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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. 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(R) Brand Prime steaks and custom aged Certified Angus Beef(R) 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.
PRICE RANGE
USD 16 - USD 80
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Contemporary
FEATURES
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Truly a five star experience in every way. We mentioned we were on our honeymoon - they had gone the extra mile to reserve Us a SpecialTable that had rose petals strewn on It. We were completing a 10 day Road trip at this special...place. By far The best service we had received to Date (perhaps ever). Food was amazing And the service as mentioned was excellent. Recommend the scallops and Filet. As an added pleasure - the piano player gave us a classical treat of “black hole sun”. A+++ experience overall.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 30 August 2021

Great food, excellent service, great ambiance. Overall, made it worth the trip, and would definitely return.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 6 August 2021

While we cannot speak to the food, we were awed by our time at the bar, the harbor views, the quality of drinks and the warmth of Chuey, our barkeep. We tried to return on a Thursday, but, alas, it was by reservation only. Would...return for a light meal.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 22 June 2021

We went to AQUA based on its close proximity to our hotel and were somewhat excited based on reviews of the restaurant.  That excitement quickly turned to dissapointment. The atmosphere is pretentious and lacks any genuine warmth. The hostess continuously walks around with a tablet...checking on table status which is unprofessional at best.   Our server was not well versed in the menu.  So we decided we better try out an appetizer before selecting our entrees.   We chose the Wicked Shrimp which came undercooked and over salted.   Decided we better just stick with a soup and salad as you can't mess that up too badly.  Well turns out even the soup and the salad dressing tasted of a high quantity of salt.  Absolutely no finesse coming from the kitchen.  Once the soup and salad were delivered our server simply ignored us.   Finally another server came and asked us if we would like anything else.  We politely declined and asked for the check.   Others may have a better experience at AQUA, but I would have rather spent my money elsewhere. More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 5 June 2021

Went there for a birthday dinner in 2018 and loved it. Went back in June 2019 for a birthday celebration, had a reservation but had to wait quite awhile to be seated, we were on time. After we ordered we waited, and waited, and waited...for our food. People who were seated well after us ate and left and we still had no food. When we asked no explanation was given except it will be out shortly. We were there until almost everyone else ate and left before our food arrived. There was no apology and I was made to feel uncomfortable by our wait staff because we were hungry, getting cold outside as our table had no heater and tired of waiting by the time our food finally came. There was no explanation as to why we didn't get our food for so long. I am very patient and would not normally complain, we were polite the whole evening with the wait staff. This was supposed to be a special occasion and we left extremely disappointed. I've never had this happen before anywhere else, not this long of a wait after ordering. Something definitely was forgotten and there was no effort to at least comp us dessert. I would have appreciated better customer service such as, I'm so sorry, there was a mistake and we are trying to get your order done asap, can we get you a free beverage or starter while you wait. This was in June 2019 and I'm still disappointed so decided to write the review I should have written immediately after. We are currently looking for a fine dining restaurant for a special occasion and though I would love to return to this place I feel I cannot take a chance after last time. The views and location are the main thing they have going for them.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 30 May 2021

Aqua by El Gaucho used to be a favorite, but now it's a place to get an overcooked, oversalted, undersized piece of sockeye for $72--here's the math, that is $60 stated plus 20% mandatory "tip." And when the wait staff delivers the wrong doneness to...the wrong guests, the joke's on you. No accommodation in the food or the tip is offered, no free dessert, just "Sorry 'bout that." What a shame they're coasting on the past.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 2 April 2021 via mobile

This was stop #5 of our Seattle seafood tour and it was great. Very friendly knowledgeable staff, amazing appetizers and main dishes. Vallet parking was very convenient because parking in this area can be challenging.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 8 March 2020

We were fortunate to celebrate a special birthday dinner for four recently. Very nice, on the water, pleasant ambiance. Wonderful service, most attentive, friendly and helpful. We enjoyed cocktails, brought our own wine and paid corkage, enjoyed delicious crab cake appetizers, split salads and each...ordered an entree. Everything was delicious. I was stunned that the bill was nearly $600. Just be prepared.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 13 February 2020

I cannot say enough about the service, the food, and the location! We had our rehearsal dinner here and a great time with our friends and family. The food was excellent and the drinks well made. The staff was wonderful and very attentive without being...too much. Have been back several times just for dinner and the food is till great!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 23 January 2020

Returned to Aqua during a short visit to Seattle. We enjoyed our prior visit and at that time learned that Aqua provided rides from downtown hotels so we booked a table and a ride. The van showed up on time and dropped us at the...front door. We had a nice meal with great views but then the check arrived. Looking over it I noticed a $40 charge (20% of the bill) that was labeled as "service fee" or something to that effect. There was an explanation that this was NOT A TIP and that it was not a suggestion for a tip. It was a hidden charge. Maybe this fee was mentioned in the menu and I miss.This was not something that I am comfortable doing and I felt bad for a couple days after the visit, but I had been forcibly made to pay an extra 20% so I got over it. Is this a normal practice? If so I find it to be draconian and sneaky. There are a lot of great places to dine in Seattle. I don't need to go back to Aqua and be put in an awkward situation. .More

Date of visit: January 2020
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august772015
12 November 2017|
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Response from TrvlAdvntr | Reviewed this property |
They have validated valet parking in their own covered lot next to the restaurant.
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Treski68
4 August 2017|
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Response from Misohungry117 | Reviewed this property |
Hey there! I don't work there but you can probably call and ask. I'm sure the hostess has all the info.
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matthew k
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Response from ChadMackay | Property representative |
Hi Matthew - we can easily accommodate you. Many of our dishes are gluten free or can be made gluten free, but please check with your server on specific dishes. We hope to see you soon!
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AQUA by El Gaucho is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5