AQUA by El Gaucho

Seattle’s quintessential waterfront fine-dining experience.

  • 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.

    2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70
    Seattle, WA 98121

    Restaurant Closures:
    No closures at this time.


Our menu features fresh seafood selections and 28-Day Dry-Aged Niman Ranch All-Natural Certified Angus Beef® Brand Prime steaks and custom aged Certified Angus Beef® Brand – all prepared on an bed of glowing coals 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, as our fresh sheet changes daily.



  • Wicked Shrimp
    spicy hot, grilled bread ~18

    Steamed Mussels
    coconut milk, cilantro, garlic, red curry ~14

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

    Steamed Manila Clams
    roasted fennel, tomatoes, bacon, lemon zest, garlic, ouzo ~16

  • Ahi Tuna Tartare
    hot peppers, capers, pears, onions, soy sauce, lemon, pinenuts, curry oil ~18

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

    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

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

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

Soup & Salad

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

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

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

    Crab and Seaweed Salad
    dungeness crab, napa cabbage, wakame seaweed, miso vinaigrette ~22

  • 410 Salad
    dungeness crab, chilean bay shrimp, garlic croutons, pecorino romano,  lemon balsamic vinaigrette ~14


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

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

    Wild Alaskan Halibut
    cherry tomato salad, nicoise olives, capers, extra virgin olive oil ~42

    Plancha Seared Scallops
    lemon mascarpone risotto, lemon butter ~38

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

  • Seafood Bacchanalia
    designed for two—fresh seasonal fish, steamed lobster tail, diver sea scallops, grilled wild prawns, red king crab leg ~136

    Grilled Chilean Seabass
    rice wine oyster sauce ~46

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

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

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

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

    Cedar Plank King Salmon
    honey mustard glaze ~41

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

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

    Filet Mignon
    8oz, grilled crimini mushroom ~49

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

Add ons

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

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

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

Shareable Sides

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

    Sweet Roasted Yellow Corn
    chipotle lime butter ~11

    Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
    sweet butter, chives ~10

  • Macaroni and Cheese
    black truffle, parmigiano reggiano ~12

    Crab Macaroni and Cheese
    3oz dungeness crab, black truffle, parmigiano reggiano ~23

  • Lobster Mashed Potatoes
    roasted garlic potatoes, maine lobster sauce ~23

    Green Chickpeas
    shallots, fennel, bacon ~9


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.


Specialties & Classics

  • Emerald City Volcano
    baked Alaska, double chocolate and bordeaux cherry ice cream, vanilla génoise, flamed tableside after sunset
    small (designed for 2-4) ~25
    large (designed for 4-6) ~45

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

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

    Classic Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée
    made with vanilla bean from madagascar ~12

    Chocolate Mousse
    hazelnut shortbread, hazelnut brittle, créme anglaise ~11

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

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

    Seasonal Sorbet
    housemade gingersnap cookie ~8

Dessert Cocktails

  • Salted Caramel
    vodka, caramel, chocolate liqueur, cream, smoked sea salt ~12

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

  • The Flatliner
    espresso, vodka, bailey’s, frangelico, cream ~13

  • Crazy Beautiful
    grand marnier 100 centenaire, rémy martin xo cognac ~36


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

    AQUA Spicy Fish Tacos
    juan’s 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 gouda, caramelized onion, baby arugula, truffle aioli, fries ~14

  • Caesar Salad
    crisp romaine, creamy anchovy lemon dressing, parmigiano reggiano ~6

    Ling Cod and Chips
    cajun remoulade ~10

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

    Crab Cake
    baby arugula, lemon tarragon aioli ~12

    Bar Fries
    black truffle aioli ~7

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

  • Wicked Shrimp
    spicy hot, grilled bread ~11

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

    Thai Style Ribs
    garlic sticky sauce ~15

    Fried Coconut Prawns
    ginger plum sauce ~12

    Halibut Ceviche
    bell pepper, orange, radish, cilantro, lime marinade ~12

    Steak and Frites
    Niman Ranch All-Natural Certified Angus Beef®, 4oz filet, demi glace, fries ~18

Signature Cocktails

  • Pineapple Martini
    pineapple infused vodka, frothy, delicious ~12

    carpano antica vermouth, campari, soda ~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

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

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

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

    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

  • Bellini of the Day
    sparkling wine, fruit puree ~10

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

    Barrel Aged Corpse Reviver #2
    fennel meyer lemon gin, lillet, lemon sour, yellow chartreuse ~15

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

    Crazy Beautiful
    grand marnier 100 centenaire, rémy martin xo cognac ~36

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.


  • “Lee (one of the managers/captains) oversaw our table and ensured we had an exceptional meal. The halibut was perfectly prepared. You can tell people with culinary passion are involved in each step of the guest experience. They offer incredible wine selections, the freshest seafood, and a staff that is professional, yet friendly. In some high-end restaurants, the staff can be a bit surly. At Aqua, they know their menu, take great care, and strike the perfect balance between polished and friendly. Each time I visit Seattle, I start salivating as the plane starts its approach. Oh – they also sent a courtesy shuttle to pick me up and drop me back at my downtown hotel. First class all the way!”
    ~Trip Advisor | 5/3/2015

Private Dining

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.

  • 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.

  • The South Bay Room offers seating for 25 guests, direct patio access and views of the Olympic Mountains and Elliott Bay.

  • 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.

  • 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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