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Waterfront

AQUA by El Gaucho

Seattle’s quintessential waterfront fine-dining experience.

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206.956.9171

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2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70
Seattle, WA 98121

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Named Gayot’s Top Ten Seafood Restaurants in America in 2012, and awarded The Washington State Wine Commission’s 2015 Restaurant of the Year, AQUA by El Gaucho sparkles at the tip of Pier 70, offering Seattle’s best waterfront dining experience. Walls of glass showcase Seattle’s finest views of Elliott Bay. The expansive outdoor deck is especially attractive on summer evenings, and indoors, the spacious lounge and lighted serpentine bar is a showstopper in its own right. AQUA by El Gaucho showcases the dinner-as-theatre philosophy and signature hospitality of El Gaucho.
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[space px=”-20″]Our menu features fresh seafood selections and 28-day dry-aged Niman Ranch All-Natural Prime Certified Angus Beef® and custom-aged Certified Angus Beef® Tenderloin Filets as personally selected by John Tarpoff. Steaks and chops are prepared on our one-of-a-kind charcoal grill in our open exhibition style kitchen. Our commitment is to sourcing the finest ingredients – and we proudly source the best products in the world. Not all menu items are listed on our website—we also offer daily fresh sheets as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Please feel free to contact us regarding special requests or food allergy concerns.

AQUA by El Gaucho now includes 20% service charge on each guest check. El Gaucho retains the full service charge and distributes it to employees in the form of wages, commissions, benefits, or otherwise entirely at El Gaucho’s discretion, in accord with the agreements and understandings that it has in place with its employees.

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Starters

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Wicked Shrimp
spicy hot, grilled bread ~18

Dungeness Crab Cakes
fresh dungeness crab, baby arugula, lemon tarragon aioli ~22

Crispy Fried Calamari
soy mustard aioli, sweet chili sauce ~15

Steamed Manila Clams
roasted fennel, tomatoes, bacon, lemon zest, garlic, ouzo ~19

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Tenderloin Diablo
devilishly spicy, cream, paprika, grilled bread ~18

Pancetta Wrapped Prawns
grilled over live coals and doused with golden raisin and scallion pesto ~19

*Ahi Tuna Poke
sesame, soy, lime, harissa, jalepeno, scallion, sweet soy, crispy wontons ~18

Green Curry Mussels
lemongrass, lime leaves, shallot, cilantro, basil, grape tomatoes ~ 14

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*Beef Carpaccio
arugula, chimichurri ~ 18

*Oysters
pacific, wa • kumamoto, wa ~
shigoku, wa • kusshi, bc
selection may vary depending on availability.
west indian cocktail sauce, mignonette ~ 19

*Seafood Bliss
dungeness crab fry legs, poached jumbo prawns, ahi poke, snow crab claws, maine lobster claws,
house-made west indian cocktail sauce, remoulade ~69

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Soup & Salad

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Creamy Seafood Chowder
shrimp, clams, bacon, fresh seasonal fish ~12

Spicy Crab Bisque
johnnie walker red label, cream, dungeness crab ~14

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*Caesar Salad
creamy anchovy and lemon dressing, parmigiano reggiano, parmesan tuile, garlic croutons ~11

Crab Avocado Salad 
bibb lettuce, dungeness crab, avocado, scallion yogurt dressing ~ 22

Watercress and Fennel
goat cheese, pistachios, honey mustard vinaigrette ~ 12

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Wedge Salad
iceberg, cherry tomatoes, olives, hardboiled egg, bleu cheese crumbles, bleu cheese dressing ~ 12

Heirloom Tomato and Burrata
basil oil, balsamic reduction ~ 14

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Entrées

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Seared Sashimi Grade Ahi Tuna
pepper sesame crust, miso orange marinade, asian slaw, citrus ponzu ~46

Grilled Hawaiian Swordfish
piquillo pepper, black currant relish, saffron butter ~36

Seafood Stew
fresh fish, clams, prawns, scallop, mussels, jasmine rice, red thai curry, coconut ginger broth ~36

Plancha Seared Scallops
bacon and butternut squash risotto, porcini mushroom cream ~44

Maine Lobster Tails
2 8oz maine lobster tails, black truffle aioli, lemon butter ~87

Wild Alaskan King Salmon
lemon butter, capers, almonds ~ 49

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Jumbo Sea Of Cortez Prawns
overstuffed with dungeness crab, shrimp, basil, fontina, roasted piquillo pepper coulis ~44

Grilled Chilean Seabass
rice wine oyster sauce ~57

Seafood Bacchanalia
designed for two. fresh seasonal fish, steamed lobster tail, sea scallops, grilled wild prawns, red king crab leg ~142

Barents Sea Red King Crab Legs
black truffle aioli, lemon butter ~89

Lamb T-Bone
summer corn, mint powder ~ 48

Cedar Plank Wild Alaskan King Salmon
honey mustard glaze ~ 48

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Oven-Crisped Chicken
goat cheese, dijon herb butter ~26

Prime Frenched Rib Steak
18 oz dry-aged, grilled crimini mushroom ~68

Surf And Turf
8 oz filet, 8 oz maine lobster tail, black truffle aioli, lemon butter ~82

Filet Aqua
8 oz filet topped with 2 oz lobster medallion, asparagus, sauce béarnaise ~65

Filet Mignon
8 oz, grilled crimini mushroom ~52

Prime New York Strip
14oz dry-aged, grilled crimini mushroom ~65

Wild Alaskan Halibut
capers, nicoise olives, cherry tomatoes ~ 47

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Add ons

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Oscar Style
3 oz dungeness crab, asparagus tips, béarnaise sauce ~22

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Barents Sea King Crab Leg
black truffle aioli, lemon butter ~45

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Maine Lobster Tail
8oz, black truffle aioli, lemon butter ~45

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Shareable Sides

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Cedar Roasted Vegetables
svaneti seasoning, apple cider reduction ~ 11

Sweet Roasted Yellow Corn
chipotle lime butter ~11

Sautéed Spinach
olive oil, garlic, chili flakes, lemon ~ 10

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes
sweet butter ~9 / + lobster ~18

Macaroni And Cheese
black truffle, reggiano ~9 / + crab ~21

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Sautéed Asparagus
lemon zest, olive oil, sea salt ~12

Sautéed Green Beans and Peppers
chili flakes, toasted pine nuts ~ 12

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View our wine list (pdf)

We strive to provide our guests the highest level of service and quality when it comes to wine, our courteous and knowledgeable sommelier is always at the ready with a pairing suggestion. Our wine list includes well-known labels as well as wines from smaller, family-owned vintners. We have an extensive selection of wines by the glass as well as an ever-changing wine list, so even the most dedicated aficionados can expect to find new and exciting wines each time they dine with us.

For our guests wishing to enjoy that special bottle from their own cellar, you are welcome to do so. There is a corkage charge per 750 ML bottle with a two bottle limit. We will provide Captain service and crystal stemware. Please contact us at 206.956.9171 for information.

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Specialties & Classics

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Summer Berry Pound Cake
seasonal berries ~10

Dark Chocolate Ganache
raspberries, crème anglaise, port wine ~10

Baileys Chocolate Caramel Bread Pudding
vanilla bean ice cream, caramel sauce ~13

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Seasonal Sorbet
gingersnap cookie ~8

Classic Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée
strawberries, blueberries ~12

Key Lime Pie
honey graham crust, whipped cream ~10

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae
vanilla bean ice cream, warm chocolate sauce, whipped cream ~12

Artisanal Cheeses
beecher’s flagship smoked cheddar, bleu d’auvergne, manchego, almonds, fig jam, rosemary croccantini ~12

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Dessert Cocktails

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Salted Caramel
vodka, caramel, chocolate liqueur, cream, smoked sea salt ~14

Blueberry Tea
grand marnier, amaretto, earl grey tea ~13

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The Flatliner
espresso, vodka, bailey’s, frangelico, cream ~15

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Crazy Beautiful
grand marnier 100 centenaire, hennessy ~36

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Fresh Taylor Shellfish Farms Oysters
selection may vary depending on availability, available per half dozen
• kumamoto, wa • shigoku, wa
• pacific, wa • kusshi, bc
west indian cocktail sauce, mignonette ~19

AQUA Spicy Fish Tacos
pico de gallo, cabbage slaw, flour tortillas, chipotle lime aioli ~12

Pier 70 Burger
Niman Ranch All-Natural Certified Angus Beef®, Niman Ranch All-Natural bacon, smoked beecher’s flagship, caramelized onion, baby arugula, tomato, truffle aioli, fries ~14

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Prime Top Sirloin Sliders
Niman Ranch All-Natural Certified Angus Beef®, mama lil’s peppers, smoked beecher’s flagship, baby arugula, chipotle aioli, potato chips ~13

Thai Style Ribs
garlic sticky sauce ~15

Steamed Clams
roasted fennel, bacon, tomatoes, garlic, ouzo ~11

Crab Bisque
johnnie walker red label, cream, dungeness crab ~8

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Wicked Shrimp
spicy hot, grilled bread ~11

Crispy Calamari
soy mustard aioli, sweet chili sauce ~15

Crab Cake
baby arugula, lemon tarragon aioli ~12

Ahi Tuna Tartare
hot pepper, caper, pear, onion, soy sauce, lemon, pinenut, curry oil ~18

Bar Fries
black truffle aioli ~7

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Featured Cocktail

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The Elitist Martini
featuring Stolichnaya Elit vodka, shaken served up with local Stopsky’s smoked Castelvetrano olives ~20

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Signature Cocktails

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Pineapple Martini
pineapple infused vodka, frothy, delicious ~12

AQUA Stormy
admiral nolan’s dark rum, housemade ginger beer, fresh lime juice ~10

White Cosmo
vodka, lime, white cranberry juice ~12

Silver Lining
cucumber vodka, lime, st. germain ~12

The Fashionable Coriander
honey coriandar infused bourbon, luxardo cherry, orange, bitters ~15

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Hangar 1 Paradise
h1 mandarin vodka, coconut rum, oj, pineapple juice ~9

Hangar 1 Collins
h1 vodka, sprite, lime sour ~9

Rose Collins
rose infused gin, st. germain, lemon sour, soda ~12

Morado Margarita
blackberry jalapeño infused tequila, triple sec, lime sour, smoked salt rim ~12

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Strawberry Letter #23
grey goose vodka, giffard crème de fraise de bois, lemon sour, sugar rim ~12

Pear 76
asian pear infused vodka, triple sec, lemon juice, prosecco ~12

Crazy Beautiful
grand marnier 100 centenaire, hennessy ~36

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[space px=”10″]General Manager: Sivi Mennen  Email | Bio
Executive Chef: Wesley Hood  Email | Bio
Live Music: Ben Fleck Tuesday–Sunday 6pm. Jerry Frank Monday 6pm.

Hours: Open daily 4pm; Dinner 5pm. Valet parking available.

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“One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a while. I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and wrote a little note with my reservation about the special occasion. Every employee that was in our presence during the entire experience wished him a happy birthday, even wrote a personal card for him. The table was set up beautifully and the food and service was excellent. When they brought out dessert, the pianist subtly played happy birthday on the piano as the server walked it over to us. Even the valet left two nicely wrapped cookies for us in the car. An amazing experience, and I would greatly recommend.”
~Yelp | 1/15/2016

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Private Dining

[space px=”-20″]We coordinate so you can celebrate. Our Private Dining team will create an experience for your most important business and personal moments. Our beautiful and incomparable private rooms provide the perfect venue for your every occasion – from an intimate dinner to an important meeting, a family celebration or a large group gathering. Available for brunch, lunch and dinner service seven days a week, as well as buyouts of our entire restaurant.

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Event Director:
Carly McGovern | Bio
206.956.8171 | Email
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Resources:
Information Request Form
Event Portfolio

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[space px=”-30″]The North Bay Room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. It accommodates 75 guests for seated dinners and 100 for receptions, with direct access to the beautiful outdoor patio.

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[space px=”-30″]The South Bay Room offers seating for 25 guests, direct patio access and views of the Olympic Mountains and Elliott Bay.

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[space px=”-30″]An AQUA Restaurant buy out can accommodate as many as 500 guests for a reception and 375 guests seated, not including the patio. AQUA welcomes full facility lunch programs, banquets, special events, weddings and receptions.

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[space px=”-30″]The AQUA Bar provides private and semi-private spaces. It accommodates 60 guests for seated events, 125 guests for receptions and up to 150 guests for a flow reception.

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