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AQUA by El Gaucho, Seattle, WA
AQUA by El Gaucho, Seattle, WA
AQUA by El Gaucho, Seattle, WA
AQUA by El Gaucho, Seattle, WA
AQUA by El Gaucho, Seattle, WA

AQUA by El Gaucho

4.5
4.5
1914 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Named Gayot’s Top Ten Seafood Restaurants in America in 2012, AQUA by El Gaucho sparkles at the tip of Pier 70, offering Seattle’s best waterfront dining experience. In addition to fantastic views and ambiance, guests are treated to the legendary El Gaucho personalized, fine-dining service and live music nightly. Our award-winning wine list, coupled with a menu highlighting fresh wild seafood preparations, as well as 28-Day Dry-Aged Niman Ranch All-Natural Certified Angus Beef® Brand Prime steaks and custom aged Certified Angus Beef® Brand, are all prepared on an open-pit charcoal grill in the exhibition kitchen. AQUA by El Gaucho delivers a quintessential Seattle fine dining experience.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, Northwest
  • Hours of operation
    Open at 4:00 pm daily. Dinner: Nightly from 5:00pm.
  • Phone number
    (206) 956-9171
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Wesley Hood
  • 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 room features window shades and direct access to our spacious waterfront.
  • Private party contact
    Carly Geer: (206) 956-8171
  • Neighborhood
    Waterfront / Belltown
  • Cross street
    Broad Street
  • Parking details
    Valet parking is available on Pier 70.
  • Entertainment
    Live piano music seven days a week.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,914 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 2.9Value

NoiseModerate

1,906 Reviews
  1. MichaelC

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great views, lovely space, wonderful food and informed, friendly staff

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  2. Mike

    Chicago

    166 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    166 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Aqua and Matt's were by far our two favorites! Fantastic oysters and salad. The baked black cod was perfect! Superb service. Highly recommended.

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  3. JanM

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Loud and noisy but good food and service! Appriciated to be driven back to our hotel!

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  4. John

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for Seattle Restaurant Week. The selected pre fixe menu was excellent. The restaurant is large, therefore very noisy.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was to die for as always. Service was far from our normal service when we dine at Aqua. It’s was my wife’s birthday and when the server approached she yelled Happy Anniversary. She barely cane to the table and we had to ask the floor manager for refills on our cocktails and other beverages. Food was Amazing

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  6. MikeG

    Key West

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Slightly upmarket , seafood plus menu. Very nice setting and atmosphere for a special occasion.

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  7. FledgelingFoodie

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to Aqua by El Gaucho for restaurant week, and was head over heels impressed! The food was excellent, the portions were generous for restaurant week, the service was superb by Carrie the waitress. Will go back for restaurant week or a special occasion in the future.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter brunch

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  9. SDLP

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh seafood that was really terrific! Excellent service by waitstaff .

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  10. Momof2

    New York City

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoy visiting Aqua when we visit Seattle because of the stunning setting and the top notch service. We also love the live piano music that adds to the ambiance.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service staff wasn’t as energetic this time around. The woman who sat us seemed annoyed when I asked if there was a table that wouldn’t have the sun in our eyes. I believe she just rolled her eyes. And when asked if they had blinds she responded with a quick “no” with an added tone of irritation and ran off without making eye contact or staying a second longer, even though the place was empty/ dead at the time. And then the gentleman who brought the bottle of wine over that I had ordered also seemed like I was putting him out. However I enjoy the food and ambiance and our server was very polite (though he seemed a bit new as well). However, I will still enjoy coming back for other special occasions. Great place. Maybe just having some staff turnover or drama? Good help is hard to find and I get that. Overall very pleasant place for a special dinner with friends and out of town guests.

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  12. AlanD

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the shuttle service and beautiful views from the window table. We had a little confusion when we arrived. They had us in a small booth away from the window. I had made the reservation and requested a window table weeks prior. They were able to relocate us to our requested table and we had a wonderful anniversary evening.

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  13. ZackaryD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service in an awesome environment, great place for a fancy birthday dinner or romantic night out.

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  14. SteveF

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our dinner here to celebrate my wife's birthday. The server made her feel special, the view was fabulous and the food excellent. Overall experience was great.

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  15. TRex

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great wine, fantastic service. Healthy seafood selections but also some meats for carnivore friends.

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  16. Sebastian

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place, great view and food. It is expensive but it's worthy for special ocasion. The service wasn't outstanding but it was fine.

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  17. Cinderellaski

    Seattle

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aqua Never disappoints. Sarah was amazing. We were celebrating birthdays and she made it super special. Steaks were divine!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was all outstanding except for the prawns. The fresh oysters were truly fresh. The filet and the red king crab were perfect. The scallops were to die for! The prawns however tasted less than fresh and were disappointing. The service was professional, yet friendly and accomodating, and the waterfront location cant be beat.

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  19. SallyJ

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service.

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  20. TamaraL

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely place for special occasions or out of town guests.

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  21. GorD25

    Seattle

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful birthday celebration. We were lucky enough to receive a window table with a fabulous view. The table service and sommelier were great. Super helpful, very friendly, and engaging. The food was excellent. From our appetizers of fresh oysters & crispy brussell sprouts, to our entrees of black cod, surf & turf, and lobster then finishing with bananas foster, bread pudding, and port. The only slight disappointment of the evening was the service at the bar. We purposely arrived early to relax at the bar before sitting down to dinner. We were promptly greeted and received our drinks but unfortunately didn’t see anyone again for over 20 minutes. While an expense evening, overall an amazing experience and well worth price for a great 65th birthday celebration.

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  22. MelissaR

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took great care of us!

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  23. AprilM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top notch service. Beautiful reataurant and outstanding food.

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  24. LeeG

    Seattle

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and great food. As usual, not disappointed.

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  25. Andrea

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was wonderful! The view and food was perfect.

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  26. Jeremy

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service! Great suggestions from the waiter, and accommodations to make the experience special. Outstanding experience!

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  27. efritz

    Seattle

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely venue for a special occasion or important meeting. Sarah, our server was top-notch.

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  28. Bethany

    Montana

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always. The flavors and food offering are always looked forward to

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  29. ccgg

    Denver

    56 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant. The waiter was a super rude but the food was excellent!

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  30. stu2you

    Seattle

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    colossal shrimp unexpected--would not order again, did not enjoy excellent service fantastic view, very nice ambience

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  31. mcnormal

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Initially we stood around for quite a while - as the front desk hostess was on the phone - a few minutes later another person came to help us. We had reservations, and were seated. The restaurant was empty and it took a while until we were given water or addressed. Once we met our waiter, he was great! It was just the initial lack of service that made us question our choice. THe food was excellent and the ambiance was perfect.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, very similar to the regular el gauchos except with more seafood. They had a shuttle take us to our event which was awesome, saved us an uber.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The serving staff was fantastic. The service charge is ridiculous. Why label it as such? Just increase the margin on all items to make your profit, why add a fee? Poor taste.

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  34. MathewN

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We were rushed at first. Then our server did a great job with timing of food and level of service.

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  35. YomiO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience. Service was attentive friendly, polite, the food was very tasty. Enjoyed our take home box also mmm. Expensive but highly recommended.

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  36. JenniferT

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing!! Service was over the top excellent!!

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  37. NancyR

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We chose Aqua to celebrate my 3 sons birthdays. We wanted a special place. Aqua did not disappoint! Atmosphere, ambiance & view amazing. Our waitress Rochelle was attentive, friendly yet very professional. Also loved our sommelier who rocked our wine choosing. Food was excellent. Highly recommend! We will most definitely be back!

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  38. MurietaDiner

    Sacramento

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went there for my Anniversary with my wife. It was spectacular. They had a booth set up for us and it had rose pedals on the table. The food was fantastic and the sunset superlative. I don't do surveys but this was worth giving them a shout out.

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  39. AlyssaH

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was impeccable from the sommelier to the host staff. There were 4 of us that ranged from full vegan to omnivore and the only reason the food didn't get 5 stars was for their very limited vegetarian/vegan options. However, I had the filet and it was wonderful! Will definitely be back!

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  40. Danro1

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The ambience and service were seriously lacking. We walked in the door and were given the check all in less than an hour. Definitely not a fine dining experience. I could get the same quality of food and atmosphere somewhere else for 1/4 of the cost. The food was good, but the whole experience was a waste of money. We wanted to celebrate but were rushed through everything to the point that there was no time to enjoy eachother's company.

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AQUA by El Gaucho is rated 4.5 stars by 1914 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for AQUA by El Gaucho

2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, Seattle, WA 98121

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Broad Street
  • Neighborhood
    Waterfront / Belltown
  • Hours of operation
    Open at 4:00 pm daily. Dinner: Nightly from 5:00pm.
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, Northwest
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet parking is available on Pier 70.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Wesley Hood
  • Entertainment
    Live piano music seven days a week.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (206) 956-9171
  • 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 room features window shades and direct access to our spacious waterfront.
  • Private party contact
    Carly Geer: (206) 956-8171
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