Aqua Eight

4.6
645 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Fusion / Eclectic
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Winners of the Luxury & Lifestyle Awards 2014 "Best Restaurant in the UK". Runners Up in The Observer Food Awards in Best Restaurant & Best Places to Drink 2011.

OpenTable Top 100 best Restaurants in the UK. Also Accredited by Best Bar None 2010/11. Aqua Eight redefines destination dining with its ultra-stylish design and innovative fusion of cuisine from across East Asia. Aqua restaurant provides an evening dining experience of Pan Asian cuisine, dishes such as black cod in miso and fired soft shelled crab with chilli & curry leaves. Eight Bar provides a relaxed atmosphere with an extensive selection of sprits, beers, champagnes and cocktails. We also provide light small eats, mezze dishes like scallop tuffles can be enjoyed in a more casual environment.

New is our Aqua Garden is open in the evenings and at weekends, available for private parties,function hire, BBQ's and gourmet evenings.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic, Pan-Asian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday:
12PM - 2:15PM
Dinner:
Tuesday - Thursday:
5:30PM - 10.00PM
Friday - Saturday:
5:30PM - 11:00PM
Sunday:
5:30PM - 9.30PM.
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Phone number
01473 218989
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Alan Tan
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Parking Details
Parking off street on Elm street or Marks & Spencer.
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Entertainment
We currently have an in-house Dj who performs on a monthly basis and we offer live music too.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Offers

Lunch: 2 courses £13.50

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 14 August 2018

Ends: 30 September 2018

Availability: Tue-Sat 12:00-14:15

20% Off food

When dining from the a la Carte Menu. Set dinners not included.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 14 August 2018

Ends: 30 September 2018

Availability: Sun 17:30-21:00
Mon-Fri 18:00-21:00

What 645 People Are Saying
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k
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good service,BUT Would have Liked More time inbetween starters and Main course. As we felt Rushed, Would have Liked More time to Talk and Digest starters. Otherwise Very good.

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fab as always. Booked a birthday dinner for my dad - balloons and confetti on the table went down a treat. Amazing seafood mixed starter and various beef and prawn mains and noodle and rice sides. All sizzling hot, served quickly, friendly and attentive service. All food very appealingly presented - a high end restaurant gem for Ipswich.

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OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Used to be a favourite restaurant - not any more, though the food is still great.

It is often very noisy, as the acoustics are very poor. However on this occasion, as well as the usual hub-bub, the atmosphere was completely ruined by a family party who had brought along a very young baby, a toddler who cried constantly and a young child who would not stop running around. This was mid-week, after 8:30 pm - completely unsuitable for young children. Numerous complaints from other tables went unheeded - we simply moved downstairs to the (empty) bar to eat, where there was no atmosphere at all! If that had not been possible, we would have walked out. The restaurant needs to insist upon no young children unless well-behaved, preferably none after 7pm!!!

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AJ
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have used this restaurant since it opened, it has never disappointed us, the quality and presentation of the dishes are excellent and you always receive a warm welcome.

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KK
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff amazing food amazing place was amazing and outdoor and dj fantastic

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M
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and staff as always - favourite restaurant in Ipswich when we visit from Essex

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C
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is absolutely outstanding but the service towards the end of the meal was very slow and we had to keep trying to get someone's attention (which wasn't easy) to order a drink. It's very loud but perfect if there's a group rather than a romantic quiet meal.

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RD
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best restaurant in the area. Authentic and experimental cuisine from all parts of the world. True fusion of tastes smells and vision.
There is always a surprise, never a shock. Every dish is like opening a secret present with hidden ingredients.
I brought three important guests from The Netherlands with me.... Thankyou Aqua Eight, your magic worked!

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AP
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

never disappoints ...food always consistent & delicious

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PM
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious , inventive food, beautifully presented with excellent service.

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k
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

VERY GOOD SERVICE, EXCELLENT FOOD AND DRINKS IN THE WORDS OF ARNOLD" I' LL BE BACK" .

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JB
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aqua 8 never fails to deliver. The food is exquisite ! Staff are attentive friendly and very welcoming. I love this place !

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JC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We booked a table for 8.45pm for the 9pm sitting on a Friday evening. We arrived slightly early and so decided to have a drink in the bar as the table wasn't quite ready. We were offered a free drink due to the fact our table wasn't ready which was nice. The staff were very friendly, but unfortunately due to the 6pm sitting not leaving the table on time, we weren't seated until nearly 9.30pm, meaning we ate very late. The food, however, was fantastic. Good service and amazing quality of food. We will be back, but will probably book for earlier in the evening to avoid any issues.

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AT
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Took the grandchildren as special treat and quality time together before they head off for university, they loved it

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NW
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, good atmosphere, cocktails were lovely, table decorations & added special dessert for the birthday boy was a lovely special touch. Would highly recommend & will definitely return.

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JS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, helpful polite staff, competitively priced and food was incredible. Great cocktails and offers. Couldn't fault the evening! 😍

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OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. Provided balloons etc as requested for a birthday. Great service and the food was amazing. 3rd time going to Aqua 8 and seems to get better every time.

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TA
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

As ever the food at Aqua Eight is of the highest quality and importantly the flavours excite the palate

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good restaurant ..the food was amazing..the staff were super kind

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EH
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice meal and great service. We will be back.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I have been to Aqua Eight many times now and it never ceases to impress. Excellent food and service.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and the service is outstanding and the staff are friendly and welcoming.

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RW
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Lovely décor and relaxing with fantastic service from everyone. They all give you a sense of welcome. The food is second to none with an excellent choice. I would certainly recommend to anyone

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DE
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is well worth a visit the food is very good could't fault a thing and very good service.

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R
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was good and service was excellent. However the boorish group of men at the farthest table were audible over everyone else, swearing loudly and generally being coarse and loutish. The table of 8 footballers next to us were demure in comparison!
Apparently the group was asked to tone it down, but clearly didn't heed the warning, perhaps Aqua Eight could be a little more assertive in future?
Not what I'd expect from a mid-week meal out and slightly spoilt an otherwise pleasant birthday treat.

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JE
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very lovely. A bit disappointed with the service. It was busy and very loud. We didn’t get offered anything else after we finished our meals and took some time to get attention to get the bill. We really had to shout to hear each other. Couldn’t fault the food though. Vegan options were delicious!

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JB
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and spot on service! Very attentive service without being intrusive, and not at all rushed. Perfect variety of dishes on the set menu, extremely tasty.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of the food was lovely will definitely be back.

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K
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Aqua Eight, the food is amazing. Haven't been for a few years and was pleased to see the food was still as good as it was back then. Can't wait to return :0)

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KV
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Aqua Eight ticks all the boxes, food was amazing we had the mixed starters, duck pancakes and then for main course the wasabi steak, Thai red curry and massaman duck curry. All were spot on! Great service and lovely ambience too. First visit there for my brother and his wife who were over on holiday from New Zealand and they loved it too.

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BH
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going here for years and still love it even though I dont live in ipswich

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MP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always tasty, always great service.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food good, busy so only a late table available, service a little slow and no draught beers.

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MP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food served in a lively atmosphere. Ideal for a group booking

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SC
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed with Aqua 8, the food and service is top quality, we are always made to feel very welcome. Our No.1 top restaurant in Suffolk.

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M
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Has a really good gluten free menu with plenty of options both meals was spot on couldn’t fault them in anyway

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L
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

Food excellent but service not good the staff looked like they had all had an argument. Manager customer service terrible

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S
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always I had a lovely meal at Aqua Eight. The food, the staff and the ambience all fantastic. Would highly recommend.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening and because we are old and not very accustomed to the menu choices, chose a set meal and enjoyed every mouthful! Thank you.

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PH
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is not a really fair review, as I can't fault anything about the restaurant or the food which sounded great on the menu, was well presented and I'm sure to most people tasted good, the staff (it was well staffed ) were welcoming, helpful and for someone trying this for the first time gave good advise, they stock a good range of drinks which I did enjoy.
We chose to share a mixed starter which was very nice, and I followed it with scallops, asparagus and cloud-ear, and my wife has the grilled sea-bass in chilly sauce and we shared the aqua eight special veg noodles, although we cleared the noodles my main which sounded great was just not to my taste, and the sea-bass you couldn't taste, just sweet chilly sauce.
I can understand why it has such good reviews and why it would be so liked by so many it's just not my cup of tea.
But thank you for the experience.

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