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“3 out of 4 meals were great” 4 of 5 stars
Review of AQUA by El Gaucho

AQUA by El Gaucho
2801 Alaskan Wy, Seattle, WA 98121
2069569171
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Ranked #216 of 3,436 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: Seattle's hidden jewel, gorgeous and warmly elegant, AQUA by El Gaucho sparkles at the tip of Pier 70. Walls of glass showcase some of Seattle's finest views of Elliot Bay, Magnolia Bluff, and the Space Needle. The expansive outdoor deck is especially attractive on summer evenings.
New York, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“3 out of 4 meals were great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Great service, great food except for one overcooked tuna dish. The live piano player seemed out of place for the "feel" of the restaurant, and he played Happy Birthday too many times. It appears that people tend to celebrate their birthdays here since the song was played at least 10 times during our meal. Decor and view are prime.

Visited March 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Oh MY! Extraordinary view, service and food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We asked the concierge at our hotel to recommend a restaurant near the water for dinner. He arranged our reservation and the restaurant provides a round-trip shuttle. Aqua is on Pier 70, right ON the water. It boasts an upscale, elegant atmosphere without a dress code! This is fine dining with a price tag (average entree price: $40-$45; everything is ala carte).

We were impressed the moment we walked in with the attentive staff and impeccable service. This is a seafood lover's paradise and with so many choices, it was difficult to decide. Our server, Kat, was amazing. Nick, the sommelier was very knowledgeable and recommended an exquisite wine.

My husband ordered the filet with lobster and bernaise sauce. I decided on the sea bass...oh, the sea bass. Both were cooked perfectly (best sea bass I have EVER tasted) and melted in our mouths. The wedge salad was a wonderful compliment. Live piano music, a gorgeous view of Elliot Bay and the romantic lighting made this one of our most memorable dining experiences..a highlight of our visit to the Emerald City.

Yes, we had the Baked Alaska...the show is a dramatic way to end the perfect evening, but there are other delicious options for dessert as well.

If you want a quintessential Seattle waterfront experience with elegance and something beyond the ordinary, this is definitely the place!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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El Gaucho S, Public Relations Manager at AQUA by El Gaucho, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Thank you for the 5 star review! We are thrilled to hear enjoyed a true AQUA by El Gaucho experience. We strive to deliver unparalleled service and exceptional food to our guests and always appreciate hearing their thoughts on the experience.

We look forward to seeing you again soon at one of our locations next time you're in Seattle.

Cheers!
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Hudson, Wisconsin
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“Breathtaking views...amazing food!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

This was a great venue for a networking reception. The food display was incredible and the outside deck was perfect!! I feel so lucky for having been able to partake in an event at such a great place

Visited October 2012
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El Gaucho S, Public Relations Manager at AQUA by El Gaucho, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Thank you for the 5 star review! We are thrilled to hear enjoyed a true AQUA by El Gaucho experience. We strive to deliver unparalleled service and exceptional food to our guests and always appreciate hearing their thoughts on the experience.

We look forward to seeing you again soon at one of our locations next time you're in Seattle.

Cheers!
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Phoenix, Arizona
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Impeccable service, fabulous cuisine, great view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

Our dining experience was perfect in every way starting with the service. Our waiter, and all of the wait staff, was friendly, courteous and attentive without being overbearing. The food was absolutely delicious. Everything we ordered was prepared to perfection. We started with oysters on the half-shell and calamari. Both were excellent. The scallops, as an entree, were tendered, cooked perfectly, and quite large. The surf and turf was perfectly cooked, as well. The meat was delicious and the lobster tail was very ample in size. We finished it all off with the Emerald City Volcano. The flaming table side preparation was as fun to watch as the end product was delicious to eat. This is a wonderful place to have a relaxing and delicious dinner with a beautiful view of the bay.

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“If you want to splurge, a great place to do so”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

A great dining experience. This is a once-a-year treat for us with friends and it never disappoints. Wonderful food, well prepared, and served beautifully. Tables spread out so you only hear your conversation, not everybody else's. A great place to take elderly friends.

Visited February 2013
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