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
    Sunday Brunch 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • 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
214 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (176)special occasion (163)romantic (114)great for outdoor dining (111)fit for foodies (87)notable wine list (81)good for groups (68)vibrant bar scene (32)hot spot (28)great for brunch (27)neighborhood gem (23)late-night find (17)kid-friendly (16)great for lunch (15)Show More
  • No bang for the buck
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary celebration
    TinaVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food, great service, and great weather made our anniversary special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food/Bad Service
    Ebco
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    excellent service....Patio is fantastic during the summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Hlapuz
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fabulous meal
    Tess
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    It was all good - must say the crab bisque was the best I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Made Special
    BigHandMan
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anniversary dinner
    38yearsofbliss
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced. Steak was tough
    2917
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Blew us away! (In a good way)
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fisher
    Itsonme
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pricey for the quality
    FauxFoody
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic evening
    KBobsdine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome view, great food!
    MichtoVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in every way
    JumongHa
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer Treat
    Portlander
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aqua
    Caltommy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid in Every Way
    FerryFoodies
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    Atmosphereseeker
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.