Aqua Nueva

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Spanish
Aqua nueva, located in the heart of the West End, has a striking design and contemporary Spanish menu. Head Chef Yahir Gonzalez offers a menu of small plates and Spanish dishes that honour the country’s culinary heritage and innovation, combining the best seasonal produce with his contemporary style, perfectly reflecting modern diners’ appetite for flexible dining. The Robert Angell design is inspired by rich Spanish culture and has re-focused the space to unveil a beautiful open restaurant and central destination bar. Intricate black and white mosaic floors run throughout and a striking copper-coloured vaulted ceiling imitates the inside of the renowned sherry casks of Jerez. Guests can sit back and relax on chic banquette seating whilst catching glimpses of the chefs at work in the kitchen. aqua nueva provides a hidden sanctuary reminiscent of sun-drenched Spain with two stunning terraces to enjoy a cocktail before or after dining.

Private Dining

Aqua nueva has two stunning private dining rooms, El Salon and La Casita which can both seat up to 14 guests. La Casita has a beautiful private terrace and can also hold 50 guests for a standing reception. When both rooms are adjoined, it can seat up to 28, or stand up to 80 with a private terrace.

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Special Offers

Pre theatre: 3 dishes £21

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 7 October 2019

Ends: 30 December 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 17:30-18:45

3 savoury dishes, a cocktail & dessert £29pp

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 7 October 2019

Ends: 30 December 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:30-14:30 17:30-22:30
Fri-Sat 12:30-14:30 17:30-19:00

Free Flowing Feasting Brunch: From £35:

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 13 September 2019

Ends: 24 November 2019

Availability: Sat 12:00-16:00

What 208 People Are Saying
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t
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I didn't know what to expect as its not the Tapas I expected but it exceeded my expectations. The food was visually appealing, creative and flavoursome. Everyone enjoyed the meal.

j
Norfolk
91 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal on the sorolla menu at a fantastic price👍quality of food and presentation superb, short rib so tender melt in your mouth. Great place for a special occasion

H
Gloucestershire
10 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, attentive but not too much, excellent tapas that was presented at a good pace and not all at once. The waiter suggested a very good choice of wine and then they brought out a little happy birthday celebration for my husband. We had not planned this but mentioned at one stage during the meal that it was his birthday - well done them!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We’d really been looking forward to this but unfortunately found it really underwhelming. We booked a table for two hours at 2pm and were only told on arrival that the restaurant was closing at 4pm for a private event. Throughout our brunch we felt as though the staff were trying to rush us out rather than letting us enjoy the experience. Also I couldn’t tell the restaurant about an allergy in advance so told them on the day; they told me the food was already prepared and I had to pay for extra a la carte items. The serving staff (rather than management) and the location was excellent. I hope it was just an off-day and we can return in the future to a better experience.

l
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We ordered the special deal off the sorolla menu which was fabulous and good value at £24 given that each cocktail is £14 in its own right. Service at the dinner table was good although all the food arrived at the same time which meant half of it was cold by the time we got around to eating it. We started with a drink on the terrace which was a bit disappointing - the location of it didn't give a particularly good view of London and there was no at seat service. You would expect better service given the price of each drink.

N
London
32 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Food amazing for sharing and ambiance was fantastic. Noice is perfect, bit of music and nice tables with privacy and great views. Would definitely come back again!

LP
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We visited in the middle of a heatwave. I was wearing a pair of embellished flip flops as I have injured my ankle and am unable to wear anything else. Upon entry the security guard took our booking name and then said that my footwear wasn’t allowed. I explained my situation and he then said he would have to get a manager who came and looked at my shoes and said that she wasn’t sure if I could go in because of their standards of dress code. I was wearing a formal midi dress with these sandals. She then begrudgingly allowed me in.

Once in the restaurant, there were numerous men and women wearing flip flops/trainers/ripped denim shorts so I struggle to see how my footwear on account of injury was so offensive.

This ruined the start of the experience for my mother’s 60th birthday meal and out us on edge throughout the rest of our experience.

The food was good and the service quick, just a shame about how we were treated at the start. There also appeared to be no air conditioning, it was very hot inside. We chose not to go out on the terrace.

MC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my best friend’s engagement here as a celebration dinner. Great ambience, service is great and food is good!

s
London
41 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Interesting venue - luckily we were fairly early (7) - I can imagine it would get really noisy later. The food was interesting and the staff were very helpful.

HT
London
17 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, it was a sunny day and we were able to eat on the terrace. The treatment we received was very friendly. Will recommend and come again.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great venue for all occasions. The staff are very welcoming & attentive. The food is amazing!
The bottomless brunch is great value for money.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Saturday brunch menu on a partially shaded terrace was a bonus .

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 15 June 2019

Dear guest, Thank you for leaving us this review of your experience at Aqua kyoto. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your brunch at our rooftop terrace. On your next visit, you should definitely try our Feasting brunch menu in Aqua nueva . Kindest regards, Nawal Guest Relations

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JI
London
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Lovely restaurant and the food is absolutely delicious but they need better service. The staff were great just not as attenative as they should have been.

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 22 June 2019

Dear Jael, Thank you for leaving us this review of your experience at aqua nueva. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed the food from our restaurant. I assure you that we have taken your comments regarding the quality of service into consideration. We hope to welcome you back very soon Kind regards, Nawal Guest relations

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F
London
9 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We ordered from the deal menu, I would say it’s fairly limited particularly if you are vegetarian but the quality and portion size was good and staff were attentive and polite. Nice place to stay afterwards for a few drinks too

CS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and were excellent portion sizes. The cocktails I had were also beautifully presented and tasted amazing! The ambience and service was excellent and most of all, I loved the Sorolla-inspired menu.

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 27 April 2019

Dear CrystalS, It was an absolute pleasure to read your glorious review of your time with us at Aqua Nueva. We're pleased that you found our Sorolla set menu of good value and enjoyed the food and atmosphere . We look forward to your return in the near future. Kind regards, Nawal Guest relations

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d
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Some good nibbles but a terrible paella. Go for atmosphere more than the food.

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 27 April 2019

Dear Dannyk, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Aqua Nueva. While we're pleased that you enjoyed the atmosphere and our tapas, we're saddened that paella was not to your taste. I will be sure to share your comments with the Chefs. Thank you again for your feedback and we look forward to your return in the near future . Kind regards, Nawal Guest relations

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely good value for money.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Nice view on the terrace as well. Most impressed part was the staffs. They were very professional and nice.

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 27 April 2019

Dear guest, Thank you very much for leaving us this fantastic review of your time with us in Aqua Nueva . We are delighted that you have enjoyed the experience. We hope to welcome you again in the near future,perhaps for a delicious cocktail in our Spirit bar or to try our authentic Japanese cuisine from Aqua Kyoto . Kind regards, Nawal Guest relations

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visit for my fiancé’s birthday. We absolutely love Spanish food and Aqua nueva took Spanish to another level. Their food was classy and delicious. Ambiance was very nice and roof top terrace is an extra bonus. Will definitely be back again!

M
London
55 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Stunning restaurant with nice food and staff.
The set menu was very nice and great value.
Definitely have a browse around to take in the beautiful interior.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s too dark - you can’t read the menu

BS
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 2

The vegetable thingies, with multiple kinds of goodies listed on each selection, were different coloured mush layered on two thin crisps served on a small wooden platter. It tasted interesting, rich on flavour, but you couldn't tell aubergine from stuffed peppers. We scraped the platter to make the most of the little there was. The red prawns came deep fried, to be eaten whole, head, tails and legs, the lot. I might have been eating grasshoppers.

My companion, who is Chinese, said aptly that, being used to eating just about anything, she'd be happy to give them a go. She left the eyes though, and I followed suit. Three Tapas, two mango bavaroise and a bottle of Argentine Riesling Amlaya Torontes (excellent flinty aromatic great depth of taste) came to £116. The sister restaurant Aqua Kyoto, with an exotic decor, serves Japanese sushi delicacies and that might be worth a try, but Nueva left me wanting with its minimal offering and extravagant pricing. The roof terrace overlooking Regent Street that serves both restaurants might be uplifting in summer. It felt a touch nippy yesterday in the thin sunlight.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is good, wine list is terrible

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rica comida española

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CP
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I made a booking for a night dinner with my mum- coming to visit. Very friendly staff at the receptions and lovely decor.
I ate in the past a few time at Aqua Kyoto - which I love - and was disappointing after my experience at Aqua Nueva.
The waitress was going back and forth without leaving us two minutes of privacy as she was bored because we were the only table seated in the room. It ruined the whole experience.
Similarly, she took away our plates were not finished.. It is not what you expect from a place like this one.
The food was good, even though we had too many plates in front of us at first that didn't allowed us to deeply enjoy all the flavors.
I'll definitely go back to Aqua Kyoto. Not sure about Aqua Nueva.

W
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff attending our Table including Sara were amazing. Food was great with fantastic taste and presentation.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food is so so

TT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We went on a Monday night so the atmosphere was quite dead but have been on a Saturday to the bar and it was a much better atmosphere. Food was amazing

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Overpriced restaurant with average food and an unnecessary snobbism in their service. they were especially annoying when they charged a dish that has never been delivered in our table and instead of apologies we receive comments that we haven’t understood what we have ordered!

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a vouche 3 course meal and a cocktail for £25
The food wasn’t much but it was very tasty. Perhaps they could have been more generous on the desert.

C
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It’s a great venue. Lively and contemporary. The service was very efficient. The bar menu is extensive.
The set dinner menu, which we chose, included a cocktail and 3 courses.
It’s the house cocktail that is served. The 3 courses are more like 3 tasters of a full meal. Very nice but not enough. Value? I suppose we paid the right amount for the amount we had but it’s not a dinner sized meal. It’s not described as a taster menu. Thank goodness for the burger bar opposite!

A
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very stylish and beautifully designed setting for an upmarket clientelle....impressive entry process, approach and dining hall ambience.... food was excellent too.... i had the set 3 course menu with a cocktail... very good value... definitely recommend

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Terrible hostess at reataurant entry as usual last Friday for lunch. Empty restaurant but hard to have a different table than imposed one in the way...rest is ok but just for this one abnoxious young lady will not go back spoiled the anniversary from entry in...managers pls fix it the rest is nice

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Not real Spanish food , a kind of mockup

MP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the Spring menu, which at £25 per person for 3 courses and a cocktail was good value. You don't get a choice of cocktail, just some vodka or gin mixed with passion fruit, but it was nice. The meal was decent, but small portions, and the one choice of dessert felt like it was taken out of the fridge. There was only 1 other table dining so we got excellent service and attention.

I would advise going during the summer so you can utilise the outdoor terrace. Overall a nice venue, and a decent meal.

AS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The quality of the food was v good however the size of the portions was disappointing even for a main dish from the set menu. Certainly wasn't filling enough.

We were initially seated nearing the bar and we couldn't even speak to each other the music was so loud. We asked to be moved to a table at the back which was much quieter.

Staff were accommodating and polite.

SB
London
10 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food, service and ambiance

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptional and each dish brought new flavours. The food was served in stages so you were not over faces. Service was impeccable and we were extremely well looked after by the Maitre D and our waitress (apologies for not remembering her name).
We were very pleased and would definitely eat here again.

SJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Poor service, incorrect booking details, small portions & tried to keep the change even though service charge is on the bill!!
Will not be visiting again

OT
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, everything was so tasting and well presented. Our waitresses Estrella was super attentive. The atmosphere was nice, warm and relaxed.
I also received a nice surprise from the team because it was my bday. An absolutely amazing experience. Thank you Aqua Nueva!

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