El Gaucho - Bellevue
El Gaucho is in an enviable position. The modern steakhouse, in the heart of Bellevue's social scene, is less than one mile away from Meydenbauer Center, The Shops at the Bravern, Bellevue Square, the Bellevue Arts Museum and Bellevue Botanical Garden. Open for holiday brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner, it's an ideal place to consider for drinking and dining before or after checking out the area's attractions.
There are additional El Gaucho restaurants in Portland, Seattle and Tacoma. The restaurant group is committed to sourcing the finest ingredients.
The menu showcases fresh seafood, 28-day dry-aged Niman Ranch All-Natural Prime Certified Angus Beef and custom-aged Certified Angus Beef, which are all selected by the chef. Steaks and chops are prepared on a custom-designed charcoal grill in an open, exhibition-style kitchen.
Seafood lovers should be especially pleased with the appetizer menu. Ten of the 12 items are seafood-focused, with highlights such as pancetta-wrapped jumbo prawns, sauteed shrimp in a signature "wicked sauce," oysters Rockefeller and Ahi tuna tartare.
But El Gaucho is a steakhouse and this is where the menu shines. Each cut is served with a crimini mushroom cap, and highlighted offerings include an eight- or 12-ounce filet mignon, 14-ounce peppercorn New York strip and Northwest grassfed filet.
The house specialty, steak El Gaucho, is in a class of its own. It consists of an eight-ounce, custom-aged filet that's topped with Maine lobster medallions, asparagus and béarnaise sauce. For those who are sharing, the Chateaubriand comes highly recommended. It's served tableside and consists of a 20-ounce, center-cut tenderloin served with baked potato, asparagus, broiled tomato and a special sauce.
Those looking to grab budget bites after work have El Gaucho as an option. The bar serves up discounted pub grub such as Thia chicken flatbread, spicy fish tacos, fried chicken sliders and steak frites.
Sundays at El Gaucho are more family focused as the restaurant hosts a weekly prime rib dinner event. For $37 per person, guests get a 10-ounce prime rib, mashed potatoes and asparagus.
El Gaucho boasts six private dining rooms, making it attractive to larger groups, particularly for business events. For example, Canoe Ridge, which overlooks the main dining room, allows guests to enjoy the restaurant’s energy and create their own in a semi-private space. It accommodates up to 24 guests for a seated meal.
Destiny Ridge--a see-and-not-be-seen vista--seats up to 12 people. Horse Heaven, a working wine cellar, evokes the spirit of Washington’s famed viticultural regions. It's intimate and seats 10. Pepper Bridge offers a setting enhanced with floor-to-ceiling windows for natural lighting. It accommodates up to 40.
And Seven Hills pays homage to the Walla Walla Valley vineyard, which is acclaimed as one of the 10 best in the world. It seats up to 56 for dinner.