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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  • 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.


Please note: starting July 15th, there will be a valet parking charge of $12 per car for guests dining at AQUA

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.

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.

*State law requires us to inform you that consuming raw or under-cooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.

Join us for Seattle Restaurant Week

October 27 – November 7 • Sunday through Thursday
Dinner: 3 courses for $35 | View Menu »


Dinner

Starters

  • Foie gras
    coffee flour waffle, cinnamon poached apples, sassafras gastric ~34

    *Geoduck
    maple roasted parsnip, preserved peppers, brown butter sage ~28

    *Smoked Chilean Seabass
    brussels sprouts, beer battered onion, habanada pepper moustarda ~25

    *Wagyu Tartare
    rice cake, pickled beets, white anchovy vinaigrette ~59

    *Hawaiian Ahi Poke
    black truffle, smoked soy, roasted garlic ~26

  • Dungeness Crab Cakes
    smoked paprika spring onion remoulade, baby greens, lemon tarragon olive oil ~24

    Spanish Octopus
    tallow roasted potatoes, citrus marinated olives, rosemary ~27

    *White Sturgeon Caviar
    crispy potato beignets, comet cream, chive ~29

    Wicked Shrimp
    spicy hot, grilled bread ~18

    Green Curry Mussels
    lemongrass, lime leaf, red chile, cilantro, lime, coconut ~18

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

    *Fresh Oysters
    daily selection may vary depending on availability, please ask your server for today’s selection. Available per half dozen ~24

    *Seafood Bliss
    dungeness crab fry legs, poached jumbo prawns, king salmon tartare, 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
    toasted sunflower seed granola, honey tarragon vinaigrette ~13

  • *Caesar Salad
    crisp romaine, baby kale, radish, creamy anchovy and lemon dressing, parmigiano reggiano, brioche ~14

  • Dungeness Crab Salad
    roasted root vegetables, grilled lettuce, avocado buttermilk dressing ~26

Entrées

  • *Japanese A5 Wagyu
    4oz minimum order ~24 per ounce

    *Hudson Valley Moulard Duck
    honey roasted pumpkin, farro porridge, poached cranberry ~42

    *Atlantic Monk Fish
    parsnip crème, huckleberry, baby spinach ~46

    *Hawaiian Yellowfin Tuna
    butternut squash, black garlic, cider braised winter greens ~56

    *Lobster Gnocchi
    tarragon, brown butter ~54

    *Alaskan Ling Cod
    beer braised penn cove clams, Applewood smoked bacon, creamed celeriac ~49

  • *Plancha Seared Scallops
    sunchoke barigoule, foraged mushroom, grilled celery ~54

    Miso Marinated Sable Fish
    roasted wild mushroom demi, seaweed, preserved cabbage vinaigrette ~57

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

    *Grilled Chilean Seabass
    crab, cauliflower, meyer ~58

    Mega Maine Lobster Tail
    16oz, lemon butter, truffle aioli ~87

    Seafood Bacchanalia
    designed for two. Steamed lobster tail, sea scallops, grilled wild prawns, seasonal fish, blue king crab leg ~149

  • *Surf And Turf
    8 oz filet, 8 oz maine lobster tail, black truffle aioli, lemon butter ~98

    *Filet AQUA
    8oz filet topped with 2oz lobster medallion, sauce béarnaise ~78

    *Filet Mignon
    8 oz, grilled crimini mushroom ~59

    *Prime New York Strip
    14 oz dry-aged, grilled crimini mushroom ~69

Add ons

  • Alaskan Blue King Crab Leg
    black truffle aioli, lemon butter ~54

  • Maine Lobster Tail
    8 oz, black truffle aioli, lemon butter ~49

  • *Barents Sea Red King Crab Leg
    black truffle aioli, lemon butter ~54

Shareable Sides

  • Butternut Squash
    brown sugar, thyme, ginger ~16

    Roasted Brussels Sprouts
    pomegranate, tarragon ~16

  • Macaroni and Cheese
    black truffle, parmigiano reggiano ~17 / + crab ~27

    Sweet Roasted Yellow Corn
    local honey, chipotle lime butter ~13

  • Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
    sweet butter, cream ~13

    Foraged Mushrooms
    aged sherry vinegar, lemon, thyme ~16

Vegetarian

  • Starter

    Mixed Baby Greens
    sunflower seed granola, lemon verbena vinaigrette ~12

  • Entrées

    Summer Squash Cassoulet
    heirloom tomatoes, baby zucchini, spring onion ~32

    Brown Butter Gnocchi
    English peas, grilled asparagus, fennel soubise ~32

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    Crispy Panisse
    vadouvan curry corn pudding, roasted mushrooms, creamed carrot~32

Kids Menu

All kids’ meals are $12 and include a choice of a beverage and a dessert. Reserved for kids under 12.

  • Entrees

    • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
      french fries

      Crispy Chicken Tenders
      french fries

      Handmade Pasta
      choice of tomato, cheese, or lemon butter sauce

    • Petit Filet Mignon
      mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, english peas

      Grilled Fish
      lemon butter potato dumplings, roasted carrots, english peas

  • Beverages

    milk, apple juice, sparkling water, Root Beer, Ginger Ale

    Dessert

    scoop of:
    ice cream or sorbet

    Cookie Sundae
    hot fudge, whipped cream

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 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.

Dessert

Specialties & Classics

  • Crème Brûlée

    vanilla bean custard, poached strawberry ~12

    Key Lime Pie

    brown butter graham cracker, elderflower meringue ~10

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae
    hot fudge, honey roasted peanuts, caramel corn ~12

    Baileys Chocolate Caramel Bread Pudding

    vanilla bean ice cream, caramel sauce ~13

  • Dark Chocolate Ganache
    bing cherry, white chocolate bark ~10

    Seasonal Sorbet
    ~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

Bar

  • *Alaskan Spot Prawn Roll
    celery branch, pickled onion ~16

    Wicked Shrimp
    spicy hot, grilled bread ~18

    Spanish Octopus
    tallow roasted potatoes, citrus marinated olives, rosemary ~27

    *Smoked Chilean Seabass
    brussels sprouts, beer battered onion, habanada pepper moustarda ~25

  • Green Curry Mussels
    lemongrass, lime leaf, red chile, cilantro, lime, coconut ~18

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

    Meat & Cheese Board
    assortment of cured meats & cheese, candied pecans, moustarda, grilled bread ~24

  • French Fries
    fleur de sel, black truffle aioli ~8

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

    Thai Style Ribs
    garlic sticky sauce ~15

Featured Cocktails

  • El Gaucho Single Barrel Select
    neat or rocks ~16

  • El Gaucho Single Barrel Select Manhattan
    cocchi torino vermouth, scrappy’s bitters, luxardo cherry ~24

  • El Gaucho Single Barrel Select Mule
    woodinville whiskey single barrel 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

    Pineapple Martini
    vodka, pinapple gomme, frothy, delicious ~13

    Lawn Dart
    Wheatley vodka, matcha simple syrup, st-germain, cucumber ~14

  • Fernet Me Not
    old overholt rye, fernet, dubonnet, cherry heering, black walnut bitters ~14

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

    Mitsubachi
    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
    pinnacle vodka, pinapple gomme, 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



  • “Absolutely delicious food. The salmon was cooked and seasoned to perfection. Waitstaff went above and beyond. The bread pudding was AMAZING. I can’t wait to go back!”
    C Ellington, 6/20/19


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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