El Gaucho Tacoma’s 10 Year Anniversary!

A decade ago, El Gaucho owner Paul Mackay noticed that many guests from the south were driving up to dine at El Gaucho Seattle. With the anticipated openings of new Tacoma venues, like the Glass and Le May museums, Paul felt that Tacoma had a need for a fine-dining establishment. The time was right to open another El Gaucho*, and El Gaucho Tacoma was born. We are now celebrating its 10th anniversary!

It is a fair assessment to say that Tacoma has experienced a type of Renaissance in the last decade. Shortly after opening our doors, the Tacoma Glass Museum moved to its new location on Pacific Avenue, and we welcomed the new Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Other notable venues, like the Chambers Golf Course, Hotel Murano, and Le May Car Museum, have also moved into the area within the last 10 years, certainly adding to the city’s cultural vitality.

These, of course, are the newsworthy openings and events we all publicly celebrate. At El Gaucho, we are honored to also be a place where people in Tacoma come to celebrate their lives. Whether it’s a birthday or anniversary, a promotion or signed business deal, we revel in helping guests create a night to remember, and we look forward to continuing to be a part of those celebrations for many years to come.

In honor of its 10th anniversary, El Gaucho Tacoma is offering a special menu of ten starters and sides, and a trio of desserts, for $10 each. Take advantage of classics like the Wicked Shrimp or Tenderloin Diablo, which was created at El Gaucho Tacoma, or try something new, like the Rutabaga Beluga Lentil Hash (a tasty treat with bacon and sherry butter). The Calamari, with roasted poblano aioli, is a special item offered only on our Tacoma menu, and the Creamy Polenta, with semolina, red pepper, and Reggiano Parmesan, makes a special appearance, just for our anniversary.

What would an anniversary celebration be without libations? Ten Tacoma-themed cocktails are offered, for $10 each as well. Try the Pintages Lemonada, El Gaucho Roca, TNT-ini (Tacoma News Tribune) or Point Defiance Bliss, as our nod to some of Tacoma’s notable spots. Or, how about trying the Thea Foss’ Starry Night, Bennett’s Silver Lining, or the Bing Crosby, as we pay homage to some of the more popular citizens of Tacoma?

We will be celebrating our anniversary through Sunday, September 30th. Join us in raising a glass to reflect the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future. Cheers!

*El Gaucho opened in Seattle in 1996, and Portland in 2000

  1. Tanya Buydos

    I am bringing my mom to your restaurant on 10/7 at 7pm to celebrate her 75th birthday. I live in St. Louis and I am meeting her in Phoenix…she lives there… And we are flying to Portland as she has always wanted to see Oregon. My question: do you have a special birthday dessert or is there something I could do to persuade our server to make just a little fuss about her birthday?

    • carlye

      Hello Tanya,

      We would be more than happy to help you make your Mom’s birthday an extra special occasion. We are able to accomdate many special requests, and we encourage you to contact the restaurant directly so they can help you plan your perfect dinner. You can reach El Gaucho Portland’s front desk at this number: (503) 227-8794 . We look forward to celebrating with you!

      Have a wonderful day.

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