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Gauchos Argentinian Steakhouse, Fairview Heights, IL

Gauchos Argentinian Steakhouse

4.3
4.3
36 Reviews
$31 to $50
Argentinean
Our goal is to bring you true traditional dishes from our Argentinean heritage, which greatly involves not only our home made dishes, but a calm feeling of relaxation with your loved ones and friends.
We are an Argentinean family living and based in St. Clair County, Illinois and for the last 8 years we have built a reputation that exceeds expectations, We are a family that takes pride in what we do and our customers are an extension of that family, just like the Argentinean way.​​ Come in an have an Argentinian experience. Also we are home of the StoneGrill experience.

We are forced to adjust our hours due to the current world events. We are still here to serve you, we are open 3 days of the week for lunch and dinner. Please check our Dates and hours of operation.

We are also offering Carry-Out.

Website:
http://gauchossteakhouseil.com

Lunch and Dinner Menu:
https://gauchossteakhouseil.com/menus
Phone #: (618) 589-9559

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Argentinean, Steakhouse, South American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (618) 589-9559

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Oscar Farina

  • Catering

    Please ask about our catering services. Contact Us: 618-589-9559 618-696-2339

  • Private party facilities

    We are forced to adjust our hours due to the current world events. We are still here to serve you, we are open 3 days of the week for dinner. Please check our Dates and hours of operation. We are also offering Carry-Out. Website: http://gauchossteakhouseil.com Dinner Menu: https://gauchossteakhouseil.com/menu Phone #: (618) 589-9559

What 36 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. CB

    CBBB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and a nice atmosphere! We are excited to come back again.
  2. JB

    JulieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and service was great. The steak was amazing! Great locally owned and operated business.
  3. b

    baca

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was great, but make sure to ask for an itemized receipt before adding tip. We were 5 of us and ended up with double-tipping them. $60 tip for $170 bill, not fun.
  4. j

    jasons

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    First, the food was fine, but nothing special. My biggest complaint is the method of presentation. Your steak is brought to you on a hot stone so you can have it cooked the way you want. Sounds like a great idea, right? Wrong. For starters, the server tells you to slice off a piece of your steak and how long to cook each side to get the temperature you want, but what about the rest of the steak? It’s still setting on the same hot rock cooking while you eat each bite. I like my steak medium rare and the one I ordered came to me almost entirely done to my preference. So, while eating it, it became a piece of shoe leather from sitting on the cooking surface while I ate it. Bringing a plate to put the steak on could’ve avoided this problem. My single biggest complaint is the fact that the dining room becomes the kitchen with this method of presentation. The floor was slick from grease spatter and by the end of the meal so was our table and my shirt. So, don’t wear anything you care about here. There’s a reason grill cooks wear aprons, it’s messy. Imagine coming here for the first time with your special someone and leaving with them covered in grease.
  5. b

    bdgarcia

    St. Louis

    37 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Service was very slow. The steak had way too much fat and grizzle. We were 3 quarters of the way through the meal before we could get our ice teas. Not impressed
  6. M

    Michael

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We went here for our anniversary dinner and thoroughly enjoyed it. This was the first time ever being at a restaurant like this and will likely go back. The service was okay (didn't really check on us much) but we received our food fast and it was delicious.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is definitely worth trying. The stone grill is a fun new experience. My husband had a sirloin and I had the lamb. The steaks come out on the stone and the staff show you the best method for cutting and searing on the stone. The plantains were also sweet & delicious. We also had the chorizo empanadas.... great flavor. Save room for dessert! Spanish churros & ice cream!
  8. HG

    HunterGatherer

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    They’re obviously understaffed, but they’re trying.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    So unfamiliar with this type of dining, but absolutely enjoyed it!! Great food, friendly staff!! Definitely would go again!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was very good . Can’t wait to go back .
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the hot stone experience was even better! The only downfall was that the room was filled with I guess you could say smoke. When you leave you feel “greasy”. But that’s expected when you have steak sizzling in front of you! I’ll definitely be back!
  12. p

    peptoit

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we arrived, we were seated immediately. The service was prompt, and the food and concept was great and clever. Would definitely go there again when in town.
  13. SI

    SusanI

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I am glad we went as it was a different experience then most dining experiences. Steak was good and liked cooking it on the stone at your table. Limited menu options and a little on the pricier side
  14. AO

    AnnieO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Gauchos was a unique dining experience with steaks cooked on stones and the spices used delicious. This is a family owned casual dining experience with excellence on product and service.
  15. R

    Ryan

    St. Louis

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a special hidden gem, delicious food fantastic service incredible staff totally awesome
  16. RM

    RachelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was very personable - our server was very attentive. The owner/chef came to show us how the stone grill works and the steak was seasoned perfectly. The dipping sauces were delicious and the charred bread slices dipped in the chimchurri was the bomb! We will be back!
  17. JS

    JSPIETUUSI

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    a great dining experience. The stone grilled steak melts in your mouth
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food is great though a little overpriced for every day. Service has been spotty both times. Always s seem to be low on staff.
  19. TG

    TomG

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Valentines!
  20. JF

    JonF

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We went on Valentines Day, which may have contributed to the noise and some service issues. However, these did not detract from the outstanding food, nor will they keep us from visiting again. I liken Gauchos to a Mongolian hot pot - you are brought your steak on a large heated stone, on which you cook the meat yourself as you slice off each piece. I had the Surf and Turf, which was great, and my wife had the same without the shrimp. Next time, I would get the tostones as an app rather than the plantain, which were too sweet for my wife as an appetizer. The desserts were outstanding - the churros were great, but the lemon Panna cotta (in all but name) was a winner. I don't like citrus desserts normally, and I would order that again. I ordered the cabbage and carrot salad, but got the same salad as my wife who had the normal salad. The Gauchos dressing is wonderful, a lightly garlicky vinaigrette, so this wasn't a big deal. The table next to us had an issue with their order as well, but the wait staff was great. I chalked these minor issues up to it being a busy night. This is a great date night place if you like meat. The normal menu has a vegetarian option, but be honest - if you're bringing a vegetarian to an Argentinian steak house, you've got bigger problems than what to feed them, as do they. Bring the carnivores and your wallet - good food isn't cheap.
  21. JE

    JERMAINEM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Atmosphere is very smokey due to cooking food on stones at your table, but steak was seasoned well and tasted good. You will smell like smoke when you leave.
  22. a

    audreys

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is scrumptious. I recommend the 16oz Argentina style ribeye steak ( ojo de bifé) marinated in chimichurri served sizzling to your table on a hot 750° stone , served with fries and Gauchos salad and chimichurri dipping sauce.
  23. KB

    KelsB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We waited nearly ten minutes to even get greeted! We were sat with no menus. Waited another eight minutes to be asked if we had been helped. Server then gave us menus and water and told us she was just too busy to take care of us and she was going to see if anyone could take us. Waited another five minutes. Nothing. We decided to then leave. So disappointed in this. Would have loved to try the food. Just respond to know that we are there!

    Gauchos Argentinian SteakhouseResponded on February 12, 2020Thank you for giving us a try and we are very sorry that you experience was not a good one. We where a little short staff this weekend, we apologize for your experience is not an excuse just what happened. Thanks

  24. R

    Rob3026

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although the steaks on stone were expensive, they were really good!! It is our new go-to special occasion place.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    It was wonderful
  26. TG

    TomG

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Waitress Barb was GREAT! Very personable. the concept is really cool and food was great.
  27. TG

    TimG

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Absolutely worth a try. Highly doubt you will regret it. The food is tremendous, and the steaks cooked at your table on a black (lava) rock, are off the chart! On the weekends, definitely make a reservation, as tables fill up quickly.
  28. BF

    BrianF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We visited Gauchos on a night that was not busy due to an ice storm, so the service was excellent. We all decided to try the stone grill, which where the meat is cooked at the table on a 700 degree stone. The steaks were excellent and the sides were also very good. The steaks were an excellent value for the price. The house salad was very nice and the dressing was light and very tasty. The house made mojitos were also delicious and definitely a recommended pre-dinner drink. We all agreed that we would like to go back for another visit.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was good. The meats (lamb, chicken and secret steak) were cooked perfectly to order. The chef was very friendly and helpful in choosing our food. The food was simple, fresh, and not over-salted like most steak houses, but seasoned lightly. The plantains were a terrific side dish. Service was slow and inefficient. The restaurant fills with smoke from the stone grill foods being served.
  30. MS

    MarthaS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Our waiter Kristopher was not attentive at all. I never received a refill on my drink. He brought out our entrees and then brought the dry salad out and then asked us what kind of dressing we wanted. My steak came out cold and even after having sent it back it still was only lukewarm.
  31. B

    Blues

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Restaurant isn't like Argentina at all. Been in Argentina a lot and the steaks aren't even comparable. Never had hot stone in Argentina, always from the fire burning pit with multiple choices for meat. Saw people getting up to leave not even being served, should have followed!

    Gauchos Argentinian SteakhouseResponded on January 2, 2020What Gaucho's Steakhouse is trying to share with People is the history of how an Ancient Argentinian Gauchos cooked in the wild, as all they needed was fire and Stones. We are not trying to be like an Argentinian Tourist Restaurant in Buenos Aires. Gaucho's Steakhouse also cooks it's meats in a flaming grill, we want you to have a gaucho experience with the hot Stones but if you don't want to, you can cook your meat in the grill all you need to do is ask. Sorry about your experience.

  32. SM

    StephanieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    the best steak in a long time, family owned and ran, everyone was great, learned alot about the culture i almost forgot the lamb i never knew it was so good. cant wait to revisit them once they are moved oct 2019
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and great staff! I am disappointed we did not know about this restaurant until now. The steak was amazing and cooked perfect! The owners were great at explaining the marinade and origin of the food. The churro for dessert was fantastic!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As they claim, best steakhouse you didn’t know exists! Delightful, locally owned- cooked to order meats, chicken, and fish. Everything here is unique and delicious- from the entrees, to the sides, drinks and desserts! Come try it!
  35. b

    bigtippingfoodie

    St. Louis

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The flavor of the steak and lamb were amazing! The rice was some of the best I've had. The owners came out and talked with us and explained the background of Argentinean cooking and some culture. I can't wait to go back!
  36. LA

    LAKTZ

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When I dine at a restaurant I usually order some type of fish. The chef came to our table and explained the preparation of the steaks with the special Argentinian marinade. I decided since is the specialty to try a steak. Words cannot describe the wonderful flavor of this steak. My husband had a different cut of steak and said the same. The flavor is outstanding

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Gauchos Argentinian Steakhouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (618) 589-9559.

Gauchos Argentinian Steakhouse is rated 4.3 stars by 36 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Fairview Heights

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Argentinean, Steakhouse, South American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Oscar Farina

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (618) 589-9559

  • Catering

    Please ask about our catering services. Contact Us: 618-589-9559 618-696-2339

  • Private party facilities

    We are forced to adjust our hours due to the current world events. We are still here to serve you, we are open 3 days of the week for dinner. Please check our Dates and hours of operation. We are also offering Carry-Out. Website: http://gauchossteakhouseil.com Dinner Menu: https://gauchossteakhouseil.com/menu Phone #: (618) 589-9559

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