AQUA by El Gaucho

Seattle’s quintessential waterfront fine-dining experience.

  • 206.956.9171

    2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70
    Seattle, WA 98121


  • 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.

Restaurant Closures
Thursday, March 22; Sunday, May 20; Monday, May 21


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.

A 20% service charge is included on each check. AQUA by El Gaucho retains 100% of the service charge. Our professional service team receives industry leading compensation including commissions on sales, health insurance, 401K, and extensive education and training for a successful career path.

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  • Wicked Shrimp
    spicy hot, grilled bread ~18

    Pancetta Wrapped Prawns
    grilled over live coals and doused with golden raisin and scallion pesto ~21

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

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

  • Dungeness Crab Cakes
    spicy green apple slaw, basil aioli ~23

    Fritto Misto
    Fresh seafood, garden fresh vegetables, lime salt, sweet chile ~22

    Green Curry Mussels
    lemongrass, limeleaf, red chile, cilantro, lime, coconut ~16

    *Ahi Tuna Poke
    ginger, scallion, red chile, lime, ogo, smoked soy ~22

  • *Fresh Oysters
    capital, wa • kumamoto, ca
    shigoku, wa • sunset beach, wa
    selection may vary depending on availability
    Available per half dozen
    west indian cocktail sauce, mignonette ~21

    *Seafood Bliss
    dungeness crab fry legs, poached jumbo prawns, ahi poke, snow crab claws, maine lobster tail, house-made west indian cocktail sauce, tarragon aioli ~79

Soup & Salad

  • Northwest Clam Chowder
    Geoduck, manila, razor clams, bacon, cream ~16

    Lobster Bisque
    tomato, tarragon, cream ~ 14

    Seasonal Greens
    bleu d’auvergne, honeycrisp apple, candied pecan, apple vinaigrette ~12

  • *Caesar Salad
    creamy anchovy and lemon dressing, parmigiano reggiano, parmesan tuile, garlic croutons ~12

    Wedge Salad
    bibb lettuce, crispy pancetta, castelvetrano, tomato, egg, bleu d’auvergne, bleu cheese dressing ~ 13

  • Crab Seaweed Salad
    dungeness crab, napa cabbage, sesame seaweed salad, white miso vinaigrette ~22

    Table Spinach Salad
    designed for two. Grilled prawns, piquillo pepper, almond, bacon, mushroom, goat cheese, grain mustard vinaigrette ~29


  • *Seared Sashimi Grade Ahi Tuna
    wasabi pea crust, napa cabbage slaw, white miso vinaigrette ~46

    *Grilled Swordfish
    chanterelle mushrooms, Broccolini, rosemary beurre blanc ~38

    *Grilled Chilean Seabass
    rice wine oyster sauce ~57

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

    Mega Maine Lobster Tail
    16oz, lemon butter, truffle aioli ~81

    Barents Sea Red King Crab Legs
    black truffle aioli, lemon butter ~98

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

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

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

    *Surf And Turf
    8 oz filet, 8 oz maine lobster tail, black truffle aioli, lemon butter ~92

  • Oven-Crisped Chicken
    goat cheese, Dijon lemon herb butter ~32

    *Prime Frenched Rib Steak
    18 oz dry-aged, grilled crimini mushroom ~72

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

    *Filet Mignon
    8 oz, grilled crimini mushroom ~58

    *Prime New York Strip
    14 oz dry-aged, grilled crimini mushroom ~68

Add ons

  • Barents Sea King Crab Leg
    black truffle aioli, lemon butter ~49

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

Shareable Sides

  • Sweet Roasted Yellow Corn
    sound sustainable farms corn and organic honey, chipotle lime butter ~12

  • Macaroni and Cheese
    black truffle, reggiano ~14 / + crab ~24

    Crispy Brussels Sprouts
    duck confit, duck fat and honey vinaigrette ~14

  • Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
    sweet butter, sour cream ~13

    Sautéed Spinach
    lemon, garlic, chili flake ~12


  • Starter

    Creamy Seasonal Greens
    radish, crouton, cucumber, grape tomato, toasted almond, goat cheese, balsamic vinaigrette ~12

  • Entrées

    Spinach Ravioli
    asparagus, wild mushrooms, lemon butter ~32

    Pasta Primavera
    linguine, seasonal vegetables, tomato sauce ~28

  • Fresh Green Curry
    seasonal vegetables, lemongrass, coconut ginger broth, coconut jasmine rice ~28


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

  • Bananas Foster
    designed for two. bananas flambé, rum, vanilla bean ice cream ~28

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

    Classic Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée
    strawberries, blueberries ~12

  • Delicata Cheesecake
    sound sustainable farms squash, gingersnap cookie crust, cranberry coulis, candied cranberry ~12

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

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

    Key Lime Pie
    honey graham crust, whipped cream ~10

    Seasonal Sorbet
    gingersnap cookie ~8

Dessert Cocktails

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

    L’espresso Martini
    grey goose, kahlua, espresso, salt ~16

  • Hakuna Ma Toddy
    orange cinnamon simple syrup,grand marnier, dickel rye, lemon juice ~12

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


  • *Fresh Oysters
    selection may vary depending on availability, available per half dozen
    capital, wa • kumamoto, ca • shigoku, wa
    west indian cocktail sauce, mignonette ~21

    Wicked Shrimp
    spicy hot, grilled bread ~11

    Thai Style Ribs
    garlic sticky sauce ~15

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

  • Seattle Sliders
    mama lil’s goat horn pepper, smoked beecher’s flagship cheddar, arugula, caramelized onion, roasted garlic bacon aioli ~12

    *Ahi Poke
    sesame, soy, lime, harissa, jalapeño, scallion, sweet soy, crispy wonton ~18

    Northwest Clam Chowder
    geoduck, manila, razor clam, bacon, cream ~16

    *Tenderlion Diablo
    devilishly spicy, cream, paprika, grilled bread ~18

  • Calamari Ceviche
    grilled shishito pepper, fresh cilantro, blood orange, grape tomato ~12

    Green Curry Mussels
    penn cove mussels, lemongrass, lime leaf, shallot, cilantro, basil, grape tomato ~16

    Rosemary Garlic Fries
    spicy ketchup, truffle aioli ~8

    Beet Salad
    organic mixed greens, roasted gold and ruby beets, hazelnut brittle, chevre, white balsamic vinaigrette ~12

Featured Cocktails

  • Maker’s Mark El Gaucho Private Select
    neat or rocks ~16

  • Private Select Kentucky Mule
    nolan’s creole ginger beer, lime juice ~18

  • Private Select Manhattan
    cocchi torino vermouth, angostura bitters, luxardo cherries ~24

Signature Cocktails

  • AQUA Mule
    choice of liquor: tito’s vodka, appleton rum, lunazul tequila, gordon’s gin, or maker’s mark bourbon; nolan’s creole ginger beer, lime juice ~13

    Off Beet
    sipsmith london dry gin, sound sustainable farmsbeet infused shrub, lemon juice, soda ~13

    Ediths Punch #2
    bacardi 8, grape-cinnamon simple syrup, lemon sour, cucumber soda ~12

    Grapes of Wrath
    mezcal unión, grape-cinnamon simple syrup, firewater bitters, lemon ~15

  • Crunchy Leaf
    george dickel rye, luxardo, angostura bitters ~16

    Silver Lining
    effen cucumber vodka, lime, st. germain ~13

    Rose Collins
    hendrick’s gin, st.germain, house-made rose water, lemon sour, soda ~13

    Franz Ferdinand
    copperworks whisky, sound sustainable farms fennel infused simple syrup, peychaud bitters, lemon peel ~15

    Nolan’s Sangria
    red or white ~9

  • Morado Margarita
    House-made blackberry jalapeño purée, espolon añejo bourbon barrel tequila, triple sec, lime sour ~13

    Pineapple Martini
    pineapple infused vodka, frothy, delicious ~13

    White Cosmo
    vodka, lime, white cranberry juice ~13

    Toki Highball
    toki whisky by suntory, soda, lemon twist ~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.


  • “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

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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