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El Gaucho Tacoma

2119 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3003
+1 253-272-1510
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good24%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“caesar salad” (20 reviews)
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American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
2119 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3003
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We go to El Gaucho 3-4 times a year, though usually the Seattle location. We went to Tacoma enough times that the waitress recognized us, we were told my wife couldn't order from the bar menu, even though she always had. She has a dairy...More

Thank PurpleTea
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had dinner with some friends after going to the theater in Seattle. We live in Olympia so Tacoma was on our way home. When we arrived we were seated in a booth overlooking the lower level and bar. Wait staff were very attentive. Martinis were...More

Thank Denise M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you walk in from the street it's super dark inside Only a little side lighting and table candles - be careful of the stairs going down. And the table are really close to each other - would have liked not to hear my neighbor's...More

Thank Sherry H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A traditional steakhouse-dim lighting and all the cuts you would expect with the added bonus of the Brazilian style steak "flaming sword brochettes". Table side dishes and flaming desserts add a little something different from the everyday and make it a great celebration destination

Thank LennetteN
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here as the only nearby place we could find to accommodate our large group on late notice. The food was excellent and the service great but not a good place to go if budget is your concern.

Thank Fred B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took the kid out for his big 25th Dinner and we went big two bottles wine wicked shrimp and calamari apps, shared a salad, two big fat steaks James got filet Oscsr and said it was amazing I got the bone in New York and...More

Thank Jimmy C
Reviewed 17 August 2017 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 8 August 2017

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 24 July 2017 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
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Questions & Answers
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
US$25 - US$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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene, 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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