Came here for dinner with friends for a birthday celebration. Don't know why certain reviews were bad with regards to service, but for our table the service was quite good (we were a big group, maybe that's why)! Our waitress remembered all of our orders and served us without double-checking with us. We liked the recommended wine (Fabre Montmayou Malbec), it was quite smooth (but if you have different opinions, I'd like to say that we aren't wine connoisseur's so we were quite satisfied with it!)
I recommend the tapa ancho (rib-eye) medium-rare (300g), bife de chorizo (sirloin) medium rare (300g) or pork matambre medium (I'm a fan of the Malbec mustard) for mains. As for sides, the sweet potato chips (w/ chorizo) were quite good! There weren't a lot of chorizo though. The spinach (side) was the Chinese stir-fry type with a dollop of lemon juice - quite good, but honestly I can make it myself. The oyster mushrooms (side) were satisfactory.
I liked the hostesses here, they were well-dressed for their job. In comparison with other restaurants I've been, I was quite impressed. I liked that they asked if we were in Gaucho for an occasion, because we were! In the end, they surprised the birthday girl with a slice of chocolate cake with ice-cream on-top which was so intensely chocolatey and so decadent.
I also liked that the waitress brought the different types of steak over in order to assist us with making an order. Although I am not a beef-eater (my friends were) I appreciated the explanation. Our glasses were consistently filled, which showed how attentive the waitress was. She also recommended daily specials for the ceviche and dessert although we didn't order any of those.
The tiny downside of this entire dining experience was the dark interior. There were candles on the table, and wall lights but they were so dimly-lit it was a good thing we had our dinner early while the sun was still shining brightly outside. It was a bit warm inside (even though they do have centralised AC it was switched-off at that time). Maybe it's a classy thing to eat in a dimly-lit environment, but it was something that I felt like I am still getting used to. Otherwise, the interior design was satisfactory and expected of a fine-dining type of restaurant.
The food is alright, but it is extremely overpriced. I don't think this place is worth it.
Perfect restaurant, perfect steak, perfect service, perfect atmosphere you see, I really love that place. Just 10 mins walking distance from either office or apartment, this restaurant is definitely my favourite in Canary Wharf.
The setting just by the river is beautiful, the interior is very stylish, I even love the music! The service is outstanding and the steak, believe me, it's fantastic. So are the sides.
I highly recommend this place as I as well recommend to reserve a table on the weekend, could be really packed on a Saturday night.
BAD day at work and its Friday night - ugh! Definitely need a pick-me-up, gonna treat myself to a nice dinner and plenty of wine. Have had my eye on this place for awhile but have been kept away due to my price-phobia.
Sat outside (by MYSELF) under the terrace of trees looking out onto the water. Being outside yet sheltered by all trees - what a creative concept!
Ordered a glass of wine and the empanadas for starters. My state of solitutde was interrupted by the phone and next thing I know I'm joined by a co-worker. He ordered a beer and starters then convinced me to leave and have more drinks elsewhere. Convincingly he reassured me that I should return on the boss' tab.
I had just returned from a day trip to Brighton which involved fish and chips, gelato, scones, and a few pints... so, I had a light dinner in mind. Perhaps a salad. Then I realized there was a Gaucho near my hotel, and all that changed.
I ate at the Gaucho location in The City once before, and I loved it, so you can imagine I was excited to try out another location when I snagged a last minute reservation on a Saturday night.
I arrived on time to a buzzing restaurant. The place was packed, and you could tell the stress in the faces of the hosts and the wait staff. I grabbed a drink at the bar and about 30 minutes later, I was starting to get restless. Luckily, a hostess came over and offered me a second drink on the house because of the wait, which I have to say was quite nice of them. About a minute after my complementary drink was served, my table was ready -- what timing!
My server was extremely pleasant and helpful in offering suggestions. The wait staff really goes through each cut of beef in detail. My server seemed a little annoyed that I wasn't having any sides or any wine. I mean, I showed up at the table with a brand new drink! Anyway, as you would expect, my meal was fantastic. The churrasco sirloin was perfect.
The atmosphere on that Saturday night was a little hectic. They were making room for a party of 11 -- however, within minutes of being sat, the group quickly left in what sounded like, from far away, an expletive-laced rant. No idea what happened there.
I work close to the Westferry Circus Gaucho's whichoverlooks the River Thames, Gaucho's is always a reliable place to enjoy good steak.
Portion sizes are huge, be prepared to enter a meat-coma after feasting on the Argentinean steak (to be honest you should only come here for the steak, I've tried other options and always regretted it - not that the food was bad, but the steak is far superior) There is always an enthusiastic sommelier at hand to help you decide on a suitable wine to accompany your meal (be warned, they can be quite convincing about their astronomically priced wines, £40-£200) I have a particularly bad sweet tooth and the Dulce de leche tart certainly hits the spot. It is rather expensive (around £18-£90 depending on your weight choice) but certainly worth a visit.
Though it is a chain and i tend to find chains can get rather boring rather quickly, it's one i don't mind revisiting if not for the steak, then for a good glass of red wine or the tasteful leather/ cow hyde patterned decor, makes you forget work and revisit Argentina for a little while.
Truly amazing steaks. Best you will find in the London. Hands down.
Nice atmosphere. If progressive dance music is your melody then this is your spot. It even has the dim lighting to go along with.
I have been here twice now. Once in a big group, and now solo. As a solo, you get less server attention. Understandably so, but as a large group they kiss your feet.
Very nice wine selection. Come enjoy. Its gonna cost ya though, so be sure you just got paid or are privy to triple digit meals.
The best steak London has to offer? I hope not.
Don't get me wrong, the place is nice. The waiter comes around with raw examples of steaks and explains the cuts and choices available.
I went for the most expensive one, English (i.e. bloody). Since I had seen the raw steak I couldn' help but notice it had shrunk dramatically - not a sign of high quality beef (or meat). The taste was nice but there was a chewy bit in mine.
The cheese bread and olive oil were great.
Desserts ranged from incredibly greasy to pretty yummy but overall were nothing to write home about.
The service was great, even though at one stage some weird waitress decided to shout through the whole place that she needed one more fork here...and there... Yes A FORK! FORK! Yes, HERE!
So overall a decent place. But nowhere near 5 stars IMHO.
Wow. This place is fantastic! I've been just once and loved it. The menu is great and the quality of the food is even better.
The steak is cooked to perfection and the pancakes are to die for. Not to mention the quality of the service, meals are served quickly and the waiting staff are perfect. Pretty much everything about The Gaucho Grill is perfect.
Definitely worth a visit if you can afford. Which brings me on to the negatives It's very expensive!
High end but delicious (it is worth it if you have the cash to splash) beef. Interesting setting, thick curtains, dark lighting, giant chunks of meat displayed on cutting boards definitely not for the faint hearted.
Actually don't mind the high price tag because it means I'll appreciate it more, means people can't go too often - beef isn't that eco-friendly!
WHAT HAPPENED!??!? I came back to London and my first dining stop was, to get my favorite hamburger IN THE WORLD. And instead, what was served to me? Something revolting, awful! I have previously been able to forgive the gaudy decoration and extreme prices because of the pure worry-obliterating joy of their burger, but that's all gone now. Gone is the delicious bread, replaced with a normal (read: crumbly, buttery, messy) steakhouse bun; gone is the delicious meat, replaced with... meh; gone is the prosciutto garnish, replaced with soggy, chewy streaky bacon; gone is the delicious cheese, replaced with a flavorless hunk of... meh; gone is the delicious fresh tomato sauce, replaced with a combination of sweet mustard, spaghetti sauce, and "fresh" tomatoes. The only thing that got it two stars was the friendly, smiling service (at a different location, I admit, than the one being reviewed. But they all share the same cuisine) and the pound knocked off the price of the burger, presumably because £17 was a ludicrous price for the current product. So is £16. I can only imagine that the burger was so good that it was poaching steak customers. No need to worry about that anymore.
I won't be going back. This place is dead to me. R.I.P.
Finally went to Gaucho, was served by Ben, dude, you're too cool... Had "estrana fina" (skirt steak) spinach and chips (french fries), what an awesome experience. The food was GREAT!!!!!! The place itself set the tone for a nice romantic spot to have some frigin' great food!!! I thought my London trip was all about work... I am coming home to NYC tomorrow with a mission accomplished face. Will definitely be back. They have like 14 restaurants all around London, I went to the one in Canary Wharf (on their site it's Gaucho Canary). The rest itself faces the water, just a nice mellow, classy place to have a great meal.
Had the worst London dining experience here. The food and service was absolutely awful! It was not especially busy the night we were there. This place simply does not have their act together. In the end we walked away without paying, courtesy of the manager. Even with that I'd never go back. So many better places to eat and drink in London.
Should be 4 and a half. expensive, but the location dictates the price. service second to none. very impressed by the knowledge of the waiting staff. Their recomendations are spot on. I decided on their ribeye because this would be cooked medium, and what a delight it was. How the chef gets the different steaks cooked to perfection (we all had differnt cuts) was amazing. Remember the price is for the steak only, everything else is additional price, steak averages £21, side dishes average £4, sauces £2.65. The meal was superb, but I had every faith that if there had been a problem it would have been sorted with no hesitation. Cocktails and wine cellar equally impressive. Enjoy.
Who doesn't love this place?
I'm hoping to have my birthday here this year. This place, I too believe is very 'Sex and the City.' During the day it's filled with business lunchers and in the evenings it's filled with people who appreciate a good, hearty Argentine Steak. The atmosphere here is buzzing, Gaucho is almost always busy and if you're going in the evening be sure to book. Me and my partner ate between us a selection of Empanada's each, a selection of cuts of beef for two, with asparagus, spinach, a peppercorn and mushroom sauce and a nice bottle of wine. For desert we had two great whopping slices of Dulce de Leche cheesecake, this cheese cake is out of this world, simply mind blowing, rich, decadent and just the way any true sweet toothed person would love it. Along with the cheese cake we had two Dulce de Leche's each just to round it off nicely.
We managed to conjure up a one hundred and thirty pound bill, don't let this scare you, me and my partner are notorious for our excessive eating! Nevertheless the prices at Gaucho are not for the faint hearted, but the food is worth the thrill of the bill!
If Gaucho is a true reflection of how the Argentine's eat then I need to go to Argentina!
Trendy, classy, sexy and definitely for carnivores!
I went with some business colleagues and have a lovely time. The place was very busy with lots of people in the bar up front, and during our stay the rest of the restaurant filled up. The meal was fabulous - two of our party had the rib-eye, I had the churrasco sirloin with chimichurri sauce. Highly recommended.
go and have a nice steak there, match it with an even nicer bottle of pinot noir and enjoy the evening. even though this is a chain, it is a decent chain. well worth a visit if no other (more exciting) options pan out.
OK, so just before Christmas restaurants are understandably busy and the staff stressed. Gaucho managed to keep my party of 16 very happy, and with a bit of sweet talking we even managed to switch out some set menu dishes. Initially this seemed a bridge too far, but it was grudingly accommodated. Had this been an easier conversation it would have been 5 stars. As it is, a solid, non-controversial 4.
Apr 2012 update: Having gone back recently for a second visit, I have to say that I have to downgrade my review from 4 stars to 3. While Gaucho was one of the top places to get a steak a few years ago, now with really good new places like Hawksmoor around, it just doesn't cut it for the price it charges. The steak is still good, but not outstanding. And the service on this visit was irritating the waitress obviously had memorized a script and was just regurgitating it, even though none of us was interested in listening and just wanted to get back to our conversation. She was trying extremely hard to upsell us on sides, drinks, desserts and it was just too obvious and awkward.Sometimes its hard to give a star rating for high-end places that charge alot, because they usually come out tops in all the categories as expected from their higher prices. However, I think Guacho deserves my 4 star rating. The decor looks very posh, but not too over the top. It is best for a romantic meal or a serious celebration. Uopn seating, our waiter was with s quickly, and was very polite and informative. Drinks and bread were brought quickly, and after a while he appeared again with a wooden slab with the different types of steak on it. It is here where they impress; he spent a good 5 minutes explaining the different types of steaks they do, what the best cooking conditions were (e.g. medium-rare, medium, well done, etc) and what to expect in terms of taste of the different types. The steaks themselves were amazing they just melt in your mouth, and they are just cooked right. The side dishes were a bit disappointing though.. the chips were a bit salty, and the mushrooms a bit bland. The price came up to about £30 a head, which is pricey compared to other steak places, but this is definitely one notch above and well worth the money for a special occasion.
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