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AQUA by El Gaucho

4.7
2025 reviews
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$50 and over
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View

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About

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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Open at 4:00 pm daily. Dinner: Nightly from 5:00pm.
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Phone number
(206) 956-9171
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Wesley Hood
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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.
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Private party contact
Carly Geer: (206) 956-8171
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Cross street
Broad Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is available on Pier 70.
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Entertainment
Live piano music seven days a week.
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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.
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

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

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

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Loud and noisy but good food and service! Appriciated to be driven back to our hotel!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Went for Seattle Restaurant Week. The selected pre fixe menu was excellent. The restaurant is large, therefore very noisy.

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Slightly upmarket , seafood plus menu. Very nice setting and atmosphere for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Fresh seafood that was really terrific! Excellent service by waitstaff .

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Great food and great service in an awesome environment, great place for a fancy birthday dinner or romantic night out.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Great food, great wine, fantastic service. Healthy seafood selections but also some meats for carnivore friends.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Aqua Never disappoints. Sarah was amazing. We were celebrating birthdays and she made it super special. Steaks were divine!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Excellent food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Took great care of us!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Top notch service. Beautiful reataurant and outstanding food.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great service and great food. As usual, not disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Our server was wonderful! The view and food was perfect.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Fantastic service! Great suggestions from the waiter, and accommodations to make the experience special. Outstanding experience!

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Lovely venue for a special occasion or important meeting. Sarah, our server was top-notch.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Excellent as always. The flavors and food offering are always looked forward to

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Beautiful restaurant. The waiter was a super rude but the food was excellent!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

colossal shrimp unexpected--would not order again, did not enjoy
excellent service
fantastic view, very nice ambience

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

We were rushed at first. Then our server did a great job with timing of food and level of service.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was amazing!! Service was over the top excellent!!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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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2.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great food, service, and views! I took my wife there for a special date; we were from out of town. We were blessed by our experience.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Great food! Seafood options were awesome. Our server, SARA, was fantastic. Her menu recommendations were excellent, and she had a passion for her company and job. A bit pricey but I am not used to “big city” restaurant prices to begin with. Highly recommend if you like seafood.

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