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AQUA by El Gaucho

$$$$American, Seafood,
2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, Seattle, WA 98121-1134
+1 206-956-9171
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good22%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (72 reviews)
“wicked shrimp” (12 reviews)
“scallops” (44 reviews)
Open Now
4:00 pm - 9:00 pmAll hours
American, Seafood, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, Seattle, WA 98121-1134
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Between the five of us we tried a number of starters and entrees and all were excellent. King salmon with mushrooms melts in your mouth, steak was exceptional. I tried the salted caramel cocktail dessert and it was "ok".

Thank aok47
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous food, ambiance, view, service, and overall experience. It is expensive to dine here, but worth it in my book. Easy to make vegetarian and gluten free options (they have a vegetarian menu). Food was just spectacular. I enjoyed every last bite and left with...More

Thank Carrie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was very good. Salmon and halibut on the daily list were straightforward preparations that don't obscure the quality of the fish. Swordfish I tasted was good. Wicked Shrimp was more smoky than hot, good not great. The crab legs were certainly of Unusual Size;...More

Thank dzhaughn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there for the first time with a very large group. In fact we took up two large tables. Right from the start the service was spot on. Our host had ordered some appetizers for the table to share. Absolutely incredible! Great assortment and...More

Thank 292boatguy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Upon arrival in Seattle for a business meeting the wife of a colleague booked this restaurant and none of us were let down. Before commenting upon the food I feel I should firstly say that the evening was made exceptional by some outstanding service that...More

Thank Craige1959
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Aqua has fabulous waterfront views through floor to ceiling windows and very attractive decor. We enjoyed the pianist and the attentiveness of the servers. The menu is varied and most of our meals were good except my sole. The stuffed sole was mushy and ordinarily...More

Thank A_Canadian_Nomad
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For one thing, every view from each table is of Elliot Bay and West Seattle. Those who work there all seem to enjoy doing what they do oh so well. They truly serve you, assist you, and make sure that your culinary experience is the...More

Thank Paulsue222
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Celebrated my birthday at Aqua and it couldn't have been a better experience! We had a lovely table by the window, and the rose petals and birthday card that was waiting was a very nice touch. The food was outstanding, as was the service. We...More

Thank Patnjack
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Casual, yet fancy place on the water with all the trimmings that you could ask for. Live piano music, great view with a retro-yet-timeless decor. I could go on and on but you probably just want to know if it is good. It's not, it's...More

Thank timiniowa
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Wonderful innocuous location on the waterfront. More privacy than many restaurants. Outstanding attentive service. Excellent meal choices, unbelievable food. I love swordfish and have eaten it all across the country and Europe. This restaurant prepared the best swordfish dish I've ever tasted. Very expensive but...More

Thank Randy E
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12 November 2017|
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Response from timiniowa | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They also have free shuttle service to most downtown hotels
4 August 2017|
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Response from heitmann | Reviewed this property |
Hello, I really do not know as I have only been at this restaurant. I can tell you that the atmosphere, food and service blew us away.
matthew k
19 February 2017|
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Response from Sivi M | 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 16 - USD 80
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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
  • E-mail
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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