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“Great Special Occasion Restaurant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of AQUA by El Gaucho

AQUA by El Gaucho
2801 Alaskan Wy, Pier 70, Seattle, WA 98121
+1 206-956-9171
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Ranked #169 of 3,492 Restaurants in Seattle
Price range: $16 - $80
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Broad Street
Description: Named Gayout'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.
Kansas City
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great Special Occasion Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

Aqua is gorgeous--upon walking in, you immediately think "what a cool place!" The views out the windows are even more spectacular. The evening we ate here, a pianist played selections ranging from show tunes to George Michael songs. Wait service was attentive, although a bit smug, and at the end of our meal we realized that we never received one item we ordered (we were not charged for it either). The food was very good (sea bass and halibut) and portion size was large. We asked the server to bring wine pairings for the fish and were very pleased with his choices. We ordered half portions of several side dishes and each was more than enough for two people. The baked Alaska dessert was enormous and fun (it can only be lit tableside after sunset).

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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30 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Excellent menu and food was as good as it looked. From appetizers to desert everything was very good - service was excellent. A little pricey but worth it

Visited June 2012
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Chicago, IL
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“Spectacular Salmon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Great timing as we were there when Copper River Salmon was available and on the menu. I thought I had good salmon before, but this was amazing! As was the setting, what a view--right on the water and since it was a clear night, we had a view of Mt. Ranier. We were part of a group and we were treated to flaming Baked Alaska, Seattle-style. An amazing evening overall.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, Washington
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“This is a Fine Dining Experience...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

No matter if you are ih the Bar doing the Appetizers or being served as you would in a five star restaurant the atmosphere (on the waterfront) food and snd service are "Excellent".

We come here regularily and is one of our favorite places. Sitting in the Bar we also appreciate the fine sounds of the Pianist Ben Fleck!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Great experience!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Once again...a fantastic evening! Beautiful setting and great food. Service was impeccable!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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