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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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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good22%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“seafood” (69 reviews)
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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

If you can forget for a moment that you have to pay for all this, the food and service were excellent. Some of us had the Ahi tuna and others the Halibut. Everything was prepared just right. The service was, at times, almost too attentive....More

Thank HarlanJF
Reviewed 5 days ago

Have been to Aqua twice in the last month -- the first experience was so magical that I didn't want to write a review until we had gone back and tried it again. First, the location at the north end of Seattle's downtown waterfront is...More

Thank Texas1traveller
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our dining experience at Aqua was incredible from start to finish. We went for a birthday celebration - very nice touches from the fresh rose petals sprinkled on the table to a signed birthday card from the staff as well as a complimentary dessert of...More

Thank U5122OTjanicem
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been lucky enough to have dinner at Aqua the last two times when in Seattle. Service and food are wonderful and this is from someone who does not love seafood. No matter what you order you must order a side of the roasted corn!...More

Thank CNPTraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Aqua for diner and enjoyed the lovely view over the bay. What an excellent location for a relaxing diner. Everything else that followed was the contrary of what we expected. Slow non-responsive service, crab cakes that do not deserve the name, half...More

Thank jjonckheere
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with a party of 14. Had drinks and appetizers on the back deck looking at Mt. Ranier in the distance. Very leisurely and servers were attentive but not intrusive. Nice selection of grilled prawns, brischiuto and calamari. After about 75 minutes, went in to...More

Thank Marc H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant is just BEAUTIFUL and the ambiance is FANTASTIC. We had cocktails in the bar which consisted of very good martini's and some Proseco which was yummy.... The appetizers were delicious and the Caesar salads were extremely tasty. My NY Steak was cooked perfectly...More

Thank Edunbar3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The quality of the food is really good. I had salmon with asparagus and mashed potatoes on the side and everything was amazing but we were waiting for the drinks 15 minutes first and also a long time for the food. The service was very...More

Thank Alicia A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our hotel suggested this restaurant. As soon as we walked through the door, we were totally turned off by its dirty smell. Our server was arrogant and surly. Perhaps she did not care because her 18% tip was guaranteed. The food was expensive and marginal....More

1  Thank patArk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rather an unwelcoming entrance but managed to obtain table with window views. My wife had "the best scallops ever" and I had lobster which was superb. Side dishes were also very good as too was the key lime pie which we shared. This is a...More

Thank Miloj
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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!
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
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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
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view, Bar scene, 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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