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“Great location on the water”
Review of AQUA by El Gaucho

AQUA by El Gaucho
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Ranked #34 of 4,231 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $80
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Business meetings, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Broad Street
Description: 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.
Reviewed August 19, 2014

Food was good and the bartender could make the best Old Fashion I've ever had. A good place to go. Accommodating staff.

Thank acharlesb
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El Gaucho S, Public Relations Manager at AQUA by El Gaucho, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2014

Thank you for your feedback and review of AQUA by El Gaucho! We strive to deliver world class food and service every night to each guest, and we're glad that you enjoyed the best old-fashioned you've had. We will definitely pass along your kudos to our bartending team.

We know you have many places to dine and we appreciate that you chose us while visiting. We hope to see you again the next time your travels bring you to Seattle.


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Reviewed August 17, 2014

Reservations - odd that they only an 815pm reservation time and when we arrived to the restaurant the dining area was not full.
We sat outside and loved the view. The waiter was knowledgeable of the food and wine. The food was good but nothing spectacular. I had the cioppino was great with seafood but the broth did not stand out.

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Thank VmTravel123
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Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Went last night with 4 other people. Here in Seattle with Wine Educators conference so food and drink our specialty. One of our group picked Aqua as a highly rated place with a great view.

That being said, the view was great. Service was prompt efficient and accurate, even a bit showy.

But the food. We had an appetizer of fried oysters. They were cooked in old grease and burnt. Other apps were good including soup. Wine was quadruple retail not a good deal.

Entrees were uneven. Crab and shrimp Louie was good. Crab salad good. Cedar planked salmon good. 2 scallop dishes had cold, gritty scallops were sent back and both people ended up eating lobster mashed potatoes. 2 meals and 1 appetizer were comped. Problem here was that after the fact we found a review from February that had the same scallop problem and not fixed. Can't recommend for food but service and view great.

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Reviewed August 8, 2014

we had a table outside by the water. beautiful sunset view, but the otherwise magnificent view of Mr Ranier is spoiled by the cranes at the port, so no pictures.

food was good, but prices were way too high for the cuisine (and I am from NY).

Thank sel57
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

The location to Aqua b El Gaucho was definitely amazing! I went with my brother and the sun was setting on the pier. It was definitely an amazing view for our dinner. I got the salmon, scallops, creamy seafood soup, mashed potatoes and bread pudding. The lobster mashed potatoes was not very good. The soup and salad were pretty good, but I wouldn't say my best meal. Overall I give this an average review.

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Thank Jane B
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