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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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Happy Holidays! We will be open from 3pm - 8pm on Christmas Eve.

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

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (97)
Waterfront (89)
Good for a Date (75)
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Special Occasion (72)
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Good for Birthdays (52)
Notable Wine List (41)
Great for Outdoor Dining (40)
Business Meals (38)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Worth the Drive (30)
Good for Groups (29)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Local Ingredients (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Bar Seating (25)
Live Music (24)
Fun (20)
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Authentic (15)
Hot Spot (15)
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Sunday Lunch (8)
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Great for Brunch (5)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 19, 2016

It was great

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 17, 2016

Great restaurant, great food and beautiful view!!! We will definitely come back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2016

Start to finish, service was professional and pleasant. If you are into seafood, this spot has great options. I'm vegetarian and did not feel like I was missing out. My girlfriend took advantage of the seafood offerings. Both of us had a great time and really enjoyed the food. The cocktails were outstanding and the wine, with which we had some help selecting, was phenomenal! Big smiles from start to finish in a lovely setting. Catch it around sunset, if you can. Note, tip is included.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 16, 2016

Our waiter Winter was very attentive. Seated immediately and they had a thoughtful card signed by the staff for a celebrant in our party. Plus rose petals on the table. Nice touch by the staff. Valet is the only parking if you don't want to park on the street. Also service charge is now added to your bill automatically.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 15, 2016

I had a nice time but was disappointed in the service of our server. It felt like because we are a younger couple, she didn't think we had the money to foot the bill.. Maybe that was just her personality. I wouldn't be bothered if I had that level of service dining there for brunch, but not for a $300 dinner for two. The food & drinks were great. The additions they do for special occasions were lovely. Front desk was welcoming and personable.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 14, 2016

We had a wonderful dining experience at Aqua....although we had been there several times before this was the best yet! We brought some out of town guests and they were so pleased! The food and service was excellent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 13, 2016

I had a wonderful time eating at the restaurant for my birthday

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 10, 2016

The views were spectacular. The service was friendly. However, the major reason to go to any restaurant is the food; not the view, not the service, not the noise level...the food. Here it was just "good". Nothing special for the money. The food was underwhelming, particularly for the price. There are better seafood restaurants in town and most of them are less expensive. Here are some other factors to consider also. First, when making the reservation, I had to give them a credit card number to hold the reservation. Not a good policy. (There were no patrons breaking down the doors to get in.) Second, the "tip" to the server is automatically added to the bill (20%). It is NOT discretionary. You can't leave, say 15%, or 10% because your service was less than "great". So, if the gratuity is automatically added to the bill, isn't this really a "food cost"?? Which means their food costs are prohibitive. Like, I said, there are so many "good" seafood restaurants in Seattle which cost so much less.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 10, 2016

Super service, food prepared well. I was shocked at the prices overall and don't think I'd return because of that. It was a nice evening, however there are many other places that have good service and food and significantly lower prices.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 8, 2016

Amazing venue and experience. A refined meal served by top class individuals.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 3, 2016

The steak was outstanding-very tender and flavorful. My husband had the chicken and said it was also very good. Love the beautiful view and so relaxing watching the sunset.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 2, 2016

Every thing was great. Valet parking is wonderful is Seattle. Service was beyond expectations. Food was great. We really had an exceptional time and we are already thinking of coming back for the Mother's Day brunch.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 2, 2016

We enjoyed celebrating a birthday at Aqua. The service was wonderful, the food delicious and the view from our cozy booth as the sun set over the Olympic mountains was perfect. Have the bread pudding for dessert!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 27, 2016

Piano music was calming the bustling around the buffet and general restaurant area. Cookies in the car from the valets was a nice touch.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 27, 2016

Took my family for Easter Brunch and it was an amazing buffet. Outstanding picks were the salmon which was cooked perfectly, the french toast, and the omelette bar. The rest of the food was fantastic as well. The only complaint was that there was a long line for the raw bar as there was only one shucker.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 27, 2016

Service and ambiance were exceptional. The brunch buffet was far less than desirable. The food that was available was of good quality, less than impressive assortment.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2016

We loved this restaurant. The halibut cheeks were outstanding. Our daughter said it was the best seafood she ever ate in her life. The atmosphere was fabulous, as was the food. You must visit when you are in Seattle.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 26, 2016

Nice dinner overall. Would have preferred a table with a view since it was a special occasion. A little pricey for what you get but we enjoyed our meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 20, 2016

Grilled sea bass over the oyster sauce was the best ever

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 19, 2016

Could not be happier with our dinner! Birthday dinner, service was great, server was very friendly and accommodating. Food was excellent!!! Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 18, 2016

Having previously had an amazing experience at El Gaucho, I had high expectations for Aqua. The restaurant has nice decor - romantic and sophisticated with live piano music, and an amazing view of the sound, Olympic mountains, and Mt. Rainier when the weather is clear. Our server was nice, but the service was pretty slow - especially considering it wasn't busy. My husband and I were both impressed with our soups (crab bisque and oyster stew), but our entrees were just "fine" (swordfish and tuna). We felt that we could replicate either dish quite easily at home, and the swordfish portion was rather small. I expected more for the price. Dessert (bread pudding) was very good. Overall, it was a good experience, but we probably won't go back - maybe for lunch or drinks on the patio in summer.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on March 15, 2016

Service was poor, food was expensive and average tasting at best.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 14, 2016

The restaurant was very accommodating. We had kids with us and they were willing to go above and beyond in providing us a shuttle back to our hotel, and swing by the convenience store. The food was very good. Service was great by Winter!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 14, 2016

It was my anniversary and was treated in spectacular fashion. Food, service and attention to detail was the best of any place I have experienced in Seattle. Kudos to all and well done.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 13, 2016

Very pleasant service. Friendly & helpful with menu/wine suggestions. Smoked salmon chowder was great. Creamy with crunchy topping. The scallops with almond crust & halibut were excellent. Service felt a tiny bit rushed especially since the restaurant wasn't packed but the view made up for any minor flaws!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 11, 2016

My girlfriend and I celebrated our anniversary dinner at El Gaucho's Bellevue location and I recommend it to anyone looking for great food and amazing staff. They seated us in the quietest area of the restaurant and our table had been arranged with rose pedals, flowers, champagne, and a signed card of congratulations from the staff. For appetizers, we shared the northwest oysters and the crab cakes. For dinner, she had the peppercorn steak and I had the filet mignon. Our cocktails were delicious and the recommended wine pairing was spot on. The food was prepared perfectly and the staff was attentive without hovering. I requested a song from the pianist and he played it as our food had arrived. This is our favorite place in Bellevue!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 10, 2016

celebrated my husband's birthday at aqua. it lived upto our expectations. our family ordered the salmon special, sea bass, scallop entree and mac-n-cheese. all the seafood dishes were excellent, the mac and cheese was way too salty to eat. we had wonderful service, drinks and had a great time. will go again, but we will probably avoid mac and cheese.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 5, 2016

We knew the food would be good, but our waiter: WINTER..is the best ever! He was so welcoming. I'm usually very picky and cannot decide on what to order. He made great suggestions and it was a very special night for my husband's birthday.
Thank you Winter!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 5, 2016

PORLTAND HANDS DOWN!!!!! The service during our visit at Aqua did not compare to the Portland location. The food lived up to Gaucho standards - wonderful!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 5, 2016

I couldn't stop smiling during the entire experience. The food, the drink, the service, the live piano player, the lava dessert at the end...all of it was truly just a fantastic time! This is our new go to spot for big celebrations!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 26, 2016

It was an awesome experience. We had the crab cakes, seaweed salad and ahi tuna tartare were all excellent appetizers. Main course was the prime New York strip with Oscar style topping and of course really good. Then to top it all off was the bread pudding. I have tried bread pudding everywhere and by far this was the only place that have great bread pudding. AWESOME!!!!!!

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 26, 2016

Oysters great selection and extremely fresh, medallions of new york melted in mouth, maderia mushroom sauce nothing short of spectacular, stuffed shrimp cooked to perfection, waiters recommendation for dessert (bread pudding) spectacular finish to a wonderful dinner, to top it off provided free transportation back to our hotel

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 25, 2016

John made the experience amazing! He explained everything the way it should have taseted.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 21, 2016

We went early in the evening so the noise level was minimal. The food was excellent and our
wait staff was well trained and very friendly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 20, 2016

The service was personalized and attentive without being intrusive. We were very impressed with the staff and how they worked in tandem to deliver a high level of service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 20, 2016

I expected better. The food was just ok. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing...the shrimp was over cooked and a waste of $44. The sea bass looked good. The sole was ok without much flavor. The crab mac and cheese was blah. The lobster mashed potatoes were good.
The shining star and the only reason we would go back - the BREAD PUDDING was incredible!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 20, 2016

The food was VERY good, seafood cooked to perfection, not over seasoned or overcooked. the view is amazing, it's a nice change from the dark room with no windows at el gaucho just up the hill.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 14, 2016

We loved our waitress, she had lots of experience and she suggested a few ideas for some add on sides to go with our meal and dessert was great too

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 14, 2016

It was awesome! Great service! The food was magnificent!! Bravo Aqua by El Gaucho! My wife and I will definitely be back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Went to AQUA for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner........ The service was great along with the food. I was happy to see that AQUA did not squeeze extra tables throughout the restaurant and over crowd the sitting area to take advantage of a "Valentine's Day crowd". I have been to restaurants where this has happened on occasions like Valentine's Day and it makes for an unpleasant experience. I would definitely recommend AQUA and would recommend the tenderloin appetizer and the Ahi tuna entree.

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