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AQUA by El Gaucho

#46 of 3,095 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, Seattle, WA 98121-1134 (Broad Street)
+1 206-956-9171
16:00 - 21:00
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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120 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 selection was also superb.

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San Diego, California
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 so it is easy to get to. The food was very, very good. We shared... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 great. I recommend mussels as an appetizer also. I did have a few random complaints... More 

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Bowling Green, Ohio, USA
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 the shuttle driver was a delight. As a bonus, we had a beautiful view of... More 

Thank Angie K
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 on how the filet and halibut were the best they had ever had. Our waiter... More 

1 Thank love2travelOlympia
Newcastle, Australia
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 table when asking for coffee orders. This is poor showing by a top rated Seattle... More 

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El Gaucho S, Guest Relations Manager at AQUA by El Gaucho, responded to this review

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 email at smennen@elgaucho.com. Again, we apologize for the sub-par experience you had at AQUA by... More 

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82 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 this perception of perfection. I had the Halibut and my wife had the Scallops. Both... More 

1 Thank heitmann
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 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 was outstandingly prepared, served with capers on a bed of cooked spinach. I added hot... More 

Thank scott b
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 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 about the lack of service. The service was impeccable and seamless. So lovely start to... More 

Thank HoppySeattle
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85 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 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 order to begin the evening. Everything seemed a bit slow as far as salads/soups and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$16 - US$80
American, Seafood, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, 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, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
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
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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