Downtown

El Gaucho Tacoma

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

  • 253.272.1510

    2119 Pacific Avenue
    Tacoma, WA 98402
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  • 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.


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. 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.

Join us for Tacoma Restaurant Week

October 20–31 • Sunday through Thursday
Dinner: 3 courses for $30 | View Menu »


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

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

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

    Ahi Tuna Poke
    habanero & jalapeño chimichurri, scallions, fried ginger, sesame, smoked soy sauce, wontons ~18

    Grilled Spanish Octopus
    guajillo aioli, chimichurri, arugula, charred lemon ~18

  • Fresh Dungeness Crab Cakes
    lightly sautéed, apple & fennel slaw, herb aioli ~18

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

    Diver Sea Scallops
    lemon beurre blanc ~18

    Escargot
    classic garlic-herb butter ~14

Soup & Salad

  • Creamy Clam Chowder
    new england style, bowl ~12

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

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

  • Mixed Green Salad
    apples, walnuts, shallot vinaigrette ~11

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

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

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

    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

    Frenched Rib Chop
    18 oz ~72

  • New York Steak
    14 oz ~68

    Peppercorn New York
    14 oz ~71

    Bone-In New York
    18 oz ~76

  • Top Sirloin & Prawns
    bacon fat potatoes, chimichurri ~48

    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

Tableside

  • Chateaubriand
    An El Gaucho tradition for two! 20 oz center cut of tenderloin served with baked potatoes, asparagus, broiled tomato, cliff sauce ~135

  • Flaming Sword Mixed Grill Brochette
    tenderloin, new york, wicked chicken sausage, bell peppers, red chimichurri, garlic sauce ~58

Add-ons

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

  • Oscar Style crab, asparagus, béarnaise ~22
    Gaucho Style lobster medallions, asparagus, béarnaise ~22
    Maine Lobster Tail 8-10 oz ~40
    Canadian Lobster Tail 14-16 oz ~75
    King Crab Leg 1 ~49 / 2 ~98

Seafood

Three fresh seafood selections offered nightly.

  • 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

    fresh herb, lemon beurre blanc ~38

Game & Poultry

  • Columbia River Reserve Oregon
    Rack of Lamb

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

  • El Gaucho Fried Chicken
    mashed potatoes, sweet onion & tomato gravy, St. John’s salad ~36


Shareable Sides

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

    Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
    buttery, velvety ~9 / + lobster ~24

    Crispy Brussel Sprouts
    balsamic reduction, beurre blanc, pancetta ~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

Vegetarian

Starters

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

  • Seasonal Mixed Greens
    apples, walnuts, shallot vinaigrett ~12


Entrées

  • Vegetable Pasta
    linguini, olive oil, onions, mix mushrooms, tomatoes, chili flakes ~24

  • Vegetable Brochette ~24 | Served with choice of:
    Quinoa: red bell peppers, red onions, cucumbers, olive oil, mint, basil & Gaucho seasoning.
    Faro: red bell peppers, spinach, mix mushrooms & parmesan cheese.
    Additional Grilled Vegetables: asparagus & broccoli. (vegan)

Sides

  • Sautéed Spinach
    olive oil, garlic, chili flakes, lemon ~8

    Asparagus
    drizzled lemon beurre blanc ~12

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

  • Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
    buttery, velvety ~9

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 253-272-1510 for information.

Dessert

Specialties & Classics

  • Crème Brûlée
    classic ~10

    Spiced Stuffed Caramel Apple
    baked granny smith apple, pecans, hazelnuts, cranberries, bourbon caramel sauce, salted caramel ice cream ~10

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

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

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

    Banana Bread Pudding
    crème anglaise ~12

  • Homemade Cheesecake
    strawberry coulis ~10

    Olympic Mountain Sorbet
    seasonal ~5

Tableside Flambé

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

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

Dessert Cocktails

  • Night Out In Japan
    toki blended japanese whisky, patron XO café, dark crème de cacao ~14

    Espresso Martini
    vanilla vodka, kahlua, five farms irish cream, godiva chocolate liqueur, espresso ~14

  • Tiramisu Martini
    kahlua, rumchata, godiva chocolate liqueur, heavy cream, chocolate & espresso powder ~14

    Grand Alexander
    grand marnier Cuvée louis alexandre, dark crème de cacao, cream ~$18

  • Gaucho Irish Coffee
    slane irish whiskey, five farms irish cream, coffee, vanilla infused whipped cream ~12

Bar/Happy Hour

Happy Hour

  • Insane Truffle Soup
    white truffle oil, wild mushrooms, cream ~6

    Fall Argula Salad
    mandarin, goat cheese, candied pecans, cranberry vinaigrette ~12

    Wicked Shrimp
    sautéed with our custom wicked spice ~15

    Chef’s Pork Belly
    apple compote, bourbon barrel-aged mapled syrup ~12

    Crusted Brie
    pecan panko crust, cherry balsamic reduction, clover honey ~12

    Fried Calamari
    roasted poblano aioli ~10

  • Diablo Fries
    cajun seasoned, NY sharp cheddar cheese sauce, habanero, jalapeno ~6

    Dungeness Crab Mac & Cheese
    crab, coastal cheddar cream sauce, bacon bread crumbs ~12

    Tenderloin Diablo
    sautéed tenderloin tips, cajun cream sauce ~15

    Braised Beef Street Tacos
    tomatillo salsa, onion, cilantro, sliced radish ~7

    Ahi Tuna Poke*
    habanero & jalapeño chimichurri, scallions, fried ginger, sesame, smoked soy sauce, wontons ~12

    Grilled Spanish Octopus
    guajillo aioli, chimichurri, arugula, charred lemon ~16

  • ~ From the Grill ~

    El Gaucho Burger
    1/2 lb certified angus beef® tenderloin, niman ranch all-natural bacon, ny sharp cheddar cheese, chipotle aioli, lettuce, tomato, onion ~11

    Grilled Steak Sandwich
    dry-aged niman ranch all-natural certified angus beef® top sirloin cap steak, NY white cheddar, au jus ~13

    Chef John’s Jalapeño Burger
    1/2 lb certified angus beef® tenderloin, niman ranch all-natural bacon, ny white cheddar, poblano aioli, napa cabbage slaw, red & green fried jalapeños ~12

    A Taste of Gaucho
    dry-aged niman ranch all-natural certified angus beef® top sirloin, lobster, béarnaise ~17

Happy Hour Drinks

  • ~ COCKTAILS ~
    Gaucho Cosmo
    triple berry infused vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, sweet & sour ~9

    Strawberry Limeade Mule
    strawberry & lime infused rum, ginger syrup, sweet & sour, topped with soda ~9

    Gaucho Bear
    triple berry infused vodka, peach schnapps, sour, splash sprite ~8

    Earl Grey Fashion
    earl grey infused bourbon, simple syrup, orange bitters, peychaud bitters, charred lemon peel ~9

    Blueberry Lemondrop
    citrus infused vodka, blueberry purée,
    orange liqueur ~7

    Classic Margarita
    tequila, orange liqueur, sweet & sour, fresh lime ~7

  • ~ $11 PREMIUM COCKTAILS ~
    Crop Harvest Organic Vodka Martini
    Farmer’s Organic Gin Martini
    Larceny Manhattan
    Old Forester Rye Manhattan
    Highland Queen Rob Roy

    ~ CAPTAIN’S WINE SELECTION ~
    Red Wine

    6 glass / 20 bottle

    Captain’s Choice Red
    10 glass / 35 bottle

    Sparkling Wine
    6 glass / 25 bottle

    White Wine
    6 glass / 20 bottle

    Captain’s Choice White
    8 glass / 25 bottle

  • ~ $5 DRAFT BEERS ~
    Crossbuck Brewery Hazy Schmazy IPA
    Crossbuck Brewery Pilsner
    Crossbuck Brewery Widdifue Strong Scotch Ale

    ~ $6 DRAFT BEERS ~
    Bodhizafa IPA
    Mac & Jack’s
    Odd Otter Ottermelon Hefeweizen

Signature Appetizers

  • Insane Truffle Soup
    white truffle oil, wild mushrooms, cream ~12

    Fall Arugula Salad
    mandarin, goat cheese candied pecans, cranberry vinaigrette ~14

    Wicked Shrimp
    sautéed with our custom wicked spice ~18

    Chef’s Pork Belly
    apple compote, bourbon barrel-aged mapled syrup ~14

    Crusted Brie
    pecan panko crust, cherry balsamic reduction, clover honey ~14

    Fried Calamari
    roasted poblano aioli ~12

  • Diablo Fries
    cajun seasoned, NY sharp cheddar cheese sauce, habanero, jalapeno ~8

    Dungeness Crab Mac & Cheese
    crab, coastal cheddar cream sauce, bacon bread crumbs ~14

    Tenderloin Diablo
    sautéed tenderloin tips, cajun cream sauce ~18

    Braised Beef Street Tacos
    tomatillo salsa, onion, cilantro, sliced radish ~9

    Ahi Tuna Poke*
    habanero & jalapeno chimichurri, scallions, fried ginger, sesame, smoked soy sauce, wontons ~17

  • ~ From the Grill ~

    El Gaucho Burger
    1/2 lb certified angus beef® tenderloin, niman ranch all-natural bacon, ny sharp cheddar cheese, chipotle aioli, lettuce, tomato, onion ~14

    Grilled Steak Sandwich
    dry-aged niman ranch all-natural certified angus beef® top sirloin cap steak, NY white cheddar, au jus ~17

    Grilled Spanish Octopus
    guajillo aioli, chimichurri, arugula, charred lemon ~18

    Chef John’s Jalapeño Burger
    1/2 lb certified angus beef® tenderloin, niman ranch all-natural bacon, ny white cheddar, poblano aioli, napa cabbage slaw, red & green fried jalapeños ~15

    A Taste of Gaucho
    dry-aged niman ranch all-natural certified angus beef® top sirloin, lobster, béarnaise ~19

Signature Cocktails

  • Tacoma Paloma
    barrel-aged sauza tequila, grapefruit liqueur, white grapefruit juice, agave syrup, lime ~13

    Old Fashioned No. 23
    ron zacapa centenario 23 solera rum, orange bitters, agave simple syrup ~16

    Michter’s Black Bow Tie
    michter’s single barrel Rye, foro amaro, whiskey barrel-aged bitters ~20

    Strawberry Limeade Mule
    strawberry & lime infused rum, house-made ginger syrup, sour, soda ~12

    Gaucho Barrel-Aged Manhattan
    captain’s choice kentucky bourbon, maraschino cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth, cherry brandy, peychaud bitters ~16

    Gaucho Cosmo
    triple berry infused vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, sweet & sour ~13

  • Pineapple Daiquiri
    plantation stiggins fancy pineapple rum, fresh lime juice, vanilla simple syrup ~12

    Spanish Gin & Tonic
    hendricks gin, shaken cucumber ribbon, grapefruit bitters, tonic, topped with peppercorn ~14

    Paper Plane
    larceny kentucky straight bourbon, aperol, foro amaro, lemon juice ~14

    Ultra Kickin’ Mule
    herradura ultra anejo, muddled lime & jalapenos, house-made ginger syrup, agave simple syrup, sweet & sour, topped with soda ~16

    Girls Night Out
    citrus infused vodka, giffard passionfruit liqueur, giffard lichi-li liqueur, cranberry, orange & pineapple juice ~13

  • Gaucho Penicillan
    johnnie walker black label, compass box the peat monster, honey ginger syrup, simple syrup, lemon juice ~16

    Night Out In Japan
    toki blended japanese whisky, patron XO café, dark crème de cacao ~14

    Reposado Manhattan (The Phaedra)
    casamigos reposado, angostura, peychaud’s & orange bitters, luxardo cherry juice, sweet vermouth ~15

    XXX Martini
    stoli elit vodka, bleu cheese stuffed olives ~22

    Hickory Manhattan
    eagle rare 10 year, hickory smoke wash, carpano antica formula vermouth, angostura bitters, luxardo cherries ~35


General Manager: Terianne Broyles Email | Bio
Executive Chef: Jesus Boites  Email | Bio
Live Music: Sandy Harvey Friday–Saturday 6pm. Cara Sandahl: Sunday 5:30pm; Monday – Thursday 6pm.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday: Lounge 4–10pm; Dinner Service begins at 5pm. Friday & Saturday: Lounge 4–12am; Dinner Service begins at 4pm. Valet parking available. Happy Hour: Sunday & Monday: 4-10pm; Tuesday-Friday: 4-6pm & 9pm–close; Saturday: 4pm-5pm & 9pm–close. (Bar only. Not available on holidays).

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



  • “The best dinner date my husband and I have ever had. Everything was perfect from the service to food, entertainment, drinks, and even recommendations. We will definitely be going back again.” ~ 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 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 26 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 50 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.

  • 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.

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

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