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El Gaucho Steak House, Seattle,Washington

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On a recent visit to Seattle, I had the distinct pleasure of dining – on my birthday – at El Gaucho, the renowned steakhouse recognized in all of the Northwest as one of the very best.

Entering the restaurant, I was impressed with its theater-like ambiance – the only lighting was of softly glowing lamps. An aura of excitement swirled around the restaurant as dishes were set aflame and steaks sizzled at tables – all this to the accompaniment of live piano music playing softly at the open bar. I knew I was in for a most memorable evening – and I was right!

We were treated to the ultimate dining experience, including the attentive tableside service that is the restaurant’s hallmark. It felt as if we were stepping back in time to an era of uncompromising service and total indulgence, where the smallest of details is considered important. The stage was set for an extraordinary event that truly exceeded our expectations. The El Gaucho team of captains, servers and General Manager Cooper Mills presided over my birthday dinner as Chef Matt Brandsey orchestrated the exhibition kitchen.

On this special night, what did I order? Not hard to guess! The steak, of course. El Gaucho serves a 28-day dry-aged Niman Ranch Angus Beef and suffice it to say, until you’ve had this steak at El Gaucho, well, you’ve haven’t really had steak. It is that unique, that special, that divine…Ok, gotta stop myself. May I just say, this is a birthday meal I won’t ever forget.

Make a special trip to Seattle – just to visit El Gaucho. Trust me, it’s worth it!

But until….you may want to try 3 of NYC’s famed steak joints:
Sparks Steak House, 210 E. 46th St., (212) 687-4855; Old Homestead Steak House, 569 9th Ave., (212) 242-9040, and Gallagher’s, 228 W. 52nd St., (212) 586-5000.

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