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El Gaucho Tacoma

2119 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3003
+1 253-272-1510
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good23%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“chateaubriand” (15 reviews)
“caesar salad” (20 reviews)
“steak” (73 reviews)
Open Now
16:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
2119 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3003
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1 - 10 of 208 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed drinks and appetizers while sitting near the piano bar. Everything was perfect from the welcome we received, the drinks, the food and the wonderful music. I highly recommend El Gauchos for anyone desiring a romantic mini getaway.

Thank Marji47
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Top Drawer steak and seafood house. Pricey, but from the moment you take the steps downward from street level, the large well-appointed room, with piano, this place willl tuck away your cares for a spell. Dark, candlelight, and intimate. Excellent waitstaff. I've had steaks and...More

Thank Jim M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Met a friend of mine I haven't seen for over two yeats so we decided to sit at the bar. The restaurant wasn't too busy. We both had Caesar salad which was excellent. I have steak tartare which was good, but the serving size has...More

Thank Scott H
Reviewed 14 July 2017

This is one of those old school style steak houses. There's a lot of table-side action going on with plenty of pyrotechnics to keep guests entertained. And all of the waiters are dressed in tuxedos. Very dimly lit. Everyone had their smartphone flashes on to...More

Thank CARose
Reviewed 10 July 2017

A very nice steak house and is Top Rated in the state. I took my wife here for our Anniversary and it was great! They had a hand written card waiting on our table for us when we got there. The service is beyond great...More

Thank Lynn F
Reviewed 27 June 2017

I have dined at the Tacoma El Gaucho once or twice a year for well over a decade now. On each and every occasion, El Gaucho offered top-notch food, service, and atmosphere. The waitstaff consistently go the extra step to ensure your evening is the...More

1  Thank Robert_H_Olympia
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Great service including the general manager and Monica. The table side made caesar salad (with extra anchovies) is world class--really--you won't find a better one in a restaurant. Great ambience with soothing live piano music. Great menu selections featuring fine steaks. Very good wine list....More

Thank daggertravel
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Great starters: Salad and Escargot. Two Rare Mignon one was overcooked but replaced with a perfect one in short order. Wine was outstanding. The desert was on the house. We were impressed how they took care of the slight problem. Their staff is outstanding and...More

Thank Hamara
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Make sure you don't drive by this restaurant, you could miss it if you don't know where you're going - small sign, dark, unassuming building. For those with dietary issues - You will not have many options! Yes, I know they're known for their steak,...More

Thank FlorianaMonceau
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Best service from the minute we walked in. I was brought a bday card from the staff, rose petals, and champagne to start. Spencer and Travis waited on us.. They were amazing! Spencer made me the best mojito I've ever had. Service was perfect, dinner...More

Thank Monkeybite13
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Shannon C
24 April 2017|
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Response from David K | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, no dancing at El Gaucho. They have live piano music that plays in the bar, though.
19 September 2016|
Response from LAT46 | Reviewed this property |
I don't own the restaurant; you need to ask them who their supplier is.
2 February 2016|
Response from Dennismc2015 | Reviewed this property |
Depending on the night and how much you spend, but the usual answer is $30 to discourage you from bringing your own bottle.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 100
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2119 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3003
    (Between S 21st & S 23rd Streets)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
  • Phone Number: +1 253-272-1510
  • E-mail
For years, discriminating diners have trusted the establishments of Paul Mackay to turn landmark occasions into lasting memories. At El Gaucho Tacoma, you and your guest will be treated to the ultimate dining experience, including the attentive tableside service that is the Mackay hallmark. Step back in time to an era of uncompromising service and total indulgence, where the smallest of details are considered the most basic ingredients of your visit. We set the stage for an extraordinary event that will exceed your every expectation.
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