Aqua Eight
Aqua Eight

Aqua Eight

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://aquaeight.com/
  • Phone: 01473218989x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00PM - 2:15PM,






    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00PM - 9:15PM; Friday - Saturday: 6:00PM - 11:00PM; Sunday: 5:30PM - 9:15PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Steve Tang
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: We currently have an in-house Dj who performs on a monthly basis and we offer live music too.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking off street on Elm street or Marks & Spencer.
A word from Aqua Eight
Winners of the Luxury & Lifestyle Awards 2014 "Best Restaurant in the UK". Runners Up in The Observer Food Awards in Best Restaurant & Best Places to Drink 2011.Opentable Top 100 best Restaurants in the UK. Also Accredited by Best Bar None 2010/11. Aqua Eight redefines destination dining with its ultra-stylish design and innovative fusion of cuisine from across East Asia. Aqua restaurant provides an evening dining experience of Pan Asian cuisine, dishes such as black cod in miso and fired soft shelled crab with chilli & curry leaves. Eight Bar provides a relaxed atmosphere with an extensive selection of sprits, beers, champagnes and cocktails. We also provide light small eats, mezze dishes like scallop tuffles can be enjoyed in a more casual enviroment.New is our Aqua Garden is open in the evenings and at weekends, avaliable for private parties,function hire, BBQ's and gourmet evenings.
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Aqua Eight reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since 1 November 2013
Average Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambience4.2
    Value4
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (81)romance (56)fit for foodies (47)group bookings (37)business meals (32)good vegetarian options (23)pre/post theatre (13)outstanding value (10)child friendly (2)sunday lunch (2)outdoor eating (1)brunch (1)Show More
  • Cocktails and excellent Asian food.
    Glyph
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Aqua eight is one of my favorite places to eat in Ipswich. After a couple of cocktails downstairs in the bar my wife and I enjoyed a lovely meal. The service was excellent and the food was first class. It's a little more expensive than your avarge eatery but worth it.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    staffs
    Dined on 22/10/2014
    Was not one wrong thing I could say about aqua 8, food was perfect, staff was perfect even the seats where comfy :) one of the best places I've been for foods :)
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • ambience
    paco
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Very noisy and loud people, the place use to be more classy, now apparently is attracting lots of loud and low people. Food and service still ok but the crow attending now make the place feel like an average one. Wouldn't recommend it if u want a quite romantic evening.
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    romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Aqua Eight
    YumYum
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Great dinner as always. Was a shame the bar downstairs shut at midnight
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    special occasions
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  • Disappointed
    Disappointing
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Venue was impressive, service was excellent. We chose a set menus as we hadn't been before and found the large menu disconcerting. We chose a fish dominated menu as we had a non meat eater with us. Food presentation was amazing but it actually lacked much flavour and for me was too dry. As a set menu I didn't think it showed enough variety or best samples of what was on the main menu. Later, thumping beat of 'music' from their downstairs bar spoilt the ambience upstairs. I was a bit disappointed but willing to try again as I feel there must be much more on offer.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration Dinner
    Bluegate
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    We were a party of 4 celebrating 2 birthdays between us. We had a splendid dinner having selected the option whereby the restaurant selected what we ate: and the choices served were excellent.. The service was excellent as was the service: a splendid evening was had by all.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance
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  • Great experience, lovely food!!
    Agnes
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    Every time I go there it's been an amazing food , friendly staff and nice atmosphere;) love it and enjoy the place so much!!
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • excellent
    kivell
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    have not been for a while forgot how good the food is.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A romantic meal for two
    Eatat8
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    We found the ambience on Saturdays does not lend itself to a romantic quiet meal for two as it was so full and the music from downstairs travels upstairs or the beat of it does. The starters were excellent and were what we expected from an award winning restaurant, The mains when they arrived were too salty and not on par with the starter at all. We were offered an additional dish but the taste of salt had ruined it and it was getting so late that we called it a night. We had received an email, a text and a call to remind us we had a booking which led us to think it was all going to be a spectacular night, we filled in comment card after the meal and followed it up with an email Monday. Such a shame as a rare Saturday night out is a treat
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    group bookings
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  • Belle soirée
    JRBEA
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Cadre très agréable. Les serveurs sont très attentionnés et la qualité des mets est excellente.
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    romance
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  • First Timers
    raretreat
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This was our first visit after hearing lots of very good reviews from friends and family. The decor and design is first class as was the food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get together
    Plummy
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    The food, was, as always beautiful. However it was incredibly noisy. It seems like they are really packing people in now.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food highly recommend.
    jodamrobingroom
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    we celebrated our anniversary and book up after reading reviews on open table. can't fault the food, service or value. will definatly go back.
    Special Features:
    outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent night
    Turbo
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    This was our first visit and we were impressed. The food was excellent, place very nice and the staff superb. We will visit again.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable meal
    ipswichdiner
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    Interesting range of food, well presented, friendly service.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very Nice Meal
    Boasty
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    Aqua Eight came recommended by friends and after our first visit we were not disappointed. The restaurant had a nice feel and there is space downstairs to mingle inside & out with a few drinks. The staff know their stuff and the food (especially the ingredients used) is very good. I like Beef in black bean & chilli sauce and in other restaurants you seem to get some form of braising steak... the dish served at Aqua Eight seemed to be a "real" fillet steak finely cut for the meal - it was awesome. We will be going back some day. I could not afford to go every month but the experience is worth the cost.... Am saving already
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration14
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Though we paid more than we would normally for a meal the additional cost was reflected in the quality of the food, we really enjoyed the friendly service. Drinks a little pricey.
    Special Features:
    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Goldilocks
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Amazing food, beautiful decor, fabulous cocktails. Totally recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Fantastic food & service
    Noneya
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    We has the set menu for £27.50 each & added a couple of other dishes. High recommend the Fillet of Beef in Black Bean with Chilli! The only criticism is that the air conditioning was on far too low & right over our heads, this meant as soon as our mains were on our plates, the food went cold very quickly. We did mention it & a joke was made by the waiter that the ice cream for dessert would 'also be cold'. not really what you expect for over £50 per head with wine.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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  • gluten free soy sauce
    foodiewoodie
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Nice food and nice staff, but a real shame that all the trouble they go to with gluten free does not include the very available to buy gluten free soy sauce
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  • Enjoyable
    Treat2
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Had 2 friends staying who had not experienced Aqua 8 before- they thought the food was excellent, it was really noisy from a large group booking who seemed to be enjoying themselves which made it difficult sometimes for us to hear each other, service very good albeit not needed quite as often as they came to refill glasses etc!
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    group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent dining experience
    ShellyD
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    We had friends down from Yorkshire and decided to go to Aqua Eight. Couldn't fault it in anyway. Service and food were excellent and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - little rushed!
    Anonymous
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Each time I have visited this restaurant I have never been disappointed. The food and service is amazing, top quality with plenty to choose from. Only criticism is recently when dining at Aqua eight it has felt very rushed, not having enough time to enjoy the experience. You get the feeling of them wanting your table back to resell as soon as possible. Even our change wasn't brought back to us after we paid cash, wasn't an issue but felt that was a little rude. Other than that, still a great place.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant food yet again
    Gjwil76
    Dined on 25/7/2014
    Had a few courses, top notch and not too expensive, highly recommended time anyone looking for Asian fusion food :-)))
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    business meals, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding evening
    PocketRocket
    Dined on 25/7/2014
    My husband and I went for our 10th wedding anniversary. The restaurant had very kindly put out balloons and confetti- nice touch. Staff were very attentive but not intrusive. The food was delicious and very original in presentation. The whole experience was very enjoyable and worth every penny. I would happily recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great presentation
    Kittywilmot
    Dined on 25/7/2014
    Lovely food, amazing choice from a la carte to various set options including veggie set and summer menu. Beautiful presentation and colours, taste amazing. Careful service and interesting lighting... Haven't been under a black light since the 90s and enjoyed it greatly! really loved the tofu and green tea ice cream was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    Food was excellent and very we'll presented. Aqua Eight is my daughters favourite restaurant in Ipswich and it lived up to expectations.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mrsnelson56
    mrsnelson56
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    Lovely meal great service birthday baloons who could ask for more, but I did feel a bit rushed would have to consider another night next time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Johnny447
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    My Girlfriend and I really enjoyed our night. This was our second visit in six months, the first time we were sat by the window which was alot quieter. But this time we were sat between two families which is fine, but we found the space slightly tight, and found we were talking over each other alot. But apart from that the night was a great success
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hightower
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    It was a lovely meal which made it a special birthday celebration. Fantastic service too.
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    group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Pan Asian dining
    RobertB
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    Acqua Eight was much the perfect dining experience and was the real culinary highlight of our weekend in Ipswich. It was a last minute booking and we could only get a 6:45 slot when I made the online reservation the night before, so I thought we might end up eating a bit early. However there was no rush to sit down and we enjoyed an excellent glass of Perrier Jouet champagne on arrival in the outside bar area downstairs. We were able to relax and unwind and were shown to our table after about 20 minutes in the restaurant upstairs. This is smartly furbished and has a real feel of contemporary style and class about it. My wife has special dietary requirements, but the staff handled these thoughtfully and the chef certainly delivered on them.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Always good, great with Coeliacs
    AaronAndSuzi
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    As always another great night in Aquaeight, wonderful food, amazing service & attention to detail, beautiful settings but most importantly they cater for gluten/coeliac suffers. Always a special night in there & I nice bar to have a few drinks at too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Aqua Eight
    GirlsDinnerDate
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    Myself and Friend went here last friday to celebrate her birthday, she had previously been here to eat for a works occasion and suggested she'd love to go there again for her birthday meal. I however had never been and heard it was quite pricey but amazing food. However as soon as we set foot in the door, the mood was set for a fantastic night ahead, the lighting, the furnishings and the staff were immediately friendly and helpful, but not in a pushy way like I have found with some other restaurants. The food was Outstandingly Exquisite and the food was prices, yes they were a tad more pricey than your average place but not unaffordable and it's as expensive as you wish to make it. Thank You Aqua Eight, see you again soon!!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Amazing Aqua eight
    BethanyX
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    The food is so delishous and there's something for everyone! Service is also outstanding! Easily my favourite restaurant in Ipswich!
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    good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Evening
    Dimps73
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    We had booked a table for 4 people for my husband's birthday. We got a reminder email and a call to confirm the time of the booking. When we arrived the table had balloons and decoration. Was simple but lovely. The meal was spaced evenly between courses and the food was perfect. After our main meal we were relaxed and contemplated a dessert but the restaurant then came out with a small chefs selection and a candle. Was a lovely touch and finished off the eve beautifully. The staff throughout were friendly and professional. Thank you for a wonderful evening!!!!
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  • As always... 1st class!
    Luckythistime
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Been to Aqua Eight many times now but I've not written a review for a long time. Decided to go on a Sunday evening this time. Restaurant wasn't as busy as a Friday or Saturday (not that made any difference). The food is always 1st class, there is something for everyone. Qtr duck and pancakes is always a nice way to start the meal and easily serves two, with lots of perfectly cooked duck. If you haven't tried the Soft Shell Crab then that's a must! Mains this time were the honey pork with asparagus, crispy chilli beef, and you must have the Pad Thai Noodles. Service is always fantastic, they know the dishes so well and will always help you pick a dish. Top quality food at very good prices. Will continue to come back again and again.
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    group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as ever
    Lisasaskia
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    As we usually order the Aqua menu we decided to have a change and ordered separate dishes off the main menu. Excellent decision as the ones we chose were delicious. Wonderful evening as ever. Aqua 8 is easily my favourite restaurant in Ipswich.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yumminess!!!
    Plummy
    Dined on 25/4/2014
    Couldn't fault the excellent dining experience! Can't wait to go back!
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So noisy
    Wenders
    Dined on 18/4/2014
    My friend and I had a meal here on a Saturday evening, we booked an early table (18.30) to avoid it being too noisy, however this didn't make any difference. We were practically the only people there at first but then quite quickly the restaurant started to fill up and the noise became unbearable. This wasn't helped by a table of 10 (yes 10!!) women celebrating a birthday right next to us...you can imagine the screeching! We found ourselves shouting at each other to be heard above the racket - such a shame. The food and the service were, however excellent, so we would go back again but only during the week...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful
    Cuppatea
    Dined on 15/4/2014
    The food was beautiful and elaborate in appearance and equally in flavour. Knowing that where possible the food was locally sourced, and authentic it's not like any other Asian meal I have had before. There is great variety on the menu and set menus for those that are unable to decide( like me) I opted for the aqua set menu and was incredibly happy with my choice, there was plenty to go round and is was immaculately presented.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.