El Gaucho is located in an old townhouse at 80 Wilhelminastreet, it's the first Argentine restaurant to open it's doors in Aruba on February 17, 1977.
El Gaucho Restaurant serves a variety of tempting dishes, featuring quality Argentine steaks, tender and juicy, charcoal-grilled to perfection, such as the famous Gaucho steak, 16 oz sirloin, Pincho Torro Caliente (the biggest shishkebab ever served) T-bone steak, vealchop and more. While many restaurants are currently serving Churrasco steak, we must say that our version is the original and still the very best.
Aruba Tel: +(297) - 582 3677
Fax: +(297) - 583 0123
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We used to love this restaurant - sadly, it has changed. While the food is still good, it is not the excellent quality that it used to be - have they changed their meat? Or their meat supplier? Something is different...and the restaurant is simply too noisy - it's difficult to chat with others at your table.
Lastly, their "loyalty card" that was so good in the past is no longer valid - they offered a 10% discount when we had about $300 on the card!
We winter here and eat out 3 or 4 times a week - when we want beef, we'll go to Ruth's Chris or LG Smith Chophouse.
Bye bye, El Gaucho...
Used to be great. Now not so much. Real shame.
I have now eaten at El Gaucho two times and I think I will pass on the 3rd. Food is OK..not great. It is just a bit of bore. There is too much hype surrounding this place.
Indifferent waitress and concern for your saf
We have been going to El Gaucho for some 25 years. Always found it to be crowded, bustling, up beat with a wait staff that was caring and helpful serving great steak. Unfortunately this time around we found it half empty, with an indifferent almost frigid waitress who would get her 15 percent added on to bill and be annoyed with any question we asked about the menu. The safety concern stemmed from the door man who politely insisted that I moved my car to a lot that he could see and keep an eye on. For this I am thankful. The steak was still great but everything else about the dinner was not.
First visit to EL Gaucho and it was a good experience. Seated and served promptly, waiter was attentive and the guitar players added to the atmosphere. I had the El Gaucho Steak, which was a huge, tender, correctly cooked filet with a nice charred outside. Flavor was a bit bland though which was disappointing. My father-in-law had the tenderloin which he definitely enjoyed, but said his filet at Chalet Suisse was a bit better. I also didn't care for the wooden plates the steaks are served on; I would have preferred a normal dish. My mother-in-law had a nice piece of salmon and my wife had shrimp scampi which I had a bite of; it was very good. Desserts were great and the fudge layer cake was my favorite dessert of the vacation. Good dinner at a good value, we would go back.
We visited El Gaucho for the first time on 12/22/12. It was our first day in Aruba and we (our family of 4) were hungry and ready for a good meal. We were not disappointed. Everything ordered was done to our request and excellent. Portions were huge. I personally had the meat skewer which turned out to be a small sword of food - beef, pork, sausage and vegetables. We all agreed that the sausage was the best we had ever eaten - it comes highly recommended, even by locals we spoke with later. If you are looking for good food and lots of it - this is the place. We will make this a regular stop when we return to Aruba (and we will return !)
In the US the skirt steak is not exactly top choice but without a doubt first choice at el gaucho. Bigger and better than ever could have expected. The T-bone didn't even compare. Service could have been better but the meal made up for it.
Excellent Steak House!
El Gaucho offers a great variety of steaks from Argentina, which are famous for their great taste.
I've been to this restaurant many times, and the quality of the food is always amazing!
I recommend the empanadas de carne as a starter, they're great and taste just the same as ones I had on a trip to Buenos Aires. And for the main dish definitely go for a steak!
After a long day of traveling to Aruba, we needed something good to eat. We decided to give El Gaucho a try. The steaks and service were awesome. We really liked the sauces they give you to try on their steaks. The only downside was the service charge. I don't mind paying it, but a sign said the servers only get 5% of the 15% they charge. I believe this is misleading. Just increase your food prices and charge 5% for the service charge.
We would eat there again!
Very good food in El Gaucho Sunday-evening I love to go to this Restaurant very good the musik is also great. We will be back very soon.
Another great dinner at El Gaucho
We always go to El Gaucho's when we want to eat meat. Other places we enjoy the fish. We are never disappointed! The Gaucho steak is our favorite. We usually have plenty left over and it feeds us for an extra 2 days. This year we also enjoyed the chonch appetizer. The wedge salad had way too much dressing, ate it anyway. The meat was excellent but we thought it a little tougher than usual until the next night when we enjoyed the leftovers even more. The fried cheesecake makes us wanting more! We had a great server who introduced us the a new cocktail, the Caipirinha. I want a few more of those! The pace was better than usual. We usually feel like they want to turn tables quickly but being a Sunday maybe they were not as busy. Can't wait until next year.
Meat eaters must!
Fantastic meal. The beef, lamb and pork were all cooked perfectly. Side dishes were also great. For dessert we shared a slice of fried cheese cake, give it a try.
I was concerned based on the reviews however the T-Bone 22 oz steak was AWESOME, dlose to the best ive ever had and I have been to all of them ( Ruth Chris, mortons, Delfricsos etc..) !! $37.95 with 3 sides, sides were average. Service from Joe was great and he did not give us a hard time about my wife and I splitting a plate we did have to order her a small side or a salad and he let us split, or a $5 service charge all very fair. Our kids did not order and they gave us no problem but they had a good kids menu for a decent price only $5 for mac and cheese and $8 for kids burgers $10 for kids burgers. A+++ I recommend this place Steak portion was very large.
Eight years ago, we ate at El Gaucho and loved it. Two years ago, we were not able to get reservations. This year, I made reservations well in advance. I honestly wish that I did not make the reservations. The food was good, but the service was not good. I felt as if she wanted to get us in and out. What I loved about the restaurant when we dined 8 years ago, was how friendly the servers were and the atmosphere was upbeat. This time,it seemed so darn and dismal and extremely unfriendly. The best part was the talented musician who serenaded our table. I feel like El Gaucho has a name for itself and so the restaurant is not as concerned with the service. They are in desperate need of friendly service and slowing the pace. I felt like I barely had time to chew my filet mignon. Such a shame and such a disappointment for the price that you pay. There are too many restaurants on the island that I want to try or that I want to return to, so El Gaucho lost a customer.
Not the same El Gaucho anymore. The portions are smaller, the prices are bigger and the service has definitley taken a turn for the worse. This used to be one of our favorite places but I am sorry to say, not now. I get the feeling that all they want to do is get you "in and out" and turn over the table. While the food is still fairly good, the smaller portions and price increases really make it hard for us to justify going back to El Gaucho. They now have a photographer that comes around asking if you want you picture taken for a fee - how cheesy. There are better steak places on the island.
Last year we weren't so thrilled with our El Gaucho experience. We were done in 35 minutes, it cost around 150, the service was polite but kmpersonal and the food just ok! We still went back this year cause it used to be such fun and the people who worked there so nice.
Well, we never got bread and our waiter never spoke to us-just came up to the table with hks notebook to take our order. My husband would have sent hks steak back since it wasn't cooked in the center, but he finally gave up.
There are so many great places to eat, I thknk we'll leave El Gaucho off our list from now on.
This restaurant was always my favourite, until last year. It was indeed a disappointment! The steaks are smaller and not as well marbled because they have lost a lot of flavour. (This was the same last year but we gave it another go this year - same results). Sides are small - yes - but when the entree is hugs, who cares??
But the photo op is cheesy.....take the camera guy to De Palm Island but get him the hell out of the restaurant!!
And noisy? You cannot even speak to your partner beside you.....
I'll try again next year, but it may be the last visit....hello, Ruth's Chris!!
Once again, El Gaucho was old reliable. This has been our fifth visit to the restuarant and it was as good as the first time.
The four adults all had steak of some sort and the one child had pasta. We also shared the Chirizo and Blood sausage appetizer. No one was disappointed and we had plenty of leftovers.
Great service and kudos to the young lady that didn't let our water glasses get below the 3/4 filled mark.
First of all let me say that if you go here go for steak. You would not go to a steakhouse for fish at home so why in Aruba. Went for the second time last year and ended up back 5 more times over my 3 week trip. Yea the music is kinda corny but when I requested Love Me Tender without hesitation the show was on. I sang and they played. Will be first and last place I visit in May 2012. Fried cheescake with vanilla ice cream at the end will top it off. Finally, my oldest daughter cannot stand to go outside USA. We coerced her in to going last year and we were here 3 times during her week. Now here favorite place and she is in Charleston SC where I am not sure food can be topped.
Best steaks on the island hands down. Can be noisy during prime weeks, but definitely worth it. Steaks are huge and come with 3 sides of your choice. Garlic bread is also tops on the island. Ive never had anything but steak but i have heard fish is great as well.
Great steaks at reasonable prices. Food can't be beat. Service somewhat off in getting seated and then being waited on. Picked up towards the end but restaurant had emptied out.
3rd time here and best yet.
we did NOT have a good time...
We heard a LOT about El Gaucho and could not wait to try. It is in a but of a sketchy neighborhood but always felt safe, free parking right across from el gaucho.
beautiful bar and interior, wooden plates and well dress and polite staff, quickly received water and menus.
we ordered our 3 year old mac and cheese off the kids menu and it is made with gorda ( our non fussy daughter would not touch it after one bite- we did not like it either )
a ribeye steak was thoroughly enjoyed as was pork ribs by two of our party. beef short ribs were tough and lacked favor. My wifes grouper was tasteless and described to me as being like mashed potatoes.
we really had to fight with them to take grouper back and get a refund.
Also, the bathrooms had no soap-DOES THAT MEAN staff never has soap either?
The service of main course and trying to get the check took an awful long time - Even on island time!
compared to other restaurants in aruba, many of which are cheaper... we felt el gaucho fell short, very disappointed because it had such a promising start.
Strolling musicians and photos, are a real turn off.
Sun 09/11 .- El Gaucho
We left our hotel after dark and got lost on the way to El Gaucho, even though we have gone there several times. Finally got there and had a wonderful meal. Drinks & wine were excellent. DW had the grilled chicken breast - 2 large cutlets, so DW took one home for lunch. I had the Gaucho steak, which is the only dish I have ordered here great steak and the chimichurri sauce adds a nice touch. The price of the Gaucho steak has gone up to $37 (recall it was around $32 last visit), but its still worth it.
While I can understand some peoples disappointment that the sides are small, this IS a steakhouse and NO place in the States give you the size MEAT portions this place does!!YUMMy!! 2nd visit in a week and 5th overall.Yes the picture person coming around is annoying but enjoy the guitar strollers every time as they are not annoying.I have never felt rushed, they are always just BUSY and work at a faster pace than alot of other places.We have been treated like "friends" both visits this time and love love love this place!!