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El Gaucho

2505 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA, 98121, United States
TEL: (206) 728-1337

Seattle's original El Gaucho was a circa-1950's tavern/restaurant that lasted into the mid-80's. Current owner Paul Mackay revived the brand in 1996, nurturing it into a legendary—and theatrical—steakhouse. El Gaucho channels a decidedly old-school vibe: waiters wear tuxedoes, women are escorted to the ladies' room, and a pianist performs live each night. Food prep here is a spectator sport, complete with flaming swords and desserts. Twenty-eight-day, dry-aged Prime Angus steaks, as well as ribs, pork, poultry, and seafood, are prepared over an open charcoal grill, the main focal point of the restaurant. 

Insider Tip:

During football season, games are broadcast in the Cigar Room, which in spite of the name now prohibits tobacco products due to Washington State law. 


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Bar Dining
  • Dinner
  • Full Bar
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Live Music
  • Open Kitchen/Watch the Chef
  • Private Room Available
  • Private Dining/Party Space

Cuisine Type:: Steakhouse


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