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Accolades
Sunset Magazine
"Great Steakhouses of the West.
Flourishes of grand tableside service."


Savoy Magazine

"Power. Substance. Style.
Best steaks in the great Northwest."


WHERE Magazine

"Unbeatable panorama of Elliott Bay,
Mt. Rainier, and the Olympic Mountains"


Washington CEO Magazine

"Nation's Best Steakhouse"


Seattle Magazine

"Dining on the Waterfront will
never be the same."


Eastside Journal

"Waterfront makes its mark with
impressive seafood and meat dishes."


Seattle Magazine

"Best Service" & "Best Steak"


Seattle Magazine

"Waterfront will change the way
we think about dining by the Bay…
the perfect Seattle synergy."


Zagat Guide

"America's Top Restaurants"
"Best Steakhouse"
"Don't Miss",
"Dinner as Theatre"
Rated 4++++


Wine Spectator

"Award of Excellence"


Fall Gourmet Magazine

"Top Table Award"


Zagat Survey

"…most declare it 'does not
get better than this!"


Parade Magazine, Seattle Times

"A little bit fancy, a lot fashionable.
Friendly, intimate & warm."


RETURN TO SOCIAL MEDIA
News & Reviews
 

A Taste Washington Survival Guide: 10 Tips and Tricks from a Seasoned Veteran
seattlemet.com | March 25, 2014
Taste Washington—the state's premier wine and food event–is coming up this Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. The event, which features 226 wineries and 68 restaurants, is the single largest regional wine event held under one roof... Read Article >

15 Must-Try Bites at Taste Washington
zagat.com | March 26, 2014
It's easy to feel overwhelmed at Taste Washington. The two-day celebration of the state's ever-growing wine industry - with some Northwest beer and local spirits in the mix - is coming up this weekend. Hundreds of wineries will pour their finest and dozens of restaurants will serve samples of dishes designed to wow the thousands who show up to this popular event, now in its 17th year... Read Article >

Sivi Mennen, AQUA by El Gaucho General Manager,
Named a 2014 Seattle Tourism Ambassador

We are thrilled to announce that Sivi Mennen, AQUA by El Gaucho's General Manager, was named one of four Tourism Ambassadors at the Visit Seattle Annual Meeting and Luncheon, held on Tuesday March 18th at the Sheraton Hotel. The Tourism Ambassador award recognizes those who uphold the highest service standards, and regularly go above and beyond to serve and assist visitors, promoting the industry and city. Read Article >

El Gaucho Hospitality Receives National Restaurant Neighbor Award,
Gifts Prize Money To Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission | April 17, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash.—The WRA is proud to congratulate El Gaucho Hospitality for receiving the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) 2013 Restaurant Neighbor Award. The iconic Puget Sound restaurant was honored in Washington D.C. today during the NRA’s Public Affairs Conference in Washington D.C., where El Gaucho Hospitality owner Paul Mackay accepted the award.... Read Article >   |    View Video >

El Gaucho Hospitality’s Chad Mackay is named the Washington Restaurant Association’s
2012 Full Service Operator of the Year | January 17, 2013

The Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) this week honored Chad Mackay, president and chief operating officer of El Gaucho Hospitality, as its 2012 Full Service Operator of the Year, for his extraordinary service within the industry, the community and beyond.... Read Article >

El Gaucho Hospitality named Washington State Wine Commission’s
2012 Restaurant Group of the Year | January 14, 2013

Washington State Wine Awards toast people, places that make wine shine
After a decade of honoring restaurants, the Washington State Wine Commission expanded its prestigious award program to celebrate additional industries and individuals whose work raises the profile of Washington State wine throughout the state and beyond... Read Article >


El Gaucho Steak House, Seattle,Washington
examiner.com
"On a recent visit to Seattle, I had the distinct pleasure of dining – on my birthday – at El Gaucho, the renowned steakhouse recognized in all of the Northwest as one of the very best. Entering the restaurant, I was impressed with its theater-like ambiance – the only lighting was of softly glowing lamps. An aura of excitement swirled around the restaurant as dishes were set aflame and steaks sizzled at tables – all this to the accompaniment of live piano music playing softly at the open bar. I knew I was in for a most memorable evening – and I was right!” Read Article >

A Special Seahawks Plane Flew All Over Washington, Because That's How Seattle Rolls
huffingtonpost.com
"If the Super Bowl were won in the air, the Seahawks would already be champions. Boeing decked out a 747-8 jet in Seahawks paint, with special script on the side that says "Spirit of 12s Go Hawks!" The plane took a strange flight path on Thursday-- for five and a half hours, it flew over Eastern Washington in a '12' pattern, a nod to Seahawks fans who call themselves "The 12th Man.” Read Article >

The Super Bowl Champ's Guide to Seattle | Conde Nast Traveler
cntraveler.com
"The Seahawks beat the Broncos and Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl last night, putting Seattle over Denver in our battle of the best town for sports fans and travelers. To celebrate, we talked to a former Super Bowl champ for an insider's guide to the Emerald City.” Read Article >

36 Reasons Seattle Not Only Won The Super Bowl, But Also Wins At Life
huffingtonpost.com
"#21. Only from Seattle could you spend a day visiting Canada or skiing or hiking a million mountains, and still be back in time for oyster dinner at Aqua. Read Article >

Love at first bite | Rare bites from the Certified Angus Beef® brand
gorare.com
"Celebrate love at first bite and join us on a journey to exquisite taste. Step inside the best restaurants in the country. Sharpen your chef knife and prepare an amazing meal at home. Whether your sweetheart prefers fine dining or homemade extravagance, you can make it a Valentine’s Day to remember!.” Read Article >

More than a Restaurant | Angus Journal
angusjournal.com
"When people want to celebrate life, they do it with steak,” says Chad Mackay, president and COO of El Gaucho Hospitality, which includes five successful restaurant properties operated by his family in the Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore., areas. To meet and exceed the expectations for those celebratory events, El Gaucho has created an ambiance — from the food, atmosphere and service — that is long- remembered by patrons. “Guests receive personal attention, the water glass never goes below an inch and every lady is escorted to the ladies’ room” are said to be hallmarks of El Gaucho.” Read Article >

Scotch & Oysters at AQUA by El Gaucho | December 2013
mybelltown.com
"Recently the Aqua by El Gaucho and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society paired up to host an event called The Pearl Dram Whisky and Oyster Pairing. The native oyster season coincided with the 30th anniversary of The Society making for an amazing experience, one that this blogger will remember for a very long time. The evening started out with an introduction to The Scotch Malt Whiskey Society by Georgie Bell, the global ambassador for the The Society. She told the story of how The Society came to be, how they operate, and choose the casks from the hundreds of distilleries large and small all over Scotland.” Read Article >

Key Players: Seattle's Piano-Bar Pros | December 2013
seattlemag.com
"Seattle’s longstanding lounge pianists make the holidays special. Given the tendency of bars and restaurants to rely on Pandora Internet radio or iPod playlists to provide background music, it’s a rare and genuine thrill to walk into a joint and discover someone tickling the ivories on a real piano. That’s especially the case when you encounter one of Seattle’s longstanding piano-bar pros, such as Ruby Bishop, Jerry Zimmerman or June Tonkin. With a combined 252 years of life experience, the city’s most seasoned lounge pianists add instant atmosphere wherever they play...” Read Article >

AQUA Thanksgiving mention on the Seattle Met’s Nosh Pit | November 13, 2013
seattlemet.com
"Aqua by El Gaucho — For Thanksgiving with a stunning view, this seafood restaurant at Pier 70 is a good bet. The menu is classic: turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and candied yams. Plus the full menu is offered too, should you prefer your Thanksgiving dinner with a bowl of clam chowder. Then walk it all off next door at the Olympic Sculpture Park. 2pm- 8pm, 206-956-9171. Prix fixe: $39..” Read Article >

Bivalves, Drams, and a Pinch of Wit. | November 11, 2013
jackiewrites.com
"A friend of mine--the delightful Carrie Brown--posted on Facebook that she was invited to a private whisky tasting put on by AQUA by El Gaucho on the Seattle waterfront. But since she was not a whisky drinker, she felt the experience would be lost on her, and wanted to know if anyone wanted to go in her stead. I was the first to raise my hand, and so the invitation, which sounded quite austere, went to me..” Read Article >

El Gaucho's Mark Joseph on 25 Years Serving Portland | October 30, 2013
pdx.eater.com
"Long before there were celebrity bartenders, complicated cocktails, or even happy hour, there was Mark Joseph. The bar manager for Portland's El Gaucho for the last 13 years and counting, Joseph, 51, is a familiar face on the local bar scene, with more than 25 years of experience at the likes of Lovejoy Tavern, Casa-U-Betcha, and Veritable Quandry. (And when he isn't at El Gaucho, or at home with his family, you can catch him at his little brother's bar, the Morrison Hotel, in Southeast Portland)...” Read Article >

Seattle by the sea: Aqua by El Gaucho | October 7, 2013
Examiner.com
"Most residents of Seattle are in no hurry to see another volcanic eruption, that is, unless it's the Emerald City Volcano, a flamboyant flaming dessert that is served tableside after sunset at AQUA by El Gaucho. Back in the Fifties, Seattle's original El Gaucho was the epitome of "class" as measured by the standards of the Rat Pack and Vegas. Seasoned waiters in tuxedos tossed Caesar salads and ignited desserts. The seductive supper club atmosphere made El Gaucho the definitive destination for Seattle romance, right up to its closing in 1985...” Read Article >

$100 margarita! America's most expensive cocktails | June 14, 2013
CNN Travel ~ El Series (El Gaucho, Portland, Oregon)
"The bar staff at El Gaucho Portland first made its name in the extravagant cocktails game with The Josephine, a $500 cocktail featuring L'Esprit de Courvoisier and Grand Marnier 150. Once the bar's stash of L'Esprit de Courvoisier ran out, The Josephine was retired, but its siblings in the "El Series" have carried on the mantle...” Read Article >

Eat, Play, and Stay on the Waterfront | April 17, 2013
Follow up article of Taste Washington in the Puget Sound Business Journal.
The Seattle Met highlights the Seattle Waterfront and AQUA is first on the list in the article “Eat, Play, and Stay on the Waterfront” Read Article >

Serious Eats: Drinks in the “Somm Sez”
"I like a sparkling wine or a crisp citrusy white, such as Vinho verde from Portugal. And always, what most Sommeliers agree: Champagne goes with everything." —Lee Spires, AQUA by El Gaucho (Seattle)
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Blog Posts reviewing recent visits to El Gaucho Seattle:
view Sound Living Seattle Blog >
view Once Upon a Bite Blog >

The Best of Bellevue Haute Picks
El Gaucho Bellevue was recently voted The Best Power Lunch spot for the 4th year in the “The Best of Bellevue Haute Picks” sponsored by the Bellevue Downtown Association. They also received runner up in the following categories: Most Romantic Dinner, Best Cocktail (The Gaucho Cosmo), and Best Wine List.

Chad Mackay and Ken Sharp were on King TV morning news with Christie Johnson
to promote Taste Washington.

Restaurants share the spotlight with wine at Taste Washington | March 25, 2013
Follow up article of Taste Washington in the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Most popular – The Taylor Shellfish and Aqua by El Gaucho oyster bar, shucking and serving unlimited quantities of fresh oysters.
Read Article >

Beverage Media Group interview with Lee Spiresn | March 27, 2013
Lee Spires, Asst. General Manager and Wine Captain at AQUA by El Gaucho, interviewed by Beverage Media Group and
included in their newsletter... Read Interview >

Bellevue Downtown Magazine recommends El Gaucho | Spring 2013
El Gaucho Bellevue listed in Bellevue Downtown Publication as a place to have a date night.
Located on page 4 of the linked magazine pdf. Read Article >

New Local Spirits, Tasting Parties and Other Drinking News | March 7, 2013
El Gaucho is a "Society Spot" for Scotch. All Scotch lovers, perk up. Seattle’s revered restaurant El Gaucho was recently named one of three “Society Spots” by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. What does that mean? That the bar in the restaurant now has a number of rare and limited-edition scotches that up until recently have only been available to members of the Society, and that patrons of El Gaucho can now sample these exclusive tipples. An interesting side note: Seattle has the most Scotch drinkers per capita in the United States. If you’re one of them, then head down to the restaurant for your Scotch fix... Read Article >

BETTER BURGERS | February 28, 2013
When it comes to burgers, sometimes it’s fine to go gourmet. The El Gaucho Burger (2119 Pacific Ave., Tacoma) is a half-pound of Certified Angus Beef, Niman Ranch allnatural bacon, pepper jack cheese, chipotle aioli, lettuce, tomato and onion, served with a side of fries. Priced just right at $10 for happy hour... Read Article >

El Gaucho Tacoma celebrates Murray Morgan Bridge Week | February 12, 2013
Weekly Volcano— What makes dining at a bar awesome? Is it the drinks themselves, coming fast and fresh and teetering on a long communal bar? The ease of eavesdropping or starting a conversation with the women by your side? Dining under twinkly lights with live music in the background? Is it dining where the bartender knows "your" drink?... Read Article >

Piano man has no shortage of job offers, gigs | February 9, 2013
The News Tribune— Juan Perez shares a champagne toast celebrating his new gig playing piano at El Gaucho restaurant Monday. A group who had heard about him starting at El Gaucho reserved the seating around the glass-topped piano to welcome him after he was laid off from playing piano at Nordstrom... Read Article >

Q&A: Chad Mackay of Mackay Restaurants | February 4, 2013
Portland Business Journal—Q&A: Chad Mackay of Mackay Restaurants on the recession, liquor sales and entrepreneurship. Read Article >

Former piano player at Tacoma Mall Nordstrom quickly finds new job, performing at El Gaucho | January 29, 2013
The News Tribune— Juan Perez has a new job. He had played piano on the main floor at the Tacoma Mall Nordstrom store for 27 years, and he heard just over a week ago that the store was going in a more “modern” direction and would offer its customers recorded music instead. In a story in Monday’s edition of The News Tribune, Perez said that his real ambition was to play at the upscale El Gaucho restaurant in downtown Tacoma.El Gaucho general manager James Capangpangan asked Tuesday morning for contact information. A few hours later, Perez confirmed that he had received an offer.... Read Article >

Happy Hour Hug: El Gaucho Tacoma has late-night deals daily | January 28, 2013
Weekly Volcano— Late-night happy hour? Yes, please! In December 2012 El Gaucho Tacoma quielty extended its happy hour for its regulars to enjoy. It now offers happy hour prices from 4 p.m. to close Sunday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close Friday and 9 p.m. to close Saturday. For those who have never experienced El Gaucho's happy hour, it's for those who enjoy discounted gourmet food in a dimly-lit, fine-dining atmosphere with live piano music and not a cardboard-crusted pizza delivered by... Read Article >

The Inn at El Gaucho | January 17, 2013
Oyster.com— names The INN at El Gaucho a “Seattle Hot Spot,” highlights the Inn in this video.. View Video >

Slurpless in Seattle | January 16, 2013
No Umbrella The Seattle Travel Blog— On Pier 70, AQUA by El Gaucho offers an elegant bar and happy hour menu with fresh, seasonal Taylor Shellfish Farms oysters. Or, try the halibut ceviche or Ahi tuna tartar. If the stunning Elliott Bay view is as close to the sea as you want to be, go for turf-steak and frites. Read Article >

Drinks Highlighted Lee Spires of AQUA by El Gaucho
Serious Eats— For most pizza, I feel that the dominating factor would be the sauce, or the interaction between the sauce, dough, and cheese. I like to go back to the origins of pizza for the pizza pairing challenge. The Sangiovese grape is one that speaks to me when I think of Italy.... Read Article >



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