Aqua Nueva

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197 Reviews
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£41 and over
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Special Occasions
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
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

Free Flowing Feasting Brunch: From £35

From a set menu. Please note that this is the only menu available between 12 and 4pm.

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

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 10 June 2019

Ends: 10 September 2019

Availability: Sat 12:00-16:00

4 plates and a cocktail £29

From a set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 18 March 2019

Ends: 7 July 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00-14:30 18:00-22:00
Fri 12:00-14:30 18:00-19:00
Sat 18:00-19:00

What 197 People Are Saying
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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 2 days ago

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
7 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

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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
2 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.

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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!

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M
London
50 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.

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

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

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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.

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

Food is good, wine list is terrible

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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.

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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.

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

Food is so so

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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

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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!

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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.

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C
London
7 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!

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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

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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

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

Not real Spanish food , a kind of mockup

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MP
London
5 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.

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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.

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

Lovely food, service and ambiance

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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.

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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

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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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d
London
10 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had booked at 8pm and arrived at 7:45pm. We were asked by the female manager that evening if we had a reservation which we confirmed and I gave my last name. The lady left to check and never returned. No one helped us to a table so we sat down by ourselves. After waiting 20minuted without a drink or reply we asked the male bar tender for a drink which he quickly served to us. After speaking to a third person we were finally seated in a empty restaurant! The tapas were lovely and so was the desert but we won’t be coming back! Plenty of other restaurants around with better customer service.

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OT
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Had a catch up with a couple of friends. Booked by pure chance. What a regret :(
The food was lovely but the service was shocking. There are apparently still some restautants who believe that customer service includes treating customers as if wiping excrement from their shoes... disappointing but at least gave us a talking point... we'll be catching up again but it won't be here...

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S
London
22 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

When we arrived we were told that the terrace was closed which was one of the primary reasons we booked. The atmosphere was impacted by a large group on the terrace and v few people on other tables. Whilst the cocktails were excellent the 30 minute + wait was too much. Used to be a favourite.., not any more sadly

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice venue. Not too busy which suited is fine. All the action was at the adjacent restaurant. Food was good. The only negative was they brought out the main while we were still having our starters, so felt a bit rush. Cheers.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely terrace! Never been there before that but liked it very much!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunchtime is a good time to eat here as it's not busy so service is quick and it's not crowded or noisy! Love the ambience and style of the place and the Spanish food is tasty too.

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J
London
82 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely cocktails on the terrace followed by delicious tapas. We were served by One of the nicest waitresses ever!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The duck with the cherry was the very best.

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B
London
37 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Trendy bar, food was good but service was chaotic. Not unfriendly or unpleasant just all over the place. Gave our table away, spilt wine tried to take payment for the meal twice .... I could go on. I'd go back to the bar for a drink but the restaurant I'd give a miss!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2017
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 1

The food was great. No complaints whatsoever about the quality, the presentation. What was lacking was atmosphere. Felt like the restaurant was an after thought in the planning. Bar area was great and full of buzz but restaurant felt a bit out of the way and dark.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service was great, just felt like the portions could be a bit bigger. After 3 courses we still were hungry. But overall delicious food and great restaurant.

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