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AQUA by El Gaucho

) #52 of 3,255 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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American, Seafood, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, Seattle, WA 98121-1134
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Reviewed April 14, 2017

This was a business dinner but they did a great job. Nice room with view of the harbor. The food was excellent - I had the chefs special halibut which was terrific. Also the sides which were shared by the group were very good. Wine...More

Thank VisitingProfessor_29
Reviewed April 12, 2017

We were just wrapping up a visit to Pike Place Market and looking for somewhere indoors to eat on a windy, bone-chilling day. We were able to get a reservation on a half hour's notice and I'm so glad we did. They have valet parking...More

Thank UCLABruin84-87
Reviewed April 9, 2017

I went here with my husband and an another couple for a nice dinner while we were on vacation. We loved the atmosphere! I just got a caesar salad which I added grilled shrimp to and it was great! Everything everyone else got was also...More

Thank Nrsmel07
Reviewed April 7, 2017

We were here during restaurant week, which made this more affordable - appetizer, entree, and dessert from the special menu for a total of $32. I had a salad, chilean sea bass cheeks and mango sorbet, all were fantastic! The service staff were excellent and...More

Thank Angie K
Reviewed April 2, 2017 via mobile

We had a large group for a Birthday dinner at Aqua. Everything was first class. We ordered appetizers, salads, soups, entrees and dessert. Everything was perfect. The calamari, seafood platter, halibut and filet aqua were among the favorites. And several people in our party commented...More

1  Thank love2travelOlympia
Reviewed April 1, 2017

lovely spot at pier 70, fantastic views. Let down though by the food and service...there was a big group but no excuse esp with the prices charged. My grilled steak was nicely cooked but it was salty...weird and not nice. Service waiter ignored half the...More

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El Gaucho S, Guest Relations Manager at AQUA by El Gaucho, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2017

Hello, Our apologies, this type of service is never acceptable at our restaurant. Our General Manager, Sivi Mennen, would like to know more about your experience with us. Please feel free to reach out to her directly at the restaurant by calling 206.956.9171, or by...More

Reviewed March 31, 2017

Our first evening meal in Seattle was at Aqua by El Goucho. The first impression when one walks in, is "WOW". The decor, the vibe, the live background music and the friendly staff are just over the top. The food and the service adds to...More

1  Thank heitmann
Reviewed March 19, 2017 via mobile

The sun radiated, a rarity of sorts in Seattle lately, and the locals were out promenading on the waterfront. The Mountain could be clearly seen from afar. After a nice walk, this was the backdrop, all fully visible from the windows of Aqua. The halibut...More

Thank scott b
Reviewed March 19, 2017

I have lived in Seattle for 30 years, and just last night had dinner at AQUA for the first time. I've been for Happy Hour a few times, but never dinner. Well, have I ever been missing out. I am surprised by the reviews complaining...More

Thank HoppySeattle
Reviewed March 16, 2017 via mobile

The location, on the waterfront, is spectacular. I ordered a Cesar salad and seafood stew which was very cooked to perfection. Every aspect of this restaurant was excellent except for the service. We had to flag down a waiter to take our drink and appetizer...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, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Scenic view, Special occasions, Bar scene
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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