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AQUA by El Gaucho

#54 of 3,051 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
American, Seafood, Contemporary
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2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, Seattle, WA 98121-1134 (Broad Street)
+1 206-956-9171
16:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 16:00 - 21:00
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Seattle, Washington
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110 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It has been a little while since the former Waterfront Grill was re-christened as "Aqua by El Gaucho" (not clear to me why the new name needs a possessive phrase on the end). Family visiting from out-of-town wanted to go here, and I enjoyed learning what the place has become. Everything has been contracted: dress is now Very (very) Casual,... More 

Thank SeattleRoamer
Vancouver, British Columbia
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time visit this restaurant by google map in downtown Seattle on Dec.28, 2016. Needed to have dinner with my best friend & her family from Australia. Located only 10 mins walk from Hyatt House hotel in downtown, this fancy restaurant has great seafood, comfortable setting, nice Harbour view & live piano music for everyone to enjoy! Good service, Kids... More 

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Arlington, Washington, United States
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I made this reservation since we had been there the year before for my husbands birthday. I was not sure how dinner was going to be since the person that took our reservations this time was not very friendly on the phone and seemed more annoyed than anything, even when she called to confirm our reservation. I almost switch to... More 

Thank WAgirl82
Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everything here was fantastic! We had a large party with a variety of appetizers, meals, and desserts and we have no complaints!!! Honorable mentions: pancetta wrapped prawns, crab cakes, Seafood platter (can't remember the full name), Frenched rib steak, NY strip, New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Emerald City Volcano, Bailey's bread pudding, dry lavender soda...So amazing!

Thank Julie C
Roberts Creek. Canada
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We are seafood junkies - coming from the coast of BC we get to eat some of the best seafood available on the planet, we also spend 4 - 5 months a year travelling the world for our business. Well this dining experience was one of the best we have had ... anywhere in the world !!! We started at... More 

Thank HarrySelig
Seattle, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Very good food, very nice atmosphere. Staff good as was wine selection and table side spinach salad was outstanding. yes expensive (and a little loud), but in my view worth it!

Thank buttittali
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Nice restaurant in front of Seattle bay area.It can be romantic and it can be use for celebrations of friends.The food is good and atmosphere view of bay.Also, good bar area , good wine selection.Overall ii was a great experience.

Thank Rosendo M
Hermanus, South Africa
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391 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

This restaurant is situated on Pier 70 along Alaskan Way, which probably accounts at least in part for the fact that it is quite expensive. However, we have visited each time we have been in Seattle over the years and have always found the food to be very good - tasty and well presented - and the service friendly and... More 

Henderson, Nevada
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158 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Solid wine list & som. Staff polite, effective without hovering. 100% accurate. A touch spendy, and worth it.

Thank FadedFoodie
El Gaucho S, Guest Relations Manager at AQUA by El Gaucho, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and review of AQUA. We always appreciate hearing from our guests and we thank you for your recommendation. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again. Cheers! More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Aqua is located right on a pier looking out onto the water. The view is great to eat dinner to. And, the food is spectacular. The fish tastes fresh, and the dishes are very well presented. Highly recommend Aqua for a nice dinner.

Thank sailorchica

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 16 - USD 80
American, Seafood, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, Seattle, WA 98121-1134
    (Broad Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: +1 206-956-9171
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(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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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