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About AQUA by El Gaucho

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.

2801 Alaskan Way
Pier 70
Seattle, WA 98121
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Open at 4:00 pm daily. Dinner: Nightly from 5:00pm.

Cross Street:
Broad Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 956-9171

Website:
http://elgaucho.com/dine/aqua/

Entertainment:
Live piano music seven days a week.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available on Pier 70.

Executive Chef:
Wesley Hood

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Private dining at AQUA by El Gaucho is a memorable occasion. Our beautiful and incomparable private rooms are available for lunch and dinner service Monday through Friday and dinner service on the weekends. We also provide buyouts of our entire restaurant. Please contact Carly McGovern at 206-956-8171 or cmcgovern@elgaucho.com for information.

Private Dining

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.

AQUA by El Gaucho Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (62)
Waterfront (60)
Good for Anniversaries (58)
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Special Occasion (55)
Romantic (54)
Good for a Date (51)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Business Meals (26)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Notable Wine List (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Good for Groups (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Live Music (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Authentic (11)
Fun (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Cozy (10)
Healthy (10)
Seasonal (10)
Happy Hour (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
People Watching (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Casual (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined a day ago

A place you can spend with your special one in a quite and intimate setting. Crab cakes were delicious. For dessert, make sure you get the bread pudding, one of the best one I’ve ever had.

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 (Seattle)·Dined a day ago

2nd time I've visited Aqua and the experience was exactly what I wanted. Everything was delicious. Also, I am in love with the bread pudding. (A good bread pudding is very difficult to find.) I was very impressed that my Revelers account was automatically available to the server because of the reservation. I made sure I had the card before leaving the house, and I didn't even need it! Big bonus!

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·Dined 2 days ago

Great choice for a special meal, and the service is great.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

First time dining here. We had the seared ahi dinner and king crab legs. Got 2 large crab legs, more than enough and the ahi melted in your mouth. So glad we found this place.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

This is our second time coming here for our wedding anniversary! The ambiance is great and our server is awesome! Would love to come back here again on summertime!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and service. Delicate flavors. We enjoyed our evening and will return on our next visit to seattle.

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 (Portland)·Dined 7 days ago

El Gaucho is our special place, wonderfully romantic and fun! Such amazing food!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Great quality. A bit pricey, but worth it.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Overpriced for what it is as far as the food went, I’d say met grille or RN74 or even capital grille would be a better choice, I also made the reservation with a emphasis on it being a special occasion (anniversary) no mention of it during our entire dinner.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing experience at this restaurant. Services was impeccable. Wine was delicious and food was to die for. I only go out to a fine restaurant every few months and this spot was definitely worth the price.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Fantastic seafood with a view in Seattle. And great service. But we are really disappointed that they got rid of their seafood chowder and replaced it with clam chowder. The seafood chowder was exceptional and unique and was one of our favorite things on the menu. The clam chowder has fresh clams on top but otherwise is just regular and nothing to comment about. It left us wondering if the restaurant was slipping a bit. Very sad to see this!

Tags: Waterfront, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Enjoyed a beautiful sunset. The service was amazing. The dinner was fantastic. Will definitely be back enjoy some dining on the outdoor deck this summer.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Thank you for an amazing evening to celebrate our anniversary. They went above and beyond with flowers on the table and a written card congratulating us. Since this was our first time we decided to try a lot of side dishes and order the filet and lobster entree. The Brussels sprouts and grilled street corn was amazing. Save room for the Best. Bread. Pudding. Ever. I couldn’t get enough! Amazing.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great place for a special birthday dinner. Service, food, and ambiance were great.
It was a very enjoyable evening.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

As always, you can expect excellent service and food here. The crab cakes and Chilean sea bass stole the show. Live music and great view of the water.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful atmosphere and the food was fantastic! Made our birthday dinner extra special!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food, exceptional service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The chef’s special black cod was amazing - best fish I’ve ever had

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Fabulous evening at Aqua!!! Probably some of the best ono I have ever eaten! We loved how our waiter would stoop down to talk to us! I love this restaurant and would go there again anytime!

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The vegetarian option was supposed to be fresh curry and vegetables. It was a mess of stalks (literally 2 inch stems from either Kale or chard) and indecipherable chopped vegetables; a tasteless curry; a scoop of rice and a huge mass of fried pita chips. Uninspired; ill prepared and ridiculously expensive. My guest enjoyed his surf and turf which is the only reason I rated the food as fair because without his input the rating would be lower. Very, very disappointing.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

As always great meal and excellent service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We celebrated our anniversary and had a wonderful time. Amazing service, drinks, and especially the food!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My Chilean sea bass too salty and a big disappointment for the price. Plus the bottle of wine we wanted was out/unavailable. Tableside spinach salad ingredients were not equally split

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our second visit to Aqua and once again outstanding.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 25, 2018

My girls birthday was LiT bro

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 25, 2018

If any place gets seafood right, it's Aqua. A number of restaurants in Seattle boast about their seafood, but Aqua is the only place that not only does it well, but does it wonderfully. Their seafood is tender, not tough or overcooked, and retains its flavor.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

My business partner & I rewarded two of our managers by bringing them to a favorite spot of ours and it did not disappoint. Sterling service by Sarah and the sommellier (whose name I don't recall) as well as their support crew, fantastic wine, and fantastic food; impeccable. I've always taken friends and family to all of the the other "El Gaucho" locations (Tacoma, Bellevue, Portland and 1st Ave in Seattle)and continue for these same reasons, never a hiccup. The opportunity to have all the best of the steakhouse along with great fresh northwest seafood, combined with such a setting on the waterfront makes Aqua a treasure.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We had friends visiting Seattle for the first time and wanted to bring them to the best restaurant in Seattle. We were not disappointed! Service was impeccable and Chef does a wonderful job of adjusting the menu to take advantage of the Pacific Northwest seasons. Scallops with butternut squash risotto was amazing!!! Another delicious meal at Aqua!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had reservations but had to wait a little while. The service was very good, seafood was done perfectly and sides were not outstanding but good as well.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Overall a very satisfying dining experience. Unrushed but attentive service and well prepared, attractive dishes. Loved the Off Beet cocktail, seafood stew and seared ahi. Oh, and the bread pudding.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 18, 2018

The food, service and ambience were all fantastic. A wonderful evening.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We arrived for our reservations 5 minutes early and the table was 20 minutes late! Service was horrendous, my husband had a $150 bottle of wine and he had to fill his own glass several times. And to have the 20% service charge automatically added is wrong. What incentive do the servers have to provide good service?

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We dine frequently at Aqua and always have a great experience, which is why we return. Our sever was excellent and the main courses well prepared and delicious. They took the lobster mashed potatoes off the menu, and they were very much missed on this visit as the regular mashed potatoes were good but not spectacular, which is the reason for only 4 stars on the food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I love going to Aqua. The view, staff, and food are always on spot. Save room for the bread pudding.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We had met at this location 40 years ago so it was a memorable anniversary and the restaurant made it special. A well located table, a signed card, attentive staff and a complimentary desert. An expensive date but worth it.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We came here to celebrate my dad's 60th birthday and, as none of us had been here before, we were hoping for a great experience. I'd indicated on the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and had requested a table with a view, and we were not disappointed! On top of providing a table with a great view, they also decorated the table top with flower petals and left a birthday card, signed by everyone on staff. Such a nice gesture!
The food was super delicious and our server, Kevin, was amazing. He was so friendly and observant, always there exactly when we needed, but never hovering. Thank you, Aqua, for a wonderful experience for my dad's birthday. He really enjoyed himself and I will definitely recommend this place to friends!!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Tapas, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always a great experience!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The team at Aqua was fantastic. Amber was great as she helped me with ideas for proposing to my fiancée on New Years Eve while dining at the restaurant. I would highly recommend this place. Thanks a lot Aqua.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our meal and wine were great. The wine team and the support staff were very helpful and polite.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This place is great. Been here several times and enjoy it every time! We got engaged here in 2003 and wanted to take our kids here to show them our story. They are now 12 and 10 and had a great time and loved it! Thank you.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic
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