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AQUA by El Gaucho

#52 of 3,175 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Seafood, Contemporary
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2801 Alaskan Wy, Pier 70, Seattle, WA 98121 (Broad Street)
+1 206-956-9171
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4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Description: Named Gayot's Top Ten Seafood Restaurants in America in 2012, AQUA by El...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
unsurpassed service and food

Request Winter as your server for impeccable attention to your needs. Not to be missed food items are the Wicked shrimp appetizer and Chilean bass. Leave room for the best bread pudding you will ever have, even if you don't care for bread pudding....you will really enjoy this. A wine list to rival... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Request Winter as your server for impeccable attention to your needs. Not to be missed food items are the Wicked shrimp appetizer and Chilean bass. Leave room for the best bread pudding you will ever have, even if you don't care for bread pudding....you will really enjoy this. A wine list to rival all others. Winter is very personable and... More 

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Thank douglas3699
Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we had some friends from Indonesia over for dinner at Aqua they / we love it. Food was beyond believe good wines. The staff was excellent all night long i can not said enough good things about Aqua. You will love it just as much as we did. Oh don't let me forget the View of Puget sound and wonderful... More 

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Thank Carlos E
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited in a group and were excited for the award winning restaurant - we were very surprised by the reality! The food was in general very bland - a nice looking filet mignon steak was served with dry, flavourless potatoes and slightly underdone asparagus spears, again with no attempts at seasoning. The service was worse than the food though... More 

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1 Thank Sophie L
El Gaucho S, Guest Relations Manager at AQUA by El Gaucho, responded to this review

Hello Sophie - We are very sorry to hear that two members of your party got sick, and want you to know that we take food-borne illness seriously. Besides your feedback here, we received no other report about a potential issue. We log anything that is reported and if you believe that the illness was from something that we served... More 

Arkansas
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WOW - perfect - great place, food, wines, and the views. Got to dine there to believe it for yourself.

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Thank Mirchandani
London
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A fancy place this. Not cheap, but certainly a good choice and delivers in expectations. Great fried calamari and the crab cakes are text book. For mains we had the salmon of the specials. Alaskan, simply grilled without fuss. Very respectful of the produce. The sole wrapped around Dungeness crab meat was very nice also. Oh, for dessert you must... More 

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Thank Bruno T
California
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Great food and service. Unfortunately, though we had a reservation and requested a window table this is not guaranteed and we did not get one so our view was just okay. There are probably some really good views elsewhere but not where we were seated.

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Thank Juls205
Tacoma, Washington
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Our server ( Jake s.) Was wonderful! Very accomodating, served me a delicious special drink request and made great dinner suggestions. Funny and kind. Band was great and atmosphere is beautiful! Perfect dinner. Thanks!

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

Hello Priscilla - Thank you for the 5-star review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed a true AQUA by El Gaucho experience. Thank you for choosing to celebrate your New Year's Eve wit us, we are pleased to hear we could make it a perfect dinner. We will absolutely pass along your praise to the funny and kind Jake!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Anytime is special here. The food is wonderful and the service is always perfect . Great view and the bar is a fun place to meet for drinks

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Thank Janet Z
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70 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Meh, nothing special and rather full of itself. They are working really hard to come off as fine dining but miss the mark in most details. The food has potential but fails in cheap shortcuts like flavorless buns on an otherwise tasty bar burger. The staff spend a lot of time standing around or engaging in long drawn out conversations... More 

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1 Thank Shane K
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50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Stay for the Cougars on the prowl. Great location and great views. We enjoyed the vibe and the drinks. Has somewhat of an upscale atmosphere but that is pretty obvious when looking at the place. Pretty cool Seattle spot that I would hit up for drink and a view, possibly a cougar if that's your fancy. Fun times.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2801 Alaskan Wy, Pier 70, Seattle, WA 98121
    (Broad Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: +1 206-956-9171

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 80
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?