Downtown

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.


Restaurant Closures
Wednesday, July 4th; Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day)

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.

A 20% service charge is included on each check. El Gaucho retains 100% of the service charge. Our professional service team receives industry leading compensation including commissions on sales, health insurance, 401K, and extensive education and training for a successful career path.

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

    Steak Tartare
    tableside preparation ~23

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

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

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

    Diver Sea Scallops
    lemon beurre blanc ~18

  • Escargot
    classic garlic-herb butter ~14

    Oysters Rockefeller
    spinach, hollandaise, baked ~19

    Northwest Oysters
    1/2 dozen, fresh, half shell ~18

    Pan Seared Oysters
    six fresh yearling oysters lightly seared, tartar ~14

Soup & Salad

  • Creamy Clam Chowder
    new england style, bowl ~12

    French Onion Soup
    hearty, rich, peasant style, bowl ~12

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

  • Arugula Beet Salad
    roasted beets, pistachio crusted goat cheese, arugula, walnut vinaigrette ~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 ~13

    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 ~42

    Filet Mignon
    8 & 12 oz ~58 / 74

    New York Steak
    14 oz ~68

    Peppercorn New York
    14 oz ~71

  • Frenched Rib Chop
    18 oz ~74

    Bone-In New York
    18 oz ~76

    Steak El Gaucho
    8 oz custom-aged filet mignon, Maine lobster medallions, asparagus, béarnaise sauce ~77

    Filet Medallions Oscar
    two 4 oz filets, fresh dungeness crab, asparagus, béarnaise ~77

  • Northwest Grass-fed Filet
    wild mushrooms, bordelaise ~58

    Steak Trio
    4 oz new york ~ snow crab claw & béarnaise sauce
    4 oz filet mignon ~ prawns & diablo sauce
    4 oz top sirloin ~ mashed potatoes, crispy shallots & porcini truffle butter
    ~90

Tableside

  • Chateaubriand
    An El Gaucho tradition for two! 20 oz center cut of tenderloin
    served with baked potato, asparagus, broiled tomato, cliff sauce ~135

  • Flaming Sword Brochette of Tenderloin
    crimini, béarnaise ~48

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
    King Crab Leg lemon beurre blanc ~49
    Seared Foie Gras pan sauce ~25 / + cherry port wine demi-glace ~30

Game, Poultry & Seafood

Three fresh seafood selections offered nightly.

  • Alaskan Troll-Caught King Salmon*
    pickled ramps, honey carrot purée, morel mushrooms ~60

    Halibut*
    yellow sweet corn, grapes, pine nut purée, saba, preserved lemon ~58

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

  • Ahi Tuna*
    sesame crusted, soy yuzu marinade, cilantro, green onions, sriracha aioli ~54

    Diver Sea Scallops & Grilled Prawn Linguine*
    fresh herbs, lemon beurre blanc ~38

  • Superior Farms Pacific Northwest Rack Of Lamb*
    all-natural, hazelnut crust, merlot demi-glace, broiled tomato, asparagus ~56

    Oven Crisped Chicken*
    roasted corn & mushroom ragout ~32

Shareable Sides

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

    Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
    sweet butter, sour cream ~13 / + lobster ~28

    Brussels Sprouts
    honey apple cider vinaigrette, pickled Fuji apples, Daly’s smoked bacon ~13

    Asparagus
    lemon beurre blanc ~12

  • Rainbow Baby Carrots
    char-grilled with blood orange balsamic reduction ~11

    Scalloped Potatoes
    a hint of spice ~11

    Roasted Sweet Corn
    chipotle honey butter ~12

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

  • Roasted Cauliflower
    garlic chips, fresno peppers, preserved lemon ~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 ~9

  • 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

  • Braised Lamb Shoulder Sandwich
    6 oz braised, chiptole aioli, whipped goat cheese, ciabatta bun, duck fat fries ~ 16

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

    Duck Confit Sliders
    pickled red onions & carrots, orange fig jam ~18

    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

  • Crab Dip
    dungeness crab, bay shrimp, fontina cheese and fresh herbs ~20

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

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

    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

  • Braised Lamb Shoulder Sandwich
    6 oz braised lamb, chipotle aoili, whipped goat cheese, ciabatta bun, duck fat fries ~18

    Crab Dip
    dungeness crab, bay shrimp, fontina cheese and fresh herbs ~ 18

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

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

    Duck Confit Sliders
    pickled red onions & carrots, orange fig jam ~20

  • 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

     

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

    Pork Belly
    pork belly, red velvet apricot, blood orange balsamic ginger glaze ~15

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: Stephanie Mulein  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. Dinner seating for as many as 26 guests.

  • 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 100 guests and up to 140 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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