Aqua Eight

4.6
660 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

New Years Eve from £20.95

Celebrate New Year's Eve and Aqua Eight, choose from 3 menus vegetarian menu £20.95, contemporary menu £22.50 or Aqua menu £31.95. Please note your reservation is not confirmed until the venue has received a deposit to secure your booking.

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

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: 31 December 2018

Ends: 31 December 2018

Availability: Mon 17:30-22:00

Lunch: 2 courses £13.50

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 October 2018

Ends: 30 November 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: 1 October 2018

Ends: 30 November 2018

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

What 660 People Are Saying
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AP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant and decor, friendly helpful staff, the food was fine but perhaps a little bland, nothing to set it apart from most other oriental restaurants in the town.

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MH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exciting asian cuisine, great service and great atmosphere; one of our most favourite places to eat, can't wait until next time!

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PV
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Dreadful service from waiter and manager who had poor knowledge and attitude.
Food not good eg Chicken Katsu was cooked in oil which was old and fish flavoured.
Will never go back.
This place trades on a reputation it no longer deserves.

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d
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice food, high quality ingredients used and quick attentative service

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S
London
10 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We visited aqua eight on a Friday night for dinner. The bar was quiet and we got a nice seat to drink some delicious cocktails before we went upstairs to the restaurant. In contrast to the bar, the restaurant was very busy. We were seated at a small rather disappointing table in the middle of the restaurant. The ambience was good, if not a little loud. There was a singer in the corner trying to make herself heard over the loud chatter of the restaurant diners. The food was delicious as always, however the service wasn’t as good and attentive as it has been on previous visits, but it was very busy. I would definitely recommend aqua eight for the tasty food and lovely cocktails.

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JG
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to aqua eight and certainly won’t be my last, the service and food was excellent, the food was so tasty and delicious it was enjoyed by us all.

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KM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Music played in the background. Good service

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5
London
76 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Outstanding. Only minor criticism is that the background music was tedious. Black cod dish is sensational!

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G
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Noise level was really high. The quality of the food was average, prices were fair

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GS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was a bit noisy with all the chatter but guess coz venue quite small also be aware of the four dining times over fri and say night but food was great

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AJ
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit with my wife and we both had a lovely evening with great food and welcoming, polite staff.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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BM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here a number of times and would highly recommend. The food is amazing and the staff are very friendly and very helpful. Great place to eat out.

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MB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A party of 4 of us went for my birthday. The food was fantastic, the flavours and the presentation of the food were impeccable. The service was great too... not too slow and not rushing you, it was just right.

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KD
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I went to Aqua 8, for our 25th wedding anniversary. The food was outstanding. So many different flavours, the Scallops with asparagus were amazing. The only downside I would say, there was live music playing, which in a small restaurant it was very loud, and my husband and I struggled to chat to each other. However I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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ET
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing wine, and amazing service!!
Love the extensive gluten free menu

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k
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
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 on 21 September 2018
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 on 18 September 2018
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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