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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
  • 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
  • "a bit over priced. but all good. I guess you pay for the view!"
    Dined on 9/16/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "Traveled from California for the weekend to Seattle. Celebrated my 26th birthday here. Pricey, but typical steakhouse menu format. Very good food. Great staff"
    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!!"
    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!"
    Dined on 9/12/2014
  • "Beautiful setting, very good food, quite pricey, service could have been more attentive."
    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!"
    Dined on 9/8/2014
  • "Manages to be elegant, but not annoying. Excellent food and spectacular view. Great crab bisque."
    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."
    Dined on 9/7/2014
  • "Aqua is always a terrific experience.The service, views, food, and atmosphere are always top notch."
    Dined on 9/3/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "Very pricey, but it is worth it if you're willing to pay!"
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We started dinner with cocktails & Bliss seafood platter! Bliss is what the entire dinning experience was!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Almost 5 stars......slightly slow service is the only negative."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "expensive...but special. steaks were over cooked but were replaced without fuss"
    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."
    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
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