Aqua Eight

4.5
755 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Fusion / Eclectic
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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.

Special Offers

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: 2 January 2019

Ends: 30 June 2019

Availability: Sun 17:30-21:00
Mon-Thu 18:00-21:00
Fri 17:30-18:45 21:15-22:00

What 755 People Are Saying
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London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First visit and already looking forward to a return visit. Excellent food and menu choice and certainly good value for money.

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SW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, great service. Will definitely be back

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CW
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend Aqua Eight. I haven’t been for a few years but returned to celebrate an 18th birthday. We were certainly not disappointed. All staff friendly, accommodating and polite. Faultless!

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B
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely food, great atmosphere, attentive staff. Would highly recommend.

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MP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, very friendly staff and nothing is to much trouble. Birthday cake was a lovely surprise, thank you.

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SH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food. Attentive staff. We had booked a table for 6.30 but had to be finished by 9.00 for the second sittings. We had plenty of time, that said. Will visit again

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LM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely staff, food was excellent. A little on the chilly side downstairs but the cocktails soon warmed us up! Buzzing with people later on and the music was fab. Our group had a great evening. Definitely recommended.

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N
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.
Would have been better with some live music preferably jazz on Fridays & Saturdays.
Best restaurant in ipswich !

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KS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely evening, although that particular night it was very noisy! Food was great and service was fantastic. Would defo recommend!

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LC
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

Very noisy - 3 birthday parties in. Service was appalling but food was excellent.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Before we set off, we booked this restaurant on the basis of it being number 1 restaurant in Ipswich - and we werent disappointed. The food was excellent, with the starter platters huge, the 1/2 duck enough for four, and the mains plentiful but also real quality. A fantastic touch was also the waiters and waitresses bringing out a cake for my eldest son's birthday and singing happy birthday. While the food (and wine) is pricey, it was well worth it.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a significant birthday - we were looked after very well and the food was delicious. Good understanding of caeliac with and large gluten free menu choice

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J
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Vibrant atmosphere, great food..................................A

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KB
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I have been to your restaurant twice before, admittedly a while ago but I was really underwhelmed last Friday evening. It was my husbands birthday and he hadn’t been before. We opted for the 9pm sitting as 6.30pm was far too early only to find a few other tables with us so atmosphere was lacking. We had 4 different members of staff serve us which removed the feeling of a personal service. We felt the food was average and our bill high! I recall more of the wow factor from previous visits, more artistry, more performance, more delivery, more pride from staff. We didn’t feel special, just another couple of customers. My husband dines in Ipswich with colleagues every Tuesday and on the basis of our visit for his birthday he won’t be adding Aqua Eight to the list of venues, even though I promised him he would!

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P
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thank you for the amazing experience. Came for a birthday dinner and even with no special requests the booking did not disappoint.

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GA
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Providing that the service improves.
Upon arrival nobody offered to take our coats until they saw that they were on the chair.
We were not offered to order a drink, instead within 10minutes of arriving we were asked if we were ready for our order to be taken. We are vegan and didn't have this menu. When the waiter went to get them he came back with one and said that was all he could find.
Our starter was wrong. This was changed but took a little time to rectify.
We were only asked if we wanted to order another drink half way through our main course.
The food as always was amazing.
I just didn't feel that the staff were very attentive which made the experience a bit of a disappointment.

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RS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

As usual food was very good, but surprisingly the service was slow and not as attentive as usual.

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NL
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 4th visit and I loved my experience and the food just as much as my first.
On my first visit I came along for a friends 30th but not really heard of it before and I loved it.
Since then I have been for another friends 30th which I recommended and they loved it just as much. My birthday and recently with my partner.
Food is excellent, staff friendly and efficient and the garden is a lovely place to chill after with a cocktail and friends. Will definitely be a regular choice.

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AW
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was not as good as previous visits. 45mins wait for dessert when the table next to us finished mains after us, received and ate dessert and paid their bill before they seemed to remember us and bring us our sorbet!

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CS
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was unreal!! They were really thoughtful as it was my partners birthday.

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p
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to aqua 8 for all the special occasions. Food is great and the staff are wonderful. However, there is one thing that really annoys me every time. The cutlery that we use for the starters, they put them back on the table when they take the plates away to use for the mains. Fresh set of cutlery with every course would really be appreciated. This aside, everything is great about the place.

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B
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was delicious. Restaurant was quiet at lunchtime, outside area very nice too.

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k
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We have been several times before over a 2-3 year period and always had the early bird menu which was Fantastic [ please bring it back ] so we tried the Aqua menu ,disappointed . wine and front of house excellent! Please bring back Early Bird Menu Cant fault it.

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DL
London
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

When taking a 12.45 booking for lunch it is not good to ask the customer whilst they are finishing their main course if they would like dessert as the kitchen was shutting. Surely the kitchen should stay open until you have finished your meal.

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SE
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

smart neat tidy friendly very good food, definitely recommend

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RS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food. But tables were a little close together. Service was good but not as good as usual due to the amount of people there x

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RS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Lovely place to relax and have a really good meal.
Only bad review was, very slow service.
We ordered or meal, took 40 minutes to come to us. On another table they sat down 20 mins after us and got there meal within 15 minutes.
We finished our drinks then took about 10mins for someone to come over to see if we wanted anymore.
Then waited long time for the waitress to come back with our order for drinks.
We had a set menu which was lovely.
Our table was booked for 6.30 and we left straight after our dinner as we had plans, so after all the waiting about we was finished at 8.55pm.
The waiting was the only point that put us off. Food was lovely, we recommend aqua set menu, was really good.

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SC
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed, husband had birthday balloons on the table, the food was as good as always. The staff always very friendly and never had long to wait to be served.

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HJ
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Lunch time set menu is excellent value for money. Food was outstanding and served quickly.

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TH
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a gluten free diner it is often difficult to eat East Asian food. But Aqua Eight offer a dedicated GF menu. Every mouthful is delicious. The food is fantastically fresh. Great value for the quality you receive. I highly recommend. We've been mid week and the noise level was more bearable. Saturday night we had to shout at each other to be heard! But that might have just been a particularly rowdy night.

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KV
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always, opted to share a couple of starters rather than the mixed hors d’oeuvres and then 4 main dishes with some accompaniments. All the dishes were spot on, my favourite was the Duck Curry whilst my wife’s was an Aubergine dish. Great food, service and ambience I would recommend to anyone.

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I’ve been a couple of times for lunch in the last couple of months on. Saturday and always feel rushed to leave. Maybe bookings should just be at 12pm then people will be gone by 2pm?! Such a shame as food is delicious

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JA
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was incredible, staff were efficient and friendly. Only let down was it was very loud, plus the arrangement of the tables around us wasn't great as it seemed we were crammed in a gap as both my sister and I were bumped, nudged and hit into by neighbouring diners and their chairs/coats/arms etc. More space around each table and reduced music level would've improved our evening massivley.

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CT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent time again at Aqua Eight, we had the Chefs choice set menu and it was fantastic. Great attention to detail and very good service. I have always had great food and great service at this restaurant whenever I have been here! Well done!

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PE
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding, the staff attentive, perfect 10 stars all round

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NT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Will definitely go again. Best soft shell crab I’ve ever had.

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K
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxing, fabulous food and service I would recommend the lunch time menu

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate with Aqua 8 on Saturday evening for my husbands birthday. We all had a wonderful evening
The food and cocktails were delicious and the staff were incredibly helpful
Can’t wait to come again

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CP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food. Waitresses were difficult to hear clearly at times.

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OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome 👍food and service outstanding !!!

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