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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
  • Email: smennen@elgaucho.com
  • Phone: (206) 956-9171
  • Hours of Operation: Open at 4:00 pm daily. Dinner: Nightly from 5:00pm
  • 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
  • Private Party Facilities: AQUA by El Gaucho, located at the tip of Pier 70, features luxurious private dining rooms and an outdoor dining patio with an unparalleled 270-degree view of Elliott Bay, Seattle's skyline, and the Olympic Mountains. Each private room features window shades and direct access to our spacious waterfront patio.
  • Private Party Contact: Carly Geer (206) 956-8171
  • 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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "We went to AQUA for Restaurant Week, so that we could experience it without spending too much. The food was really tasty and the portions were more than sufficient. The bread pudding dessert was to die for!! The service was consistently excellent - very courteous, timely and pleasant. And did I mention there was live piano! Would highly recommend this place for special occasions."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Food was good but not outstanding, service was excellent, ambience was fun, lively, and elegant. Well behaved children would be fine here. For our romantic date it was not quite right. Would be perfect for a work dinner or fancy family celebration."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "food was outstanding. service was impeccable. view is fantastic. on the pricey side, but worth it for a special occasion or a special date!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We love dining at Aqua. We've never been disappointed. The wait staff and chefs are extremely personable and very gifted. From the first experience with the valet to the departure, you feel as if you are very special. Everyone in the restaurant treats you as if you are their number one patron. We truly enjoyed celebrating our anniversary this time and again, we're very pleased with our experience. Thank you to the entire staff at Aqua for the best celebration!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Only drawback was not knowing that outdoor seating doesn't start until May. But we were sat at a table with a great view of the Sound. We may be back to get seating outside next time."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I love the openess of the restaurant. The big windows all around really allows you to take in the water view and not feel closed in. The setting was good. I love the bar and how it is set up. Our waiter could have been better. He'd asked us if we need anything as he is walking pass our table. That was disturbing.. Although, when our main dish were brought out, they were brought out at the same time. THAT WAS outstanding. It's everything else after that. Hopefully next time the service will be better. Second chance. There won't be a 3rd chance if service is not up to pa. Too many other nice restaurant to go to than to repeat a restaurant that has bad service. Aqua gets a 2nd chance and over all we enjoyed our dinner. ~RSV"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Ridiculously expensive and even though the oysters were fresh the 'wild fresh halibut' was dry and boring (at $41!). Great view but better seafood anywhere."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My husband and I had a great dining experience at Aqua by El Gaucho. It was our first time at the restaurant, but will not be our last. Great service, wonderful staff and excellent food."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My friend and I had a really nice evening at Aqua. We went for Seattle Restaurant Week, and all three courses were delicious. The staff were very friendly, although our server was a tad on the snooty side (but attentive). It was nice to see that they still have a pianist, as the Waterfront Seafood Grill had. The prices seem high, but SRW made it very affordable."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Went to aqua for a special night for me and my girlfriend. Never been here before. Happened to be Seattle restaurant week and had a great menu for a reduced price. Had the clam pesto pasta. Great choice. Also, the if cream sandwich made of salted Carmel ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies.... Sweet baby Jesus that was phenomenal!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "There aren't many restaurants that I would put in the phenomenal category but Aqua is certainly one of them. Everything from the impeccable service to the amazing food, this place never disappoints. I brought clients from out of town and they were completely blown away."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "When I made the reservation, I mentioned that it was our wedding anniversary. To our surprise, our table was delicately decorated with red rose petals and there was a greeting card signed by the staff! That was very thoughtful, to me, it shows they care for their clients. Everybody was smiling like they were enjoying serving and making customers happy. Our waiter, Joseph was polite and helpful. With the soothing piano playing on the background, it truly makes a big difference when you are eating great food and receiving wonderful service! For the final course, on my husband and my dessert plates, "Happy Anniversary" was beautifully unscripted in chocolate to complement the mouth-watering key lime pie and chocolate ganache."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Restaurant got great view of the Puget sound and wonderful live music. Love the way the restaurant layout. It is very cozy and romantic."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Bartender Luke treated the birthday girls like Queens! Nels, our waiter, treated our whole group like Royalty! Agua's food was amazingly flavorful especially the Beet Salad and the Mac & Cheese. The halibut melted in your mouth. Well done, Faithful Servers! Pat L Bohan CPA"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We have dined here twice and each time the food and service has been outstanding! Wine by the glass is pricey as are the entrees but with the incredible view and atmosphere, this is a wonderful place for that special occasion!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "An amazing dinner experience for my wife's birthday. The food, service and ambiance were all first class. Everyone went out of their way to make this a truly special occasion. We are already looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "A weekend in Seattle was my Christmas present...the highlight of my trip was dinner at Aqua. Food was fresh, service was excellent by Nels, beautiful water view, very special dining experience!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was our first time at this restaurant and it exceeded our expectations in every way. Everything was delicious and the setting couldn't be beat."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "As always, the greeting was warm, the service was spot on, the food was amazing. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "When the food is so ethereal , it makes you forget about the gorgeous sunset over the Sound, you know you've discovered the best!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Service was exceptional, the practice of bring out all the food at once with a server for each diner looks like the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. Steak and lobster were both perfectly cooked and to order both were outstanding. Crab Bisque was really good too. Caesar salad was well executed and they even applied the (I think mandatory) anchovies at my request. Truffle Mac and cheese was good but not killer, it could actually use a little more cheese Lobster mash potatoes were good but not as good as I expected. Nice garlic mash with a kind of chunky lobster gravy on it. Didn't wow me. I am not getting on these guys it was a great mean but for the price and the El Gaucho reputation I expect 5 star all around"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "great for our anniversary. expensive but worth it. fantastic food and many small details (like signed happy anniversary card from all the staff) that made the night special."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We celebrated 4 birthdays and it was excellent! The weather cooperated, (not always so in Seattle) and the service was excellent. Our server was Leanne...(recommend her if you can!). The room is very spacious so if you have a large party, it doesn't affect the neighboring tables. (as was our neighbors...they had about 8 in their group, didn't hear anything). I had the seasonal halibut, (a favorite in Seattle) and it was a bit overcooked but still very good. (I am picky). Everyone raved about their food at the table. Something that you must order - the lobster mash potatoes and the bread pudding for desert. AMAZING! All in all, a great meal and a great evening."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Viewing the sound, while dining with friend and family Over a delicious meal. Appetizers of oysters& calamari. Steak, halibut and linguine For entrees. Attentive server. Great night out"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great food. Tableside spinach salad for two was modifyied for our table of three. Our waiter knew the menu, explained evrything and knew some local wines that I had no experience with. He discribed both wiines and a Stroller Pinot pefectly. "I'll be back""
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I took my wife here for her birthday. The server found this out, and came back to sprinkle rose petals on our table, and even had the staff sign a birthday card for her! So great. The seafood platter we had was also amazing. The King Crab was cooked just right, and had great seasoning. The scallops were also some of the best I've ever had. I won't be able to come here except for special occasions, however. It's really just not in my budget, and I was only able to afford it because of a generous gift from our wedding. But if you're looking for an amazing meal, and don't mind the price, I would highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "A great place that I have frequented over the years. Food is always consistent and service always outstanding."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Everthing and everyone at Aqua was amazing! The service was beyound great and the personal touches over the top. My wife said it was the best birthday ever. The food was increadible. I will be back RAE"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Aqua has tremendously good food and impeccable service; even the piano player is excellent and has an amazing repertoire from Cole Porter to Led Zeppelin (which he somehow makes work without being abrasive). This is our third visit but honestly, the prices have gotten a bit out of control. I understand that fine dining is something that comes at a premium. Still - when most entrees soar over the $50 mark AND everything else is an add on, it becomes an evening out of the reach of most except for extremely special occasions. Don't get me wrong - they're doing a great job and everything we've had to eat there was marvelous. But two people would be hard pressed to have an appetizer, dinner and drinks for under $300"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great food. Wonderful service. Outdoor seating (when warm and not raining) is fabulous, This is my favorite restaurant in Seattle, period. Lobster mashed potatoes, corn, fish, meat, you name it ... all excellent. Half sides are plenty for 2. I highly recommend Aqua for a business diner, special date, special occasion, or just to treat yourself."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Food was some of the best we have ever had in Seattle. Would definitely return. The ahi was fantastic."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "the sides were all way too sweet. I was surprised the gravy on my mashed was so sweet."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "My wife and I gave been to Aqua three times in the past year and I've taken an out of town client group as well. Each experience has been world class. My clients are foodies and are still talking about it 6 months later. We've found the wait staff to be exceptional, yet down to earth. This last trip was for our anniversary and our table was done up with rose pedals and a great card signed by the whole staff. I noticed that there was an excellent wine I'd before but my wife was leaning toward a Malbec. Our waiter, Joe, proactively brought a few samples out including 3rd choice and we had fun time guessing which was which. The cocktails, the tableside grilled prawn spinach salad for two with flaming cognac were highlights."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We went to Aqua this last weekend for dinner and when We walked in we were greeted at the door and taken to our seats without having to wait at all. The waitress was very knowledgeable and helped us pick out a wine that would go well with our dishes. The service overall was impeccable. The ambiance was something I have never seen in any other restaurant I have been to in the Seattle area. I would highly recommend Aqua to anyone."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Four of us had an excellent dinner at this excellent place. Everything from the seafood appetizers through dinner could not have been better. The food and wine were expensive, but at a fair price for an excellent setting and great food. The restaurant is on a pier in the Seattle harbor, and the view through the surrounding windows is outstanding from nearly all seats. The interior of the restaurant is modern and vibrant. A excellent pianist played for most of our meal as an excellent backdrop. Did I say that everything was EXCELLENT! A great place to impress!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I made dinner reservations for my fiance and I on Valentine's day at Aqua after having gone to El Gaucho steakhouse in Belltown for my fiance's birthday dinner back in December. I Chose Aqua because I wanted to have another superb dining experience with high quality food. I have to say that we were very disappointed. The service we got wasn't bad per se, but it was something we could have expected at a Red Robin or other food chain like it, certainly not at the level it should have been. The food on the other hand was definately not worth the price. The rock lobster, an $89 dish, was dry and had the consistency of over cooked chicken, and the garlic-butter that came with it wasn't very good as it had been at El Gaucho. Very let down overall"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Loved everything about it! Food,atmosphere , staff all just fantastic. So good we dined there twice In 4 days"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "What can I say about this place? It's perfect. The food is amazing and the view is beautiful. My lady loved it. Everything is 5 stars."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "From the minute we walked in from the time that we left the staff, service, ambiance and food was excellent. This was despite the fact that we couldn't take in the spectacular view late at night."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Love Aqua, great seafood, great location, great atmosphere. Starting to feel like it's getting pricey so we don't go as much as we'd like but the service and ambience is so great, hard to pass up."
    Dined on 2/15/2014