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AQUA by El Gaucho

#64 of 3,038 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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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
New Orleans, Louisiana
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The food, wine and drinks were all excellent. Reservations are highly recommended, if not required. Be prepared to spend money and time as this is not a casual dining experience. The waiters and hostesses are very attentive to every need and make great recommendations. The views of the harbor are also good, however it was dark so we didn't see... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The service was impeccable, the view was truly something to behold, and the meal was sublime. I had the crab stuffed sole, which was fabulous. My only recommendation would be to ask them to go lighter on the sauce. The chocolate ganache dessert was equally divine but the combination of the two was a little too rich, Definitely a place... More 

Thank Jrtiber
Cortlandt Manor, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

I was very pleased with our night at Aqua by El Gaucho. The piano music was a nice touch - great views and service. Food was very good no matter anyone ordered. Nice bar if you just wanted drinks. I would advise you to make this a stop in Seattle for a dinner

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

Hi DeeDee, Thank you for your feedback and recommendation to AQUA! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us, and we hope to see you again the next time your travels bring you to Seattle. Cheers! More 

Durham, North Carolina
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74 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed celebrating my Birthday at this amazing restaurant. We were met and greeted with well wishes for my birthday and a card from the staff with rose petals on the table. The meal was amazing - from the clams and salad to the sea bass and New York Strip, everything was beautifully served and delicious. The roasted corn was especially... More 

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Enumclaw, WA
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

They have this crab bisque that is to die for. I get it every time. They also have a cold crab plate as an appetizer that is sometimes on the menu or not, just ask for it! It is delicious. I have been coming here before the name change, it was called Waterfront Seafood Grill and it has maintained it's... More 

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

Thank you so much for your feedback and review! We always appreciate hearing from our guests and we love hearing that you have enjoyed fantastic food, service and ambiance with each visit. Thank you for your recommendation and we look forward to serving you again soon. Cheers! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Service was outstanding. The sommelier actually drove us back to our hotel in the restaurant shuttle van so we didn't need a cab. Great wine list and outstanding seafood.

Thank Leo T

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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, Brunch, 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
Business meetings, Groups, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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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