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.

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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. For more information on our service charge, please read here.

Seattle Restaurant Week
April 7-11, 14-18 • Sunday through Thursday
Three-course dinner for $35
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Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 21
Dinner service begins at 3pm
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  • Dungeness Crab Cakes
    smoked leek, celery branch, black garlic ~23

    *Fresh Oysters
    daily selection may vary depending on availability, please ask your server for today’s selection. Available per half dozen ~23

    *White Sturgeon Caviar
    brioche, crème fraîche, apple ~26

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

  • Wicked Shrimp
    spicy hot, grilled bread ~18

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

    Spanish Octopus
    chorizo, corona bean, kale pesto, yam ~24

    *Lobster Gnocchi
    tarragon, brown butter ~28

  • Green Curry Mussels
    lemongrass, lime leaf, red chile, cilantro, lime, coconut ~17

    *Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Poke
    tuscan kale, radish, smoked oyster aioli ~24

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

Soup & Salad

  • Northwest Clam Chowder
    taylor shellfish manila clams, applewood smoked bacon, fingerling potato ~16

    Seasonal Greens
    bleu cheese, honeycrisp apple, candied pecan, apple vinaigrette ~12

  • *Caesar Salad
    crisp romaine, creamy anchovy and lemon dressing, parmigiano reggiano, brioche croutons ~12

  • Dungeness Crab Salad
    butter lettuce, stopsky’s smoked castelvetrano, hard boiled egg, cherry tomato vinaigrette ~24


  • *Plancha Seared Scallops
    coal roasted carrot, risotto, cashew, huckleberry, cilantro ~48

    *Grilled Ahi Tuna
    “au poivre” bone marrow parsley salad, truffled potato, broccoli rabe, bordelaise ~58

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

    Rhode Island Black Bass
    mustard, potato, pork belly, braised greens ~52

    *Grilled Hawaiian Onaga
    soy, ginger, scallion, sweet potato ~46

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

    *Grilled Chilean Seabass
    crab, cauliflower, meyer ~57

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

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

    Seafood Bacchanalia
    designed for two. steamed lobster tail, sea scallops, grilled wild prawns, seasonal fish, red king crab leg ~146

  • *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, king trumpet mushroom ~72

    *Filet AQUA
    8oz filet topped with 2oz lobster medallion, sauce béarnaise ~77

    *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

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

    Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
    sweet butter, cream ~13

  • Sweet Roasted Yellow Corn
    organic honey, chipotle lime butter ~12

    Butternutnut Squash
    brown sugar, thyme, ginger ~12

  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts
    pickled onion, fried caper, parsley ~14


  • Starter

    Seasonal Greens
    butter lettuce, honeycrisp apples, radish, candied pecan, buttermilk herb dressing ~12

  • Entrées

    Butternut Squash Gnocchi
    grilled figs, pepita granola, basil butter ~32

    Crispy Panisse
    roasted cauliflower, baby carrots, arugula ~32

  • White Truffle Risotto
    foraged mushrooms, melted leeks, parmesan reggiano ~32


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 of $30 per 750 ML bottle with a limit of one bottle for every two people. For larger groups with multiple bottles, please inquire within the restaurant. Captain service and crystal stemware will be provided. 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

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


  • *Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Poke
    tuscan kale, radish, smoked oyster aioli ~24

    Northwest Clam Chowder
    taylor shellfish manila clams, applewood smoked bacon, fingerling potato ~16

    Spanish Octopus
    chorizo, corona bean, kale pesto, yam ~24

  • AQUA Spicy Fish Tacos
    chimichurri, cabbage slaw, flour tortillas, chipotle lime aioli ~12

    French Fries
    fleur de sel, black truffle aioli ~8

    Wicked Shrimp
    spicy hot, grilled bread ~11

  • Green Curry Mussels
    lemongrass, lime leaf, red chile, cilantro, lime, coconut ~17

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

    Thai Style Ribs
    garlic sticky sauce ~15

Featured Cocktails

  • Makers Mark Private Select
    neat or rocks ~16

  • Private Select Manhattan
    cocchi torino vermouth, scrappy’s bitters, luxardo cherry ~24

  • Private Select Mule
    Makers mark private select, 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

    Fire & AQUA
    del maguey vida mescal, green chartreuse, jasmine simple syrup, grapefruit, fresh lime ~ 15

    Crunch Leaf
    old overholt rye, luxardo maraschino, black walnut bitters ~ 18

    Peach & Bourbon Smash
    bulliet rye, fresh mint, peach schnapps, fresh lemon ~ 13

  • Bésame Mocha
    casamigos añejo, sherry, chocolate bitters ~ 18

    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
Executive Chef: Kevin Benner Email | Bio
Live Music: Ben Fleck Tuesday–Sunday 6pm. Jerry Frank Monday 6pm.

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

Seattle Waterfront View at AQUA by El Gaucho

  • “One of my favorite spots in Seattle. Its elegance and great atmosphere emanates from almost every angle of this place; from the grilled fabulous swordfish; to its wine selections, to the background piano selection of “Georgia On My Mind,” to the breathtaking Seattle Bay views. Service and quality are Old World and unmatched!”
    ~Yelp | Tony T., 5/30/18

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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