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 & Special Hours
    We are closed on Christmas Day & New Year’s Day.
    Christmas Eve: open 4-8pm; New Year’s Eve: open 4-11pm.

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.

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. To make that possible, a 20% service charge is included on each check. El Gaucho retains 100% of the service charge. For more information on our service charge, please read here.

*State law requires us to inform you that consuming raw or under-cooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.


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

    Grilled Octopus
    sweet beet potato puree, iberico chorizo, charred poblano pepper paste ~19

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

    Dungeness Crab Cocktail
    sesame Fuji apple slaw ~19
    + prawns ~24

    Fresh Dungeness Crab Cakes
    deep fried, basil aioli ~20

  • Diver Sea Scallops
    sherry current butter, fresh figs ~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

  • Classic Wedge Salad
    iceberg, pancetta, egg, tomato, crumbles, castleventrano olives, roquefort ~14

    Beet Burrata Salad
    orange vinaigrette, toasted hazelnuts, serrano ham, roasted herb beets ~14

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

  • Tableside Spinach Salad
    bacon apple cider brandy vinaigrette, shiitake mushrooms, goat cheese, smoked bacon, candied pecans ~16

    Tableside Caesar Salad
    classically made from scratch
    minimum two ~ 16 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 ~45

    Filet Mignon
    8 & 12 oz ~60 / 74

    New York Steak
    14 oz ~68

    Peppercorn New York
    14 oz ~71

  • Frenched Rib Chop
    18 oz, bone-in rib eye ~74

    Bone-In New York
    18 oz ~76

    Steak El Gaucho
    8 oz custom-aged filet mignon, Maine lobster medallions, asparagus, béarnaise sauce ~79

    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 baked potato, asparagus, broiled tomato, cliff sauce ~138

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

Add-ons

  • Béarnaise ~6
    Roquefort ~6
    Peppercorn ~6
    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
    Grilled Prawns* three ~18
    Diver Sea Scallops* three ~18

Game, Poultry & Seafood

Three fresh seafood selections offered nightly.

  • Chilean Seabass
    sautéed kale, parsnip puree, charred lemon half ~60

    Black Cod
    honey miso glazed cod, sautéed baby bok choy ~56

    Ahi Tuna*
    seasonal preparation ~56

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

    Roasted Jumbo Gulf Prawns
    dungeness crab, miso ginger sauce, shiitake and herb salad ~48

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

  • Pacific Northwest Rack of Lamb
    all-natural grilled lamb, winter squash risotto, peppercorn sauce ~56

    Oven Crisped Chicken*
    roasted corn & mushroom ragout ~32

Shareable Sides

  • Gaucho Mac & Cheddar Cheese
    bread crumb topping ~12 / + dungeness crab   30

    Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
    sweet butter, sour cream ~11

    Scalloped Potatoes
    a hint of spice ~12

  • Roasted Sweet Corn
    chipotle honey butter ~13

    Sautéed Spinach
    olive oil, garlic, chili flakes, lemon ~ 11

    Asparagus
    lemon beurre blanc ~13

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

    Tableside Baked Potato
    russet, butter, sharp cheddar cheese sauce, scallions, fluffed tableside ~9

Vegetarian

Starters

  • Beet Burrata Salad
    orange vinaigrette, toasted hazelnuts, serrano ham, roasted herb beets ~14

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

  • Apple Salad
    mixed greens, apples, almonds, maple-dijon vinaigrette ~10

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 ~11

    Roasted Sweet Corn
    chipotle honey butter ~13

  • Southwest Scalloped Potatoes
    creamy with a hint of spice ~12

    Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
    sweet butter, sour cream ~13

  • Asparagus
    lemon beurre blanc ~13

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 of $30 per 750 ML bottle with a limit of one bottle for every two people. For larger groups with multiple bottles, please inquire within the restaurant. Captain service and crystal stemware will be provided. 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

    Olympic Mountain Sorbet
    ~5

  • 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, chipotle mayo, 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

    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

    Carnita Tacos
    pork carnita, iceberg lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, chipotle mayo ~9

    Steak Sliders
    filet, fresh horseradish, chimichurri, french fries ~10

    Shiitake Mushroom Sliders
    katsu breaded shiitake mushroom, truffle coleslaw, cornichon, tomato ~10

  • 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
    Sparkling White ~10
    Captain’s Choice Red or White ~10

    Beer
    Crikey IPA ~5
    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, chipotle mayo, 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

    Diablo Fried Prawns
    fried prawns, corn tortilla strips, chipotle mayo ~15

  • Carnita Tacos
    pork carnita, iceberg lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, chipotle mayo ~14

    Steak Sliders
    filet, fresh horseradish, chimichurri, french fries ~15

    Shiitake Mushroom Sliders
    katsu breaded shiitake mushroom, truffle coleslaw, cornichon, tomato ~14

    Grilled Octopus
    sweet beet potato puree, iberico chorizo, charred poblano pepper paste ~19

Signature Cocktails

  • The Wheatley Martini
    cold filtered to release impurities, up, twist ~15

    Gaucho Cosmo
    mixed berry infused vodka, triple sec, cranberry, fresh lime, sour ~13

    Maple Old Fashioned
    rittenhouse rye, angostura and orange bitters, maple sugar syrup ~14

    Barrel-Aged Gaucho Manhattan
    straight kentucky bourbon, cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth, bitters ~14

  • Little Chief
    four roses bourbon, amaro, Drambuie, angostura bitters ~14

    Apple Cider Refresher
    four roses bourbon, simple syrup, sparkling cider, muddled cucumber ~14

    Cinnamon Mule
    house made cinnamon rum, ginger beer, angostura bitters, simple syrup, lime ~13

  • Vieux Carré
    woodinville rye, hennessey, d.o.m. bénédictine, sweet vermouth, peychaud’s bitters, angostura bitters ~16

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

    Marilyn
    house infused vodka, aperol, fresh lemon lime juice, simple syrup, topped with champagne ~15


General Manager, El Gaucho Seattle: Jacob Lawrence  Email | Bio
Executive Chef: Jonathan Garcia   Email | Bio
Live Music: Paul Richardson Tuesday–Thursday 6pm. Cara Sandahl Friday–Saturday 6pm. 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.



  • “This place is the absolute best! We’ve never had a bad meal there and the service is fantastic!” ~ K Kyle, Saturday, June 22, 2019


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. The Pampas room is available 7 days a week for private events.

  • 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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