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El Gaucho

319 SW Broadway (SW Stark St.) Send to Phone
503-227-8794 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
A classy, indulgent steakhouse that delivers on its promise.
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  • 4.5 star rating
4.5 rating over 6 reviews
Dining room at El Gaucho, Portland, OR

El Gaucho Restaurant Review

: You'll want your martini shaken, not stirred, at this deluxe steakhouse attached to the historic Benson hotel. Everything from the tuxedoed waiters to the lamb shish kebabs on a silver saber to the oversize steaks verges on excess. But if excess is what you seek, El Gaucho delivers. Tender, marbled steaks are the star of the show, ranging from the eight-ounce filet mignon to the 34-ounce porterhouse for two. And if beef isn't your bag, try the well prepared fish, whether it be the lobster with truffle gravy or more modest sea bass, salmon or tuna. You could make a meal out of the sides alone, such as the crab bisque made with Johnny Walker, the truffle mac ‘n’ cheese, a fully loaded baked potato the size of a football, or best of all, lobster mashed potatoes. Make sure to order a dish that requires dramatic tableside execution, such as the complicated Caesar salad or the flaming bananas Foster. Following dinner, if you wish, retreat to the cigar room for a selection from the exclusive cigar menu. There’s a lengthy wine list, but we recommend sticking with that martini. Bargain hunters may want to check out the more reasonable happy hour offerings.

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