Aqua Shard

4.3
951 reviews
£41 and over
Contemporary British
Discover contemporary British dishes using the finest seasonal ingredients and carefully crafted cocktails all within western Europe's tallest building. Our spectacular space has floor-to-ceiling glass windows offering 360-degree views of London.

Dishes feature carefully selected local produce and combine the staple ingredients of British cooking with ground-breaking techniques.

From sunrise to sunset, guests can enjoy the changing views of the London skyline in this contemporary and cosmopolitan destination restaurant.

To book for afternoon tea, please contact the restaurant directly on aquashardreservations@aqua-london.com

We currently do not accept OpenTable dining cheques.
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MeikeP
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Really stunning venue for a dinner! Food was great too. It was very cold so needed to put my scarf on and my hands were freezing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I’ve never felt so unwelcome in a restaurant. The server took a while to take our order and then brought apple juice instead of beer. The food was decent but over priced. There’s a weird ambiance about this place, something didn’t feel right.

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AndreMc
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding and friendly service

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the place, can’t wait to go back. Great service and good food.

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Dora
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I thought it would nice to visit the Shard for the first time for my birthday so we booked it in advance and we all couldnt wait to go. On the day, they sat us down on our table and shortly after came to ask if they could take our order. We ordered some still water, a coke ana a passion fruit cocktail with no alcohol. The still water came quick but had to wait over 10 minutes for the coke which was very frustrating. Randomly, the waiter came and served us with bread and butter, which we thought was on the house as we didn’t order it. To then find out that we paid for the bread and butter. This, in my eyes, is a type of fraud. You trick us into thinking that the bread and butter is on the house (as it is in most restaurants) and stay silent , not telling us that we would have to pay for it which we then would’ve decided on our own if we wanted to or not. We got the bread and butter just before our meal which was extremely weird as usually it would come at the start of your stay. When they came to take our order for the main course. Me and my dad ordered steak and specifically told the waiter that we didn’t want the slice of ham on top. This wasn’t because we don’t like ham, it was for religious reasons and we are not allowed to eat ham. So it was for an important reason. When the food came, on both steaks, the slice of ham was on top. I told the waiter that i asked for the steak to come with no ham. He went back to the kitchen, scraped off the ham and gave it back to us. I thought this was very disrespectful and in a way, discriminating. The steak touched the ham which therefore meant that we couldn’t eat the steak either. Halfway through my dinner, I had to ask the waiter for my cocktail as I ordered it as soon as I came in and it still hadn’t come. He then went to bring it over to me by the end of my meal and added the alcohol that I specifically told him not to add. The whole day was a disaster. The shard is extremely over rated. My experience was the worst.

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MTMS
London
15 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent and location of course amazing. However, the prices are very high and portions very small so not great value. Main complaint however was facilities for disabled customers. Could not find a disabled loo and so my husband had to use normal loo which was difficult for him. Apparently there was a disabled loo but it was not close to the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Waiter we had, Italian fellow, was very lovely and helped us in choosing our meals. Lovely ambience, although I felt the price for the food was only justified for the ‘Shard’ factor. Overall a lovely meal

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Rach
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a beautiful setting.
Fabulous views on a bright sunny day.
Thank you.

RS
RalucaS
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Obviously the views are the main selling point of Aqua Restaurant. That being said, their food was amazing, fresh produce, perfect combinations of ingredient, service that can't be faulted. Will return

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was average, services average price high

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vipAngelaN
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful location and magnificent view over London. Food was very tasty and service impeccable. Wine’s a bit pricey, but hey , I suppose you partly pay for the view.

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HelenK
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Really poor service!
The food was really slow, and the waiter was really difficult to connect with (we did try, but non of our friendly conversation or smiles were returned). It felt like we were a nuisance rather than paying customers. I had booked as a treat for my 15 year old niece, who was on her first solo visit to London. Very disappointed that I didn’t get to show off a friendlier side to this beautiful town that have so many gems.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was amazing. Food tasted great, but had quite small portions. Would have loved some other potato option to go with the steak. Views stunning. Would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Noisy. Staff seemed to be going through the motions a bit.

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Wantbetterservice
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Outrageously expensive. Food ok. Service - pedestrian. £500 for dinner for 4 of us and we only had one bottle of wine and one of the four was on soft drinks only. I can fly to LA for £400. Which would I do if I had my time again?

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The starter was lovely and so was the dessert. However, the main was bland, unseasoned and almost cold. Expected a lot more from such a fine dining restaurant but if you can’t even cook your steak right you have some deep questions to answer for. Staff was lovely and you cannot fault the beautiful atmosphere/ambience. I really hope they improve their mains because until then i probably wouldn’t return. Btw it wasn’t just the steak, the vegetarian brunch and tortellini were pretty average too - not worth the £56.50 per person overall.

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OpenTable Diner
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Nice views, the food was nice too but not many choices, bad service (very disappointing). It’s a shame

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An amazing experience. Pricey for dinner, wine & cocktails if you decide to do all.

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EmmaX
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice view as we got a table besides window. Foods are delicious and elegant. Overall, quite pleased experience.

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RobL
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, friendly and attentive staff. Would definitely be going back

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Matt
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Go for the view rather than the food. Service was a little slow. Good place to go for drinks and if you want to celebrate with amazing views. Not such a good place if you’re looking for good food, friendly or attentive service or to have a good conversation. - got a bit noisy as the drinks started flowing elsewhere.

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MCherry
Bedfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a magical evening, got there just before sunset and watched the city scape change to nighttime. The staff were attentive and friendly, and food was delicious, just one thing, my starter was very salty but that might have been my taste buds. Everything about the space was wonderful, even the toilets were an experience.

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MarjaanaV
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is extraordinary, choices for vegans very limited but vegetables that I had were delicious. Will go there again in near future.

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OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chance to catch up with the best of friends and family, the service was fabulous and entertaining.

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OpenTable Diner
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Mediocre food with a great view.

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JillW
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic views over London and we got a really great table.
Service was brilliant and welcoming.
Food was delicious, we had the set lunch menu. Wine is expensive but we loved the whole experience.

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BobL
London
8 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Superb location, but are very high, even for london. Wine on a 4x or 5 x mark up. Cheapest bottles will set you back almost £50. Mains courses £40+. The food is good, but not exceptional. You are paying for view. So disappointing not to get a window table. We were offered a table by the window in the bar for dessert so that was ok, though the edge was taken off by being (quite) forcefully) asked to pay for the bill before we moved from the dining room table to the bar table. Like we were going to do a runner?

Something about the atmosphere, noisy, rushed service, false smiles and the feeling we were being ripped off means we won’t be be going back.

View from the gents quite extraordinary though.

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KenG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience celebrating our anniversary.
Thank you so much for everything.
We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great time for my partner and myself. Celebrating 22 year anniversary. The reception and service were second to none.
Although we asked for a window table, we understood it couldn’t be guaranteed.

However they provided one for us! The views over London are indescribable.

The food exceptional, 2 starters of eggs benedict was our choice. The poached eggs were cooked to perfection.

All the courses of the brunch menu were superb.
Five stars recommendation.

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jennyp
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

On arrival, slightly earlier we asked if we could have a table by the window but we were informed they were reserved, despite phoning earlier and being told this wasn't possible. (I think what happens they move people to the window as a table becomes free and that is what their waiting list is). but we were not offered that option. We were however, after expressing our disappointment, offered a seat after our meal in the bar by the window with complimentary drinks. However, by that time it was past 2230 and we had to watch the time for our last train home so it wasn't altogether satisfactory. I do feel had we been a couple and not two ladies perhaps a table by the window for the meal would have been forthcoming.

I feel that their ansaphone message should be changed saying it's not possible to reserve a seat by the window as it depends on the day as to who is lucky enough to be seated there.

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SueH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic lunch. Great service, beautiful views and the food was too die for. Can't wait to come back!

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ClaireH
London
18 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

This is definitely the place to come if you have someone you want to impress who loves a view. That's what you're paying for.

The service was friendly but slow, difficult to get attention (I'm not high maintenance) - overall it felt understaffed. I would have expected better.

The food was fine but I would normally expect to be more impressed for the price, however, that's not why you go to the Shard.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable evening sitting next to the window was great.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

First impression
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When we first arrived, the lady receptionist was very unfriendly. She didn’t greet us, didn’t give us a smile and gave us an attitude when we’re 10 mins late even when we told them in advance.

After, there was another lady who brought us to the table, also no greeting and smile. We sat down and kindly asked if she could help us order water but she refused and told me that I should wait for someone else to help me.

After a while, about 15 mins, there was a waiter coming to us finally. We ordered two starters and two main. We also asked for a bread basket but only arrived after 20 mins after we order. We were starving!

When starters are being served, that one particular waiter didn’t ask us to move my phone away which is the only thing on the table at that time. He decided to push away my phone from my side next to me and it slide to another corner of the table.

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Food:

Beef was nice, sides came late. Halibut was extremely dry like a biscuit even the sauce which was ok but a bit watery flavour can’t help to ‘moist’ the dry fish. I feel like I was eating a dry sponge without being wet. Very disappointed.

Dessert was nice, very generous portion for two.

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Overall:

Going here once is more than enough, will not be back for the horrible service and ok food. Not worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Singapore
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Beautiful ambience , undisturbed cozy corner with a marvelous view to catch up with a dear friend . Food was excellent though choice was extremely limited for vegetarians

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very very good🤩

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RamanD
Worcestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Stunning atmosphere, lovely food and great views.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, good food and an amazing view onto the London skyline.
And the staff were sensitive to our requests as well. We had a lovely evening indeed!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
20 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very unfreamdly

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor experience - the food was not great.. the waitress that was serving us was in a rush and she kept rushing, that was not nice. The security guy from Aqua was also rude when we were leaving.
Won’t be back.

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Aqua Shard is rated 4.3 stars by 951 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.