Experience El Gaucho Originals: Exotic Dishes and Classic Cocktails Make a Comeback

Like Maxine Nightengale sang, “we’re gonna get right back to where we started from,” El Gaucho is proudly doing the same with its menu as part of our 20th anniversary celebration. Starting September 6th, we are bringing back some of our classic dishes that were offered when El Gaucho first opened its doors in Seattle in November 1996.

Among the original menu items to be featured include: Rack of Venison, Ostrich Fan Filet, Veal Scallopini Marsala, and the Tableside Flaming Lamb Shish Kabab.  These items will join other classics that have never left the menu, including Tableside Flaming Sword Brochette of Tenderloin, Tableside Chateaubriand, and Dungeness Crab Cakes.

El Gaucho Corporate Executive Chef, Ken Sharp, who opened El Gaucho with Paul Mackay, said when he was creating the original menu he, tried to keep the menu simple, but include some unusual items.” To name a few, Buffalo Rib Eye, Partrich, Country Paté, and Gravalox were among those items.  Other dishes have been created along the way, which are now considered iconic in the El Gaucho recipe box: Wicked Shrimp, Tenderloin Diablo and the Southwest Scallop Potato, plus the seasonings that make these dishes: El Gaucho Seasoning, El Gaucho Wicked Spice and El Gaucho Diablo Spice.

Original and location favorite cocktails will also be featured on our menus as part of the celebration.  If you prefer wine, we are offering our own special El Gaucho 20th Anniversary Red – a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from Columbia Valley. This unique wine is produced by a top-Washington winery, and is fabulous to pair with steak. Enjoy a pour by the glass, or purchase your own bottle for only $95 – a steal you won’t want to pass up.

Join us as we celebrate 20 years of El Gaucho!

Original El Gaucho Selections
marsala, wild mushrooms, linguini

New Zealand red deer, grilled over quebracho blanco lump charcoal, finished with a cherry port wine demi glaze

lamb sirloin, peppers, onions, tomato, seared on rotisserie, served with creole sauce

grilled over quebracho blanco lump charcoal, finished with mushroom madeira sauce

Original El Gaucho Cocktails
fresh lemon, egg white, Pisco brandy, simple syrup

Knob Creek Rye, fresh orange, maraschino cherry, Angostura bitters, sugar

Cocktail Favorites from our El Gaucho Locations
mixed berry infused vodka, triple sec, fresh lime, sour

citrus vodka, fresh lemon, Chamboard, powdered sugar rim

Blanton’s single barrel select bourbon, Carpano Antica vermouth, Scrappy’s bitters

vanilla vodka, Chamboard, pineapple juice, sugar rim

Check out our menus online for descriptions and information:
El Gaucho Bellevue
El Gaucho Portland
El Gaucho Seattle
El Gaucho Tacoma

  1. Virginia Lanzilotti

    Was there Wednesday night. When you spend that kind of money you charge you expect it to be exceptional. I ordered from your restaurant week menu. I was treating my family. Did not ask them their opinion, because if somebody else is paying for dinner and you’re not happy I think it is extremely rude . Everything I got was lukewarm. The soup, the mashed potatoes, the fillet and The chocolate ganache by the time it reached the table the ice cream was practically melted. Don’t think I’ll be treating the family there again anytime soon.

    • tamara

      Hi Virginia,

      We are sorry to hear that we missed the mark with your visit. We strive to deliver unparalleled service and exceptional food to our guests and always appreciate hearing their feedback. It sounds as though we missed the mark on more than few aspects of your meal and again, we truly apologize. Our General Manager welcomes the opportunity to talk to you in person to learn more details about your experience. Please reach out to Terianne at the Tacoma location directly at 253-272-1510.

      Thank you again for taking the time to provide feedback and we hope to have the opportunity to serve you again.

  2. Thank you so much for wonderful recipes! What I love about your website most of all is that you post not only great recipes and descriptions but also stunning photos of food! Have a nice day!

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