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El Gaucho Tacoma

High-end, old-school steakhouse & bar offering an elegant, dimly lit setting with live music nightly.

  • 253.272.1510

    2119 Pacific Avenue
    Tacoma, WA 98402


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  • In a nod to the days of the hidden speak-easy, a simple exterior opens to a grand staircase as guests enter a world of shimmering candlelight, classic songs on the piano 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.


  • Holiday Closures
    We will be closed on: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day
  • Special Holiday Hours
    Christmas Eve: 3-8pm (no Happy Hour)
    New Year’s Eve: 4-11pm (no Happy Hour)
  • Restaurant Closures
    No closures at this time.

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.

Join us for Tacoma Restaurant Week October 15–19 & 22-26 (Sun-Thurs Only) for a Three-course dinner for $30.

Tacoma Restaurant Week Menu


October 15–19 & 22-26 (Sun-Thurs Only) • Three-course dinner for $30

  • STARTERS – Choose One
    Truffle Soup
    wild mushrooms, cream, black truffle oil

    Mixed Green Salad
    apples, candied walnuts, shallot vinaigrette

    Classic Wedge Salad
    iceberg, pancetta, tomato, crumbles, kalamata olives, Roquefort

  • ENTRÉE – Choose One
    Minimum of two. Served with Norigold Mashed Potatoes

    New York
    28-day dry-aged Niman Ranch All-Natural Prime Certified Angus Beef®
    4oz, peppercorn sauce

    Salmon
    6oz, simply grilled, lemon beurre blanc

    Flaming Sword Brochette of Tenderloin
    crimini mushrooms, bearnaise

  • DESSERT – Choose One
    Chocolate Ganache, Keylime Pie
    Seasonal Sorbet

    ADD-ON SIDES ~ $5
    Southwest Scalloped Potatoes, Asparagus,
    Gaucho Mac & Coastal Cheddar Cheese,
    Roasted Sweet Corn

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

    Pecan Crusted Brie
    honey, cherry balsamic reduction, granny smith apple ~14

  • Crab Rockefeller Dip
    spinach, hollandaise, baked ~19

    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

    Escargot
    classic garlic-herb butter ~13

Soup & Salad

  • Creamy Clam Chowder
    new england style, bowl ~12

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

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

  • Mixed Green Salad
    apples, walnuts, shallot vinaigrette ~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

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

    Grass Fed Filet Mignon
    blackberry demi-glace 8oz ~52

  • 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

  • Top Sirloin & Prawns
    fall vegetable medley ~48

    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

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 ~7
    Bordelaise ~7

  • Oscar Style crab, asparagus, béarnaise ~22
    Gaucho Style lobster medallions, asparagus, béarnaise ~22
    Canadian Lobster Tail 14-16 oz ~75

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 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

  • 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

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

  • Seasonal Mixed Greens
    apples, walnuts, shallot vinaigrett ~12


Entrées

  • Vegetable Pasta
    linguini, olive oil, onions, mix mushrooms, tomatoes, chili flakes ~24

  • Vegetable Brochette ~24 | Served with choice of:
    Quinoa: red bell peppers, red onions, cucumbers, olive oil, mint, basil & Gaucho seasoning.
    Faro: red bell peppers, spinach, mix mushrooms & parmesan cheese.
    Additional Grilled Vegetables: asparagus & broccoli. (vegan)

Sides

  • Sautéed Spinach
    olive oil, garlic, chili flakes, lemon ~8

    Asparagus
    drizzled lemon beurre blanc ~12

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

  • Norigold Mashed Potatoes
    buttery, velvety ~9

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 253-272-1510 for information.

Dessert

Specialties & Classics

  • Olympic Mountain Sorbet
    seasonal ~5

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

    Crème Brûlée
    classic ~8

  • The Chocolate Cake
    vanilla bean ice cream, white chocolate flakes ~10

    Chocolate Ganache
    bittersweet chocolate, bourbon caramel, salted caramel ice cream ~10

  • Granny Smith & Fuji Apple Tart
    a la mode ~10

    Banana Bread Pudding
    crème anglaise ~10

    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

Dessert Cocktails

  • Pumpkin Pie Martini
    vanilla vodka, pumpkin puree mix, pumpkin simple syrup, house whipped cream ~14

  • Blueberry Tea
    Grand Marnier, Dissarano, Earl Grey tea ~13

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

Bar/Happy Hour

Happy Hour

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

    Fried Calamari
    roasted poblano aioli ~10

    Lobster Mac & Cheese
    lobster knuckle, coastal cheddar lobster cream sauce ~9

    Halibut Ceviche
    marinated in lime juice, tomato, onion, cilantro, cucumbers, chips ~12

    Habanero Honey Fries
    Gaucho seasoning, honey, habanero peppers ~6

    Autumn Salad
    spinach, cranberries, diced apples, walnuts, goat cheese, bacon bits, maple bacon vinaigrette ~10

    Mediterranean Mussels
    coconut curry, crostinis ~9

  • Chef’s Pork Belly
    pork belly, apple compote, maple gastrique ~12

    Wicked Shrimp
    sautéed with our custom Wicked Spice ~15

    Dungeness Crab Rockefeller Dip
    pernod, spinach, bacon, sweet onion, pecorino romano, bacon bread crumbs ~13

    Tenderloin Diablo
    sautéed tenderloin tips, cajun cream sauce ~15

    Beef Braised Sliders
    thai barbeque sauce, asain slaw, fries ~9

    Crusted Brie
    pecan panko crust, cherry balsamic reduction, clover honey ~12

    Ahi Tuna Tartare
    diced, lightly dressed with soy and lemon ~12

  • ~ From the Grill ~

    Grilled Steak Sandwich
    dry-aged Niman Ranch all-natural Certified Angus Beef top sirloin cap steak, caramelized onion, NY white cheddar, gaucho bread, au jus ~18

    El Gaucho Burger
    1/2lb Certified Angus Beef® tenderloin, Niman Ranch all-natural bacon, NY sharp cheddar cheese, chipotle aioli, lettuce, tomato, onion ~15

    The Mason Burger
    1/2lb certified angus beef® tenderloin, lobster béarnaise sauce ~16

    A Taste of Gaucho
    dry-aged Niman Ranch all-natural Certified Angus Beef® top sirloin, lobster, béarnaise ~15

Happy Hour Drinks

  • ~ COCKTAILS ~
    Classic Margarita
    tequila, orange liqueur, sweet & sour,
    fresh lime ~7

    Gummy Bear
    raspberry vodka, peach vodka, fresh lemon, splash sprite ~8

    Mandarin Cosmo
    citrus-infused vodka, orange liqueur, muddled orange & lime, splash cranberry ~8

    Bartender Special ~10

    Blueberry Lemondrop
    vodka, blueberry purée, orange liqueur ~7

    Earl Grey Fashion
    earl grey infused bourbon, simple syrup, peychaud bitters, charred lemon peel ~8

    Gaucho Cosmo
    mixed berry infused vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, lemon juice ~9

  • ~ CAPTAIN’S WINE SELECTION ~
    Red Wine

    6 glass / 20 bottle

    Captain’s Choice Red
    10 glass / 35 bottle

    Sparkling Wine
    6 glass / 25 bottle

    White Wine
    6 glass / 20 bottle

    Captain’s Choice White
    8 glass / 25 bottle

  • ~ $5 DRAFT BEERS ~
    Ridgetop Red Ale
    Blue Moon Belgian White
    Stella Artois
    El Gaucho “Revel” IPA

    ~ $6 DRAFT BEERS ~
    Manny’s Pale Ale
    Mac & Jack’s

Signature Appetizers

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

    Fried Calamari
    roasted poblano aioli ~12

    Lobster Mac & Cheese
    lobster knuckle, coastal cheddar lobster cream sauce ~10

    Halibut Ceviche
    marinated in lime juice, tomato, onion, cilantro, cucumbers, chips ~14

    Habanero Honey Fries
    Gaucho seasoning, honey, habanero peppers ~8

    Autumn Salad
    spinach, cranberries, diced apples, walnuts, goat cheese, bacon bits, maple bacon vinaigrette ~12

    Chef’s Pork Belly
    pork belly, apple compote, maple gastrique ~14

  • Wicked Shrimp
    sautéed with our custom Wicked Spice ~18

    Dungeness Crab Rockefeller Dip
    pernod, spinach, bacon, sweet onion, pecorino romano, bacon bread crumbs ~16

    Tenderloin Diablo
    sautéed tenderloin tips, cajun cream sauce ~18

    Beef Braised Sliders
    thai barbeque sauce, asian slaw, fries ~11

    Mediterranean Mussels
    coconut curry, crostinis ~11

    Crusted Brie
    pecan panko crust, cherry balsamic reduction, clover honey ~14

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

  • ~ From the Grill ~

    Grilled Steak Sandwich
    dry-aged Niman Ranch all-natural Certified Angus Beef top sirloin cap steak, caramelized onion, NY white cheddar, gaucho bread, au jus ~18

    El Gaucho Burger
    1/2lb Certified Angus Beef® tenderloin, Niman Ranch all natural bacon, NY sharp cheddar cheese, chipotle aioli, lettuce, tomato, onion ~15

    The Mason Burger
    1/2lb Certified Angus Beef® tenderloin, lobster béarnaise sauce ~16

    A Taste of Gaucho
    Dry aged Niman Ranch all-natural Certified Angus Beef® top sirloin, lobster, béarnaise ~15

Signature Cocktails

  • Bartender Special ~12

    Gaucho Cosmo
    mixed berry infused vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, lemon juice ~13

    Jamaican Berry Mule
    blackberry infused rum, ginger syrup, lemon juice, soda ~13

    XXX Martini
    Stoli Elit vodka, bleu cheese stuffed olive ~22

    Peardido
    citrus infused vodka, ginger syrup, houe pear puree, fresh lemon juice, rosemary ~13

  • Sazerac
    Bulleit Rye, sugar cube, Peychauds bitters, Angostura bitters, absinthe wash, lemon twist ~14

    Dead Reckoning
    Tanqueray, luxardo, fresh lemon juice, dried cranberries ~14

    Gaucho Sidecar
    Knob Creek, triple sec, Frangelico, fresh lemon juice ~15

    Chrysanthemum
    St. Germain, champagne, lemon twist ~13

  • Chef’s Perfect Margarita
    Milagro Repasado, triple sec, strawberry habanero puree, lemon juice, lime zest, salted rim ~15

    Earl Grey Fashion
    Earl Grey infused bourbon, simple syrup, orange, Angostura bitters, charred lemon peel ~12

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


General Manager: Noel Romero  Email | Bio
Executive Chef: Jesus Boites  Email | Bio
Live Music: Sandy Harvey Wednesday–Saturday 6pm. Cara Hill Sunday-Tuesday 5:30pm.

Hours: Monday-Thursday: Lounge 4–10pm; Dinner Service begins at 5pm. Friday: Lounge 4–12am; Dinner Service begins at 5pm. Saturday: 5pm–12am. Sunday: 4pm–10pm. Valet parking available. Happy Hour: Sunday & Monday: 4-10pm; Tuesday-Friday: 4-6pm & 9pm–close; Saturday: 4pm-5pm & 9pm–close. (Bar only. Not available on holidays).

El Gaucho Tacoma



  • “Superb service, fresh ingredients, and a great atmosphere. I’ve been here countless times, and everything is always on spot. They cook my well done steak consistently and perfectly every time. We always go for the bananas foster. If you haven’t tried it yet, you definitely should. They prepare it table side, unless you happen to be in the booths, then they’ll prepare it on the main floor (still very visible). My most favorite item on the menu, which is very rare to get a hold of, is Waygu. It doesn’t take much to fill you up. All around great.”
    ~Facebook | 4/13/2015


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 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 romance of 1950’s Cuba is your backdrop for the Havana Room. Pre-Castro cigar signs and a beautiful hand made wall humidor set the mood for an intimate evening. Ideal for presentations, it has seating for as many as 30 people. A plasma screen television is also available for use.


  • The Jon Sheard room allows boardroom seating for small business presentations, executive dinners or family events accommodating as many as 14 guests.


  • Providing a birds-eye view of the action below, the Mezzanine allows you to experience the energy of El Gaucho from your own private perch. See and be seen from your personal VIP section seating up to 26 people.


  • In the Northwest Room, a large painting of a bullfighter in action greets you as you enter our largest room. Seating up to 40 people, the Northwest Room provides the perfect setting for large scale seated presentations or a standing reception. We can accommodate up to 50 for a standing buffet.


  • The Vineyard 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.


  • Overlooking the main dining room, with space for up to 14 guests, the Piano Balcony allows you to experience the energy of the restaurant while enjoying your own private space. This exclusive area is a wonderful place to impress that someone special or even escape the hustle of the main dining room for a business meeting.

  • The Main Dining and entire restaurant can be used for events and receptions. Contact us for details.

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