Legendary Service

The Gaucho Experience

Seattle • Bellevue • Portland • Tacoma

The El Gaucho experience blends impeccable service and exceptional quality. Our team of talented chefs and dedicated staff provide old school, tableside service for people celebrating their lives. Each ritual, from the greeting at the front door to the fire-dancing desserts, is part of our nod to the past and our vision for how fine dining should remain.

  • A nod to the past while looking to the future

    Seattle’s original El Gaucho was part speak-easy and part Hunt’s breakfast club. That was 1953 and it was run by Jim Ward. By 1985 that era had come to an end. Paul Mackay reopened El Gaucho in 1996 with a simple truth: Guest first mentality, genuine, passionate, hospitable, caring, supportive and engaged. With an element of romance, El Gaucho is now what people dreamed the past was and amplified it for today’s guest.

    El Gaucho Hospitality includes six successful properties. Today, with Paul’s son Chad Mackay at the helm, El Gaucho continues to build on that legacy of quality, exceptional service and dedication to our guests and the people and places around us.

    El Gaucho’s 20 Year History Timeline »

  • The Gaucho Experience. A nod to the past while looking to the future.