Waterfront

AQUA by El Gaucho

Seattle’s quintessential waterfront fine-dining experience.

  • 206.956.9171

    2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70
    Seattle, WA 98121


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    Restaurant Closures:
    Memorial Day, Mon. May 29;
    Tuesday, June 20; Tuesday, July 18;
    Tuesday, August 1
  • 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.


Menus

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. *State law required us to inform you that consuming raw or undercooked shellfish or eggs may cause food borne illness.

Dinner

Starters

  • 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 ~16

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

    *Lamb Lollipops
    willamette valley lamb, lavender black pepper demi glace ~19

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

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

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

    Green Curry Mussels
    lemongrass, lime leaves, shallot, cilantro, basil, grape tomatoes ~ 16

  • *Oysters
    virginica, wa • kumamoto, wa ~
    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

  • Creamy Seafood Chowder
    shrimp, clams, bacon, fresh seasonal fish ~14

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

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

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

  • Wedge Salad
    iceberg lettuce, tomato, bacon, olive, hard-boiled egg, bleu cheese, bleu cheese dressing ~14

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

Entrées

  • *Speck Wrapped Ahi
    sashimi grade ahi tuna, smoked prosciutto, corn ragout, smoked paprika beurre blanc ~46

    Grilled Hawaiian Swordfish
    purple cabbage slaw, grilled pineapple mango relish, passionfruit butter ~36

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

    Plancha Seared Scallops
    lemon mascarpone risotto, green chickpea, lemon butter ~44

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

  • 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. steamed lobster tail, sea scallops, grilled wild prawns, red king crab leg ~142

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

    *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

    *Wild Alaskan Halibut
    green peppercorn beurre blanc, fried caper, wilted peavine ~44

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

    *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
    14 oz dry-aged, grilled crimini mushroom ~65

Add ons

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

  • 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
    chipotle lime butter ~11

    Char-Grilled Rainbow Baby Carrots
    red pearl onion, honey thyme glaze ~11

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

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

  • Sautéed Asparagus
    lemon zest, olive oil, sea salt ~14

    Side of Springtime
    fiddlehead fern, sugar snap, snow pea, green chickpea, morel, garlic lemon butter ~13

Vegetarian

  • 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

Wine

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.

Dessert

Specialties & Classics

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

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

    Classic Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée
    strawberries, blueberries ~12

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

    Key Lime Pie
    honey graham crust, whipped cream ~10

  • Seasonal Sorbet
    gingersnap cookie ~8

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

Dessert Cocktails

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

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

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

    Crazy Beautiful
    grand marnier 100 centenaire, hennessy ~42

Bar

  • Fresh Taylor Shellfish Farms Oysters
    selection may vary depending on availability, available per half dozen
    virginica, wa • shigoku, wa
    pacific, wa • sunset beach, wa
    west indian cocktail sauce, mignonette ~21

    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

  • Lobster Sliders
    celery, lemon, tarragon, mayonnaise, potato chips ~18

    Ling Cod Fish and Chips
    tempura batter, fries, roasted spring onion remoulade, spicy ketchup ~14

    Thai Style Ribs
    garlic sticky sauce ~15

    Wicked Shrimp
    spicy hot, grilled bread ~11

    Crispy Calamari
    soy mustard aioli, sweet chili sauce ~15

  • *Salmon Poke Bowl
    wakame seaweed, sushi rice, marinated cucumber, sesame, soy sauce ~16

    Crab Cake
    baby arugula, lemon tarragon aioli ~12

    Steamed Clams
    roasted fennel, bacon, tomatoes, garlic, ouzo ~14

    *Halibut Ceviche
    habanero pepper, lime, pico de gallo, spicy tortilla chips ~12

    Bar Fries
    black truffle aioli ~7

Featured Cocktail

Rán Vodka Martini
shaken, served up with local Stopsky’s smoked Castelvetrano olives ~15

Signature Cocktails

  • AQUA Mule
    choice of liquor: ketel one vodka, appleton rum, herradura silver tequila, bombay gin, or maker’s mark bourbon; nolan’s creole ginger beer, lime juice ~13

    Pineapple Martini
    pineapple infused vodka, frothy, delicious ~13

    White Cosmo
    vodka, lime, white cranberry juice ~13

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

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

  • Nolan’s Sangria
    red or white ~9

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

    Four Roses El Gaucho Select Single Barrel Manhattan
    four roses el gaucho select single barrel bourbon, cocchi vermouth, bitters ~24

    Toki Highball
    toki whisky by suntory, soda, lemon twist ~10

    Slow Fashioned
    Ron Zacapa 23 year solera, simple syrup, chocolate bitters, grapefruit twist ~19

  • Hemingway Daiquiri
    appleton white rum, luxardo, grapefruit, lime sour ~15

    Havana Banana
    bacardi banana rum, lime juice, simple syrup, st-germain ~12

    AQUA Epiphany
    grey goose la poire, st-germain, ginger, prosecco ~18

    New Carré
    knob creek 2001, clear creek apple brandy, cocchi vermouth, orange bitters ~24


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


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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