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#TBT El Gaucho opened with a designated cigar room, which quickly became the place to see and be seen in Seattle. On the weekends there would be a red velvet rope reminiscent of Studio 54 with a line waiting to get in. Due to its popularity, a separate Cigar Club was built out for members only, which were those who owned personal humidors. This comissioned painting featured characters include “the regulars”: Frank Isernio, founder of Isernio’s sausage, Cigar Manager/Captain Michael Don Ricco, and Joe Toro, (now retired) a Longshoreman who “ran the docks.” Michael Don Ricco was named “Mr. Hospitality.” #Gaucho20
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#TBT After Paul Mackay opened El Gaucho Seattle in 1996, he made a conscious decision to#TBT After Paul Mackay opened El Gaucho Seattle in 1996, he made a conscious decision to adorn the empty restaurant walls with commissioned art. The paintings would serve multiple purposes: to tell the story behind the people, or “players” in El Gaucho’s history (both guests and staff alike); to use for advertising and marketing; and to give a local artist business and recognition.
Paul chose Nina Mikhailenko, a Russian born and educated artist, now local, whose paintings are full of energy, color, and motion. His first impression of her work was not stirring, until he saw one piece of five waiters outside of a New Orleans Restaurant. It struck a chord, and he commissioned his first painting, “Elegance", in 1997. Since then Paul and Nina have worked together to add more than 20 paintings to the El Gaucho collection. #Gaucho20 adorn the empty restaurant walls with commissioned art. The paintings would serve multiple purposes: to tell the story behind the people, or “players” in El Gaucho’s history (both guests and staff alike); to use for advertising and marketing; and to give a local artist business and recognition. Paul chose Nina Mikhailenko, a Russian born and educated artist, now local, whose paintings are full of energy, color, and motion. His first impression of her work was not stirring, until he saw one piece of five waiters outside of a New Orleans Restaurant. It struck a chord, and he commissioned his first painting, “Elegance", in 1997. Since then Paul and Nina have worked together to add more than 20 paintings to the El Gaucho collection. #Gaucho20
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#TBT Paul Mackay reopened El Gaucho 20 years ago this year, on November 30, 1996 at the corner of First and Wall with a simple truth: Guest first mentality, genuine, passionate, hospitable, caring, supportive and engaged. With an element of romance, El Gaucho is now what people dreamed the past was and amplified it for today’s guest. #Gaucho20
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#tbt 20 years ago this concrete box began it's transformation into El Gaucho. People thought Paul Mackay was off his rocker when he wanted to build a high-end restaurant in the middle of the mess of Belltown, but he knew when guests walked through the doors they would be transported to another time of service, elegance, and a tableside show. #gaucho20
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If you’re looking to shed a few pounds before swimsuit season fully arrives, then add this Arugula and Shaved Beet Salad to your eating plan. It’s easy and quick to make (no need to roast the beets) and to top it off, it’s healthy and delicious! It’s also on our menus through the month of June http://ow.ly/wm4L300LDRl
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We will be closed today for Memorial Day. We apologize for this inconvenience, and we look forward to serving you tomorrow. Cheers!
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El Gaucho Portland Executive Chef Steve Cain has created this easy, no-guilt recipe that is sure to become one of your favorite go-to side dishes: Sauteed Kale ~ http://ow.ly/KoVO300qikA
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“You have to love what you do to want to do it every day,” is a favorite quote of Merica “Mec” Ocsan. As the newly promoted Events Director at El Gaucho Tacoma, Mec loves helping create memorable and special experiences for guests. ~ http://ow.ly/XYcE301rRji
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Our Lamb T-Bone was recently named to Zagat’s “13 Best Things to Eat and Drink in Seattle This Summer” list. Impress your friends and family by making it at home, or come in and enjoy it in one of our restaurants – it’s featured on our menus through June. Bon appétit! http://ow.ly/LHf93018L5N
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One of the most-asked questions from our clients with regard to private events is, “How should we handle beverages/alcohol for our event?” There are a lot of different options, and here are 6 of the most common, along with the benefits of each and potential negatives ~ http://ow.ly/A7wD3013zBG
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El Gaucho celebrates 20 years in Seattle! Starting this month through the end of the year, we are planning a company-wide celebration. Please help us celebrate 20 years of impeccable service and exceptional quality and raise a glass of this exclusive El Gaucho Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley: now available by the glass or bottle. #winewednesday #gaucho20
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CS Lewis said, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” This quote is a favorite of Whitney Twede and sums up the way that she is constantly striving to grow and learn. Meet Whitney Twede, El Gaucho Bellevue's Event's Director ~ http://ow.ly/wDMq300iP3u
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2505 1st Ave Seattle, WA 98121
2505 1st AvenueUSWashingtonSeattle98121
(206) 728-1337elgaucho.com
$$$Steak House, Bar
Steak House
Bar
Gluten-Free Restaurant
Live Music Venue
Seafood Restaurant
Vegan Restaurant
Vegetarian Restaurant
Today 4PM–12AM
Friday 4PM–12AMSaturday 4PM–12AMSunday 4–11PMMonday 4–11PMTuesday 4–11PMWednesday 4–11PMThursday 4–11PM
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Named as “the definitive steakhouse in the country,” El Gaucho Seattle's award-winning menu features 28-Day Dry-Aged Niman Ranch All-Natural Certified Angus Beef® Brand Prime steaks and custom aged Certified Angus Beef® brand tenderloin filets, ribs, pork, poultry and the freshest seafood,  all prepared to perfection over an open bed of glowing coals in an exhibition-style kitchen. Our extensive wine list is award-winning, and happy hour menu is widely recognized as one of Seattle’s best. Live music is offered nightly.

El Gaucho is the Northwest’s steakhouse legacy focused on old-school, tableside service. We revel in helping guests create a night to remember.

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Upscale, dimly lit steakhouse featuring 28-day dry-aged steak served by a tuxedoed staff.- Google
"The prawns were so fresh and service was perfect."
"Happy hour specials all day Sunday and Monday are one of the best values around."
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Mac Laws
4 weeks ago
There is a woman constantly smoking just feet away from the door sitting in a walker, she's not old and lives next door. The cigarette stench is a detriment and off putting, I would ask her to leave but she's on El Gaucho property. I really wish they would make her go away, she's dirty and smelly right by the primo steak restaurant of Seattle, not a great image!
Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
Hello Mac, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about El Gaucho. We apologize that the people smoking next door to our restaurant create an off putting environment and that the stench is a detriment. Unfortunately this is an issue that we have had for quite some time, and despite our best efforts there has been nothing we can do to change the situation. The people who smoke in this spot live in the building next door and because they are not on our property, and they stay 25 feet away from our front door, they are not breaking the law. Our General Manager, James Parsons, welcomes your feedback and any thoughts or ideas you may have on the matter. You can contact him via e-mail at jparsons@elgaucho.com or directly at the restaurant at 206-728-1337. Thank you again for taking the time to write your feedback and we hope you will still choose to dine with us. Cheers, Chad Mackay | President & COO
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Joy Hawkins
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Really great service and the atmosphere here was really great. The steak was a little to salty for me but the sides we ordered were all amazing.
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Jamie Elgie
7 months ago
Really great service and a super ambience. Looks like a former Speakeasy. It's a steakhouse and the steak was very good. Though I wouldn't say it was the best I've ever had. Bread pudding for dessert was excellent. Overall I highly recommend it.
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Lori Butler
9 months ago
Our first experience with EG was back in 1982, my husband and I were on our first honeymoon and traveled on the old Marguerite from Victoria, Canada to Seattle for a few days before we left for Hawaii. We asked at our hotel the Mayflower (which is still a favourite of ours) for a good steak house within walking distance. They recommended EG and we've never looked back. Whenever we travel to Seattle, we ALWAYS have a fabulous evening there. After 33 years of marriage, we still rave about this place, we are going back there next week.
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Heidi Tittle
3 months ago
The steak is delicious, the service was excellent. Music and atmosphere were wonderful. I would love to come back on an wedding anniversary or birthday. Our waitress Danielle was amazing she was attentive but not overbearing.
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Ethan Eshkol
a month ago
The steaks are great here, though pricey. But they're definitely worth it. I also suggest getting the baked potato which is very tasty as well.
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Rowland Hill
7 months ago
One of the best happy hours in Seattle. A very elegant and expensive restaurant, the happy hour is an incredible bargain. The $15 steak sandwich basically has a whole steak in it!
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Kaylee Jane Bricker
3 months ago
I rate this place 5 stars if there was a 6th star that's what I think , everyone was friendly and food was beyond awesome :) would love to eat there everyday