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AQUA by El Gaucho

$$$$American, Seafood,
2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, Seattle, WA 98121-1134
+1 206-956-9171
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“seafood” (74 reviews)
“wicked shrimp” (12 reviews)
“scallops” (44 reviews)
Open Now
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 2 days ago

Very nice restaurant, seated promptly with reservation. Lovely card and rose petals on our table to celebrate our anniversary. Setting is romantic, beautiful place. Service is good. Our waiter disappeared often but had many "assistants". Food was a mix of incredible and just ok. Most...More

Thank kobesmom
Reviewed 3 days ago

Outstanding dinner experience. Business group of 10 with a private room. Food and service was excellent and price (though high-end) was reasonable.

Thank primescot2
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have gone several times over the years to Aqua, but recently went for New Year's Eve. We had exceptional service (Joshua was the waiter + charming & knowledgeable sommelier). Very attentive, knew the menu/wine, but not intrusive. I had searched all of Seattle and...More

Thank bluedelta
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing else to say other than this was a great experience overall. I went with a group of about 10 on a Thursday evening and we have no problem getting seated. Defiantly try and sit outside when you go. Not an inexpensive place, but the...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing not to like about this place. We sat outside but the ambience indoors was very nice also. Service was impeccable. Were there for the sunset and relaxing.

Thank David M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Greg dining experience, super service and a great location. Fab wine list catering to all budgets and occasions. The restaurant is pricey, but it’s totally worth it!

Thank miles_for_smiles
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have eaten in many fine restaurants over the years, but Aqua completely wowed us! We had my daughter's wedding reception in one of their private dining rooms and we made the perfect choice. The Filet Mignon was the best I have had anywhere and...More

Thank Laura B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent the day wandering around downtown Seattle then walked in without reservations to this place. We were very casually dressed - I mean sweat shirt level. We went early so some tables were open. All the staff was quite gracious and not at all...More

Thank Gitano
Reviewed December 2, 2017 via mobile

I took my wife to Seattle for an weekend escape on her birthday. I had never been to Aqua, but Trip Advisor rated it highly. We had a late Friday dinner and it was fantastic. The Alaskan King Salmon was done to perfection. The sea...More

Thank Jeff O
Reviewed November 28, 2017 via mobile

Pricey but very good, if in business, take your dinner here. Nice sea view and Space Needle. Good parking

Thank Kari A
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Questions & Answers
November 11, 2017|
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Response from timiniowa | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They also have free shuttle service to most downtown hotels
August 3, 2017|
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Response from heitmann | Reviewed this property |
Hello, I really do not know as I have only been at this restaurant. I can tell you that the atmosphere, food and service blew us away.
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!
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
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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