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

Valid For: 1 - 6 People

Starts: 10 October 2017

Ends: 30 November 2017

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

3 courses & a glass of wine: £14.50
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From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 People

Starts: 12 July 2017

Ends: 30 November 2017

Availability: Tue-Sat 12:00-14:30

About Aqua Eight

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.

8 Lion Street
Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1DQ
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic, Pan-Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00PM - 2:15PM,






Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00PM - 10.00PM; Friday - Saturday: 6:00PM - 11:00PM; Sunday: 5:30PM - 10.00PM.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£26 to £40

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01473 218989

Website:
http://aquaeight.com/

Entertainment:
We currently have an in-house Dj who performs on a monthly basis and we offer live music too.

Parking Details:
Parking off street on Elm street or Marks & Spencer.

Executive Chef:
Steve Tang

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Aqua Eight Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.3

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4.2

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4.1

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91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (55)
Special Occasions (55)
Creative Cuisine (50)
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Good for Birthdays (45)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Romance (37)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Authentic (32)
Vibrant Bar Scene (23)
Group Bookings (21)
Business Meals (18)
Fun (17)
Bar Seating (17)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Lunch (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Spicy (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Casual (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Cosy (7)
Live Music (7)
Neighbourhood Gem (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Seasonal (5)
People Watching (4)
Great Beer (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Brunch (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Child Friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Outdoor Eating (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (London)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food.. well presented and awesome vibe about the place..
perfect

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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·Dined on 28 October 2017

Had an amazing meal with my friend! The staff were very helpful and the food was delicious. Will be coming back again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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food4
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·Dined on 27 October 2017

Very pleasant restaurant, food very good , service excellent, good value

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on 24 October 2017

We opted for the early bird set meal. It was absolutely gorgeous and probably the best food I've eaten in Ipswich for a long time.
Loved it so much.
Only criticism is the restaurant itself is a bit chilly.
But staff super attentive and friendly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on 18 October 2017

Celebrating my daughters graduation a party of 8. Excellent food service and atmosphere. Thank you

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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 (Brighton)·Dined on 12 October 2017

Great food as always, this is one of the best places to eat in town

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Spicy
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·Dined on 6 October 2017

Fantastic food and service. Probably my favourite restaurant

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on 29 September 2017

Excellent food and service - very welcoming and added balloons and nibbles for us to celebrate our anniversary

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (London)·Dined on 19 September 2017

Delicious food - had a great meal out with the team

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 (Aberdeen)·Dined on 6 September 2017

They were really accommodating to our group of 16 people!! I was really impresssd with how well they catered to such a big group and dinner ran so smoothly, we didn't even realise how long we had spent at the restaurant. I got the set menu, which I shared with 3 others and it was definitely good value for money - plus it was super tasty! I would definitely visit this restaurant again!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 29 August 2017

Had a fantastic evening only spoilt by a large party which included 3 unruly children. We were originally seated on the next table but excellent helpful staff quickly moved us to another table at the opposite end of the restaurant. Exceptional food, service and ambience. Would happily return and recommend. Prices very acceptable for the quality.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 8 August 2017

We have dined often at Aqua 8. Quality and service is consistant. A cut above many restaurants in the area.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 4 August 2017

Beautiful food as always! Good service and overall fantastic! Love aqua8

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 3 August 2017

Excellent meal. Food fabulous, the soft shell crab is a must! Staff polite, service great. What more could you ask for?.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on 2 August 2017

Went for an anniversary meal on a Wednesday night and the food was exceptional. A must visit

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·Dined on 23 July 2017

Been several times now. Amazing food in my opinion. Not cheap but worth every penny.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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food5
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·Dined on 18 July 2017

My partner and I came here yesterday the food was absolutely amazing , good choice on set menu the ice cream was handmade and extremely tasty , polite staff nice and quiet lovely decor and excellent value for money we've already said we're coming back again well worth the money

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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value4

 
 (Norfolk)·Dined on 15 July 2017

Excellent food in a sharp contemporary environment. Good atmosphere, attentive service, suited for all occasions

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 2 July 2017

Lovely meal excellent all round, service, food and experience Thankyou

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on 1 July 2017

Fantastic food and fantastic service yet again. Never fails to impress! Thank you.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Brighton)·Dined on 15 June 2017

As always the food at Aqua Eight was great. We took friends for their first visit and they loved it and said they would definitely return.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on 10 June 2017

Food was excellent yet again, staff very attentive & polite, definitely coming back.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on 8 June 2017

Fast friendly service. Very good food. Value for money. Central location

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on 4 June 2017

Lovely evening to celebrate our wedding anniversary, nice touch with the balloons. Food, as usual, was so tasty, especially the venison with ginger and spring onion. Great service, still one of our favourite places to eat in Ipswich.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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service4
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 (Essex)·Dined on 27 April 2017

The food was amazing with incredible flavours. Would 100% go there again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Essex)·Dined on 27 April 2017

Everytime we have been here, the food has been excellent. The cocktails are really good too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on 16 April 2017

Amazing as always. Great food, excellent service, friendly staff, nothing is too much trouble.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Norfolk)·Dined on 15 April 2017

Awesome as always!

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 (Norfolk)·Dined on 14 April 2017

I booked Aqua8 as my partners parents were visiting from Watford and I wanted them to eat somewhere with a good variety of food that was full of flavour and service was on point so if they came to Ipswich again they knew there was at least one place they could go for a guaranteed good night with great food. Aqua8 never disappoints and the cocktails are very nice you'll want to try them all.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on 14 April 2017

Fantastic in every way. The food was amazing and the staff were very helpful.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on 13 April 2017

Food was very, very good – a mixture of traditional Chinese and other Asian cuisine. We went for the set menu £33.50 per head, along with the duck pancakes and katsu chicken with lemon and yuzu. Everything was cooked to a high standard, not too greasy or salty. The set menu was excellent value for money offering a wide variety of small plates, the soft shell crab was especially delicious. Compliments to the chef(s) and the friendly, attentive staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on 31 March 2017

This is a great restaurant for a great night out , the food and staff set a very high standard !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on 26 March 2017

Another lovely meal at Aqua8. Great service and food. Highly recommend:)

Tags: Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on 24 March 2017

Aqua8 is fantastic and incredibly consistent. It's exactly the same (delicious) every time we go.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (London)·Dined on 21 March 2017

First time but most definitely not the last! Excellent service and wonderful food. Takes Chinese cuisine to another level.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on 11 March 2017

I have always been a great fan of Aqua Eight and brought along my partner for his first time, after my always returning visits. He was actually surprised how good the food and Aqua Eight generally was. And he is a fussy eater. Overall, 100% returning. Roll on the next visit!! :)

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 (Liverpool)·Dined on 25 February 2017

Excellent food and service, staff were great and made it a wonderful experience. Set menu good value for money and lots of choice. Will definitely come again!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 18 February 2017

Excellent menu and wine list. Great service. One of my favourites in Ipswich and would not be out of place in London. Top notch!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on 18 February 2017

My husband and I ate here for the first time 2 years ago, and ever since I've struggled to find anywhere with such good Asian food.
It wasn't a special occasion as such, but decided to treat ourselves to a nice meal out and satisfy my cravings for good Chinese/Asian food(before our first child is due in a few weeks time).
The atmosphere is just lovely, the staff are attentive but not overbearing and well the food is just outstanding. It has lots on the menu you might be used to from other restaurants, but it's elevated to another level. We like to eat lots of different things, so went for a selection of small eats to share instead of the traditional starters and mains.
Dishes my husband would normally not enjoy, such as prawns on toast with sesame and seaweed, turned out to be his favourite on the night. The dishes are fresh, vibrant and really well flavoured.
I also had a delicious non-alcoholic apple mojito which was refreshing and also made me think I was having a proper cocktail.
I think you can always judge a meal/ restaurant by how much you talk about it afterwards (good or bad), and I've not stopped saying how much I enjoyed it yet!

Tags: Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on 14 February 2017

Valentines meal was excellent, all waiters & waitresses very polite & friendly, thank you.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Spicy, Good for a Date
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