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AQUA by El Gaucho

) #47 of 3,254 Restaurants in Seattle $$$$ American, Seafood,
2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, Seattle, WA 98121-1134
+1 206-956-9171
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“baked alaska” (22 reviews)
“seafood” (65 reviews)
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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 3 days ago

While there are better seafood-focused restaurants in Seattle, this place does have a nice view of Elliot Bay while you dine....among other pluses. When you make reservations for dinner, they will ask if it is a special occasion...why yes, a birthday celebration! So upon arrival,...More

Thank canda-travel
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our company was hosting a Retreat in Seattle and I chose Aqua for our Saturday Night outing. We had appetizers and cocktails on the side patio right off our private dining room. What a beautiful location right on the water!! I order the Beef Crostini...More

Thank Buono15
Reviewed 6 days ago

My wife and I enjoyed dinner at Aqua - gorgeous waterfront views during the summer with plenty of outdoor seating. The service was good. My wife enjoyed her Chilean Sea Bass which was done perfectly. I was less enamored with the Prime Frenched Rib Steak....More

Thank SeaMariner22
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience! Outside seating is available right on the water while the inside dining room is really well done. We opted for inside but still had a really nice water view. I ordered the wedge salad which sounds kind of boring but...More

Thank n2r49rs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I asked to be seated outside, but the waitress lead us to an inside table. then went back to the hostess stand for another table. The outside table we were sent to did not have any shade. There were other tables with...More

Thank kc1987755
Sivi M, General Manager at AQUA by El Gaucho, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to review AQUA by El Gaucho. I'm so sorry about the confusion regarding your table preference and wine service, and appreciate the kind comments about our signature dish, the Chilean Sea Bass. If you would like...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, let me say that the service at the table was impeccable. At the bar, not so much. Food was good (we had the surf and turf) with a wedge salad and key lime pie (which wasn't so hot). One thing I will warn you...More

Thank Scott M
Sivi M, Manager at AQUA by El Gaucho, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Good afternoon Scott, Thank you so much for taking the time to review AQUA by El Gaucho. I appreciate the kind words about our service and food, as well as your feedback about service in the bar, which I would love to hear more about....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A bit pricey but excellent food great service and fantastic waterfront atmosphere. We arrived at 5, but it didn't get busy until 6:30.

Thank PNTL
Reviewed June 18, 2017 via mobile

Not arty, wacky or weird food, just a slick operation with lovely sea views, terrific waiters and staff ( ours was Brendan who was excellent) and delicious food cooked as you like it. We shared a starter and a dessert with 2 mains and a...More

Thank maida22
Reviewed June 10, 2017

We were visiting Seattle for a few days before our first cruise to Alaska and chose Aqua for our "seafood experience" based on our hotel recommendation and TripAdvisor reviews. We enjoy good food and good wine and we thoroughly enjoyed Aqua! Leanne was or server...More

Thank Virgil S
Reviewed June 2, 2017

Four of us dined here on a Thursday evening. Every dish we had was amazing. The Ahi Tuna was wrapped in a smoked prosciutto, the salmon was very flavorful and tender, and the Chilean Sea Bass was the most tender we ever had. It was...More

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matthew k
February 18, 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!
Joe N
March 23, 2016|
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Response from Priscilla J | Reviewed this property |
I would also like to add that life is too short to let fear of dress attire hold you back from an amazing experience and delicious food...People that get upset about you wearing shorts here are ruining their own experience... More
October 27, 2015|
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Response from Sounderspa59 | Reviewed this property |
No, the bar area is excellent. But when seated at a table, they treat you very well. Always a good view, too!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$16 - $80
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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
Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
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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