Gaucho Smithfield

4.2
1157 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Situated in London’s historic meat market - Smithfield - near art-centric Clerkenwell and just a stone’s throw from the Barbican, we’ve found the perfect home for our contemporary Argentinian steakhouse restaurant and bar.

Gaucho Smithfield draws inspiration from the market with our interiors and menu celebrating the extraordinary origins of our products and provenance. There is no better place to enjoy one of our phenomenal ‘wet-aged’ steaks and a glass of premium Argentinian red wine than whilst watching the bustle of the market from our dining room.

We’ve also got an impressive private dining room for you to meet, host or celebrate within.
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P
London
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Place was empty. Bife de Chorizo was okay but nothing special. Portion size of sides getting smaller. Bread basket getting smaller.

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M
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, the same service and romantic atmosphere.

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i
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Despite the restaurant not being very busy they put us, six larger than average men, on a smallish round table that would have comfortably seated four. Result, a couple of split drinks and struggle to fit the sharing platters on the table.
I could understand it if the restaurant was busy but “manager” a bit of thought goes a long way.
I guess on the positive it meant conversation was easier:-).
The food as always is pricey but you know that before you go and the steaks as always were perfect.

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GW
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great table, great service and very good food! Would definately come again...

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AP
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcello our waiter was more than excellent. His deep knowledge about each different steak cut and how best to consume it was excellent and made the whole experience much more interesting. Would definitely recommend it.

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GB
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

They could cook a nice steak but could not cook a chocolate desert. Two failed attempts let the restaurant down.

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SA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My belly was contented. Very good service, and the set menu was good value

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CC
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

High prices, small portions. I wanted to cancel booking and they told me i could not if not i would have to pay £20 per head, very stupid.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always. Staff are knowledgable, welcoming and friendly. Throughly recommend!

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SJ
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

fantastic pre birthday meal - love the Gaucho not my usual 5 stars as had to return my steak (this can happen no matter where you go). They offered to redo the whole meal but we shared the first steak while the second one cooked - all delicious and even got a present as an apology. well done Gaucho Smithfield

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OT
London
186 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

very quiet restaurant, good food but expensive to be honest

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EL
London
15 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere nice staff nice food presentation... ordered sweetbread as starter, two different type of steak to share, stem broccoli and tomato salad as side and a mushroom sauce. Stem broccoli was a bit overcooked. Slight disappointed as I was expecting crunchy stem broccoli. Love the tomato salad though, very refreshing. Sweetbread will be better I reckon if it's deep fried.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Gaucho Smithfield. 12 Jan 19. Ordered the fillet, medium rare. Unfortunately the steak wasn't prepared correctly and rested appropriately. As a result when I cut into it, it bled everywhere and was tough to eat. The chips were cold. The spinach wet. The bearnaise sauce flavourless. I'm sorry, but if you wan't a half decent steak on the 'high street' you're better off going to Goodman.

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TB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was really good and meat lovers will not be disappointed.

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Probably the best steaks in London . I have been going to Groucho for many years. The menu choice has cut back over the years , but the quality of the meat and the wine has always been top level.
The bar service was a bit slow considering the numbers in the restaurant but the service at the table was excellent , efficient and informative .

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NY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love the Gaucho Smithfield. The staff was amazing! Everyone was so welcoming and attentive to us throughout the evening even though they were extremely busy. The food was terrific and the portions were huge!

The meat we had was very well prepared and it was an amazing dining experience. I would certainly recommend this place if you're visiting London and are near the Farringdon station.

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v
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Meat was outstanding, and the service was great .

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TD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went New Year’s Eve and there was a great buzz - DJ kept a smooth mix of music going and good volume without it being too intrusive. Steaks excellent, as you’d expect. A couple of the puddings inc the fondant were noteworthy. Mac and cheese is interesting with chorizo sausage but was also a bit dry. The waiters were great and helpful with food and wine choices, as always, but service really seemed stretched. Naturally a busy time so I’ve been kind to the score - we left around 45 mins later than planned. Would go back though.

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Decor needs urgent investment starting to look rather tired.

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KK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We went to Gaucho Smithfield as part of our work Christmas party. The food was amazing as expected, however due do a busy time in December, the restaurant was quite noisy.

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BJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great steaks and great service. Would definitely return

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C
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great steaks, sides and sauces. Excellent empanada selection to start for sharing.
Tables are small. Ideal for two, cramped for four. Noise level was high but some large groups on Christmas meals were present.

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FF
London
65 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I hadn’t been to Gaucho for years so wanted to go there with friends to celebrate a friend’s engagement.

When I went a few years ago it felt like a quality establishment, this time it felt trashy with drunk rowdy customers shouting orders at the staff.

Nevertheless we ordered. Some from the set menu and some a-la-carte. Here were the issues:
Half the starters came cold and needed to be redone.
4 out of the 5 steaks ordered were not cooked correctly. The chips were cold.
The desserts weren’t nice
Cocktails very average
Toilets were disgusting

Given the number of great steak places in London, Gaucho feels dated and inadequate.

Whilst I did receive and apologetic email after and a free drink I’m afraid I won’t be returning. Gaucho has had its day!

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EP
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have eaten at Gaucho Smithfield several times over the last 5-6 years, and the food continues to be excellently prepared and presented. I enjoy the depth of the Argentinian wine list, and had a nice bottle of Tannat, which I seem to only find at Gaucho. Overall a high quality dining experience for a Friday night.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food and beautiful wine, waiter was attentive and friendly and the maitre de is an asset to the restaurant.

Would definitely recommend!

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RR
Frankfurt Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. They know their meats and how to cook it.
I'll surely repeat it.

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JR
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was very poor. We were at the table for 15 mins before a waiter came. Drinks and ordering then took a long time. Once the starter order was made things ran very smoothly. Food was lovely which partially made up for the service. What could have been a delightful evening was marred by the service. However, I would go back again as hopefully this was a one off.

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MT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from Yannis really topped off the experience

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DD
London
8 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great place after a trip to The Barbican, great food, although very quiet on a Saturday

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MG
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location, the ambience, the furniture, the food, the wine and most of all the service are all fantastic. We really couldn't have asked for more and we'll definitely be coming back very soon.

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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked this restaurant to celebrate my husband's birthday. The staff was very attentive but not intrusive and nothing was too much trouble. The manager came over and introduced himself..When the restaurant called to confirm the booking I told them we would be celebrating my husbands Birthday and they made a special effort with a candle which was really very nice of them..our waiter was really very nice, would definitely return. The service was excellent.

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PB
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Top quality Argentine steak and wine. Friendly and attentive service. Fully recommended.

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m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Gaucho never fails to deliver on food quality. Would not expect any less at these prices. Service was good. It was a Thursday night and not very busy. The clients who were there were all business men. Presumably because of the local area. Not a problem. Would try again on a weekend when there should be more leisure guests and the atmosphere might be a little more conducive to a birthday celebration.

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JB
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Steak was amazing. Not going to slight that and wanted to start my comments with a positive. The service however was poor. We were largely ignored for most of the night and after declining dessert, we weren't offered a further drink and sat there with empty glasses for a further 40mins, without any view of any waiting staff to bring the bill.
I politely asked for the DISCRETIONARY service charge (£21) to be removed and was then challenged. If you make this optional and offer rubbish service, don't then be surprised nor make me feel like an a**hole when I ask you to remove it.

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Reminiscent of the famous Specials song GhostTown. All the ambience of a rusted out steel works factory. Steak was ok.

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JT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The reception and service was friendly and efficient. The wine advice was spot on and drinks and food service was impeccable. The steak was really good so all in all everything you'd want for a good business meal. Thank you Gauchos.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely, top class from the moment me and my wife walked in. It was our wedding anniversary so wanted a lovely meal, Gaucho did not dissapoint. We where seated in a lovely booth, the staff and chef where lovely and very attentitive. The food, particularly the steak was to die for, best steak I have ever had, so much taste it was melt in the mouth stuff.
On completion of our meal we was given a free glass off bubbly each and a lovely presented sweet ( had the writing of happy anniversary in toffee written on the plate). Such a wonderful gesture by such lovely people and restaurant. I would recommend this restaurant to anybody, just wish I lived nearer. I will definitely return one day tho, thank you so much everybody at Gaucho for making our wedding anniversary a night to remember.

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NB
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service, staff were very attentive. Had the taster menu and was excellent especially the rib eye! Had read comments about the lack of ambience and I would agree, this was a Saturday night and there weren't many covers which is a shame. That said the food was delivered at good intervals and we all left having enjoyed the food.

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GJ
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing experience! One of the best steak places you can find in London.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointing food and service. The steak wasn’t seasoned sufficiently and the salad with Stilton dressing not very inspiring for a main course. The waitress was pushy and overcharged us for the champagne.

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