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AQUA by El Gaucho

4.5
4.5
2033 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood

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.

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Menu

Starters

  • Wicked Shrimp$18.00

    spicy hot, grilled bread

    • Dungeness Crab Cakes$22.00

      fresh dungeness crab, baby arugula, lemon tarragon aioli

      • Crispy Fried Calamari$16.00

        soy mustard aioli, sweet chili sauce

        • Steamed Manila Clams$19.00

          roasted fennel, tomatoes, bacon, lemon zest, garlic, ouzo

          • Tenderloin Diablo$18.00

            devilishly spicy, cream, paprika, grilled bread

            • Salmon Tartare$18.00

              cucumber, shallot, caper, lemon crème fraiche

              • Pancetta Wrapped Prawns$21.00

                grilled over live coals and doused with golden raisin and scallion pesto

                • Ahi Tuna Poke$18.00

                  sesame, soy, lime, harissa, jalapeno, scallion, sweet soy, crispy wontons

                  • Green Curry Mussels$16.00

                    lemongrass, lime leaves, shallot, cilantro, basil, grape tomatoes

                    • Oysters$21.00

                      Virginica, WA; Kumamoto, WA - Shigoku, WA; Sunset Beach, WA. Selection may vary depending on availability. Available per half dozen. West indian cocktail sauce, mignonette

                      • Seafood Bliss$79.00

                        dungeness crab fry legs, poached jumbo prawns, ahi poke, snow crab claws, maine lobster tail, house-made west indian cocktail sauce, tarragon aioli

                        Soup & Salad

                        • Creamy Seafood Chowder$14.00

                          shrimp, clams, bacon, fresh seasonal fish

                          • Spicy Crab Bisque$14.00

                            johnnie walker red label, cream, dungeness crab

                            • Caesar Salad$12.00

                              creamy anchovy and lemon dressing, parmigiano reggiano, parmesan tuile, garlic croutons

                              • Crab Seaweed Salad$22.00

                                dungeness crab, napa cabbage, sesame seaweed salad, white miso vinaigrette

                                • Wedge Salad$14.00

                                  iceberg lettuce, tomato, bacon, olive, hard-boiled egg, bleu cheese, bleu cheese dressing

                                  • Seasonal Greens$12.00

                                    radish, crouton, cucumber, grape tomato, toasted almond, goat cheese, balsamic vinaigrette

                                    Entrées

                                    • Seared Sashimi Grade Ahi Tuna$46.00

                                      wasabi pea crust, napa cabbage slaw, white miso vinaigrette

                                      • Wild Alaskan King Salmon$40.00

                                        lemon butter, caper, almond

                                        • Grilled Hawaiian Swordfish$36.00

                                          purple cabbage slaw, grilled pineapple mango relish, passionfruit butter

                                          • Grilled Chilean Seabass$57.00

                                            rice wine oyster sauce

                                            • Plancha Seared Scallops$44.00

                                              radish, arugula, apple, citrus ginger butter

                                              • Maine Lobster Tails$87.00

                                                2 8oz maine lobster tails, black truffle aioli, lemon butter

                                                • Jumbo Sea of Cortez Prawns$44.00

                                                  overstuffed with dungeness crab, shrimp, basil, fontina, roasted piquillo pepper coulis

                                                  • Wild Alaskan Halibut$40.00

                                                    caramelized walla walla sweet onion, Washington cherries, lemon butter

                                                    • Seafood Stew$36.00

                                                      fresh fish, clams, prawns, scallop, mussels, jasmine rice, red thai curry, coconut ginger broth

                                                      • Seafood Bacchanalia$142.00

                                                        designed for two. steamed lobster tail, sea scallops, grilled wild prawns, seasonal fish, red king crab leg

                                                        • Barents Sea Red King Crab Legs$98.00

                                                          black truffle aioli, lemon butter

                                                          • Surf and Turf$92.00

                                                            8 oz filet, 8 oz maine lobster tail, black truffle aioli, lemon butter

                                                            • Oven-Crisped Chicken$32.00

                                                              goat cheese, Dijon lemon herb butter

                                                              • Prime Frenched Rib Steak$68.00

                                                                18 oz dry-aged, grilled crimini mushroom

                                                                • Filet Aqua$65.00

                                                                  8 oz filet topped with 2 oz lobster medallion, asparagus, sauce béarnaise

                                                                  • Filet Mignon$52.00

                                                                    8 oz, grilled crimini mushroom

                                                                    • Prime New York Strip$65.00

                                                                      14 oz dry-aged, grilled crimini mushroom

                                                                      Add Ons

                                                                      • Oscar Style$22.00

                                                                        3 oz dungeness crab, asparagus tips, béarnaise sauce

                                                                        • Barents Sea King Crab Leg$49.00

                                                                          black truffle aioli, lemon butter

                                                                          • Maine Lobster Tail$45.00

                                                                            8 oz, black truffle aioli, lemon butter

                                                                            Shareable Sides

                                                                            • Sweet Roasted Yellow Corn$11.00

                                                                              chipotle lime butter

                                                                              • Sautéed Asparagus$14.00

                                                                                lemon zest, olive oil, sea salt

                                                                                • Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes$13.00

                                                                                  sweet butter, sour cream

                                                                                  • Macaroni and Cheese$14.00

                                                                                    black truffle, reggiano

                                                                                    • Crab$24.00

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                                                                                  What 2,033 people are saying

                                                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                  4.5
                                                                                  4.5 based on all time ratings
                                                                                  • 4.5Food
                                                                                  • 4.5Service
                                                                                  • 4.5Ambience
                                                                                  • 4.0Value

                                                                                  NoiseModerate

                                                                                  91% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                                                  1. MC

                                                                                    MichaelC

                                                                                    Detroit

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 1, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Great views, lovely space, wonderful food and informed, friendly staff

                                                                                  2. M

                                                                                    Mike

                                                                                    Chicago

                                                                                    138 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    138 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on April 16, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                    Aqua and Matt's were by far our two favorites! Fantastic oysters and salad. The baked black cod was perfect! Superb service. Highly recommended.

                                                                                  3. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    London

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on April 15, 2018

                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                                                                  4. J

                                                                                    John

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    20 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    20 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on April 13, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                                                  5. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on April 11, 2018

                                                                                    overall3food5service1ambience5

                                                                                    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

                                                                                  6. MG

                                                                                    MikeG

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on April 9, 2018

                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience5

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

                                                                                  7. FF

                                                                                    FledgelingFoodie

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    12 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    12 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on April 3, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                  8. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on April 1, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Easter brunch

                                                                                  9. SD

                                                                                    SDLP

                                                                                    Miami

                                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 31, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                  10. M

                                                                                    Momof2

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    25 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    25 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 26, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food3service5ambience5

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                  11. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on March 25, 2018

                                                                                    overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                  12. AD

                                                                                    AlanD

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on March 24, 2018

                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                  13. ZD

                                                                                    ZackaryD

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on March 22, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                  14. SF

                                                                                    SteveF

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on March 21, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                  15. TR

                                                                                    TRex

                                                                                    Milwaukee

                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 20, 2018

                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

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

                                                                                  16. S

                                                                                    Sebastian

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 20, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                  17. C

                                                                                    Cinderellaski

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    50 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    50 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 19, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                  18. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on March 19, 2018

                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                  19. SJ

                                                                                    SallyJ

                                                                                    Detroit

                                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 19, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Excellent food and service.

                                                                                  20. GD

                                                                                    GorD25

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    24 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    24 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 18, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                  21. TL

                                                                                    TamaraL

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 18, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    A lovely place for special occasions or out of town guests.

                                                                                  22. MR

                                                                                    MelissaR

                                                                                    Denver

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 18, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Took great care of us!

                                                                                  23. AM

                                                                                    AprilM

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on March 18, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Top notch service. Beautiful reataurant and outstanding food.

                                                                                  24. LG

                                                                                    LeeG

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    93 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    93 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 17, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                  25. A

                                                                                    Andrea

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 17, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                  26. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 16, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                  27. e

                                                                                    efritz

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    36 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    36 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 15, 2018

                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

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

                                                                                  28. B

                                                                                    Bethany

                                                                                    Montana

                                                                                    13 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    13 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 14, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                  29. M

                                                                                    Mwah

                                                                                    Denver

                                                                                    39 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    39 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 11, 2018

                                                                                    overall3food5service1ambience5

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

                                                                                  30. s

                                                                                    stu2you

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    18 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    18 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 11, 2018

                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

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

                                                                                  31. m

                                                                                    mcnormal

                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 9, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                  32. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 8, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                  33. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 7, 2018

                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                  34. MN

                                                                                    MathewN

                                                                                    Minneapolis

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on March 5, 2018

                                                                                    overall4food5service4ambience5

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

                                                                                  35. YO

                                                                                    YomiO

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on March 4, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Great ambience. Service was attentive friendly, polite, the food was very tasty. Enjoyed our take home box also mmm. Expensive but highly recommended.

                                                                                  36. JT

                                                                                    JenniferT

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on March 4, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                  37. NR

                                                                                    NancyR

                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on March 4, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    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!

                                                                                  38. DB

                                                                                    DennisB

                                                                                    Sacramento

                                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on March 4, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                  39. AH

                                                                                    AlyssaH

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on March 4, 2018

                                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                    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!

                                                                                  40. D

                                                                                    Danro1

                                                                                    New England

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on March 3, 2018

                                                                                    overall2food5service1ambience1

                                                                                    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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