The Gaucho Grill is an Argentine restaurant located in Downtown Long Beach. This was my first visit here and I had a great time, enjoyed some great craft cocktails and ate some amazing food.
I came to the Gaucho Grill on Pine Avenue on a Saturday at 5pm with my wife. We had a reservation for 5pm and we were promptly seated. To start things off, we went with the Champagne Mojito and the Peach Martini. Later I followed the Pear Martini with the Old Rhubarb. I have been focusing on Long Beach Cocktails a lot as of late and this is one area that I like to explore when I am going to a new restaurant or bar for the first time. Abigail seems to pretty much always dive into the Mojito department and she loved her drink. Here are the three craft cocktails that we tried.
Champagne Mojito: Bacardi, Chandon Brut, Mint Leaves, Lime, Club Soda and house triple syrup. This variation of the mojito was nice. I have not mixed champagne and rum before and I could easily drink these things all day long
Peach Martini: Grey Goose, Peach and a splash of orange juice. This was served in a martini glass and had a slice of pear in it that was soaked with booze and very tasty. This was a very smooth drink and a great way to get things started.
Old Rhubarb: Angels Envy, Simple Syrup and Rhubarb Bitters. This drink obviously had a bit more kick to it than the mojito or the martini. It had a very smooth aftertaste though. Kind of like that of coconut or vanilla. This must have been the rhubarb because I am new to it. Old Rhubarb is an Angels Envy based drink. I had just met Erik from Angel’s Envy at the Exhibition Room a few weeks earlier so I have been making an effort to support his brand and I also like the taste of the bourbon. Both my cocktails where delicious!
After the cocktails where ordered we got some tasty bread and an appetizer. The bread and the dipping sauce for the bread was amazing and if you are not careful you could easily go through a few baskets of this stuff. The dipping sauce had Oil, Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Garlic and Crushed Pepper.
We settled on the Morcilla Argentine which is a grilled argentine black sausage that comes in a black skillet with some chopped tomatoes and cilantro. I have never had a sausage like this before. It literally melted in my mouth. It was good to mix it in with the tomatoes and I wolfed that down in about a minute. The
For dinner I went with the Mahi Mahi on Grill. It comes with two pieces of Mahi Mahi topped with Arrabiata sauce and it was served with mashed potatoes and 3 pieces of grilled zucchini. I have not had fish in awhile and this was a nice change for me. I liked how the Arrabiata sauce complimented the fish and for me it was a good mix. Abigail got the Steak Salad and that came in a cool bowl that had kind of a 45 degree tilt to it and inside was delicious pieces of skirt steak, zucchini, olives, tomatoes, greens and feta cheese. I had a few pieces of the salad and it was tasty. I think the next time around I will probably try one of their steak dishes.
Here are a few notes about the parking situation for the Gaucho Grill. There is a parking garage between 4th Street and 3rd Street that is free for 2 hours. That is a great place to park if you are looking to come downtown for a few hours and not pay to park. If you do not mind paying $5, you can pull into the lot off of Broadway and that is connected directly to the Gaucho Grill. It would be awesome if they had some kind of validation thing for this lot lol.
The restaurant itself is located right on Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach. It has a pretty good sized patio outside that sits around 30 people or so. As you walk inside, there is a bar to the left and towards the back and then there are booths to the right. If you keep walking all the way through, you hit the restrooms and the parking garage that I mentioned earlier. I loved the decorations inside. The wall we sat at had a big mirror on it and there were squares of cowhide on the mirror in like a checkerboard pattern. To top it off there were purple lights running along the top of the booth which was a nice touch. Speaking of booths, ours was black but right next to us there was an all white booth that sat three people. It was cool how they slotted that into the design. There were about 5 chandeliers in the inside that looked nice and the bar was probably my favorite. It had brick up at the top and 7 half barrels coming out of the wall. There is a wine rack that goes floor to ceiling over by where the managers area is which was also a nice touch. I could actually go on and on with the different details about the layout because I really liked it.
At the end of the meal I grabbed a card from the manager Gonzalo Miorin and I told him that I thoroughly enjoyed his restaurant and the experience that I had there. I’ll be back!
Written by Louie Baur