Visitors to Portland looking for a fine dining experience in downtown Portland can check out El Gaucho, an intimate but not stuffy steakhouse. Here one can arrive dressed in business casual to evening wear and feel comfortable and at home.
Treat yourself to tableside service reminiscent of an area that celebrated indulgent dining experiences expanding over several courses replete with an extensive wine list. Among their popular items include fresh Northwest oysters on the half shell, a caesar salad made from scratch tableside and their 28-Day Dry-Aged Niman Ranch All-Natural Certified Angus Beef® Brand Prime steaks and custom aged Certified Angus Beef® Brand Tenderloin Filets. Consider adding to your steak with their robust classic style Bordelaise sauce made with mushrooms, onions, and cabernet. Seafood lovers can check out their fish which can vary from halibut, yellowfin tuna, and Columbia River King salmon depending on the season. A fruit, cheese and nut platter is included with the dinner service. Consider concluding the meal with their signature bananas Foster desert.
While this form of dining is an adult experience, they can customize their menu to accommodate well behaved children. Those desiring a relaxed happy hour men can sample smaller portions of their menu at the bar which opens at 4:30pm. Dinner is served from 5-11 on weeknights and 5-midnight Friday and Saturday with the prime hours being from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Reservations are recommended especially during the prime hours. Additional El Gaucho restaurants can be found in Seattle, Tacoma and Bellevue.
Also, those desiring a fine dining experience with an ocean view can check out Aqua by El Gaucho. This restaurant situated at the tip of Pier 70 away from the touristy crowds affords dinners relaxed views of the Space Needle, Magnolia bluff and Elliott Bay. Weather permitting, consider dining outside on the expansive deck to take in a view of the sunsets. Consider starting the meal off with their classic Fresh Taylor shellfish farm oysters NW classic followed by one of their fresh seasonal seafood or fish entrees. Compliment the entree with a bottle of Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley and their signature sweet roasted yellow corn served with chipotle lime butter. Conclude the evening with Bailey’s Chocolate Carmel Bread pudding.
For special events planned at their various locations during the holiday seasons, check out their website at http://www.elgaucho.com/Events-Promotions.html.