gaucho Seattle



  • “I went there for an anniversary dinner. The place is very nice with dimmed lighting and a piano playing jazz in the background. The hostess and every waiter that served us wished us a happy anniversary and were extremely friendly, and we had a card waiting for us at our table. The food and drinks were excellent and the tables around us ranged from out of towners stopping in to people dressed up for a special evening. It definitely made it a special evening for me and I will hopefully be going back again.”
    ~Yelp| 11/25/2015


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, including the legendary Pampas Room, 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.

  • Victor Rossellini’s 410 Room is an impressive and intimate setting for private gatherings or entertaining your most important clients. Surrounded by a working wine cellar, the single round table seats from 6-10 guests.

  • The Bolas Room carries on the tradition of unpretentious romance, eclectic wall hangings and a perfectly trained staff. Bolas Room attendants are meticulously trained in tableside service. They are backed by the skills of veteran bartenders who can deliver the perfect hand-shaken martini, a fine cognac, or the fruits of a deep and inviting wine cellar.

  • Your own private club, the Grill Room seats as many as 40 guests for dinner and up to 50 for a reception. The Grill Room has a private bar and leather sofa seating area.

  • Truly retro-swank, the Pampas Room offers dinner seating for as many as 110 guests and up to 125 for receptions. Arrangements can be made for a dance floor for your private event. Available Sunday through Thursday for private parties. Friday and Saturday by special arrangement.

  • In the Wine Cellar a gorgeous mural of the Argentinean pampas sets the stage. The room allows boardroom style seating for business presentations, executive dinners or family events, accommodating as many as 20 guests.

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