AQUA by El Gaucho
AQUA by El Gaucho

AQUA by El Gaucho

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.elgaucho.com/aqua-by-el-gaucho.html
  • Phone: 2069569171x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open at 4:00 pm daily. Dinner: Nightly from 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
AQUA by El Gaucho reviews from OpenTable diners
216 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (183)special occasion (165)great for outdoor dining (129)romantic (119)fit for foodies (90)notable wine list (80)good for groups (74)vibrant bar scene (34)hot spot (29)great for brunch (27)neighborhood gem (24)kid-friendly (16)late-night find (15)great for lunch (15)Show More
  • all good
    ellagartoVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    a bit over priced. but all good. I guess you pay for the view!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion
    Shipgirl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I mentioned in my reservation that it was my boyfriend's birthday, thinking maybe we would get a special dessert or table. Not only did they give us an amazing table with great views, they had a hand written card with the staffs' signatures, flower petals on the table and when the brought out the birthday dessert we chose, the piano man played "Happy Birthday!" What a night to remember! They really know how to make you feel special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aqua - Great for a Swanky Date!
    MAMDomer
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Wonderful restaurant with a stunning view of the sunset over the west of Seattle. Excellent environment for outdoor dining. Wonderful service. Awesome food. Swanky in a great way!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 26th Birthday- Not a local
    26yearsyoung
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Traveled from California for the weekend to Seattle. Celebrated my 26th birthday here. Pricey, but typical steakhouse menu format. Very good food. Great staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Touches & Excellent Seafood
    food4good
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary here and the level of service and personalization blew us away! We arrived to a personalized greeting with a card signed by the entire staff, along with a window table decorated with rose pedals. We started off with a curated collection of raw oysters. The oysters were of decent size and represented a good assortment of local PacNW varieties. For our main course, we decided on the decadent Seafood Baccchanalia which is designed for two and features a nice filet of King Salmon, the most tender steamed lobster tail you'll ever have, a half dozen diver sea scallops, grilled wild prawns with a touch of garlic, and a gorgeous Red King Crab Leg. The best that we both have ever had!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Anniversary
    SometimeDiner
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food and a beautiful view, although I think that seafood bacchanalia was overpriced. The blankets were a great touch. It was our anniversary, and the server gave us our desserts for free. That was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pk27
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Beautiful setting, very good food, quite pricey, service could have been more attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We are frequent patrons of this restaurant and were there for an anniversary on this occasion. Service was very good to exceptional and several of the waiters and managers stopped by the table to congratulate us, in additon to having rose petals and a card on the table when we arrived!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thebiegs
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Manages to be elegant, but not annoying. Excellent food and spectacular view. Great crab bisque.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • zippy
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The view is beautiful from all the tables. Service was very good. Tables have a nice distance between them so you don't feel jammed in. Music in background was pleasant. Expensive but worth the money.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always wonderful
    chm1
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Aqua is always a terrific experience.The service, views, food, and atmosphere are always top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the Real El Gaucho
    clawsquaw
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I had been here a couple of times before for work-related events, where the menu was limited, and all was delicious. Sunday we went on a personal level and ordered the caeser salad, which we thought would be the same as the real El Gaucho, but to our disappointment, was not. We all ordered steak and all 4 of them were so salty we could barely eat them. The view is to die for and waitstaff was excellent.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very impressed!!!
    Noteasilyimpressed
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Aqua by El Gaucho exceeded every of our expectations. In fact, we were so satisfied we booked another dinner right away so that we could share a spectacular experience with our dear friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome brunch!
    ericgabe
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was really delicious. Good variety and a really good price. We're looking forward to coming back when brunch returns in the spring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible but you pay for it
    dubie2007
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very pricey, but it is worth it if you're willing to pay!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleased
    Time2dine78
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Overall, the experience was nice. My guest and I were able to enjoy our evening accompanied with great sea food and extensive wine list to choose from. The outdoor seating was perfect with the late August tempurtures. To set the mood a back ground of nice dining music could have been more noticeable. Still a A+ experience and will enjoy this great find again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleased
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    setting is the best in SEattle and the food delicious and well prepared - tuna fantastic and the double seafood platter outstanding. Great place to have an enjoyable evening and watch the sunset - love every moment
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing View, Great Food
    BurtFamily5
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This is a great restaurant! We visited for my wife's birthday. We sat out on the patio, it was 80 degrees outside and watched the boats sail by as we enjoyed some great salmon and steak. Very good appetizer, we had the Gazpacho! I highly recommend Aqua! We also had the Chocolate Caramel Bread Pudding for dessert and it was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No bang for the buck
    Denbob
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My wife and I were not impressed at all, and considering the cost, it was outrageous. My steak was very tough and cooked at medium rare so that was not the problem. My wife's seafood salad was OK but not very much sea food, and the mac and cheese was just OK. We will return for happy hour in the bar which is good, but never again for fine dining! There are too many great restaurants in Seattle for half the price.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was great. However, the service by the waiters was horrible. A restaurant at this level the drinks should be refilled without asking along with the bread. We went there to celebrate a milestone birthday and came away disappointed with the service or lack there of that we received. The view from the patio seating was spectacular!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cosmicmd
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A wonderful restaurant with exceptional food and service. Of course, the view overlooking the Puget Sound couldn't be beat. The halibut ceviche was delicious.There were so many delicious seafood options to choose from on the menu, my husband and I couldn't decide what to get.So we chose the seafood plate for two and it was best choice.We were able to taste a little bit of everything.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aqua
    TimMc
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A very nice restaurant. Friendly, helpful, slightly slower service than had hoped but adequate (it was a busy summer weekend night), food was mostly great. Loved the live piano player. They didn't charge us for valet parking and they left a nice signed card and rose petals on the table as we were celebrating our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful night
    Ontheway
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We started dinner with cocktails & Bliss seafood platter! Bliss is what the entire dinning experience was!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Seattle
    gary
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Almost 5 stars......slightly slow service is the only negative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    LilianaVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Aqua is an amazing restaurant with a diverse menu to please every taste, service is excellent and the quality of the food superb!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service with a view
    foodsquid
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Took a client to dinner here. We sat outside on a sunny Seattle day. Service was perfect - attentive without being fussy. Waiter was mindful of interrupting table conversation. Food was excellent and prepared to everyone's specific liking. Would definitely go back again. Pricing is high, but understandable for location and quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GregVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    expensive...but special. steaks were over cooked but were replaced without fuss
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service & food
    Waterfront
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Brunch
    BrunchLover
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually pretty good, not so today
    jbjacks1975
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    BBoop
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Service and View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our server was very nice. View was nice and I like how "open" it is, no crammed together tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely celebration
    Lorraine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but expensive
    mhaof5555
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is a great spot for a special occasion. The food is good with a diverse menu. It's not cheap though.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never fails to please.
    Queenie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yumm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business Dinner
    KennyVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Service in a while
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprised & Delighted a Special Man
    Delightful
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.