Downtown

El Gaucho Seattle

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

  • 206.728.1337

    2505 First Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98121
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  • 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.


Holiday Closures
We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day.

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.

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.

Dinner

Starters

  • Wicked Shrimp
    sautéed with our custom wicked spice ~18

    Tenderloin Diablo
    sautéed tenderloin tips, cajun cream sauce ~18

    Steak Tartare
    tableside preparation ~23

  • Ahi Tuna Poke*
    smoked soy, ginger, roasted garlic ~18

    Dungeness Crab Cocktail
    fresh horseradish, cocktail sauce ~18
    + prawns ~23

    Fresh Dungeness Crab Cakes
    lightly sautéed, basil aioli ~18

  • Diver Sea Scallops
    lemon beurre blanc ~18

    Escargot
    classic garlic-herb butter ~14

    Northwest Oysters
    1/2 dozen, fresh, half shell ~18

Soup & Salad

  • Creamy Clam Chowder
    new england style, bowl ~12

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

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

  • Delicata Squash Salad
    Bibb lettuce, dried cherries, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds, roasted delicata squash, pomegranate vinaigrette ~12

    Tableside Spinach Salad
    shiitake mushrooms, bacon, candied pecans, hardboiled egg ~15

    Seafood Salad
    iceberg, cucumber, tomato, castlevetrano olives, avocado, prawns, crab, green goddess dressing ~26

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

    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 ~42

    Filet Mignon
    8 & 12 oz ~58 / 74

    New York Steak
    14 oz ~68

    Peppercorn New York
    14 oz ~71

  • Frenched Rib Chop
    18 oz ~74

    Bone-In New York
    18 oz ~76

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

    Filet Medallions Oscar
    two 4 oz filets, fresh dungeness crab, asparagus, béarnaise ~77

  • Northwest Grass-fed Filet
    wild mushrooms, bordelaise ~58

    Steak Trio
    4 oz new york ~ snow crab claw & béarnaise sauce
    4 oz filet mignon ~ prawns & diablo sauce
    4 oz top sirloin ~ mashed potatoes, crispy shallots & porcini truffle butter
    ~90

Tableside

  • Chateaubriand
    An El Gaucho tradition for two! 20 oz center cut of tenderloin
    served with 2 baked potatoes, red chimichurri, cliff sauce, and choice of two shareable sides ~135

  • Flaming Sword Mixed Grill Brochette
    filet mignon, New York, linguica, red chimichurri, white garlic sauce ~58

Add-ons

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

  • Oscar Style crab, asparagus, béarnaise ~22
    Gaucho Style lobster medallions, asparagus, béarnaise ~22
    Canadian Lobster Tail 8-10 oz ~36
    King Crab Leg lemon beurre blanc ~49
    Seared Foie Gras pan sauce ~25 / + cherry port wine demi-glace ~30

Game, Poultry & Seafood

Three fresh seafood selections offered nightly.

  • Alaskan Troll-Caught King Salmon*
    seasonal preparation ~60

    Halibut*
    seasonal preparation ~58

    Canadian Lobster Tail*
    14-16 oz, drawn butter ~75

  • Ahi Tuna*
    seasonal preparation ~54

    Diver Sea Scallops & Grilled Prawn Linguine*
    seasonal preparation ~38

  • Superior Farms Pacific Northwest Rack of Lamb*
    all-natural, curry corn puree, dried cherries roasted butternut squash ~56

    Oven Crisped Chicken*
    roasted corn & mushroom ragout ~32

Shareable Sides

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

    Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
    sweet butter, sour cream ~13

    Scalloped Potatoes
    a hint of spice ~11

    Honey Nut Squash
    roasted honey nut squash, curry granola ~12

  • Brussels Sprouts
    bacon, wicked spice, blood orange balsamic ~13

    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

  • Delicata Squash Salad
    Bibb lettuce, dried cherries, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds, roasted delicata squash, pomegranate vinaigrette ~12

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


Entrées

  • Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli
    garlic, cream, reggiano parmesean ~23

  • Roasted Vegetable Quinoa
    chimichurri ~25

  • Butternut Squash Ravioli
    garlic, brandy cream sauce, rosemary, thyme, chantrelles ~28

Sides

  • Sautéed Spinach
    olive oil, garlic, chili flakes, lemon ~10

    Roasted Sweet Corn
    chipotle honey butter ~12

  • Southwest Scalloped Potatoes
    creamy with a hint of spice ~9

    Honey Nut Squash
    roasted honey nut squash, curry granola ~12

  • Asparagus
    lemon beurre blanc ~12

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 206.728.1337 for information.

Dessert

Specialties & Classics

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

    Crème Brûlée
    classic ~9

  • Chocolate Bourbon Cake
    caramel sauce, candied pecans ~10

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

  • Baileys Bread Pudding
    baileys irish cream, caramel, chocolate, vanilla ice cream ~12

    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

  • Spanish Coffee
    (for 2 or more)
    house-infused chai tea brandy, coffee liqueurs, irish cream infused whipped cream, flaming cinnamon & sugar ~16 per person

Bar/Happy Hour

Happy Hour

  • 410 Burger*
    1/2 lb Niman Ranch Certified Angus Beef®, New York Cheddar Cheese, bacon, 1000 island dressing, brioche bun, duck fat fries ~13

    Steak Sandwich*
    8 oz sirloin, Gaucho baguette, chimichurri, cheese, duck fat fries ~16

    Tenderloin Diablo*
    tenderloin sautéed in cajun style cream sauce ~15

    Thai Sticky Ribs
    sweet soy, brown sugar, black pepper, sweet Thai chili ~12

    Gaucho Mac & Cheese
    gemelli pasta, English Coastal Cheddar, bread crumb topping ~7

    Wicked Shrimp
    four large prawns sautéed with our custom Wicked Spice ~12

    Ahi Tuna Poke*
    smoked soy, ginger, roasted garlic ~15

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

  • Gaucho Cosmo
    citrus infused vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry, lemon & lime juice ~10

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

    Moscow Mule
    house ginger vodka, fresh lime, ginger beer copper mug ~10


    Wine
    House Red or White ~6
    Captain’s Choice Red or White ~10
    Saviah Malbec 2012 ~10
    Rombauer Caneros Chardonnay 2014 ~18

    Beer
    Crikey IPA ~6
    Maritime Old Seattle Lager ~5
    Manny’s Pale Ale ~5
    Bodhizafa IPA ~5
    Seasonal Rotating tap ~5

Bar Bites

  • Thai Sticky Ribs
    sweet soy, brown sugar, black pepper, sweet Thai chili ~15

    Tenderloin Diablo*
    tenderloin sautéed in cajun style cream sauce ~18

    Gaucho Mac & Cheese
    gemelli pasta, English Coastal Cheddar, bread crumb topping ~12

  • Duck Fat Fries
    truffle aioli ~8 / + diablo spice ~11

    Steak Sandwich*
    8 oz sirloin, Gaucho baguette, chimichurri, cheese, duck fat fries ~18

    410 Burger*
    1/2 lb Niman Ranch Certified Angus Beef®, New York Cheddar Cheese, bacon, 1000 island dressing, brioche bun, duck fat fries ~16

  • Ahi Tuna Poke*
    smoked soy, ginger, roasted garlic ~18

    Wicked Shrimp
    four large prawns sautéed with our custom Wicked Spice ~15

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

Signature Cocktails

  • Gaucho Elit Martini
    stoli elit vodka, triple distilled, triple filtered, perfectly shaken lemon twist ~21

    Rosemary Ricky
    cucumber-muddled gin, lemon juice, rosemary syrup, topped with Champagne & soda ~15

    Gaucho Refresher
    tanqueray, muddled lemon, lime and basil, honey syrup and soda ~14

    Sunny Daze
    house bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, peach shrub, soda ~13

  • Barrel-Aged Gaucho Manhattan
    Straight Kentucky Bourbon, cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth, bitters ~13

    Gaucho Cosmo
    mixed berry infused vodka, triple sec, cranberry, fresh lime, sour ~12

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

    Gaucho Paloma
    Tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, blood orange balsamic reduction, ginger beer ~14

  • Tableside Cocktail

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


General Manager: Stephanie Mulein  Email | Bio
Executive Chef: Jonathan Garcia   Email | Bio
Live Music: Daniel Davison Tuesday–Saturday 6pm. Alexey Nikolaev Thursday 8pm. Eric Verline Sunday & Monday 6pm. Josephine Howell Sunday 7pm.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday: Lounge 4-10pm; 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.

Downtown El Gaucho Seattle - Where it all began: Swanky. Nostalgic. Ritualistic. Personalized. Spirited.



  • “Incomparable service. I have been living in Seattle for a year and half and have never received anything like the immaculate, perfect attention I received warm, unpretentious, yet attentive to every detail: napkin placed on my lap for me, flashlight provided for reading the menu, handshake and asked for my name by both Maitre D’s and the bartender even though I was only there for an appetizer (had 2 because the food was so delicious which I’ll come to later), great recommendations on food, well-deserved pride in service and the menu, excellent timing and anticipation of every need without being over-serving and a genuine feeling of being welcomed and not rushed. In addition the ambience is lovely. You can dress casual but make no mistake this is an authentic candle lit steakhouse with a delightful live piano player, table side service (including baked potato fluffed for you) and a beautifully decorated floor plan that dances with a warm, gentle, timeless energy.”
    ~Yelp| Dave G., 3/30/18


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 Rosellini’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. Dinner seating for as many as 26 guests.

  • 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 100 guests and up to 140 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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