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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%
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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 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first evening so wanted a lovely place to eat. The views at the restuarent were lovely and the staff were great. Food was delivered promptly and couldn't fault it. The steak was cooked perfectly. However I did feel the prices were a...More

Thank Matt240975
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here for a business meal recently and we really enjoyed ourselves. It's in a great location down by the harbour and with great views. I had the crispy fried calamari for starter, which was beautifully soft and well cooked but without being greasy. I...More

Thank AndrewJ25
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Location is right off the water with amazing views. The interior is classy, good layout and was accommodating for our group of eight. Service was excellent, food was hot and drinks were continually filled. Meals were terrific. Seafood was fresh and flavourful. The steaks were...More

Thank NormLWat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It used to be all the waterfront restaurants in Seattle were tourist traps with nice views, poor food and high prices. This place is top shelf, as you would expect from El Gaucho. The food is very good, the ambience is great, the staff were...More

Thank Jim A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food 10-10 Service 10-10 Seriously, spectacular! Our table all enjoyed oysters, clams and beef medallions for appetizers. The oysters were so good we ordered another 12 ! As for dinner we ordered the Ahi Tune 👍, and the Swordfish. The Swordfish was seriously the best...More

Thank gregkeith
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been a long time traveler, and frequently dine out. I have never been embarrassed my entire life. I made reservations for a table of 1 just to try their food, and experience the view. The hostess over the phone told me that she...More

2  Thank Misha L
Sivi M, General Manager at AQUA by El Gaucho, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Misha, Thank you so much for taking the time to review AQUA by El Gaucho. I am so sorry to hear that we were unable to accommodate your request for a table directly along the window. As I am sure you noticed, we have...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and enjoyed a truly excellent dinner at Aqua. Not only was each course perfectly prepared (Sea bass for her, lamb rack for me), the service was superb - Sarah was a charming waitperson.

1  Thank haversmk
Reviewed 16 January 2018

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

1  Thank kobesmom
Reviewed 15 January 2018

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

1  Thank primescot2
Reviewed 11 January 2018

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

1  Thank bluedelta
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11 November 2017|
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Response from timiniowa | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They also have free shuttle service to most downtown hotels
3 August 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
18 February 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
US$16 - US$80
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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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