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AQUA by El Gaucho
AQUA by El Gaucho

AQUA by El Gaucho Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.elgaucho.com/aqua-by-el-gaucho.html
  • Phone: (206) 956-9171
  • Hours of Operation: Open at 4:00 pm daily. Dinner: Nightly from 5:00pm
    Sunday Brunch 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Wesley Hood
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live piano music seven days a week.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broad Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available on Pier 70.
A word from AQUA by El Gaucho
Seattle's hidden jewel, gorgeous and warmly elegant, AQUA by El Gaucho sparkles at the tip of Pier 70. Walls of glass showcase some of Seattle's finest views of Elliott Bay, Magnolia Bluff and the Space Needle.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "On a beautiful weekday evening enjoyed outside dining. Business dinner with two East Coast visitors and we each chose various seafood entrees and appetizers. Attentive, accommodating service excellent wine selection and tastefully prepared and presented food."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "I've tried AQUA's happy hour before and wanted to give their brunch a try. Their entire brunch buffet was delicious. The selection wasn't huge (which I like) like other seafood brunch buffets, so the quality was great! I thoroughly enjoyed each thing that I ate, especially the oysters! My husband and I were very impressed with the great flavor of all the food. The service at AQUA is always top notch and our visit for brunch was no different."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "This is one of three spots I usually recommend on the water as the ambiance is that good, but this time the experience fell completely flat. To be completely fair, I've had everything from pretty good (4/5) to moderate (3/5) experiences, thus keeping Aqua in the rotation, but I will likely not be back after this experience. I flew my wife in town to join me in Seattle as I had to stay over the weekend. We used to live in the area and she really wanted a waterfront dining experience. The service was atrocious - lack of attention to borderline rude. We were literally left alone, waters empty, for long stretches at a time. It really ruined the whole experience. No manager came by, no one checked in, super frustrating. Food was overdone."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Had a wonderful time. Our waiter Drew was very attentive and made certain whatever our need it would be met. Our food was delivered promptly and quickly. Looking forward to coming back again and again it is definitely worth it. The raw oysters were to die for!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Our server was very nice. View was nice and I like how "open" it is, no crammed together tables."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I must say if you are looking to be treated very special, this is your place. Our birthday guest arrived to a table scattered with yellow rose petals and a card hand signed by the staff. Our server Jarrod, happily allowed us to pay corkage for or special bottle of champagne that we brought along. We started our meal with cocktails from their very creative list and the prawn appetizer. The prawns were well prepared but not over the top. We had a scallops main course and two sea bass all of which were really good. The lobster mashed potatoes weren't very exciting, but a passable side. The shining star was the bread pudding and our server Jarrod. He was so attentive and fun to chat with, he knew the menu and wine list."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This is a great spot for a special occasion. The food is good with a diverse menu. It's not cheap though."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Whenever my husband and I visit Seattle (from the Bay Area), we make sure to dine at Aqua. The food and service is always fabulous and never fails to please."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My first visit to Aqua was a very enjoyable experience. We were seated immediately and the overall service at our table was top notch. The service was friendly, attentive and timely, but not overbearing. Aqua's excellent wine by the glass selection was well appreciated. I often like to share dishes and the staff immediately offered to split the entrees for us. The food presentation was well thought out. The seafood is fresh with many different preparations to choose from. Preparations with sauces were very yummy. I would highly recommend trying Aqua for their fabulous seafood - but since it is owned by El Gaucho, I noticed the menu had a couple of their wonderful steaks on the menu for those that don't eat/want seafood."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Didn't get waited on for 20 mins but once we asked a waiter if he was ours, he said "No, but I will be." He brought us free appetizers and was very nice. Great food and the best bread pudding ever. Service was great once we got a waiter."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Expensive, but the food was extraordinary. Everyone in our group of six raved about each course. My Swordfish and lobster were awesome as was my bread pudding dessert w/ the standout sea salt caramel sauce. Two people of the six ordered steak instead of fish and they said that they were cooked to perfection. Aqua has a good wine list, but I think they are pretty steep on their mark-up (3X). Service was good, but they missed a few tricks. I noticed some of the wine glasses they sat down had dishwasher cloud on them which is a detail that shouldn't be missed. This is the reason why I didn't rate them a five star. The valet parking is a really convenient way to park, especially in this area of Seattle. All in all I would go back."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Absolutely loved the restaurant and the night. Our waiter was fantastic and did his best to make me look even more romantic on my wife's birthday."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "My husband and I were visiting Seattle for his 60th birthday with friends. I reserved a table for 4. Even though there was guarantee of special sitting via online reservation, the staff at El Gaucho went out of their way to make the celebration special. At our request, the staff provided outdoor seating so we could enjoy the scenic views and watch the sunset. Every staff member greeted us warmly and wished my husband happy birthday, which surprised and delighted him. We were overjoyed to her several serenades of "happy birthday" performed beautifully by the pianist. However, the meal stole the show. I highly recommend the seafood soup and the bread pudding. It was the best I ever had and a delight to every sense. We shall return!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Great food, great service, and great weather made our anniversary special."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Aqua for the first time for our anniversary. On a warm August evening we sat outside on the patio and they even offered blankets when the sun began to set and the temperature began to drop. While the food was good I don't think it was good enough to warrant the steep prices tonight. My wife's Filet was ordered med-rare and while the temperature felt med-rare, the color of the meat was very dark brown making us wonder if it wasn't a little old. The service was some of the worst we've had in a long time. Our waiter was MIA much of the evening, our drinks were gone before he could come back, took forever to be able to order, etc. The ambience of Aqua was nice and may get me to return but with lower expectations"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "excellent service....Patio is fantastic during the summer."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Our first time dining at Aqua and my family and I loved the food, service and of course the seaside view was amazing. Can't wait to return once we visit Seattle again!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "It was all good - must say the crab bisque was the best I've ever had!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I made sure to tell the staff via OpenTable that this was our 22nd Wedding Anniversary. When we arrived to the restaurant, there was a card from the staff and rose petals on the table. The waiter was absolutely top notch. I could go on and on about how accommodating our waiter was for our plans later in the evening, to making sure we had photos of our event, and even coming outside on the deck to help us with a picture as the sun was setting. Even the parking experience was top notch. And the steak. OH! Melted like butter. Let's put it this way, if given the choice between Daniel's (Bellevue) and AQUA, we are going to AQUA."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We were treated royally right from the start. We were given a choice of outside or in and we chose a perfect outside table where our waiter told us to watch for the sailing regatta which was due shortly. The appetizer we chose was perfect (calamari) and my glass of pinot gris suited it well. The main courses were good. The seafood stew was great. Just the right amount of curry. The swordfish was good but a bit bland. The crowning touch was the special anniversary dessert which was decorated especially for us (and gratis!) The wait-staff were all attentive but not 'in your face'. After 38 years of married life, it was a wonderful evening that we won't soon forget."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Steak was tough and not flavorful. Shrimp was ok but not at the high end prices. Food was in par with red lobster but 4 x the price. Server was awesome but we came for the food and were very disappointed."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We came to Seattle to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday. The concierge at our hotel and other trusted sources told us about this place, so our expectations were pretty high. The staff, the ambiance/view and mostly the food completely blew us away (in a good way)! Service was impeccable on timing, attentive when we needed it, and left us to enjoy the food and view when we wanted. The food: freshness, taste, presentation, texture and temperature were all 10's. There was subtle creativity in the ingredients which also delighted the palette (I know that sounds poetic but like I said - they blew us away!) We will definitely come back to Aqua next time we come by Seattle."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We had their seafood extravaganza that was fresh and not overdone. I am local but my business clients were from Pittsburgh and they wanted king crab, salmon, scallops, we threw in lobster tails, halibut and steamer clams. What a treat. Service was terrrific"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Enjoyable but seemed expensive relative to its peers. The Chilean sea bass, which we specifically went for, was tasty but just slightly overcooked and one needed to be sent back as it arrived cold. The truffle macaroni and cheese was not particularly flavorful and the pasta was on the firm side. The chicken and the halibut were fine but not particularly memorable. The wine list, calamari, service and desserts helped save it from being truly sub-par. When all was said and done, $425 for 4 included: 4 cocktails, 3 glasses of wine (not a bottle), two appetizers (calamari & prawns), 2 sea bass, 1 chicken, 1 halibut, 3 desserts. Expensive? Your call. But I've had better meals for less many other places."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Delicious food and amazing scenery! A must-go. The seafood and steak were such high quality and beautifully presented. Professional service with the right touches of personality."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I needed the finist romantic best , best food, best view of Seattle and the Sunset and we got it all. My finist evening we have ever had. Incredible."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This is a perfect place to dine and watch the sun set across the Olympics and see the colors reflect on Mt. Rainier; a perfect backdrop for a special occasion. Every table on the patio has a spectacular view. With all this going on, the food is even better. The steak and lobster dish were cooked perfectly! My son had their seafood stew and loved it! It had a wonderful curry flavor and a wide variety of fish. The service on the patio was very casual and informal."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Food was wonderful, all staff and especially the waiter was very attentive, friendly light atmosphere but also very up scale"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great deck dining with stunning Sound and Olympic mountain views and a wonderful seafood selections. The wine list was extensive with not so easy to find wines.....the staff was extremely attentive too!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Table behind us full of over served Gates Foundation people. Loud and lewd. Our food was very good. The wine suggestion was very good. The views are very nice. It would have been nice to have been able to talk to others at the table."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Aqua makes good service their obsession. And the food is perfect, too. It isn't inexpensive, but for a special dinner, they hit the mark."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I have dined at Aqua twice and both times I received excellent service. In addition, the food was exceptional. It was an amazing dining experience."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Great location but the seafood was overrated. However the service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "El Gaucho has been exceptional the times we've been. We went to Aqua once, and it'll probably be the only time. Most of the food was excellent. The service was excellent. I ordered the New York, and it was a poor cut of meat. It was shocking for a 65 dollar cut of meat. I didn't send it back as I don't quite believe in that. It's an expensive restaurant, and the majority of the food was brilliant (avocado salad, Filet Oscar, desserts). The kid menu is a brilliant option and the Kid Filet was exceptional. When I go to El Gaucho, I expect the best of what can be found. I've always felt it has been. Although Aqua was certainly good, I can't justify going back when I'm confident I'll receive less than the best for the money."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "food was great. service was great. location great. wine and spirits are bit over priced. They don't offer a reasonable price range for your guests."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Aqua definitely lived up to our expectations. It was expensive but well worth it for a special occasion. The roasted corn was the only real disappointment of the evening. Our table at the window covered with rose petals made for a wonderful evening and we would definitely return in the future."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A delicious meal in a beautiful setting with wonderful service. All that I would expect for the price."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Took my husband to Aqua for his birthday dinner. Was better than my expectations. The setting, food and service were top notch! Started with a cocktail on the patio to enjoy the beautiful water views. Highly recommend this restaurant. People have commented it is pricey, but we didn't think so given the quality of the food and service. I don't think I will be able to eat anyone else's calamari ever again."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Aqua was suggested to us from another restaurant which was also great. We brought our own wine and Tom (sommelier) and Joshua our server went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time. A spacious place to host any occasion. The food, the view along with wonderful staff makes for a perfect dinning experience. We will definitely be coming back. Thank you"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "If you love seafood this restaurant makes it hard! There are too many amazing options. We were seated outside in the middle of summer and the temperature couldn't have been more perfect with a slight breeze. Service was great, they plated all the meals at the same time something that really is a trait of a fine dining establishment. Overall a huge thumbs up and I will be back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014