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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Great food, service and food. One of my favorites in Seattle."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My wife and I had the opportunity to dine at Aqua this past Saturday evening - a beautiful, although warm evening on the waterfront. Josh was our server and did a fantastic job, allowing us a leisurely paced meal while enjoying the incredible scenery and sunset, yet being attentive enough to notice when we needed an additional Prosseco or water for the table. The crab cake appetizer was delicious and the meals were fantastic - difficult to say which one was best - Halibut or Sea Bass. The evening was topped off with some delicious caramel bread pudding. Bravo!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Honestly one of the best meals and experiences I have ever had. From location to food to service, this is a top notch spot. Spent 3 hours at dinner, never once feeling hurried. Appetizer choices and portion sizes were perfect - calamari was tender and cooked to perfection. Entre's at our table ranged from fish to shrimp to steak - all came to the table at once, deliver by 4 servers. Shareable sides were sized for 4 people. Our Crab Mac and Cheese choice was a hit. But the home run came in the form of bread pudding for dessert - think butter cake in terms of taste. OMG, that was by far THE BEST dessert any of us had ever tasted. Well done Acqua! We will be back next time we are in Seattle."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Celebrated our 22 year anniversary and it was memorable. The staff greeted us by acknowledging the occasion then we were promptly led to a table outside overlooking scenic Elliott Bay with a view of Mt Rainier on a balmy Seattle evening. Cocktails were great. Fried oysters, spicy shrimp, ahi tartare, crab bisque were delicious starters. Steak and lobster were perfect. Sides of mac & cheese and green garbanzos were generous and tasty especially the latter. Dinner was finished by a delicious rich bread pudding dessert on the house with the words happy anniversary scrolled in chocolate on the plate. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Definitely will return. Thanks to the chef and staff for a great evening!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great food, amazing service and wine list. I had the crab cakes (best I have ever eaten) and also the chlilean sea bass (relish). Happened to be there when Seattle was having a heatwave and was able to take in the lovely outdoor patio area for our dining experience. It was light outside until 9PM and as the temps dropped I was brought a blanket so that I would be most comfortable. I will for sure remember this restaurant next time I am in the area. Don't miss it.."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Just what we were looking for to celebrate my mother's birthday. The waiter helped us for food choices. Excellent staff attending to all of our needs. They provided a shuttle to and from hotel. We were out on the patio with the water below us. Fabulous expience. We both had the halibut which was the special."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This restaurant is outstanding. We chose it because of the piano player and were not dissapointed. However, the food was excellent, the service impeccable and the view of the sound added to it all. Expensive but worth it."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Had a Caesar salad that was mundane and swimming in dressing. Halibut was good, but over-cooked. Service was mixed: my waiter was mostly absent, but 3 different captains came by the table and filled in. Each time a captain stopped by, something wasn't right (drinks not delivered, wine not delivered, etc.) and they fixed it. Doesn't reflect well on the waiter, though. The ambience was good: table near the window with views of the Olympic mountains."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We very much enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Aqua, and most of the credit goes to the impeccable and very attentive service. The food was very good, for me to say it was outstanding they'd have to clean the scallops better as they were a bit crunchy, and get the sea bass right, we had a beautiful piece of fish that was unfortunately a little overcooked."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "It wasn't our first choice for reservations on the 4th, but we ended up being super glad we came here instead. Everything except our main server was absolutely incredible. She was just kind of awkward... but the guy that helped her towards the end (maybe a server assistant that should really be a server??) really won us over, and the bald gentleman that did the volcano dessert was really great. The food was amazing, the ambiance was great, and I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Second time at Aqua. The food and service here is awesome! Will definitely come again."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Lovely (and expensive) restaurant with fantastic waterfront views."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Overall it was very good. Wanted a special dinning experience and but for a couple of exceptions it was. It took a little bit long for waiter to begin service and scallops would have been excellent except when plate arrived they were not quite warm but almost cold, probably should have said something but I did not. Except for those 2 examples it overall had very nice time."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We met some relatives from California for dinner here, on a sunny, weekday June evening. What a view! Rainier to the south, water all around, the Victoria Clipper passing right by the terrace. The interior is beautiful, open, comfortable; great use of mirrors so those facing into the restaurant can still see the water. Wonderful menu, we had both steaks and seafood and it was all top-notch. Couldn't do justice to the big wedge of key lime pie, but we tried."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I had a wonderful meal here recently. The ambience was outstanding, beautiful views with a piano tinkling in the background. The service was impeccable. My waiter was knowledgeable, friendly and generous (he bought me an order of pasta with crabmeat). The food was excellent! I'm not sure when I will next be in Seattle, but you can be sure that I will dine here when I am in town."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I went to this restaurant in Seattle expecting it to be one of the best in the city. It was not even close. The Crab Bisque was very salty which spoiled the potential of the soup. We ordered their mainstay stuffed jumbo shrimp dishes which has been on the menu the longest expecting that it would be very good. It was unremarkable and had too much sauce on it. We had the salad with Strawberries and it was ok but not outstanding. We added on King Crab leg which was steamed with no special distinction. There was no special preparation there. We ate at a number of other seafood restaurants in Seattle during our visit that were much better in the quality of food and even more moderately priced. the view was great."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Although we enjoyed our experience at Aqua El Gaucho very much, the food itself was no better or worse than we have had at less expensive restaurants or even in our own home. We would be glad to come again for the fun of it, but not because of the food. However, dessert was GREAT!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We took my mom for her 77th birthday and had a marvelous time. The baked alaskan is impressive!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Impressive enterance and view through the restaurant to the sound. We had a front row seat for the sailing regatta as a bonus to dinner. The wine and food were 5-stars. My only criticism is for a restaurant at this price point the waiter was not attentive and could have benefitted from more training."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Ahi Tuna appetizer was the best--tried the Spicy Shrimp which was OK too. Sea Bass was unbelievably tender and melt in your mouth good. Sitting by the window and watching a regatta sail back & forth=priceless."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The entire evening could not have been better. With three out of town guests in need of great seafood and a view of the waterfront, Aqua was the perfect choice. The service was impeccable, with consistent attention to our table without feeling overwhelmed. Presentation, texture, fragrance, and flavor of dishes was exceptional. Wide open views of the waterfront and floor plan made for a memorable evening. I have already recommended Aqua to several friends."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I review this with love for the El Gaucho Brand :-) I have to say that I had to try Aqua. It is owned by El Gaucho and that is a staple in the Seattle area... I'm not going to say that Aqua is bad, but cause it isn't just nothing spectacular... Admittedly, both my girlfriend and I ordered Steaks there, which my not have been too smart since we were at El Gaucho's seafood restaurant, but it's still a part of Gaucho... I'd say that the Rib Eye I had was only an inch thick, which was a disappointment to me. Cooked well but under seasoned. The garlic mashed potatoes had minimal garlic taste to them and the roasted corn although delicious, looked less than appetizing. over priced... Nice place, but not as good as it's big brother...."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "you always feel special at Aqua (or any el gaucho restaurant). if you go on a nice seattle night, the views display seattle's best (Rainier, Olympics, the Sound, sailboats/ferries, etc.) If you have a special occasion, they set out a card and rose petals! the food is amazing, bar tender will make anything you want. great seafood menu to complement the usual el gaucho amazing steak menu. they also have blankets if you want to be outside after it gets chilly. such a pretty sunset view!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
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