Aqua Nueva

4.3
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230 reviews
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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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

El servicio fue perfecto, gracias ha Alvaro que por sus recomendaciones tuvimos una cena fastastica.

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 13 March 2020

Thanks for the great rating. We greatly appreciate the support. On your next visit, we'd love to welcome you in at our newly open Aqua Kyoto to experience our authentic Japanese cuisine!

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DebbieN
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, a little quiet but it was a Monday night. The team were excellent and very attentive.

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 5 March 2020

Thanks for the great rating. We greatly appreciate the support. On your next visit, we'd love to welcome you in at our newly open Aqua Kyoto to experience our authentic Japanese cuisine!

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AradhnaB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, great service. Staff very friendly and helpful with food and drink choices. Food was excellent! Will definitely be going back!

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MarkN
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the Saturday brunch menu with the free flowing champagne. Perfectly sized portions of food, plus very generous with the drinks, and really stylish interior. I would highly recommend.

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 13 February 2020

Thanks for the amazing review. We greatly appreciate the support. On your next visit, we'd love to welcome you in at our newly open Aqua Kyoto to experience our authentic Japanese cuisine!

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Bubu
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The service at this place was exceptional. Every member of staff was attentive and helpful.

Food was tasty as well and a bit too salty on some dishes.

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 13 February 2020

A sincere thanks to you for sharing such lovely feedback of your recent experience at our restaurant.Your kind comments have been shared with our senior management team. We do hope you’ll come visit us again soon!

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susanaD
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tapas were delicious and had a twist to them. Service was very good felt very well trained staff without being too pushy.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was too expensive for the portion it serve.

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 13 February 2020

Thank you so much for your review, your feedback is very important to us, it is the way we can improve. It's important for us to hear from guests about their experiences whether it was good or needs improvement.

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GunnarM
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good food, thin and costly dishes on food menu
Extensive and expensive wine list

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 13 February 2020

Thank you so much for your review, your feedback is very important to us, it is the way we can improve. It's important for us to hear from guests about their experiences whether it was good or needs improvement.

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GeorgeE
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice food and a nice setting in a central location. The food tasted as good as it looked and was served quickly and politely. The staff were attentive, but not intrusive. The small plates were nice and sufficient, the desert, like many great performers left us wanting more.

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LU0380
Hertfordshire
11 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cant fault our experience here. The room is very sleek, quite dim lighting but it wasnt a problem for reading the menu (as others have mentioned), and nice ambience.
We used the Open Table offer that was choosing 3 dishes each and you get a cocktail (you dont get to choose, it, but it was very nice) for £29pp. There are 6 dishes to choose from and the waiter recommended that we choose 1 of each and have 2 of the short ribs (as there were 2 of us, so 6 dishes total). We were going to order something extra from the a la carte too, but the waiter advised that the 6 would be plenty and it definitely was! Service was helpful, prompt and friendly
There wasnt one dish that i didnt like or that was sub-par, it was hard to choose a favourite, but it would probably have been the black croquettes with aioli.
We went for a drink in the bar afterward, the terrace was really nice, views of london eye and regent street. Overall, fantastic, great value, great food, great service

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 13 February 2020

A sincere thanks to you for sharing such lovely feedback of your recent experience at our restaurant. We were delighted to read that you enjoyed the set menu. Your kind comments have been shared with our senior management team. We do hope you’ll come visit us again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding Spanish Tapas served in a large dining room atop Regents street. Service was excellent and complimented the food.
The squid with hummus was a firm family favourite as were the croquettes.

Not the cheapest in town but for quality service and ambience certainly one of the best Tapas in town. We will be back :-)

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 13 February 2020

A sincere thanks to you for sharing such lovely feedback of your recent experience at our restaurant. Your kind comments have been shared with our senior management team. We do hope you’ll come visit us again soon!

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vipGemstone
London
136 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place. The monkfish is outstanding.

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 13 February 2020

Thank you very much for sharing your feedback with us in such a wonderfully review. I I will definitely share your fantastic feedback with them and the team. On your next visit, we'd love to welcome you in at our newly open Aqua Kyoto to experience our authentic Japanese cuisine!

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LinziB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall2food4service5ambience2

After booking online and having to secure the table with a card which we were told would be charged in the event we cancelled we went even though my partner was ill. The restaurant was not even half full. We asked for the special menu but weren’t even given a cocktail menu so ordered a la carte. Food was ok but over priced in my opinion
Wouldn’t go back

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 13 February 2020

Thank you so much for your review, your feedback is very important to us, it is the way we can improve. It's important for us to hear from guests about their experiences whether it was good or needs improvement.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing meal, very friendly staff and they paying attention to everything

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 13 February 2020

Thank you very much for sharing your feedback with us in such a wonderfully detailed review. I will definitely share your fantastic feedback with them and the team. On your next visit, we'd love to welcome you in at our newly open Aqua Kyoto to experience our authentic Japanese cuisine!

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Cityfoodlover1818
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience2

I would recommend Aqua Nueva in particular the cocktails.

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 13 February 2020

Thank you very much for sharing your feedback with us in such a wonderfully review. I I will definitely share your fantastic feedback with them and the team. On your next visit, we'd love to welcome you in at our newly open Aqua Kyoto to experience our authentic Japanese cuisine!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good and well priced,drinks were over priced
But a really good restaurant, will definitely be returning

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 13 February 2020

Thank you very much for sharing your feedback with us in such a wonderfully detailed review. I am extremely delighted that you enjoyed the food and the service. I will definitely share your fantastic feedback with them and the team. On your next visit, we'd love to welcome you in Aqua Kyoto to experience our authentic Japanese cuisine including our Bento box for lunch!

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LukeT
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Friday night bliss! Cracking venue in a superb location. Atmosphere was perfect for a Friday evening meal. Broad menu catering for a Vegan friend and three meat eaters. Ordered multiple dishes and none of them disappointed! Stunning stylish take on traditional tapas, well balanced and textured. Couldn't recommend more, just watch out for the wine menu! Unless you like 14% wines!!

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 13 February 2020

Thank you very much for sharing your feedback with us in such a wonderfully detailed review. I am extremely delighted that you enjoyed the food and the service. I will definitely share your fantastic feedback with them and the team. On your next visit, we'd love to welcome you in Aqua Kyoto to experience our authentic Japanese cuisine including our Bento box for lunch!

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Vindana
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had dinner with my partner. Very enjoyable. The ambience is very good and the food and service are excellent.

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vipNurt
London
39 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is the second time I came here. I really love the ambiance, the people, music and foood. The food is really lovely for sharing. I do find it a bit pricy but the wine (Malbec) was great.

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JohnM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We arrived early for a pre-theatre dinner, so the place was quite quiet. The food arrived very promptly and was very good, whilst the service was very attentive

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 13 February 2020

Thank you very much for sharing your feedback with us in such a wonderfully detailed review. I am extremely delighted that you enjoyed the pre-theatre. I will definitely share your fantastic feedback with them and the team. On your next visit, we'd love to welcome you in Aqua Kyoto to experience our authentic Japanese cuisine including our Bento box for lunch!

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vipSunset
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

This restaurant has been my bedrock of reliability, with quality service and excellent food, for 15 years. I hadn’t visited in over a year because every time I tried to book they were closed for a private event. When the stars finally aligned... WHAT a disappointment!! The menu is now VERY limited - usually a sign of a freshly prepared and constantly changing menu, but in this case the dishes were tiny, quite underwhelming, and very overpriced. I have been to this restaurant at least 20 times, and I honestly wanted to cry seeing what it has become. It was the emptiest I have ever seen it, so I’m not the only person who has noticed. So sad. I will not be returning to Aqua Nueva. It feels like the end of an era. I can only pray that the renovation of Aqua Kyoto doesn’t ruin it, too.

Aqua Nueva
Responded on 13 February 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience at Aqua Nueva and please be assured that we do take your feedback seriously. As a restaurant and as a company, we place a strong emphasis on delivering exceptional quality and experience to our guests, therefore I was concerned to read about your recent experience with our venue. Our senior management are looking into this matter Once again, thank you for taking the time to share your comments.

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SophiaPaul
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and attentive service in stylish surroundings. The atmospherics, though, do make it hard to hear your waiter properly, which was to our cost. If you have a big appetite you will need to order several dishes as portions are rather dainty, as you might expect from a tapas menu.

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therealdeal
London
9 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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jenjen
Norfolk
93 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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Hedgehog
Gloucestershire
10 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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luvlondon
London
11 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

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vipNurt
London
39 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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LauraP
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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.

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MorganaCarla
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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

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vipsally
London
48 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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.

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HanaT
London
17 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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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vipJaeI
London
1 review