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AQUA by El Gaucho

#55 of 3,065 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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Wilmington, Delaware
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331 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

While planning this visit to the Pacific Northwest, I asked the concierge at the Fairmont Olympic to recommend a place with excellent seafood and this was her first recommendation without hesitation. Very glad we followed up on the recommendation. Loved the fact that they had a shuttle pick us up at the hotel so we didn't have to worry about... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Always wonderful service and did not disappoint again - terrific for special occasions such as annivesaries and special birthdays.

Thank elizabethcorbett2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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104 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I ordered Alaskan King Crab and it is obvious they shop for some nice legs in this place. However, the crab was a bit over-cooked. It was beautiful and the legs were pre-cut so opening and eating was a breeze but over-cooking such a dish is a crime. Drinks were good and so were the sides. The people that ordered... More 

Thank aj6135
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took some friends out to eat here and I also had my 3 children along, two of which were celebrating birthdays. This restaurant is perfectly located on the Seattle Waterfront. The ambiance, the food, the live piano, and the customer service was all first rate! The waiter gifted us two mouthwatering desserts for the birthday kiddos and the pianist... More 

Thank Corinna D
Bellevue, Washington
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Aqua is my go to in Seattle, you can get seafood and a good steak, with a wonderful view of the Sound. I recommend going on Thursday afternoon/early evenings in the spring and summer to see the sailboats zipping by. The have the largest restaurant patio on the West Coast, and a bottle of Rose and the seafood tower is... More 

Thank Latte76
Port Angeles
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We celebrated my husband's birthday with 2 of our kids and 2 grandchildren. I alerted the staff that this was his birthday. They bent over backwards to accommodate our every whim. We had a round table which made the conversation much better. Be sure to get there early enough to enjoy sunset. Lovely view. The food was superb. The steak... More 

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

Hi Pili, Thank you for your feedback and 5-star review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed a true AQUA by El Gaucho experience with us. We strive to deliver world class food, service and ambiance with every meal and we love knowing that we hit the mark with your visit. We look forward to seeing you again the... More 

Chewelah, Washington
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I visited with an old friend from Virginia, whom we don't get to see often enough, and wanted to share some quality food, wine and time together in a unique environment. This was our first time to Aqua. We were picked up at our hotel in the restaurant's van by a very affable young man, Diego, and... More 

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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was seriously disappointed by my visit here. Compared to El Gaucho (the older one downtown), Aqua has a nicer ambiance with a classy, cruise-like vibe. If you're trying to choose between the two, I'd recommend the other for a Frank Sinatra/piano bar-esque experience with lovely steaks and personalized service. If you're looking for a place for a business dinner... More 

1 Thank Katherine V
Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great Atmosphere. The pianist was outstanding. I went on a Monday night, at that at times is the day when a restaurant can be a bit off. The food was not as good as I would have liked, and the service was a bit inattentive.

Thank Didi33133
El Gaucho S, Guest Relations Manager at AQUA by El Gaucho, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback although this is certainly not what we want to hear. We strive to deliver world class food, service and ambiance every night to each guest and it sounds like we missed the mark and we apologize. Our General Manager, Siv Mennen, would love to learn more about your food and service. Please contact her directly... More 

Seattle, Washington
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110 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

It has been a little while since the former Waterfront Grill was re-christened as "Aqua by El Gaucho" (not clear to me why the new name needs a possessive phrase on the end). Family visiting from out-of-town wanted to go here, and I enjoyed learning what the place has become. Everything has been contracted: dress is now Very (very) Casual,... 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, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?