Aqua Kyoto

4.2
396 reviews
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£41 and over
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
Set high above the bustle of Regent Street on the fifth floor of the famous former Dickins & Jones building, aqua kyoto is one of the capital’s most unique and exciting dining destinations serving Japanese cuisine at its finest.



Head Chef Paul Greening presents innovative and contemporary Japanese cuisine with an extensive menu of beautifully-presented sushi and sashimi and creative hot dishes. A central sushi bar and open sumibiyaki charcoal grill combine with sleek black and red décor to create a sense of theatre in keeping with aqua kyoto’s location in the heart of the West End. The spectacular roof terrace looking down over Regent Street provides stunning views across the capital, the perfect setting for a pre or post dinner cocktail.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 12:00–14:30
Sunday Brunch
Sun 12:00–18:30
Bar
Mon–Sat 12:00–13:00
Sun 12:00–20:00
Saturday Brunch
Sat 12:00–15:30
Weekday Dinner
Mon–Fri 17:30–22:30
Saturday Dinner
Sat 17:30–23:00
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Phone number
020 7478 0540
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Paul Greening
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Catering
Contemporary Japanese
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Cross Street
Oxford Street and Argyll Street
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Public Transit
Oxford Circus
Bond Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 396 People Are Saying
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4.3
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3.9
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4.2
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3.7
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JA
London
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The place has gone down, bad service, meh food and pricy... not worth it any longer

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner for my boyfriend’s birthday on a Saturday night. All the dishes we had were extraordinary. We will definitely come back especially for the soft shell crab tempuras!!

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JH
London
86 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First visit to Aqua Kyoto was for the brunch. Food was nicely presented, sushi was a bit different, good rock shrimp tempura and Japanese rice. Bottomless champagne was very generously and attentively topped up.

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good as usual however the service was very poor! Lots of staff just standing around and no one even came and asked if all was ok. Had to get our own wine out of the cooler and serve ourselves. The waguy beef was over cooked unfortunately.

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a
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff absoulutly lovely, security absolutely lovely. The food amazing and drinks too. A great place for a casual or special get together. Will be coming back most definitely. Also the food will fill you up! X

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F
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Will not be returning. Five years ago this standard was acceptable. Now it is poor in comparison with other concepts in London. Refused to change one dish within the tasting menu (requested because it was shellfish and would have killed my guest) - making a substitution (at the chefs discretion as to what to replace with) shouldn’t be an issue for an £80/head tasting menu. It’s okay here but only okay.

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bad food bad service. Very expensive. They close for lunch???????
Very very small menu.

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BS
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Didn’t get the servers name but she was great!
We had the signature menu which was delicious.

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a
London
10 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Arrived early because we missed theatre due to far right march in central london. Staff were brilliant, found us a table for drinks and even got us our table early.

Food was awesome as always and managed to dig out a fine rare bottle of wine. All in all.... pretty awesome

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RB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous. So good we asked to speak to the manager to give our entirely positive feedback. As well as brilliant service our main comment was “you’ve taken Japanese cooking to a new level.” Don’t miss the little yakitori skewers. And no need to push the boat out on high priced wines, there are some very, very good wines at reasonable cost. Overall, just fantastic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new brunch menu is very good , with a range of choices compared with before. Very good value and the service was excellent.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

Beautiful interiors, and great food

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

It was a great night but the place is bit loud while having a dinner. Amazing food and good service.

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and ambience great - bar staff really busy so ages to get a drink or two (if you arrive for a pre meal cocktail for the rooftop bar)

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

Poor service. Good food. Good vibes. But drinks took 30 mins to arrive & waitresses ignored you as much as possible.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Great location, cool atmosphere, good food, poor hostess and management staff let the rest of the experience down .

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AG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very lively place, great atmosphere and service.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in town!!!! Amazing!

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G
London
13 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

I was really disappointed with this visit to Aqua Kyoto. It was a warm day but felt as though I was in a pub. The terrace was full of drinkers and smokers and there were a couple of large groups celebrating birthdays, doing shots and being cheered on. The food was nice and flavoursome as usual but the portions were minute compared to previous visits. I couldn’t actually wait to get out as the smell of smoke wafting in was so unpleasant. A real shame as this used to be a nice place to go for something special.

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A
London
21 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Pricey. Nothing special apart from views

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CR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We made the reservation at 8pm, have to wait till 8:30 as it’s full. Once we sat down, have to wait for another 15 mins to order. Starter was fine but we have to wait for 30 mins for the main course ( after the dishes have been cleared) and further 25 mins for the dessert to come.

The food was ok, not great. There are much better Japanese restaurant in London.

Very noisy, not good for special occasion nor date.

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Absolute shambles! Waited 45mins to be seated, took 25mins to be served and that inly because i called the waiter over! Food came out at different times when i asked for it to be bought out all together. Food was missing. Tried to order something and was told they ran out 15 mins later the chef is making it for someone else who happened to sit 2 tables away from me. Very poor. Disgusted with the service. Food was average! Will never be returning

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

What a disastrous service, never again!

Arrived half an hour early for a drink, waited 20 mins for some g&t.

There was a 45 mins delay on the table, had to keep asking for it as nobody approached us with any update. When asked for our table the hostess said that guests don't want to leave and it's not her fault?!

Once shown through we waited another 15 mins to have some attention.
Waiter had absolutely no knowledge of the deal we booked with and persisted that it's not available for dinner, had to show him the t&c...at this point we considered leaving the venue!

Managed to order another round of drinks, food started to arrive but we still didnt receive the drinks. We could see them on a tray at the bar and had to ask a waitress passing by to be so kind and serve them, only to realise that they didnt prepare the right cocktail for one of us. Guess what?! It took another 20 mins to arrive, my friend told them that she doesnt want it anymore and the waitress insisted saying that it's on the house.

The food was nice in general, especially the prawn tempura, sea bass & desserts.
However you can get much better sushi in other restaurants.

The staff was inattentive, in fact rude.. the waiter 'looking after' us and the blond hostess should think about a career change, they have no idea about hospitality. At no point have they apologised or asked if we enjoy the food. Had to flag down somebody every time we needed something. We asked to speak with the manager but no luck.
Thumbs up to the Spanish waitress who was the only person in the room with a smile and the right attitude.

Our bill arrived with the previously mentioned cocktail & service charge?!

We booked through an App which is only available for those working in the industry and know how it feels when you are drowning but it is nonsense to let your guests down so much.
You guys have to get your act together, with these price points guests will expect some service...

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S
London
15 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Whilst the food was delicious the poor service spoilt our evening. In such a busy venue it's such a shame that there is obviously not enough staff. We felt we were invisible and not valued as customers at all.

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NB
London
12 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

Absolutely RUBBISH service - great food. A shame as this place could be good, there weren’t enough staff to serve the tables - all drinks and food terribly slow and non existent service. Would not go back.

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JA
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Service was not great, slow and inattentive. Very expensive

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K
London
14 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was nice - the terrace will open summer which will be nice for drinks and then good.

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very small main course portion with no sides, a bit mean seeing as we paid the additional £8 supplement for this dish

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c
London
9 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Visited this restaurant with a friend for the first time in advance of attending a show at the nearby London Palladium. My friend often visits Japan and felt the menu options provided a good range of the county’s wonderful cuisine. The food was of an excellent standard, as was the wine menu. Service was very good, efficient but not intrusive. We followed some recommendations made to us and were not disappointed at the outcome. The only slight negative was that the background music levels were slightly too high for our tastes, but that could be an age related problem! Also the prices are quite high - but it is a central London location so no surprise really. Have already rebooked another visit with my partner when we next visit the theatre in April.

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BC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The perfect way to celebrate my friend’s birthday! We went for the Saturday brunch with the bottomless veuve. It was absolutely fantastic. We didn’t have to wait long before we were topped up and the food was plentiful and didn’t leave hungry! Highly recommended and we will definitely return!

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RT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Liana was really nice and helpful. Food came in big portion. Shame we were there at closing time so really quiet.

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r
London
32 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A lovely meal overall, have dined at a number of Japanese restaurants in town and it is pretty good.. Some dishes better than others. Decent vegetarian choices. Some dishes are a bit 'same-y' like the mushrooms and asparagus both have the same dressing and sesame on everything! But tasty though. Veggie sushi very good. Edamame green tea noodles surprising good! Chicken wings boneless really tasty. Lots of model like people dining at the tables, good for people watching! Dessert is OK, a bit off key flavour with Asian twist doesn't always work in our opinion but I'm sure people do enjoy it.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Had to wait nearly half an hour even though we had a confirmed booking. Sushi was very overpriced, similar can be had in Chinatown for a fraction of the cost.

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JF
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The sushi we wanted wasn't available and the other dishes were nice but expensive for what they were. It took half an hour to get our wine order and feel compared to other tables we were not attended to as often. We love Roka and other restaurants yet, we disappointed with having to pay a similar price for a lesser service and food we didn't enjoy as much.

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

Great service and lovely food. Aqua never dissapoints

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ottimo sushi e sashimi, all’altezza delle aspettative.

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C
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A stunning restaurant with the right balance of chic, well presented, authentic Japanese cuisine in an elegant dining room where chefs could observed preparing sushi. The cocktails are also worth your time.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fun to eat here, friendly staff, amazing food

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ET
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Great food but despite my request for a quiet table they seated us next to a large noisy group in the middle. When we asked for a different table we were told, all booked. However there were quiet tables empty and still empty when we left. Spoilt my friend’s birthday celebration

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really the perfect atmosphere for our special evening. Food was fantastic, the buta baraniku to unagi yaki (eel and pork belly) was gorgeous. Wine list is great as well!

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