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Aqua By El Gaucho is a Downtown waterfront seafood restaurant that's perfect for impressing people who need to be impressed.

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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (112)
Waterfront (101)
Good for a Date (85)
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Special Occasion (82)
Romantic (77)
Good for Anniversaries (76)
Great for Outdoor Dining (60)
Good for Birthdays (60)
Notable Wine List (54)
Business Meals (42)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Worth the Drive (33)
Handcrafted Cocktails (32)
Good for Groups (31)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Live Music (28)
Local Ingredients (28)
Bar Seating (25)
Fun (23)
Quiet Conversation (21)
People Watching (20)
Authentic (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Happy Hour (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Cozy (13)
Healthy (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Late-night Find (11)
Seasonal (11)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Disabled Access (8)
Casual (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Organic (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great Beer (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Impeccable food served by friendly yet professional wait staff in a thoroughly delightful environment with spectacular views. It doesn't get any better than Aqua.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Romantic, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 3 days ago

I found the restaurant very accommodating to our last minute reservation. I had the blackened Cod and my wife tried in the Halibut. She commented that her food was cold. It must have been a timing issue bringing the meals out at the same time. My Cod was indulgent and perfect.
I commented to my wife that is was very presumptuous for Agua to add a 20 % gratuity to a party of 2. This is common practice for large parties but......a party of 2, really? I tip more that 20% and added for our server. Please do not add the tip for me.
Thank you for the shuttle service to our event.....that is a very nice touch.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Service and drinks were fantastic. $90 crab legs were average at best and roasted veggies were Chili's like.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

We were celebrating 50 years of friendship! My wife and I met in 7th grade and we have been together since that first day we met. AQUA staff was amazing! Restaurant Manager Rena set a table that was covered with rose petals along with a card signed by the staff congratulating us. Our waiter Mikiya was so attentive to our every need. I appreciated Mikiya kneeling down next to our table to take our order. This is a very comforting move on his part! We asked him for his recommendation for both the entree to dessert. The Alaskan Halibut was amazing as well as their bread pudding. My wife never orders cocktails and she asked Mikiya’s recommendation which is tricky. He asked her what she usually drinks and he recommended this one cocktail that was absolutely right on! Thank you AQUA for helping us celebrate our love for each other!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great Beer, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

Have eaten here a number of times and have always appreciated the attentiveness of the staff. Recently went for my wife's birthday and liked that they had a card on the table wishing her a happy birthday.

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Aqua is the place to take your significant other for a nice quiet yet romantic evening. The food was to die for, the serving size was just about right (maybe a little more than needed), the presentation was elegant, and the food itself was prepared to ensure that your flavor buds would be happy.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Business Meals, Waterfront
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was nothing exceptional. Tasted like good cruise ship food. The service was excellent, but unimpressed by the appetizers (wicked shrimp). Was overcooked chewy shrimp. The scallops and risotto entree was ok. Risotto tasted thick like I️t was out under a heat lamp too long. The bread pudding was good, but almost too sugary sweet with not enough flavors. Overall, I️ would not recommend this place.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Delicious food and wine!
Service amazing!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We really wanted to like Aqua; we enjoy old-school restaurants and were interested in enjoying an old Seattle favorite rather than something trendy and hip.

Our server was great, but the food was marginal at best, and it wasn't cheap. Food was tepid when it arrived at our table, and the preparation was decent but was absolutely NOT worth the price. The evening was made relatively acceptable by our great server, but even her stellar service didn't make up for the mediocre food.

We won't be returning.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Expensive: 20% flat service fee and crazy prices

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My only rub was they did not give us anything for our anniversary. Every other place we went to that weekend gave us something and were so kind to us. Other than that, the view and food is unbelievable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was our anniversary and they treated us like royalty

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

This was bar the best restaurant I️ have ever been to! From the dining experience to the service (Highly recommend you request Jacob as your server). Definitely will be coming back here!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Food was all great except for the steak which was tough and chewy. Certainly expected better from an El Gaucho restaurant. Our server Sara was excellent and overall we had a good experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

What a fantastic experience! I will be back for sure. ;)

Tags: Organic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, People Watching, Good for Groups, Live Music, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

They made our anniversary special. Everyone said Happy Anniversary from the moment we walked in to the time we left. They even gave us a handwritten note signed by everyone. Such a simple, yet nice touch to acknowledge our special occasion.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Birthday celebration ! Food was excellent! Piano man unbelievable!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Took my wife here for our 10 year anniversary dinner. We were on vacation from NY. This place had an awesome aesthetic layout and the piano player totally did his thing.

Look understand that you get for in life what you pay for. This place is expensive. Not for the tight fisted with money. That brings said this was an amazing dining experience. First class Service, food was amazing. We had the calamari and pancetta wrapped prawns for starters both were stellar. The prawns were something special.

For dinner my wife selected the surf and turf and I ordered the Chilean sea bass, again both perfect. Overall if I could give 9 stars I would. If you want to know fine dining give this place a try.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Aqua is the best restaurant in Seattle, period. The food is absolutely delicious. Of course the seafood is fresh and perfectly prepared. But the vegis & sides are so good, I could make a meal out of them. And the steaks are from their sister restaurant El Gaucho so you don’t need to be a seafood lover to have a memorable meal. Frankly the food alone would be enough to earn a 5 star rating but on top of that, they have amazing service (shout out to Peter and Lee Ann), the view of the sound and the Olympic mountains is breath taking and the live piano music creates a very special ambience. GO! You will love it! BTW, if you are celebrating a special occasion be sure to mention it when you make your rez...you’ll get a little extra “love” from the staff.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Business Meals, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, People Watching, Romantic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was amazing, atmosphere was great waiter and servers were great, no complaints. We will go back again.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Thanks for making my wife birthday so special . We really enjoyed our dinner. Thank you!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Waterfront, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Outstanding meal...excellent service. ..awesome wine list ...love the free shuttle ...

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great experience! We enjoyed the food and the pianist provided Wonderful entertainment.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Dinner was great and the waterfront views watching the ferries go by was lovely

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was my second time at Aqua and it was as great as the first time. We ordered off the seasonal menu which was outstanding and the service was perfect. Go when the sun is setting absolutely breathtaking.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I was torn between the Chilean Sea Bass and the Scallops, so the waiter brought a Hal order of each. The Sea Bass was very good, but the Scallops were spectacular. Excellent food, great wine and outstanding service!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Aqua is an amazing experience - outstanding old world service and food at a 10 star level - mixture of fresh and fantastic seafood with melt in your mouth filets along with a expansive wine list and all of this on the water with valet parking makes every visit a special occasion!!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We came here for Seattle Restaurant Week, was a great experience, service was above and beyond!! My only disappointment was the seafood dish available for the SRW menu- essentially a fruit de mer, but it was in a crushed tomato sauce that overpowered the flavor of the fish. The pasta was also lukewarm. My boyfriend had the lamb, which was amazing! Everything else tasted absolutely wonderful. The noise was also a bit much. We loved the piano playing, but it was such a loud, open room, we had a hard time hearing one another. We definitely can't say enough great things about the service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Went for my husband's birthday and it was fantastic. The food was great, the staff was very attentive, and there was always someone available for a recommendation. The pianist was wonderful. He played some oldies and even squeezed in a Nirvana song, which made my husbands night! We had a great time!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Wedding anniversary dinner was amazing, as always. Once seated, we discovered rose peddles on our table and a signed card from the entire staff. A classy touch and very appreciated. We started with a glass of Oregon Pinot Noir and a seasonal greens salad. My wife had the crab stuffed sole and I had the surf & turf, with roasted vegetables, and grilled corn. All were prepared to perfection and thoroughly enjoyed/ We ended the meal with the bread pudding and coffee, as we continued to enjoy a beautiful sunset. Our waiter and the support staff were attentive, but absolutely in the background, which enabled us to enjoy our company and celebrate our special evening. Thank you for an amazing evening!

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Leanna was great! She went above and beyond!! The filet was so tender, it melted in my mouth. We will definitely be coming back! It was my wife’s BDay and they had a custom card signed by the entire staff! She loved it

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Overall the dining experience and food was very good. We were warmly greeted by the hostess but did have to wait several minutes with no one in front of us to be seated in a restaurant with open tables. The wait staff was friendly, professional and attentive. We ordered the mussels and calamari as appetizers. Everyone loved the mussels. The calamari was very good but in the past it had more spice to it which I happen to prefer. The one this time was a bit bland.
Caesar salads were typical and not a standout. Almost too much dressing so the lettuce was wilted; perhaps standing too long on the plates before being served. Everyone ordered seafood and enjoyed their entrees. Most entrees come with minimal sides. We ordered a variety of sides.....corn was described as "chili" but wasn't very spicy though tasty, mashed potatoes bland, roasted veggies a miss and french fries excellent. We shared a key lime pie and bread pudding which was a miss.....no depth of lime flavor to the pie and the bread pudding overly sweet. The ambiance and attentive staff made the evening a huge success....expect better food for an upscale restaurant like Aqua. We will return hoping for a better food experience. I dined here twice over the summer and it was much better so perhaps the kitchen was having an off night.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Family dinner out after the Theatre

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We recently visited for a date night in the city. Parking was great as it was a rainy night though hard to see that parking was available. Service was fantastic. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. Having food allergies the waiter was very welcoming to answer questions and if he didn’t know the answer he went and found the answer. Food was delicious. Cooked perfectly. We would definitely visit again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Celebrated the. 36th Earth day..🤗🤗
My daughter.. selection of food portion quality👍 my server Rochelle was kind knowledgeable and hel poooful..a sweet lady👏👏 i woyls fly back just to eat here at AQUA again....enjoyed ambience and o erall eating experience

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Healthy, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Authentic, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Spicy, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

A great first time dining experience for me and my girlfriend. We celebrated her 21st Birthday here and the small things really did count. They fulfilled my request and more. Thank you for a great night and enjoyable meal.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We had family from out of state visit. Everyone was overwhelmed by the amazing staff, food and mst wonderful experience

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Excellent service!!! Staff was friendly and on the spot. Waterfront view!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food arrived and the order was not as we asked. It took forever to get the attention of someone to have the food exchanged. So we ate the main dish and the sides only came after we finished the main dish. The vegetables were drenched in oil. No taste. Not impressed at all.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Good food, not great. A bit over rated in my opinion

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