Agua Restaurant

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£25 and under
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Contemporary European
Agua Restaurant & Bar brings sleek design touches, precise plating and excellent service from the moment of arrival. Ensconced in a seductive, modern space set back from the bustling Grassmarket, Agua serves succulent fine dining selections alongside savoury sides and nibbles. The restaurant also offers one of Edinburgh City Centre"s most comprehensive wine lists and an array of expertly prepared cocktails.
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service with good value food for during hotel stay or even business meetings. We dropped in because of open reservation time closest to us after long day of exploring castles and we loved our experience!

HT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Book this resturant when the fringe was on it was lovely have a delicious meal in a lovely quiet air conditioned environment. Staff were very attentive meal good value

AW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Portion sizes were very poor. Three halves of small potatoes and 4 green beans and the thinnest slice of salmon. We realise it was a busy weekend, but really disappointed

CH
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A nice place to hold our office nice out. Great, helpful and friendly staff. Tasty food at reasonable prices. I'd definitely go back and happy to recommend. Nice to have airconditioning on the 1 day a year we need it in Scotland :)

SS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Decent restaurant, set menu good value for money. Very helpful and friendly waitress. I had pearl barley risotto which was good, but my wife while enjoying her salmon did not like the vegetarian haggis. Overall the restaurant was easy to find and not expensive.

CM
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Reasonable prices and nice food. Very good service.

EH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place was quiet when we went but was mid afternoon, couldnt fault it

PF
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Well prepared food and excellent service excellent views over the Edinburgh castle.

JH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Agua is a hotel restaurant

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Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent New Year day dinner at Agua with suoerb food qualitiy, Very competive Price and highley recomended

TH
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff very friendly and efficient. Nice decor and a place worth visiting.

GF
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was very quiet when we arrived but warmed up. Manager was friendly, warm and accommodating. Food was excellent and the £40 for 2 people for 3 courses inc wine was very good value.

RW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab find. Food was so tasty and we are of the special menu which is incredible value for money would highly recommend

NH
Glasgow
8 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We went to Agua for a pre-theatre deal of 3 courses plus a bottle of wine for 40 pounds. Stunning value as the food was first class. Would not normally have booked a hotel restaurant but gave it a chance and was pleased with the quality and portions of the meal. I had the squid followed by Hake and the wife had the spring roll followed by fish and chips. Desserts were also good .Would definitely recommend and will be back to try other options on the menu.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great value. 3 course meal for two and a bottle of wine for £40. Food was terrific.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good location. Very good value. Good food. A bit quiet.

SK
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Staff tried to be accommodating but the standard of food and food presentation extremely poor Raviolli was returned and two ceasar salads were served with no Parmesan cheese Not expecting such poor standard.

MH
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Initial server had no clue about covktails

CS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! The wait staff was extremely attentive and the food was fantastic. A+!!

KG
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent value lunch with friends. Great central location and food and wine were lovely. Will definitely choose here again for a friends get together.

KW
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent time, staff lovely. Central for town, lovely hotels

DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Typical four-star hotel restaurant in the evening: really quiet (just four customers, including me) but good good and lovely service. A strong, traditional menu, and a great value offer. Given the slow pace of the restaurant, a lot of the food is premade and then heated up from chilled. That means the food can be served fast, and perhaps even a bit too quickly. For example, I really enjoyed the frittata as a starter, the dauphinoise potatoes with my main course and bread and butter pudding for dessert: all very nicely made. However, with each course it was a bit disappointing that those things were unevenly warm. On the plus side, we were done with all three courses within an hour of arriving, and they there happy for us to finish off our wine in the bar. Lovely decor and great staff, it deserves to be busier.

DG
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Booked a table for husbands birthday, he ordered a burger which came to us within 5 minutes, good we thought but no we were wrong. The burger was not cooked properly practically raw. Was not impressed at all. Ordered again took 20mins cooked.

LL
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Food could be better. Sea bass was too salty. Pork belly didn’t taste good either. The only one dish- crispy squid—out of four we ordered was ok. The service was friendly. Location was perfect.

DR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food and service!!
As the weather was bad, the restaurant was quiet and initially we thought it was going to feel awkward but there were 3 tables full and was fine. The food was excellent and particularly enjoyed the haggis bon-bon starter and the desserts were amazing! A special mention is deserved by Emma, our waitress who was genuinely friendly and attentive. Probably the best service we've ever had! All of this for £40 for 2 including wine! We would definitely go back!

G
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were delighted to lunch here, we learned that another large party had just cancelled - their loss. The food was very good and reasonably priced and the service excellent. We were then able to relax in the well stocked bar. We will be back.

CE
Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and amazing value! Service was great too. Would totally recommend!

AG
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and good food offer 3 couses with wine to share was great value

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab place, great value. Definitely coming back again

JC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We enjoyed out meal but I was disappointed with the fact that a Valentines Dinner ambience was missing! No roses, flowers of any sort or hearts etc.

A
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went on a valentines dinner here. The food was great! I hadn’t had calamari that good in a long time. Everything was cooked to perfection without too much of a dent in the wallet. The venue was quiet but we were quite early, so if you like a busier room I would recommend going later.

BC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Mam and I came here for a pre-theatre dinner on a Saturday night. We booked for the wine and dine menu, which includes 3 courses and a bottle of house wine for £40.

I couldn't recommend this restaurant (and particularly this deal) enough! The restaurant was quiet and modern, with a nice relaxed vibe. The staff were all lovely, extremely helpful and friendly, and the food was AMAZING. Excellent quality, beautifully presented, and incredible value for money. We will definitely be back!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had booked a table for lunch through Opentable. When we arrived, the tables were not set and nobody came to greet us. The staff saw us come in but nobody came to us. We left after 5 minutes

AW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and service was great!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The restaurant was empty when we got there, and no other diners arrived throughout our meal, so there was little ambiance. The menu was spectacularly over-priced for what was delivered, in particular the seared cod mains were more of an amuse bouche. The staff did a fair job of providing service, but some simple drinks orders (e.g. a pint of lime and lemonade) were not understood despite repeated attempts to explain them.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall good food and service with pleasant staff . Reasonable value for money.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening at this restaurant, the food was delicious and the service was excellent, would definitely recommend and will certainly return again!

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was superb - our waitress was polite & friendly - just a nice place to sit & relax - didn’t feel rushed - totally recommend to friends & would definitely eat there again when visiting Edinburgh.

OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite and nice on a cold Sunday night, food was excellent and the price is good

f
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend Agua Restaurant. We enjoyed the set menu - £40 for 3 courses and a bottle of wine per couple . The food was very tasty with a good range of choices. The service was exceptional and the staff very attentive.

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