Downtown

El Gaucho Seattle

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

  • 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.


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    206.728.1337
    2505 First Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98121

    Restaurant Closures:
    Closed on 7/4

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    No closures at this time.



Menus

Our menu features fresh seafood selections and 28-Day Dry-Aged Niman Ranch All-Natural Certified Angus Beef® Brand Prime steaks and custom aged Certified Angus Beef® Brand – all prepared on an open bed of glowing coals 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, as our fresh sheet changes daily.

Dinner

Starters

  • Pancetta Wrapped Jumbo Prawns
    grilled and topped with scallion pesto ~19

    Wicked Shrimp
    sautéed with our custom Wicked Spice ~18

    Dungeness Crab Cocktail
    wakame salad, avocado cilantro cocktail sauce ~19 / add prawns ~23

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

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

    Ahi Tuna Tartare
    diced, lightly dressed with soy and lemon, served with capers, diced onion, poached pears, pine nuts, Serrano and Habanero chilies ~16

    Diver Sea Scallops
    lemon beurre blanc ~18

    Escargot
    classic garlic-herb butter ~13

  • Oysters Rockefeller
    fresh oysters baked with spinach and hollandaise ~19

    Tenderloin Diablo
    sautéed tenderloin tips finished in a Cajun style cream sauce ~18

    1/2 Dozen Fresh Northwest Oysters
    half shell ~17

    Steak Tartare
    classic tableside preparation sirloin ~23

Soup & Salad

  • Creamy Clam Chowder
    New England style ~9

    French Onion Soup
    hearty, rich, peasant style ~9

  • Classic Wedge Salad
    iceberg, bacon, tomato, olives, Roquefort crumbles, Roquefort dressing ~12

    Gaucho Salad
    Roquefort dressing with shrimp ~12

  • Tableside Caesar Salad
    classically made from scratch (minimum of two) ~14

    Salad 410
    balsamic vinaigrette with crab and shrimp tossed tableside ~15

Entrées

Steaks & Chops

Served with crimini mushroom cap

  • Filet Mignon
    lean, tender / 8 oz ~49 / 12 oz ~68

    Peppercorn New York
    dry-aged, encrusted with peppercorns and peppercorn demi-glace 14 oz ~68

  • Frenched Rib Chop
    dry-aged, generously marbled, rich flavor 18 oz ~68

    Bone-In New York
    dry-aged, tender, flavorful 18 oz ~74

  • New York Steak
    dry-aged, beautifully marbled, excellent flavor 14 oz ~65

    Baseball Cut Top Sirloin
    dry-aged, lean and flavorful 12 oz ~37

Carved Tableside

An El Gaucho tradition for two

  • Chateaubriand
    center cut of tenderloin served with baked potato, asparagus, broiled tomato, cliff sauce 20 oz ~129

  • Chateaubriand and Lobster
    16 oz center cut of tenderloin and 1/2 lb Maine lobster with baked potato, asparagus, broiled tomato, béarnaise ~145

Specialties

  • Filet Medallions Oscar
    two 4 oz filets, finished with fresh Dungeness crab, béarnaise, asparagus ~62

    Surf and Turf
    8 oz filet and 1/2 lb Maine lobster tail ~82

  • Steak El Gaucho
    8 oz custom-aged filet mignon, Maine lobster medallions, asparagus, béarnaise sauce ~65

    Flaming Sword Brochette of Tenderloin
    crimini, béarnaise ~45

  • Anderson Ranch All-Natural Rack of Lamb
    hazelnut crust, wild mushroom risotto, bordelaise sauce ~56

Sauté & Seafood

  • Australian Lobster Tail
    one pound, served with drawn butter ~market

  • Oven Crisped Chicken
    on a bed of mushroom, corn ragout ~26

  • Diver Sea Scallops & Grilled Prawn linguine
    fresh herb, garlic lemon beurre blanc ~38

Add ons

  • Peppercorn Sauce
    spicy green peppercorn demi-glace, hint of brandy ~4

    Roquefort Sauce
    our signature Roquefort melted, decadent, distinctive ~4

  • Gaucho Style
    lobster medallions, asparagus, béarnaise ~22

    Bordelaise Sauce
    robust classic style sauce with mushrooms, onions, cabernet, veal demi-glace ~4

  • Béarnaise Sauce
    classically made, rich, buttery, hint of tarragon ~4

    Oscar Style
    crab, asparagus, béarnaise ~22

Shareable Sides

  • Gaucho Mac and Coastal Cheddar Cheese
    crisp bread crumb topping ~12

    Norigold Mashed Potatoes
    buttery, velvety ~9

    Scalloped Potatoes
    creamy with a hint of spice ~9

    Lobster Mashed Potatoes
    Maine lobster ~24

  • Roasted Sweet Corn
    fire roasted and sliced off the cob, chipotle honey butter ~11

    Asparagus
    drizzled lemon beurre blanc ~12

    Crimini and Shitake Risotto
    made to order ~9

  • Sautéed Spinach
    extra virgin olive oil, hint of lemon ~8

    Wild Mushrooms
    sherry, thyme, butter ~10

    The Full Gaucho Baked Potato
    Russet potato with butter, NY sharp cheddar cheese sauce, cracked pepper and scallions, fluffed tableside ~7

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 206.956.9171 for information.

Dessert

Specialties & Classics

  • Crème Brûlée
    classic ~8

    Chocolate Bourbon Cake
    caramel sauce, candied pecans ~10

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

  • Root Beer or Cream Soda Float
    Madagascar vanilla ice cream and Boylan soda ~8

    Bailys Bread Pudding
    Bailey’s Irish cream, caramel, chocolate, vanilla ice cream ~12

  • Homemade Cheesecake
    fresh pineapple, strawberry coulis ~9

    Key Lime Pie
    sweet whipped cream, graham cracker crust ~8



Tableside Flambé

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

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

  • Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Sundae
    chocolate brownie, bourbon caramel, candied almonds, peanut butter powder, whipped cream, salted caramel ice cream ~20 per person

  • Spanish Coffee
    Our Twist on a Classic House infused chai tea brandy, coffee liqueurs, irish cream infused whipped cream, flaming cinnamon and sugar ~16 per person (for 2 or more)

Bar/Happy Hour

Happy Hour

  • 410 Burger
    1/2 lb Niman Ranch Certified Angus Beef®, coastal cheddar, bacon, 1000 island dressing, brioche bun, duck fat fries ~13

    Steak Sandwich
    custom 28-day dry-aged Niman Ranch Certified Angus Beef® top sirloin, Gaucho baguette, chimichurri and
    duck fat fries ~14

    Wicked Shrimp
    four large prawns sautéed with our custom Wicked Spice ~10

    Steak Frites
    Niman Ranch Certified Angus Beef® hanger steak, mushrooms, peppers, bordelaise, duck fat fries ~13

    Apple Salad
    candied almonds, grain mustard-maple vinaigrette ~6

  • Thai Sticky Ribs
    sweet soy, brown suger, black pepper, sweet thai chili ~11

    Tenderloin Diablo
    tenderloin sautéed in cajun style cream sauce ~13

    Macaroni & Cheese
    gemelli, English coastal cheddar ~7

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

    Ahi Tartare
    pine nuts, hot peppers, capers, onions, pears, soy sauce, fresh lemon juice, taro chips ~14

    Duck Fat Fries
    truffle aioli ~6

    Poutine Style ~add 6
    cheese curds, peppercorn demi glace

  • Gaucho Cosmo
    Strawberry and raspberry infused vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry, lemon lime sour ~10

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

    Grapefruit Martini
    House infused grapefriut vodka, splash of grapefruit juice, lime ~8


    Wine ~6
    Captain’s Choice Red or White

    Beer ~4.50
    Ninkasi Total
    Domination IPA

Bar Bites

  • 410 Burger
    1/2 lb Niman Ranch Certified Angus Beef®, coastal cheddar, bacon, 1000 island dressing, brioche bun, duck fat fries ~16

    Steak Sandwich
    custom 28-day dry-aged Niman Ranch Certified Angus Beef® top sirloin, Gaucho baguette, chimichurri, duck fat fries ~17

    Wicked Shrimp
    spicy hot! ~15

    Tenderloin Diablo
    devilishly spicy! ~18

  • Steak Frites
    Niman Ranch Certified Angus Beef® hanger steak, mushrooms, peppers, bordelaise, duck fat fries ~16

    Thai Style Ribs
    garlic sticky sauce ~15

    Macaroni & Cheese
    gemelli, English coastal cheddar ~12

    Apple Salad
    candied almonds, grain mustard-maple vinaigrette ~10

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

    Ahi Tartare
    pine nuts, hot peppers, capers, onions, pears, soy sauce, fresh lemon juice, taro chips ~16

    Duck Fat Fries
    truffle aioli ~8

    Poutine Style ~add 6
    cheese curds, peppercorn demi glace

Gaucho’s Exclusive Knob Creek Rye

We went to Kentucky and hand selected this straight rye just for you. This whiskey comes from an incredible line of bourbons (like Jim Beam), while retaining some of the key characteristics of a small batch rye. It’s aged between 6-8 years and has a 70% rye mash bill. And you’ll only find this rye at El Gaucho! Have it anyway you like it—we’ve offered some suggestions…

  • Sazarac Rock
    Rye, annisette and bitters infused ice cube,
    orange twist ~14

  • Boulevardier
    Rye, Campari, sweet vermouth ~15

  • Knob Creek Rye
    Crystal clear ice sphere ~12

Signature Cocktails

  • Gaucho Cosmo
    Strawberry and raspberry infused vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry, lemon lime sour ~13

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

    French 75
    House infused cucumber gin, lemon, simple syrup, champagne, up ~15

  • Marilyn
    Pomegranate infused vodka, Aperol, sour, muddled lemon and lime, champagne, up ~14

    El Gaucho Glass Martini
    Glass Vodka distilled in Seattle, cold filtered to release impurities, up, twist ~20

  • Blood Orange Drop
    House infused blood orange vodka, fresh orange, lemon lime sour, sugar rim ~14

    Barrel-Aged Gaucho Manhattan
    Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey, bourbon, cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth, bitters ~13


General Manager: Cooper Mills  Email | Bio
Executive Chef: Matt Brandsey  Email | Bio
Live Music: Daniel Davison Tuesday–Saturday 6pm. Paul Richardson Sunday & Monday 6pm. Josephine Howell Sunday 7pm.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday: Lounge 4-11pm; 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.



  • “Very simply, without hyperbole, we had the best meal of our lives at El Gaucho.
    I consider myself to be a steak aficionado, as I’ve had steaks at some of the best restaurants and steakhouses in the country. El Gaucho blew them all away. The steaks were cooked to absolute perfection, they melted in your mouth. Just spectacular. The sides were among the best I’ve ever had (Mac n’ cheese was awesome!) and the service was great. I highly recommend this place… Highly!”

    ~Trip Advisor | 10/9/2014


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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