El Gaucho Portland

The Northwest’s Steakhouse Legacy focused on Old-School, Tableside Service for People Celebrating their Lives

  • 503.227.8794

    319 SW Broadway
    Portland, OR 97205
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  • Located in the historic Benson Hotel in the heart of Portland, guests enter a world of shimmering candlelight, live flamenco guitar music 7 nights a week, 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.

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


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.



  • Chilled Seafood Tower
    king crab leg, lobster tail, dungeness crab, jumbo prawns, snow crab claws ~180

    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

    Seared Foie Gras*
    Hudson Valley, 2 oz ~25

  • Plancha de Calamari
    linguica lemon chick peas, tomato, saffron aioli ~18

    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

    Hokkaido Scallops
    oven roasted, foie gras butter, pancetta bread crumbs ~22

  • Steamed Clams
    chorizo, garlic butter, white wine ~16

    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

    classic garlic-herb butter ~14

Soup & Salad

  • Creamy Clam Chowder
    new england style, bowl ~12

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

    Spicy Oregon Crab Bisque
    cream, tomato, dungeness crab, bowl ~14

  • Classic Wedge Salad
    iceberg, pancetta, egg, tomato, crumbles, kalamata olives, roquefort ~13

    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


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

    Bone-In New York
    18 oz ~76

    Frenched Rib Chop
    18 oz ~72

  • Top Sirloin Diablo
    pacific prawns in our own diablo sauce, yukon gold mashed potatoes ~52

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

    Filet Medallions Oscar
    two 4 oz filets, fresh dungeness crab, asparagus, béarnaise ~74


  • 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


  • Béarnaise ~5
    Roquefort ~5
    Peppercorn ~5
    Chimichurri ~5
    Bordelaise ~7

  • Oscar Style crab, asparagus, béarnaise ~22
    Gaucho Style lobster medallions, asparagus, béarnaise ~22
    North Atlantic Lobster Tail 8-10 oz ~36
    Seared Foie Gras* Hudson Valley, 2 oz ~22


Three fresh seafood selections offered nightly.

  • Ahi Tuna
    grilled, sashimi grade, soy reduction, miso glaze, pickled ginger, wasabi ~56

    Canadian Lobster Tail
    lemon beurre blanc ~75

  • Diver Sea Scallops
    sweet corn, brussels sprouts, smoked bacon, apple cider vin blanc, Oregon hazelnuts ~54

  • Alaskan Halibut
    Grilled Alaskan halibut scallion salsa verde, roasted sweet corn butter, tomato pine nut chow chow ~56

    Grilled Copper River King Salmon
    porcini & morel mushroom vinaigrette, mountain herb beurre blanc ~75

Game & Poultry

  • El Gaucho Fried Chicken
    chimichurri-marinated, caramelized onion gravy, St. John’s salad ~36

  • Columbia River Reserve Oregon
    Rack of Lamb

    all-natural, hazelnut crust, merlot demi-glace, broiled tomato, asparagus ~56

Shareable Sides

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

    Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
    buttery, velvety ~10 / + lobster ~24

    Crispy Brussels Sprouts
    fried, smoked bacon, beurre blanc ~13

  • 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


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 503-227-8794 for information.


Specialties & Classics

  • Mississippi Mud Cake
    warm chocolate cake, espresso and kentucky bourbon, madagascar vanilla bean ice cream ~10

    Crème Brûlée
    Bittersweet chocolate & salted caramel ~10

  • Irish Cream Bread Pudding
    bourbon caramel, chocolate, madagascar vanilla bean ice cream ~12

    Homemade Cheesecake
    new york style with seasonal fruit coulis ~10

  • Robert’s Lemon Cake
    lemon mousse, blackberry sauce ~10

    olympic mountain magic berry ~8

Tableside Flambé

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

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

Happy Hour/Cocktails

Happy Hour

  • 319 Burger
    Niman Ranch All-Natural Certified Angus Beef® aged cheddar & Niman Ranch All-Natural bacon ~14

    Thai Style Chicken Wings
    crushed peanuts, jalapeño, cilantro, lime ~15

    Sticky Ribs
    Malaysian BBQ sauce, cinnamon, black pepper & peanuts ~15

    Pomme Frites
    truffle aioli ~6

  • Steak Frites
    All-Natural Certified Angus Beef® top sirloin, béarnaise, house-cut fries ~18

    Tenderloin Diablo
    sautéed tenderloin tips finished in a cajun style cream sauce ~12

    Fish & Chips
    house made tartar sauce ~13

    Gaucho Mixed Green Salad
    Dijon vinaigrette, candied walnuts & Fuji apples ~6

  • Happy Hour Beverages

    Ginger Cosmo ~7
    Cuke Gin Drop ~7
    El Diablo ~7
    319 Old Fashioned ~7

    Red or White Wine ~7
    Premium Red or
    Sparkling Wine ~10
    Select Beer ~4

Signature Cocktails

  • Strawless
    El Gaucho Portland and many area restaurants have chosen to go strawless. If you would like a straw, please ask. Sometimes a beverage tastes better through a straw, that’s okay! We are trying to reduce one cocktail at a time. “It’s only one straw”, said eight million people.
    #refusesingleuse #stopsucking #saynotoplastic #plasticsucks #refusethestraw ~priceless

    Like most typhoons, this one will knock your socks off. Brace yourself for a flurry of fresh lemon, muddled mint, lemon bitters, Portland’s own Aria gin and a touch of green Chartreuse, shaken and served up. Storm protection provided by El Gaucho. ~15

    True Sazerac
    The Phylloxera outbreak of the mid 1800’s changed the Sazerac as we now know it. Back in the day it featured cognac. So, we step back in time to the early 1800’s with this old timey combo of Hennessy VSOP, Pechaud Bitters, an Herbsaint wash, chilled and served neat with a lemon peel. A true classic revisited. ~19

    You know her, you love her, you can’t live without her. This University of Puget Sound Junior is also an El Gaucho classic. Citrus vodka, fresh lemon and a splash of Chambord are shaken and served up with a powdered sugar rim. Say hello, she may have seated you! ~15

    Simple math: 50% Tanqueray Ten plus 50% Dolin Dry Vermouth, perfectly chilled and served up with 2 olives and a lemon twist, equal 110% deliciousness. ~16

    C.O.W. (Cocktail of the Week)
    Fairly unique, occasionally tropical, mostly fun and always inventive. Go ahead… have a COW! ~13

  • Red Ryder
    Nobody walks by this sharp, well dressed 6th grader without a double take. This combination of Sauza Hornitos, Pama (pomegranate liqueur) and fresh grapefruit will make you stop and enjoy the ride. We love him! You will too. ~14

    Tahitian Honey Bee
    This Trader Vic’s original features fresh lemon. a squeeze of honey, a dash of Fee Brothers bitters and Mt. Gay Eclipse rum, shake it, serve it up, drink it, and keep the ghost alive. ~13

    Beso Del Diablo
    Your angel may be sitting across from you, or it may be the devil’s kiss. El Jimador Blanco, fresh grapefruit, pineapple juice & Matthew’s Habanero “juice” is shaken and served up with a sugared rim. Flip a coin, heads-angel, tails-devil, either way you can’t lose. ~15

    Big Top
    This three ring circus features bourbon barreled Big Gin, Aperol and sweet vermouth performing over ice with an orange peel. Step right up, and be the ring master of your own circus. ~14

    Imagine, if you will, your bartender expertly puts ice into an empty glass, adds a shot of Johnnie Walker Black, a splash of Drambuie and a dash of Cherry Heering, stirs earnestly, pinches an orange peel to finish and gently places this unique creation in front of you, leans forward and says gimme all your money or I’ll call your mother. ~15

    Irwin’s Mule
    Portland has changed a lot since your first Moscow mule, in a copper mug, in this building, fifty years ago. El Gaucho’s Copper mug (in the same historic building) features Belvedere vodka, Cock’n Bull ginger beer and fresh lime. Rich history and an eye toward the future, let’s keep Portland “Special” ~14

Featured Spirit

El Gaucho Portland Woodford Reserve Personal Selection

“We proudly present a unique, hand blended Bourbon by Woodford Reserve’s Master Distiller Chris Morris and the staff here at El Gaucho Portland. Enjoy this complex, one of a kind Bourbon, “G-Blend V” neat, on an ice ball, as a Manhattan or as one of these El Gaucho originals.”

  • G-Blend Classic
    A simple old fashioned featuring G-Blend V, Angostura Bitters, sugar, orange and a muddled Bada Bing Cherry served clean over ice. No frills, classic goodness. ~18

    This unique, muscular manhattan features G-Blend V, Carpano Antica, Regans’ Orange Bitters and a not so subtle wash of Combier Kummel, served up and chilled with an orange peel. This European twist isn’t so much an intrusion as it is a gentle nudge to world peace and ultimate deliciousness. ~19

    Rules of the road; never leave your buddy behind. This combination of G-Blend V, pineapple juice, fresh mint, bitters and Fever Tree Tonic reminds us all – when your pal needs an Uber, as a lookout, get your pal an Uber. We all need a lookout every now and again, especially in Nashville. ~18

  • Foster Brooks
    This tipsy concoction of everybody’s favorite Bananas Foster delivers all of the old school love without the tableside hoopla. Banana infused G-Blend V, maple syrup, Fee Brothers Bitters and a touch of lemon is served up and chilled. Let’s hope this cocktail inspires a classic celebrity roast… tableside. ~18

    Meskel Springs
    Muddle a slice of grapefruit, sugar, Bada Bing cherry and a dash of Peychaud’s Bitters, add a splash of Campari and a shot of G-Blend V, enjoy this Matthew original over ice with a sugar rim. To enjoy Matthew’s original cartoons go to Check Please on ~18

    The Colonel
    This unique Southern gentleman features G-Blend V, a touch of sweet vermouth, a splash of Apricot Brandy, fresh orange and a dash of bitters. Lick your lips, not fingers with “our” original recipe. ~18

General Manager: Gillian Duff  Email | Bio
Executive Chef: Steve Cain  Email | Bio
Live Music: Mariano & Toshi Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Friday 7pm | Masud & Tom Sandahl Wednesday 7pm | Mariano & Masud Saturday 7pm -Sunday 6pm.

Hours: Sunday: 4:30-10pm; Monday-Thursday: 4:30-11pm; Friday-Saturday: 4:30-12am. Valet parking available. Happy Hour: Available in our bar and cigar lounge. Sunday: All night; Monday-Friday: 4:30-6pm & 10pm-close; Saturday: 10pm-close. (Bar & Cigar Lounge only. Not available on holidays).

El Gaucho Portland

  • “BEST Steaks, BEST Oysters Rockefeller, Best Cocktails! This is a very expensive restaurant but worth even more for the delicious food and outstanding service! The two piece acoustic guitar group was amazing and perfect for this intimate dining experience. We stayed an additional 30 minutes to savor our dessert, madeira and atmosphere. We felt welcome and not rushed. We will be back again for our anniversary next year!
    ~Trip Advisor | 1/8/2016

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 elegantly appointed Gold Room is ideal for any special occasion or corporate presentation. Enjoy flexible seating for as many as 30 guests.

  • The Vintage Room is an impressive and intimate setting for private gatherings or entertaining your most valued clients. Surrounded by our working wine cellar, the room’s table will accommodate up to 16 guests.

  • Want us all to yourself? Our Main Dining Room can seat up to 90 guests. The whole restaurant can seat up to 175.

  • The entire Bar can be used for a seated dinner and can accommodate 45 guests or for a lively cocktail reception for up to 50.

  • Our premium and classically appointed Cigar Lounge is open nightly and features flat-screen TV’s to watch your favorite teams. Full menu is available, along with high-end spirits, and top-notch cigars. Seats 25.

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