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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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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 (94)
Waterfront (88)
Good for Anniversaries (74)
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Good for a Date (73)
Special Occasion (71)
Romantic (63)
Good for Birthdays (51)
Notable Wine List (40)
Business Meals (38)
Great for Outdoor Dining (38)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Worth the Drive (30)
Good for Groups (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Local Ingredients (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Bar Seating (25)
Live Music (23)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Fun (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Authentic (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Happy Hour (14)
People Watching (14)
Cozy (13)
Healthy (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Late-night Find (11)
Seasonal (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Casual (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Great Beer (4)
Organic (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Spicy (2)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Frankly disappointed. This used to be one of the go to place for both great food and a bit of pampering. The menu now seems uninspired and definitely over priced. Service seemed off...slow...disinterested...mechanical. Not a special place anymore. I don’t plan to return until I hear of a makeover.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

the food was WONDERFUL as ALWAYS and the service was GREAT!!!!!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was outstanding. I had requested a table by the window for a very special birthday evening and when I was shown to a table for 4 by a very large rather noisy table, I asked about my request. The hostess went to check and came back and said that they would give us a table by the window. Our server was also outstanding. She was efficient, friendly but not overly so and knew how to give us time for each course. This was our first time to Aqua and it was, all around, a very good experience. We will return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

Professional service - not intrusive - great ambience- superb food & wine

Tags: Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

On December 13th, I made a reservation for AQUA by El Gaucho as part of a birthday celebration. When making the reservation, I had specified that it was a birthday occasion and there would be 5 people. When we entered the restaurant, the hostess asked us to wait so she could check if our table was ready and subsequently asked us to follow her into the restaurant. However, as we got to the table, there were only 3 place settings, and they rushed to pull settings from a neighboring table. Why tell us our table is ready when it is not? This was only the first of several points of disappointment throughout my birthday meal.

When the server came to refill out water, he consistently splashed it onto me and the other guests on multiple occasions. Even the chair we were sitting on got wet! Surely basic waiter etiquette should include water refilling technique?

When we ordered entrees, we did not expect that they would have all the food served as a family sharing platter. As someone who really appreciates the composition of each dish, this was extremely disappointing because the sauces and accompaniments mixed altogether on the plate when it was served.

Furthermore, I had expected some sort of recognition that it was a special occasion, but there was no acknowledgement from the server or on the dessert that we ordered.

Needless to say, this was an extremely disappointing dining experience since I expected at least a decent level of service and quality from a fine dining restaurant like AQUA, who charges a mandatory 20% service charge. I have had better food and better service at comparable restaurants in the Seattle area, like Heartwood Provisions.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 5 days ago

Overall great experience and beautiful setting. The food was amazing and I eat out nightly with customers! Jonathan was hands down the best waiter I have had in a LONG TIME. You won't be disappointed here.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 6 days ago

Often wonder how some restaurants get such glowing reviews? This one is no exception.
The food was very pedantic, unoriginal, and not very good. My wife sent her main back, as she was sure it was airplane food. Prices are silly for the value equation.
And the environment is in need of some serious update.
Although a Monday, it was two weeks before Christmas and the place was dead.
Service was good, but this should be expected.

This is a restaurant that seems appropriate for summer cruise ship guests.

Sorry to be harsh.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

It was simply amazing. Service was perfect, food was delicious, and they made my party feel special. Highly recommend!

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great service, great food and lots of attention to detail: our table had a birthday card signed by the employees. Nice touch!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 10, 2017

My husband and I chose to dine here for our anniversary. We enjoyed a drink in the bar and then we were seated precisely at the time of our reservation. Escorted to our window table that was beautifully decorated with rose petals and lit by candlelight, there was an anniversary card signed by the Aqua staff. Passing on the appetizers, we shared the most delightful spinach salad prepared table side. Enjoying the best of both worlds, my husband had the Ribeye while I chose the scallops with butternut squash risotto. Neither of us were disappointed. The staff were attentive the entire meal and took every opportunity to wish us a Happy Anniversary. Loved every moment of the experience and would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys a dinner out that does not disappoint.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

My partner and I were visiting Seattle from San Francisco and decided to have dinner here for my birthday. The service was amazing! The ambiance was great, although, I think would have been better during daylight. The food was exceptional. I did find a piece of hair in our Mac and cheese; however, our waitress kindly replaced it and apologized immediately. Overall our experience was great. We would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the area.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The restaurant is beautiful, service good, my drink was delicious. My only complaint was our lobster was undercooked

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Views are amazing, Service is very attentive.
Food was okay - the scallops with risotto were very good. The Sea Bass was terrible (overcooked and had a very overpowering sauce). Wouldn't go back.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was good, but our table found it more average than “wow”.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Nick was great. Everyone in my group of 6 said it was a solid 10. Thanls Aqua and Nick you were great. Thanks for taking our pictures too.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Aqua was amazing. The view, the service, the food, everything was spot on (and for the price, it'd better be). I always appreciate service staff that shares an honest opinion when asked for recommendations, and one that's not necessarily based on their own preferences but what the diner is looking for.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had another outstanding evening at Aqua. The Chef served up delicious seasonal specialties such as butternut squash risotto topped with the most delicious scallops I've ever had. The salmon, halibut and black cod that others in our group had were equally delicious. And the table side spinach salad preparation topped with sautéed shrimp was quite a show! Service was (and always is!) attentive and friendly. We also love the live piano music - Christmas music was delightful. Book your holiday reservation now!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Waterfront, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent food, over priced
Staff outstanding
Great selection, over priced

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Probably my favorite restaurant in Seattle. They always make me feel like royalty. The service was excellent, as usual. The wait staff was very accommodating. I thoroughly enjoyed my night out here, and would recommend it highly to both locals and out-of-towners.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Haven't been there for years. Took my daughter for her birthday. It was fabulous service from Matthew and they played happy birthday on cue when they dropped off dessert with a candle.
She loved it. Thanks for such a great evening!

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great food, wine selection & service. We also really liked the fact the restaurant had valet! Awesome place & would highly recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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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 (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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