We dined at the seafood restaurant Bluewater Grill in Redondo Beach for a business dinner recently, and really enjoyed our experience. They are a 20 year old local to California family owned restaurant chain which opened in 1996 in Newport Beach.
Both my husband and I enjoy seafood very much and were excited to try this restaurant. While previewing their menu before our meeting, I learned that they operate their own swordfish harpoon boat, Pilikia, and serve the finest quality locally harpooned swordfish in season. This instantly made me want to try a swordfish but I changed my mind after finding so many other interesting sounding dishes.
Food: Their menu is expansive covering simple seafood dishes to fancy preparations. House bread was served which was just ok. I ordered a pasta dish from their favorites section. It had shrimp, scallops, asparagus and was tossed in a pesto sauce. It was a little heavy but super tasty. My husband had the beer battered fish and chips which came with fries and coleslaw. His fish tasted light and fresh, not greasy at all. We shared a key lime pie for dessert which was perfectly tart and sweet.
Service: We were greeted and seated promptly. Service was amazing from start to finish.
Atmosphere: The restaurant had a casual and laidback overall vibe. The full length glass windows allowed every seat at the restaurant incredible views of the marina at Redondo Beach. They are located right in King Harbor, surrounded by sailboats and palm trees.
I can’t wait to return so I can try more menu items, hopefully to enjoy a romantic non-work related dinner with my husband. The views are amazing from almost every seat !!!!
Address: 2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70 Seattle, WA 98121
About the restaurant: 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.
Menu Item Ordered: Seared Sashimi Grade Ahi Tuna
My Thoughts: Great atmosphere with a beautiful scenic waterfront view. I would love to go back just to watch the sunset. I went with a small group and go to taste a bit of a few different dishes. We had the Wicked Shrimp and the Crispy Calamari for appetizers and they both tasted phenomenal. I also ordered the Spicy Crab Bisque which was delicious. For my main dish, I had the Seared Sashimi Grade Ahi Tuna. The fish was fresh and the dish was pretty to look at – however it was covered in a heavy sauce which was a little too sweet for my taste.
The wicked shrimp and the spicy crab bisque had a similar spicy kick which made them incredibly tasty. Since I also enjoy cooking at home, I did a little research and found this gem: El Gaucho Seasoning. It comes in a few different sizes; the smallest one is 8 oz and its around $16.00 on Amazon. Here is the official description from the manufacturer’s website: El Gaucho seasoning is brought to you by the renowned El Gaucho restaurants in the pacific northwest.Inspired by the open coal pit cooking techniques used by the rough, rugged and highly regarded cowboys – gauchos – of the vast pampas Argentina grasslands, El Gaucho seasoning adds rich, zesty flavor to any meal. Our robust combination of ingredients is perfect when used as a rub on poultry, meat and fish, or as an all-in-one seasoning for vegetables, sauces, stews and more.
The El Gaucho Seasoning seasoning is garlicky with heat from black pepper and cayenne pepper. It is a little heavy handed on salt in my opinion, so be sure to not add any extra salt to your recipe when trying it for the first time.
Of course my search didn’t end at the el gaucho seasoning – I also found this cookbook which showcases some of Seattle’s best restaurants and a few recipes from each of them. It’s called: Seattle Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes From The Emerald City, by James Fraioli. Here is an excerpt describing this cookbook- Seattle Chef’s Table is the first cookbook to gather Seattle’s best chefs and restaurants under one cover. Profiling signature “at home” recipes from almost fifty legendary dining establishments, the book is also a celebration of the growing sustainable food movement in the Pacific Northwest.
There are recipes for two popular dishes from Aqua by El Gaucho in this cookbook which I can’t wait to try! This book also makes a great coffee table book as it contains beautiful pictures of food, restaurants, and beautiful Seattle.
Stuffed prawns with piquillo pepper sauce
Dungeness crab macaroni and cheese
Hope you get an opportunity to enjoy this beautiful Seattle restaurant for both its food and great atmosphere.