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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  • 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
Wednesday, July 4th; Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day)


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.



  • 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

    Octopus Carpaccio
    taggiasca olive, citrus, calabrian chile, marjoram ~20

  • Pancetta Wrapped Prawns
    golden raisin and scallion pesto ~21

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

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

    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, west indian cocktail sauce, tarragon aioli ~79

Soup & Salad

  • Northwest Clam Chowder
    Geoduck, manila and 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, brioche croutons ~12

  • Dungeness Crab Salad
    grilled gem lettuce, asparagus, stopsky’s smoked castelvetrano, egg, cherry tomato, smoked tomato vinaigrette ~24


  • *Plancha Seared Scallops
    stinging nettle risotto, pickled rhubarb, spring onion ~48

    *Grilled Sashimi Grade Ahi Tuna
    “rossini style” foie gras truffle cabernet sauce, duck fat potato cake, roast mushroom ~58

    *Thai Shellfish Stew With Grilled Chilean Seabass
    red curry sauce, coconut fried rice cake, bok choy, nuoc cham, cucumber ~59

    Oven Roasted Black Cod
    red curry, roasted cauliflower and carrot, ginger carrot sauce ~56

    Oven-Crisped Chicken
    grilled corn succotash, roasted chile, arugula ~32

  • *Grilled Swordfish
    roasted pepper relish, crispy prosciutto, smoked tomato vinaigrette ~38

    *Grilled Chilean Seabass
    rice wine oyster sauce ~57

    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 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

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

    *Filet AQUA
    8oz filet topped with 2oz lobster medallion, asparagus, 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 Red 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, honey vinaigrette ~14

    Sautéed Asparagus
    brown butter, toasted almond ~14

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


  • 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

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

    Classic Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée
    strawberries, blueberries ~12

    Strawberry Rhubarb Tart
    brown butter almond crust, vanilla ice cream ~10

  • Key Lime Pie
    honey graham crust, whipped cream ~10

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

  • Dark Chocolate Ganache
    raspberries, crème anglaise, port wine ~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
    ginger, scallion, red chile, lime, ogo, smoked soy, crispy wontons ~22

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

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

  • Crispy Calamari
    lime salt, sweet chili sauce ~15

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

    Rosemary Garlic Fries
    spicy ketchup, truffle aioli ~8

    Octopus Carpaccio
    taggiasca olive, citrus, Calabrian chile, marjoram ~20

Featured Cocktails

  • El Gaucho Single Barrel Select
    neat or rocks ~16

  • El Gaucho Single Barrel Select Manhattan
    cocchi torino vermouth, angostura bitters, luxardo cherries ~24

  • El Gaucho Single Barrel Select Kentucky Mule
    nolan’s creole ginger beer, lime juice ~18

Signature Cocktails

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

    Gaucho Deshler
    old overholt rye, dubonnet, peychaud bitters, orange twist ~18

    tequila, fresh mint, pineapple juice, soda ~13

    Coco Cabana
    ciroc coconut, oola citrus, cocchi Americano, pineapple juice ~14

    Mai Bow Tai
    Bacardi 4 añejo rum, pineapple juice, orgeat, cruzan black strap rum ~13

  • AQUA-Vardier
    copperworks whiskey, campari, orange twist, martini & rossi rubino vermouth ~18

    Strawberry Lyric
    nolet’s gin, lemon sour, giffard strawberry, sparkling rosé ~15

    The Empress & Emperor
    empress 1908 gin, emperor jones Caribbean tonic: 12 herbs and botanicals from the Caribbean and Pacific Northwest ~14

    Morado Margarita
    House-made blackberry jalapeño purée, azuñia reposado, triple sec, lime sour ~13

    toki whisky by suntory, honey simple syrup, fresh lemon, lavender bitters ~14

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

    Nolan’s Sangria
    red or white ~9

    Pineapple Martini
    pineapple infused vodka, frothy, delicious ~13

    White Cosmo
    vodka, lime, white cranberry juice ~13

General Manager: Sivi Mennen  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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