Aqua Kyoto

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Japanese
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 Ken Miyake 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.
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OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We came for my wife’s birthday in a Wednesday evening.
Very quiet - seemed about 40% full. Very good staff - been here before.
Took advantage of special menu 29.99 for 3 courses and a cocktail - unbelievable value - ordered extra drinks.

It’s about our 5th time here - always good food.

MH
London
18 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent deluxe bento box for lunch (16 items) with a galss of sake each. Dishes explained to us westerners without requesting. Quiet on this midweek lunchtime although the refurbisment beginning was a little intrusive.

n
Wales
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual really good food and service in a lively setting

JE
London
17 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always excellent
Service was good but as always very busy and high turn over meaning lots of rushing around and waiting for orders

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The bar was too loud and the bar man extremely rude when asking for a drink. The food was excellent however we could not hear ourselves as the music in the restaurant was far too loud and just not necessary and spoilt the occasion.
Also when using the bathroom the toilets had extremely drunk bar people asking others for drugs and the toilet cubicle was broken and filthy in the men’s.

We did enjoy the food, but the other important areas were quite poor.

C
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch, food good, service excellent, drinks package great value

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Updated weekend brunch menu. Would have been nice to have a few pieces of sashimi in exchange of the unlimited yakitori. Fish yakitori were not as good as the chicken. Otherwise, very good service and warm atmosphere.

AL
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere , good service , Beautiful fresh seafood.
The terrace bar was packed (Friday early evening) so didn’t even attempt to have a drink on the terrace , but will definitely be returning soon.

NJ
London
16 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff are knowledgeable and help with the menu choices. Enjoyed some sushi, maki (spicy tuna which was delicious) and yuzu marinated lamb cutlets which is some of the best lamb cutlets I have ever tasted- definitely do not miss out on this. Also enjoyed the cocktails and a few drinks on the roof terrace. Only criticism is that there is not as much atmosphere on the roof terrace as the inside of the bar which is a shame.

CG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Aqua Kyoto- the food was outstanding, the service attentive and accomodating but not invasive and the price totally reasonable. I found the lighting a bit dark but it was not a major issue! Thanks so much- we will be back!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good atmosphere, very buzzy, amazing food and drinks

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Probably one of the best sushi I’ve ever had. Couldn’t say a bad thing about the food even if I tried. The presentation was great, the taste and flavours were amazing, but pricey.

CJ
London
10 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Many items on menu not available. Prices doubled to the ones published on Opentable. Service friendly but slow. Food ok but not worth the price.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went with a friend to the free flowing brunch. Very good service, champagne and cocktails were flowing. The 3 courses were very nice and I would go there again

AN
Leicestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as ever. Great ambience and classy location.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Went for the weekend brunch option, cocktail was delicious as didn't go for drink option and food was really delicious, melt in your mouth sushi and the desserts alone are worth more than half the offer my only bugbear was the ambience sunny day and unable to sit outside so sat near the bifold doors but most of the views are obstructed..

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 5

Open table did not forward the booking to Aqua Kyoto - we were lucky to have had a table available!

Aqua Kyoto
Responded on 21 June 2019

Dear guest, Thank you very much for sharing your feedback and we are sincerely sorry for any inconvenience. I've passed on your feedback to our senior management team on this so that we can continue to improve in the service and experiences we offer our guests. Once again, thank you for taking the time to share your comments. Kind regards, Nawal Guest relations

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YY
London
26 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We booked the Springtime Free-flowing brunch for Sunday lunch. We realised that this would be more lively than the sort of Japanese restaurants we have frequented to date and we were likely to be older than most diners there by several decades but we hadn’t expected to have our ears assaulted with loud disco/dance music on a Sunday lunch time. There was a large party celebrating a birthday which may account for this but I’m afraid it spoiled our experience. Otherwise we enjoyed the food and of course the free-flowing cocktails. The rock shrimp tempura was particularly delicious. The service was also very good - friendly and efficient.

Aqua Kyoto
Responded on 21 June 2019

Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of aqua kyoto. While we are pleased that you enjoyed our free flowing brunch menu and the service from our staff, we are saddened that the atmosphere was not to your taste. I've passed on your feedback to our senior management team so that we can continue to improve in the service and experiences we offer our guests. Once again, thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments. Kind regards, Nawal Guest relations

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The food is nice. Waiter are nice. But view is not super great and it is full of noisy drinking people at the bar both inside and outside. God there for the food but do not expect a super romantic dinner....

Aqua Kyoto
Responded on 22 June 2019

Dear Christophes, Thank you very much for sharing your feedback and we are sincerely sorry for any inconvenience. I've passed on your feedback to our senior management team on this so that we can continue to improve in the service and experiences we offer our guests. Once again, thank you for taking the time to share your comments. Kind regards, Nawal Guest relations

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AM
London
12 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was good, not enough, very small amount of food for 3 people

Aqua Kyoto
Responded on 22 June 2019

Dear AnnaM, Thank you very much for sharing your feedback ,I've passed on your feedback to our senior management team on this so that we can continue to improve in the service and experiences we offer our guests. Once again, thank you for taking the time to share your comments. Kind regards, Nawal Guest relations

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Speedy service will come again

CG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brilliant place to dine and have amazing food!! Energetic atmosphere driven by loud music and roof top bar with outstanding views

DE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

La comida es de primera calidad.

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A
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

An excellent location with views over London. Incredibly courteous and helpful staff. Very much a stylish restaurant. The food was excellent, although on the day we visited was limited to the set menu. The unlimited supply of wine does make for a phenomenal deal for a central London restaurant.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Venue lively with music flowing and a rooftop terrace. For the price, some dishes didn’t quite hit the mark, so I can’t give it five star. The fish was nice but a bit too salty for me and can’t taste the Foie Gras in the Foie Gras Roll or nigiri , a bit disappointing.
Grill chicken was good though.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Food was ok but the waitress who served us was terrible. Totally not up to standard

OT
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Lunchtime set menu was good value and very tasty. Restaurant is as empty for lunch. We had the cod, which was very perfumed flavour.

VF
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was amazing but unfortunately service was a little poor when it came to refilling drinks during the bottomless brunch. Due to an error by opentable we had expected to receive an offer but is only applicable on bank holidays. Aqua Kyoto were kind enough to allow the offer after some discussions

HJ
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Booked for a birthday treat - we had a table in the shade on the terrace. Wonderful food, delicious and well presented, attentive service. We tried the wagyu beef bento and it was beautiful, melting in the mouth. Highly recommended.

L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall great. Fantastic food, great location and service but quite expensive.

JH
London
115 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time to this great value bottomless brunch. The menu had changed since we were last there and we really liked the food. The atmosphere was buzzing as well.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Poor service, food is good with the deal but wouldn’t go at normal prices

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Slow service

CW
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Disappointing initial greeting and service on the balcony was poor, but once at the table fantastic.

OL
London
17 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a sunny Friday, we had lunch outside on a beautiful terrasse overlooking Regent Street. Away from the crowd this was a real breath feeling like we were on holiday away from the city.

The food (a bento with chicken) was delicious and the staff was very friendly.
Definitely worth it.

Aqua Kyoto
Responded on 27 April 2019

Dear OliverL, Thank you for writing this magnificent review of Aqua Kyoto. We are thrilled that you genuinely enjoyed every aspect of your experience and overall had a lovely lunch at our roof top terrace.On your next lunch visit, you should definitely try our Sorolla menu from Aqua Nueva. Looking forward to welcome you back in the near future! Kind regards, Nawal Guest relations

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C
London
11 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great brunch. We brought our baby and the staff went above and beyond to accommodate us.

Aqua Kyoto
Responded on 27 April 2019

Dear Carlyrbkk, Thank you for sharing your feedback of Aqua Kyoto with us, it was an absolute pleasure to read. We're thrilled that you enjoyed our brunch and that our staff managed to make your experience an enjoyable and memorable one. I will definitely share your wonderful feedback with the team which I'm positive they will be glad to hear. We'd love to welcome you back again in the near future! Kind regards, Nawal Guest relations

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f
London
27 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good service, food ok. Atmosphere wasn't as nice as expected but overall ok for first visit. not enough to entice us back though

Aqua Kyoto
Responded on 27 April 2019

Dear Faithe, Thank you for sharing details of your experience with us. It's important for us to hear from guests about their experiences whether it was good or needs improvement. I've passed on your feedback to our senior management team on this so that we can continue to improve in the experiences we offer our guests. Once again, thank you for taking the time to share your comments . Kind regards, Nawal Guest relations

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s amazing place and fantastic food & service 👍

IB
London
17 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place and service

FS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had thought we booked for the 3 course plus cocktail for £30 , only to be told that the offer was only available up to 7pm; not sure why my booking was accepted for 8pm!!! A bit disappointing as we then had to temper what we ordered due to the price of the food.

Prior to being seated, we were in the bar and we were treated extremely well, with one of the staff (Gianluca) making the time to talk us through some of the cocktail choices and make a few himself which I have to say was spot on everytime.

When seated we explained our dilemma and the waiting staff were absolutely brilliant and didn't make us feel like cheapskates (LOL!), and made some suggestions. The food we received was out of this world, creative in how it was presented (I eat with my eyes), one of the dishes actually moved whilst still on the plate (kodak moment definitely), the taste of each dish was phenomenal. Yes we did end up paying over the odds for our food but to be honest it was worth every penny.

The evening was a birthday treat to both of us and it definitely was that.

Would I go again, most definitely (deal or no deal!)

Thank you Aqua Kyoto.

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