El Gaucho

★★★★★
  • 2505 1st Ave

    Seattle, WA 98121

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Very disappointed in the new El Gaucho since it moved to First Avenue. A far, far, far cry from it's prior location in downtown with regard to service. Actually the food is still excellent, it's just the cooks don't know the true meaning

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★★★★★

Very disappointed in the new El Gaucho since it moved to First Avenue. A far, far, far cry from it's prior location in downtown with regard to service. Actually the food is still excellent, it's just the cooks don't know the true meaning

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You expect so much more from the place, but it doesn't deliver. Go somewhere else. Too dark, too loud. My fish was good, but others' steaks were not - overcooked and dry. Primary server and host definitely not warm or friendly. Had a great

3
★★★★★

You expect so much more from the place, but it doesn't deliver. Go somewhere else. Too dark, too loud. My fish was good, but others' steaks were not - overcooked and dry. Primary server and host definitely not warm or friendly. Had a great

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For the amount of money my fiance and I spent (over $500) for dinner, one would think they would've acknowledged the over-cooked steak without having to have an NFL like "review" of the slab to determine it to be just that - over-cooked.

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★★★★★

For the amount of money my fiance and I spent (over $500) for dinner, one would think they would've acknowledged the over-cooked steak without having to have an NFL like "review" of the slab to determine it to be just that - over-cooked.

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If you have some extra money and want to treat you and the wife out. This is the place. Great food great service. The best wine around.

3
★★★★★

If you have some extra money and want to treat you and the wife out. This is the place. Great food great service. The best wine around.

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This place is mainly hype, but what do you expect from a belltown restaurant?

After dining hear and at Canlis in the same month, I would go to Canlis again and forget about El Gaucho.

It is tough to be pretentious enough to make me not

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★★★★★

This place is mainly hype, but what do you expect from a belltown restaurant?

After dining hear and at Canlis in the same month, I would go to Canlis again and forget about El Gaucho.

It is tough to be pretentious enough to make me not

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One of the best steaks in Seattle. Thick. Juicy. Rare. Yum!

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★★★★★

One of the best steaks in Seattle. Thick. Juicy. Rare. Yum!

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OK, I've always loved El Gaucho but when I tried their mac & cheese for only $12 (a side dish) I fell even deeper in love. It is the ultimate comfort food. A penne pasta with a white cheesy sauce that isn't too rich. Yummmmy! Also when you

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★★★★★

OK, I've always loved El Gaucho but when I tried their mac & cheese for only $12 (a side dish) I fell even deeper in love. It is the ultimate comfort food. A penne pasta with a white cheesy sauce that isn't too rich. Yummmmy! Also when you

Pros: Now they are in Bellevue. Always live up to their rep

Cons: Pricey

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I live in Seattle and I have been to El Gaucho quite a few times in the past years with mostly favorable opinion about the service and food. \r
But today it all changed, I went with my husband and baby to celebrate my bday.\r
First the

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I live in Seattle and I have been to El Gaucho quite a few times in the past years with mostly favorable opinion about the service and food. \r
But today it all changed, I went with my husband and baby to celebrate my bday.\r
First the

Pros: hostess

Cons: food, server, ambiance

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El Gaucho is an Oldie but always a Favorite place to dine in my list of top Seattle are restaurants! You simply cannot find better service at an upscale restaurant. From an escort that walks you to the restrooms, to tableside service; El

3
★★★★★

El Gaucho is an Oldie but always a Favorite place to dine in my list of top Seattle are restaurants! You simply cannot find better service at an upscale restaurant. From an escort that walks you to the restrooms, to tableside service; El

Pros: Steak | Flaming Desserts | Impeccable Service

Cons: No more Happy Hour on Saturday Evenings...

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After 4 detailed phone messages left on the reservations line, and two website requests to make arrangements for a reservation for a room to acommodate a group of 7 for complete holiday season dinner and libations, not one message or email

3
★★★★★

After 4 detailed phone messages left on the reservations line, and two website requests to make arrangements for a reservation for a room to acommodate a group of 7 for complete holiday season dinner and libations, not one message or email

Pros: Restaurant had been recommended, but...

Cons: No response to web or phone requests for group reservations

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They have actually opened up a restaurant in Bellevue and I think it's great. The space is larger and feels more open than the one is Seattle. The food is always fantastic and we've always received such wonderful service.

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★★★★★

They have actually opened up a restaurant in Bellevue and I think it's great. The space is larger and feels more open than the one is Seattle. The food is always fantastic and we've always received such wonderful service.

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El Gaucho was amazing! My friend referred me to it and from the beginning to the end our service was phenomenal. The ambient lighting was perfect and the staff treated us like royalty. The restaurant is one of the best in Seattle

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★★★★★

El Gaucho was amazing! My friend referred me to it and from the beginning to the end our service was phenomenal. The ambient lighting was perfect and the staff treated us like royalty. The restaurant is one of the best in Seattle

Pros: Sizable servings, atmosphere,and 5-star customer service

Cons: Don't have enough money to eat here every night ;)

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We went here for my husband's 30th birthday, and it was the fanciest place we'd ever dined at. Low lighting, attentive servers, great ambience, live piano, and amazing food! The steak was perfectly cooked and so tender! Can't afford to

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★★★★★

We went here for my husband's 30th birthday, and it was the fanciest place we'd ever dined at. Low lighting, attentive servers, great ambience, live piano, and amazing food! The steak was perfectly cooked and so tender! Can't afford to

Pros: Steak!, service, ambience, tableside caesar, and fresh bread

Cons: Parking, pricey

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Sadly this place used to be okay but the servers have gotten quite full of themselves... if you don't order a bottle of wine at $70 or more they tend to treat you like a second class citizen. The food was okay but really expensive... probably an okay place to propose but go to Canlis.. much better, more romantic and an exceptionally better base fo staff.

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Sadly this place used to be okay but the servers have gotten quite full of themselves... if you don't order a bottle of wine at $70 or more they tend to treat you like a second class citizen. The food was okay but really expensive... probably an okay place to propose but go to Canlis.. much better, more romantic and an exceptionally better base fo staff.

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For our last night out in Seattle, we went to El Guacho upon the recommendation of a waiter from the night before from another restaurant. The ambience was incredible- so classy yet not snotty. All of the staff was exceptional and the

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For our last night out in Seattle, we went to El Guacho upon the recommendation of a waiter from the night before from another restaurant. The ambience was incredible- so classy yet not snotty. All of the staff was exceptional and the

Pros: Ambience, service

Cons: pricey

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Went here for my birthday (41) and just wanted to order dessert; 1st time. Mrs and I chose to order the Bananas Foster. Waitress flambed right in front of us and looked more than appetizing during the process of no more than 5 minutes.

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Went here for my birthday (41) and just wanted to order dessert; 1st time. Mrs and I chose to order the Bananas Foster. Waitress flambed right in front of us and looked more than appetizing during the process of no more than 5 minutes.

Pros: Ambience, Romanticy, Flambed Desserts

Cons: A little spendy, but once in a blue moon is OK.

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The food and ambiance will really make your day. The people are extremely friendly, but sincere. Something on the menu for everyone. Fantastic place.

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★★★★★

The food and ambiance will really make your day. The people are extremely friendly, but sincere. Something on the menu for everyone. Fantastic place.

Pros: Excellent food, wonderful atmosphere, great people

Cons: Slightly high prices, but worth it.

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I should first of all say that I have only eaten there once. And the bill was very large for two people. \r
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But for a special occasion, it was amazing. The service was perfect, all of the food was impecably amazing. I'm not used to

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★★★★★

I should first of all say that I have only eaten there once. And the bill was very large for two people. \r
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But for a special occasion, it was amazing. The service was perfect, all of the food was impecably amazing. I'm not used to

Pros: great dinner for unforgettable evening, some of the best service ever

Cons: very very expensive

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Considering the tab we were charged, this review will be held to the standards of the finer restaurants in the industry. Simply put, they fall way short. There are numerous steakhouses that match the quality of this joint for a quarter

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★★★★★

Considering the tab we were charged, this review will be held to the standards of the finer restaurants in the industry. Simply put, they fall way short. There are numerous steakhouses that match the quality of this joint for a quarter

Pros: Bar, Wine List, Location

Cons: Service, Value, Questionable Food Quality

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Stylish doesn?t even begin to describe this place. As you enter the old theater style double doors, you have no idea what to expect but then?you are transformed to old 1930 NY style supper club. This place truly is different from any

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★★★★★

Stylish doesn?t even begin to describe this place. As you enter the old theater style double doors, you have no idea what to expect but then?you are transformed to old 1930 NY style supper club. This place truly is different from any

Pros: great service, stylish and romantic

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Having eaten several times at El Gaucho, we opted to stay at the Inn as well as have dinner at the restaurant for our wedding anniversary. We probably spent about $600 for one night with dinner and staying overnight. With regards to our

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★★★★★

Having eaten several times at El Gaucho, we opted to stay at the Inn as well as have dinner at the restaurant for our wedding anniversary. We probably spent about $600 for one night with dinner and staying overnight. With regards to our

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This restaurant is impeccable. The valet service was prompt and created ease when I was running a few minutes behind schedule. The restaurant is larger inside then it seems from the entrance. The atmosphere is impressive with great

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★★★★★

This restaurant is impeccable. The valet service was prompt and created ease when I was running a few minutes behind schedule. The restaurant is larger inside then it seems from the entrance. The atmosphere is impressive with great

Pros: Ambience, Valet Parking, Wonderful Food

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My hubby and I went to El Gaucho for our 2 year anniversary. No presents, no extravagant plans...just a nice dinner at El Gaucho. It was amazing and surpassed our expectations. I almost leapt out of the booth to stomp out the fire when

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★★★★★

My hubby and I went to El Gaucho for our 2 year anniversary. No presents, no extravagant plans...just a nice dinner at El Gaucho. It was amazing and surpassed our expectations. I almost leapt out of the booth to stomp out the fire when

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Are you kidding me?! This place is the best. I can't wait to bring clients here. I have never (and I dine out four nights a week) had service like this. These people care about what they are doing. Best night ever in a restaurant.

3
★★★★★

Are you kidding me?! This place is the best. I can't wait to bring clients here. I have never (and I dine out four nights a week) had service like this. These people care about what they are doing. Best night ever in a restaurant.

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My husband and I dined here and had a great experience. The food was good, I wasn't blown away by everything I ate, however the experience, and the intimate setting made up for it.

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★★★★★

My husband and I dined here and had a great experience. The food was good, I wasn't blown away by everything I ate, however the experience, and the intimate setting made up for it.

Pros: Great Ambiance

Cons: A little pricey

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i've now been to el gaucho twice. the second time was after i had also been to morton's and metropolitan grill. both times at el gaucho were awesome. the first time, i got a peppered ny strip and a bearing strait crab leg, and sirloin tip

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★★★★★

i've now been to el gaucho twice. the second time was after i had also been to morton's and metropolitan grill. both times at el gaucho were awesome. the first time, i got a peppered ny strip and a bearing strait crab leg, and sirloin tip

Pros: great food, nice ambience

Cons: pricey

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We went to El-gaucho to celebrate our annivesary. Food was awesome, service was even better and bananas foster made at the table makes it complete. When we arrived, the table was not ready, but we were seated after 10 min of waiting, which

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★★★★★

We went to El-gaucho to celebrate our annivesary. Food was awesome, service was even better and bananas foster made at the table makes it complete. When we arrived, the table was not ready, but we were seated after 10 min of waiting, which

Cons: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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Every time when we visited El-Gaucho it getting worse and worse. The last time was April 20, 2007 ? my husband?s Birthday. We choose El Gaucho and it was the Biggest Mistake. His Birthday was ruined. Mussels that we ordered smells like

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★★★★★

Every time when we visited El-Gaucho it getting worse and worse. The last time was April 20, 2007 ? my husband?s Birthday. We choose El Gaucho and it was the Biggest Mistake. His Birthday was ruined. Mussels that we ordered smells like

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My husband and I wanted to go to a nice place for dinner the day before New Years to beat the crowds. We heard this place had good steak and decided to spend the $$$ for a special occasion. Our crab cakes were tasteless and mushy. The cut

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★★★★★

My husband and I wanted to go to a nice place for dinner the day before New Years to beat the crowds. We heard this place had good steak and decided to spend the $$$ for a special occasion. Our crab cakes were tasteless and mushy. The cut

Pros: Ambience

Cons: You get nothing for the $$$$$

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I took my dad here for a special occasion and was terribly disappointed with my entire experience. We were seated at a tiny table near the door and by the ramp, and though we ordered the tableside Ceasar salad, it arrived pre-tossed...

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★★★★★

I took my dad here for a special occasion and was terribly disappointed with my entire experience. We were seated at a tiny table near the door and by the ramp, and though we ordered the tableside Ceasar salad, it arrived pre-tossed...

Pros: Good steak

Cons: Expensive, indifferent haughty service

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El Gaucho is a perennial favorite for a good steak and good wine in the Seattle downtown area. They have an expensive wine list but make sure you ask the waiter for the regular list that has the lower priced wines besides the three and

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★★★★★

El Gaucho is a perennial favorite for a good steak and good wine in the Seattle downtown area. They have an expensive wine list but make sure you ask the waiter for the regular list that has the lower priced wines besides the three and

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This hotel is located right above the El Gaucho restaurant in Belltown. I recommended this hotel to my friend earlier this year and she enjoyed it tremendously - particularly the down comforters, bose stereo system, and flat screen hdtv. It is located outside the downtown hotel district in belltown, close to the waterfront, keyarena, and the opera.

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★★★★☆

This hotel is located right above the El Gaucho restaurant in Belltown. I recommended this hotel to my friend earlier this year and she enjoyed it tremendously - particularly the down comforters, bose stereo system, and flat screen hdtv. It is located outside the downtown hotel district in belltown, close to the waterfront, keyarena, and the opera.

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Bring your wallet for some of the best food in Seattle. The hotel is nice too for the money. Great interior design!!!

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★★★★★

Bring your wallet for some of the best food in Seattle. The hotel is nice too for the money. Great interior design!!!

Pros: Near Pike Market

Cons: Expensive

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Wish i could say better of my experience. Service was innattentive. An old captain service system from days gone by left me with un-empowered bussers and a captain who rarely visited the table. Cheap tuxedo outfits with clip on bow ties

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★★★★★

Wish i could say better of my experience. Service was innattentive. An old captain service system from days gone by left me with un-empowered bussers and a captain who rarely visited the table. Cheap tuxedo outfits with clip on bow ties

Pros: dark, swanky, very old school

Cons: service, food, ambience

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This place scuks. A far better steak for half the price and a much livlier atmosphere can be had at The Buenos Aires Grill down the road. People who know, don't eat here.

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★★★★★

This place scuks. A far better steak for half the price and a much livlier atmosphere can be had at The Buenos Aires Grill down the road. People who know, don't eat here.

Cons: all

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I don't understand what all the fuss is about. This place is all reputation with little follow through. My steak was undercooked, the server did not seem to care to fix the situation, I was not impressed with the dark depressing atmosphere

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★★★★★

I don't understand what all the fuss is about. This place is all reputation with little follow through. My steak was undercooked, the server did not seem to care to fix the situation, I was not impressed with the dark depressing atmosphere

Pros: Salads tableside- fun

Cons: Steak, snobby service, atmosphere

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I travel and eat steak all around the U.S. and El Gaucho is still my favorite. The ambience is perfect. The french ribbed steak is great, and they have the best ceasar in Seattle. The other reviews stating the menu items were overpriced,

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★★★★★

I travel and eat steak all around the U.S. and El Gaucho is still my favorite. The ambience is perfect. The french ribbed steak is great, and they have the best ceasar in Seattle. The other reviews stating the menu items were overpriced,

Pros: EVERYTHING, they serve food until 1am!

Cons: resevation needed on weekends

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I used to love El Gaucho but the staff has become quite rude and talked down to me when I did not order a super high end wine. I watched the general manager apologize to a table over and over again but never did anything other then treat

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★★★★★

I used to love El Gaucho but the staff has become quite rude and talked down to me when I did not order a super high end wine. I watched the general manager apologize to a table over and over again but never did anything other then treat

Cons: rude service staff, to much money, over priced, tables to close

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El Gaucho is a good place to go for a special occasion dinner. The interior is very dark, romantic and hip. It feels like a place The Rat Pack would go. Service is excellent, the steaks are out of this world, and the Bananas Foster dessert (prepared on fire at your table, even) is reason enough to go there. It's definitely pricey, but well worth it for a special treat.

They also have private dining rooms you can reserve for events. We didn't choose it for our wedding dinner since their options for vegetarians are somewhat limited (only 1-2 items on the menu), and there isn't any sort of view.

But I highly recommend it for a nice evening on the town, as it's very close to some fun bars and a pool hall.

PROS: great atmosphere, excellent steaks
CONS: not many vegetarian options, expensive

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★★★★☆

El Gaucho is a good place to go for a special occasion dinner. The interior is very dark, romantic and hip. It feels like a place The Rat Pack would go. Service is excellent, the steaks are out of this world, and the Bananas Foster dessert (prepared on fire at your table, even) is reason enough to go there. It's definitely pricey, but well worth it for a special treat.

They also have private dining rooms you can reserve for events. We didn't choose it for our wedding dinner since their options for vegetarians are somewhat limited (only 1-2 items on the menu), and there isn't any sort of view.

But I highly recommend it for a nice evening on the town, as it's very close to some fun bars and a pool hall.

PROS: great atmosphere, excellent steaks
CONS: not many vegetarian options, expensive

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Okay, so this restaurant is one of the most expensive. Go here, if you are 1. ready to spend some bling bling, and 2. if you're trying to impress a date. The interior will blow you away. Dark, but classy, ultra classy. The food impeccable. This is definitely a treat restaurant, or I'm-trying-to-impress-a-girl-kind of restaurant. My favorite: Filet mignon.

PROS: Classy, upscale restaurant
CONS: Pricey!

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Okay, so this restaurant is one of the most expensive. Go here, if you are 1. ready to spend some bling bling, and 2. if you're trying to impress a date. The interior will blow you away. Dark, but classy, ultra classy. The food impeccable. This is definitely a treat restaurant, or I'm-trying-to-impress-a-girl-kind of restaurant. My favorite: Filet mignon.

PROS: Classy, upscale restaurant
CONS: Pricey!

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