El Gaucho Tacoma

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

  • 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.

    2119 Pacific Avenue
    Tacoma, WA 98402

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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.



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

    Wicked Shrimp
    sautéed with our custom Wicked Spice ~18

    Dungeness Crab Cocktail
    fresh horseradish, cilantro cocktail sauce ~18 / 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

    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 ~11

    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


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


  • 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

  • Niman Ranch All-Natural Rack of Lamb
    hazelnut crust, merlot demi-glace, asparagus, broiled tomato ~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
    simply irresistible! crisp bread crumb topping ~12

    Norigold Mashed Potatoes
    buttery, velvety ~9

    Southwest Scalloped Potatoes
    creamy with a hint of spice ~9

  • Lobster Mashed Potatoes
    Maine lobster ~24

    Steamed Broccoli
    drizzled lemon beurre blanc ~8

    drizzled lemon beurre blanc ~12

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

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

    Crimini and Shiitake Risotto
    made to order ~9

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


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.


Specialties & Classics

  • Homemade Cheesecake
    strawberry coulis ~9

    Crème Brûlée
    classic ~8

    Granny Smith and Fuji Apple Tart
    a la mode ~8

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

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

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

    Banana Bread Pudding
    crème anglaise ~10

Tableside Flambé

  • Bananas Foster
    (for 2 or more) ~12 per person

  • Cherries Jubilee
    (for 2 or more) ~11 per person

Dessert Cocktails

  • Sturmer Coffee
    South Sound favorite! Saint Brendan’s irish cream, Kahlua, Tuaca, Starbucks coffee, caramelized sugared rim ~12

  • Peppermint Patty
    double chocolate vodka, irish cream, Rumpleminze, fresh whipped cream, chocolate shavings ~12

  • Raspberry Donut
    donut vodka, raspberry vodka, Chambord, fresh whipped cream ~14

Bar/Happy Hour

Happy Hour

  • Bites For $12

    Dungeness Crab Rockefeller Dip
    Steamed Clams
    Tenderloin Diablo
    Wicked Shrimp
    Tuna Tartare
    Mini Bbq Beef Sandwiches
    El Gaucho Burger
    Pecan Crusted Brie

  • Bites For $9

    Mixed Greens
    Fried Calamari
    Insane Truffle Soup
    Oyster Shooters
    Braised Beef Tacos
    Bay Shrimp Cocktail
    Pan Seared Oysters
    Cambozola Fries

  • Happy Hour Wine

    Captain Selection Red ~10
    Captain Selection White ~8
    House Red or White Wine ~6
    Sparkling Wine ~6
    All Draft Beers ~4

  • Happy Hour Cocktails

    Blueberry Ginger Cooler ~7
    Mandarin Cosmo ~7
    Gummy Bear ~7
    Classic Margarita ~6
    Blueberry Lemondrop ~6
    Lemon Fizz ~6

Signature Appetizers

  • Bay Shrimp Cocktail
    horseradish, cilantro, fresh squeezed lime, cocktail sauce ~13

    Diver Sea Scallops
    lemon beurre blanc ~18

    Dungeness Crab Cocktail
    fresh horseradish, cilantro cocktail sauce ~18

  • Steamed Clams
    white wine butter sauce ~13

    1/2 Dozen Fresh Northwest Oysters
    half shell ~17

    Dungeness Crab Rockefeller Dip
    Pernod, spinach, bacon, sweet onion, Pecorino Romano, bacon bread crumbs ~16

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

    classic garlic-herb butter ~13

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

From the Grill

  • El Gaucho Burger
    1/2lb Certified Angus Beef® tenderloin, Niman Ranch All-Natural bacon, NY sharp cheddar cheese, chipotle aioli, lettuce, tomato, onion ~14

    The Mason Burger
    1/2lb Certified Angus Beef® tenderloin, lobster béarnaise sauce ~15

  • A Taste of Gaucho
    dry-aged Niman Ranch All-Natural Certified Angus Beef® top sirloin, lobster, béarnaise ~14

    A Taste of New York
    dry-aged Niman Ranch All-Natural Certified Angus Beef® NY, peppercorn sauce ~14

  • Mini BBQ Beef Sandwiches
    Niman Ranch All-Natural Certified Angus Beef® braised tenderloin, house bbq sauce, jalapeño dill pickle relish ~12

Signature Cocktails

  • Matcha Mojito
    vodka, Matcha Green Tea, muddled limes, simple syrup, mint, club soda ~12

    The Gin Drop
    Whyte Lady Gin, Limoncello, Triple Sec, sweet & sour ~12

    Ancho Chile Margarita
    Milagro Reposado Tequila, Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur, sweet & sour ~16

    Whyte Manhattan
    Whyte Laydie Gin, sweet vermouth, sweet & sour, bitters, Griotte Cherries ~16

    Latitude 57
    Hendrick’s Gin, sweet & sour, lime, orange, serrano ~15

    Cucumber Gin-ger Cosmo
    Whistling Andy Cucumber Gin, ginger, grapefruit, cranberry ~14

    Tequila Mockingbird
    Milagro Silver Tequila, sweet & sour, strawberry, basil, serrano pepper ~16

  • Pink Lemonade
    Lake Chelan grapefruit vodka, sweet & sour, cranberry ~12

    Green Day
    St George Green Chile vodka, sweet & sour, cucumber, cilantro, tonic ~12

    Knob Creek Rye
    El Gaucho Selection

    We went to Kentucky and hand-selected this Straight Rye just for you!

    Gaucho Lemon Drop
    Gaucho Knob Creek Rye, fresh sweet & sour, Fee Brother’s Orange Bitters ~14

    Gaucho Sidecar
    Gaucho Knob Creek Rye, Cointreau, Frangelico, fresh sweet & sour ~16

    Gaucho Sazarac
    Gaucho Knob Creek Rye, Anisette wash, Angostura Bitters, orange peel ~14

  • The $100 Martini
    Stoli Elit, Grand Marnier 100 year, Louis XIII de Remy Martin ~100

    XXX Martini
    Stoli Elit vodka, extra chilled, Roquefort olives ~22

    Tableside Cocktails

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

    Meat & Potatoes
    Chopin Potato vodka, hickory smoke wash, Certified Angus Beef® tenderloin & Roquefort stuffed olives, cocktail onion ~30

General Manager: James Capangpangan  Email | Bio
Executive Chef: Jesus Boites  Email | Bio
Live Music: Sandy Harvey Wednesday–Saturday 6pm. Juan Perez Sunday-Tuesday 5:30pm.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 4–10pm Friday-Saturday: 4pm–12am. Valet parking available. Happy Hour: Sunday-Thursday: All night Happy Hour; Friday: 4-6pm & 9pm–close; Saturday: 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 40 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 75 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.

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

  • 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.

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