Aqua - Croydon
Aqua - Croydon

Aqua - Croydon

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aquabrasseriecroydon.com/
  • Phone: 020 8667 0070
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Thursday: 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 10:30pm
    Friday: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm
    Saturday: 12pm - 11pm
    Sunday: 12pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Italian, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Dario Nardo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Exclusive Mediterranean menu with strong Greek and Italian influence aswell as 28 days aged tender steaks available cooked on live charcoal.
  • Entertainment: Uplifting background music.
  • Special Events: The reservactons made for December require a deposit of £20! Please contact the restaurant to confirm your reservation with credit card details.

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Both East and South Croydon nearby aswell as frequent buses passing.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details:
    Aswell as street parking there is a public car park at rear of restaurant.
A word from Aqua - Croydon
Welcome to the Aqua Mediterranean Meze Bar and Grill in Croydon.
The menu in this contemporary addition to the restaurant scene in Croydon offers a mouth watering selection of Mediterranean dishes using combining fresh, simple ingredients with a genuine love for creating exquisite cuisine.
The food is first class. It's nothing too fancy - just simple, quality food cooked to perfection, and presented beautifully. You'll find a good choice of everything from 28 day matured steak and tender braised lamb shanks to roasted sea bass and seared scallops.
The attentive staff ensure that each visit to Aqua Mediterranean Meze Bar and Grill is a special one - you won't be disappointed!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSunday Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Aqua - Croydon reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since 27 November 2013
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambience3.9
    Value3.7
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (56)group bookings (50)fit for foodies (34)sunday lunch (29)business meals (29)romance (28)outstanding value (22)good vegetarian options (13)child friendly (12)brunch (8)pre/post theatre (6)outdoor eating (3)disabled access (3)afternoon tea (1)Show More
  • Angel
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food and service, perfect for sunday evening with family. would visit again and recommend.
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    child friendly, good vegetarian options, romance
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  • Girls night out
    Joss
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Our first visit and very enjoyable, attentive service and friendly staff, the food was well cooked and presented. As the portions were rather large try to avoid the starters
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    group bookings, special occasions
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  • Good start to a great evening!
    Rays
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    I took my Aunt here for her 50th Birthday as a decoy while her kids set up a suprise party for her. I was looking for a nice place where we could talk abd enjoy some good food and drink. That is exactly what this place was. It gad a great look and feel and the food was amazing! We ordered salad and hallumj cheese for a starter and we had the mixed grill and lamb souvlaki for mains. Food was well presented and was full of flavour! We had a great lunch here and I will definately be returning!! Tip: chocolate brownie is a must!!
    Special Features:
    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • omnivoreVIP
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    I would never have found this place had it not been so highly rated on Opentable. Walking there from East Croydon station i was not impressed with the area , but once inside it was great and i was made to feel very welcome The food ,wine list and service were good and the 3 course dinner at £18 was excellent value. My char grilled large Barnsley chop was memorably good
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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  • Fantastic!!!
    Lulu
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had such a great night. We were given the right amount of attention, not bombarded and not ignored. The food was outstanding. The portion sizes for all 3 of our meals was perfect. I've been to Aqua once before with a group of friends on a Saturday afternoon and we had the same great service and food. Will be visiting again soon! Thank you Aqua
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Not the best Meze ever!
    LJA2504
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    My partner and I have dined at Aqua, Croydon a few times and as we like it there and we took 2 friends with us this time. We ordered the full meze to share but I've had much better mezes at other restaurants, mainly in North London. Being a Saturday night, the restaurant was very busy but we were looked after well and the dishes kept coming. Good wine and deserts. It won't put me off going back to Aqua, but just not for the meze!!
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    brunch, business meals, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Good food poor service
    Michellet
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    Food here is excellent. The service is poor slow, waiters are rude and look uninterested in their job. Waited 30 mins for starters to arrive.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will be back!
    Laurie87
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    This was our first visit but we will definitely back. Fantastic choice on the menu and everything we ordered was beautiful and good value particularly in light of the portions being large! Lovely service and friendly atmosphere - definitely worth a visit.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • denclark
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    Great food.service and ambience.This restaurant is one of the best in croydon for service and great food.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, child friendly, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cross generation appeal
    bikersmoll43
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    great experience shared by my whole family. we attended to celebrate my fathers 91st,, yes 91st birthday,, he was the oldest and his great grand daughter who is 10 was the youngest, with several generations in between,,,,the food was loved by all.. especially the mango and lemon sorbet desert.family had been before on mothers day and the set menu then was equally as good.... jazz music in the background was good but a little load.. made talking a bit of a shout.. but it wouldnt stop us going back again and again...
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    brunch, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • very good
    KatieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    been here a few times with friends and always have an enjoyable evening. the service and the food are always good and the prices are reasonable.
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    special occasions
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  • Saturday night.. date night
    Ysrg
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    Visited Aqua on sat 19th July for our monthly date night with my husband. We had starters mains. Both of which were really nice. We polished of a bottle of wine with our main and hubby had a beer with our starters. Service was good Although the waitress didn't know if the beer we requested was a larger or beer. Which she was so embarrassed about.. But that wasn't the end of the world. We had a great night but it is a little on the pricey side so definitely a treat for a social occasion rather than everyday dining.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great food, great service an overall really nice evening for myself and 12 girl friends
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    group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Good food in Croydon
    Nicola
    Dined on 29/6/2014
    A buzzing atmosphere on a Saturday night Aqua was busy but service remained good and food was excellent. Extra wine ordered was prompt. Went again the following day for Sunday lunch where the food continued to be of excellent quality and quantity. We had to ask for doggy bags. Just visiting family as now living in Singapore the Aqua could compete alongside some of the best Singapore has to offer!
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    business meals, Sunday lunch
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  • Lively
    FatLes
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    I would recommend this restaurant for a group/family dinner. Not for romantic twosome or friends looking for a quiet catch-up. The restaurant is lively and noisy but not intrusive if in a group.
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    group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb food
    Croham
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    Superb food, wide ranging menu with plenty of vegetarian options; well managed staff with pleasant and attentive service throughout the evening The whole experience was most enjoyable from booking through to paying the bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Excellent experience...
    CR2chap
    Dined on 25/6/2014
    Have now been here twice in one week. It was recommended by a friend and having only just moved out from London to the real suburbs we thought we'd try it out. The service is excellent. Food is very good - pasta beautifully cooked and portions all of a generous size. Would highly recommend to anyone but specifically those that think Croydon isn't a place to go to! There is much to applaud here. This is equal to London restaurants and the prices are more reasonable.
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    business meals, group bookings
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  • Not bad at all!
    FGFG
    Dined on 15/6/2014
    Quite possibly the best brownie I have ever eaten. Delicious souvlaki, rich spaghetti ragu, gorgeous pork belly. Child friendly and the kids loved the fish tank.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, good vegetarian options, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Sunday Lunch Menu
    ktmeal
    Dined on 15/6/2014
    This restaurant had excellent food, quick and friendly service that also gave you space to eat and chat at your own pace. Nice atmosphere. One of our party had a walking aid which was very easily accommodated by staff.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly staff
    sje77
    Dined on 13/6/2014
    Lovely food, very friendly staff. We sat for quick a while at the end of our meal chatting over our last glass of wine and didn't feel at all hurried or pushed to leave. Looking forward to going again! Also very accommodating with checking dishes for food allergens.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Aqua - very enjoyable
    PJaneJVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My favourite restaurant in Croydon, very fresh ingredients, recommend calamari red snapper for main - delicious service outstanding, looking forward to returning
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Amazing
    Lilminx
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We all had a fabulous time for my friends 30th. Always have great meal and staff are very friendly.
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    business meals, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent experience
    meon
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    We booked for dinner on a Monday evening which was advertised a "Steak Night" offering half price on all steak dinners ! Good food and service and excellent value for money. Would certainly use the restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening Meal
    Reviewer
    Dined on 27/5/2014
    The starter of hot tiger prawns with garlic, butter and parsley arrived unpeeled as requested but the prawns were not fresh. They can only be described as 'mushy', they did not have any firmness to them. The spaghetti with king crab was average, flavoured mostly by the parmesan cheese and pepper. The dessert of chocolate brownie and ice cream was well presented but the brownie had very hard edges which could not be cut through with the spoon provided! I do not feel that the 3 courses (the main being a starter portion), a glass of wine and some water was worth the £33 we paid each. Also, the set menu advertised on the website was not given to us. The manager/proprietor was very hospitable and entertaining throughout the evening.
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    group bookings
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  • birthday celebration
    hya1968
    Dined on 25/5/2014
    I booked Aqua to celebrate my son's 6th birthday with the family. There were 7 of us ranging in age from 3 yrs to 80+ yrs old. They held the table for us as we were running late. They were relaxed with service, in that they did not hassle you during the courses and gave you more than enough time to choose what wanted. The food was good sized portions, which everyone seemed to enjoy. They do not have a separate menu for children but offer instead to make anything on the menu in a smaller portion for a child instead Have been before and would go back again
    Special Features:
    brunch, child friendly, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fit to burst - Delicious
    CraigK
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    The service was very good, very personable and we didnt have to wait between courses and the portions were decent in size. Great selection of food, I had the liver with pancetta which was delicious, and my girlfriend had the fish platter which begrudgingly defeated her. Although we both left enough room for desert with the dangerously moreish chocolate brownie with ice cream and berry compote and my tirimisu which was so light and creamy. My second time to Aqua and certainly not my last.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great at usual
    Grobbits
    Dined on 22/5/2014
    Make sure you are hungry as very generous portions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok! nothing to scream about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 18/5/2014
    I had the crispy duck for a starter witch was very nice and for the main meal i got the mixed grill, the chicken was nice not over cooked but it lacked flavour most of the meat lacked flavour if i'm honest so i was a bit disappointed with the meal, service was good, nice and polite. I wouldnt rush to go back there but still decent
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  • Excellent
    Julesh
    Dined on 17/5/2014
    Picked this because of the Mediterranean menu and wasn't disappointed. Excellent food and very welcoming service. Thoroughly enjoyed our night there.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Aqua - Fabulous
    PJaneJVIP
    Dined on 14/5/2014
    Lovely restaurant, staff very welcoming, food excellent, very fresh, highly recommend the calamari,
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Saturday Night
    Bryan707
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    The starter of deep fried calamari was excellent, then it went very down hill no time between starters and main, as soon as plates cleared main arrived, the stifado main was very chewey and the shellfish in the risotto was gritty, no time to relax service felt very rushed as if they needed table,as we are non drinkers only coke and water this may or may not of had something to do with rushed service?
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  • Lovely
    Presh
    Dined on 19/4/2014
    Amazing food, friendly staff and good service and value for money. Would recommend and definitely calk again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 17/4/2014
    had chicken souvlaki was completely tasteless and dry very disappointing as had gone there specifically to celebrate a birthday.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and Good Service
    RRCroy
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We were pleased with the quality of the food but I was pleasantly surprised by the attitude of the staff. The service is spot on and the service charge in the bill is well justified. We will surely visit again.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food at good price. Took
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    Dined on 30/3/2014
    Good food at good price. Took a little while to get the attention of staff when we first arrived (they were very busy) but thereafter they were attentive and welcoming
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, child friendly, group bookings, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute dinner with friend
    LondonFood
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    Last minute dinner with friend - haven't been here for a while but the food was brilliant. The service was lacking slightly but it is good value. Would go here again.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some highlights
    Daisys123
    Dined on 28/3/2014
    Aqua is on a road surrounded by other independent restaurants and in comparison it is inline with these. The service is a little slow, but we ate early, and it did get quicker as the place filled up. The Greek dip started tasted odd but the mains we had (risotto, Cypriot stew and crab pasta) were enjoyable, the cocktails and coffee's were the highlights though. Good for a group with a lot of tables and nice decor.
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    nice4ood
    Dined on 23/3/2014
    Good food and very friendly staff. My meal came to £77 with two three course meals and lots of drink good value for money.
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    romance, special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value
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  • lunchlovely
    up4lunch
    Dined on 23/3/2014
    we have been to Aqua many times and weather a group booking or just for the two of us the service has always been attentive and friendly. There is a good selection from the menu and it all comes up looking great and tasting freshly cooked. Try it once and you`ll keep going back.
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    special occasions, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Lovely as always
    Mex7107
    Dined on 23/3/2014
    Lovely friendly service and delicious food with very generous portions
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    Sunday lunch
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