Aqua Eight

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785 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Fusion / Eclectic
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

25% off total bill

...from the a la carte menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 15 July 2019

Ends: 30 September 2019

Availability: Sun 17:30-21:30
Mon-Thu 17:30-22:00

What 785 People Are Saying
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JB
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Came with friends, our first time but not theirs, they had recommended it and wasn't disappointed. I am celiac and the gluten free menu was superb. Food was delicious. Service was very friendly and helpful but got a bit slow as they got busier. Will defo be back.

SW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always hospitality was outstanding and food out of this world! First time for my Mum & Sister and they cannot wait to return! Thank you for looking after us

M
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff and very tasty food. Little disappointed to receive mango and passionfruit ice cream at the end instead of vanilla which was ordered but it still tasted nice.

RE
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints!!! This is our favourite restaurant loacally and the perfect palce to celebrate!!

SG
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is more your high end restaurant for your budget but is totally worth it. Food was sensational and service very good. All made spectacular with a voucher for money off through Open Table. Would go again in a heartbeat.

OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

From write up it has and recommendations from others I thought the food with the prices to pay was going to be amazing.
However very on a par to much cheaper Chinese restaurants and also only doing a set menu even with the restaurant seeming very quiet and staff standing around.
Price didn’t reflect the quality so little disappointed.

JV
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service & vibrant atmosphere.

AP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit and will definitely return. Very busy Saturday night but unflustered waiting staff and only a short delay in main course arriving. Excellent interesting unusual Asian dishes. High end serving dishes plates and glasses. Cant wait to go again.

KW
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Seems to have gone down hill a little. Food not as good as experienced in the past. No longer such good value.

RP
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in Ipswich, we arrived early (7.30pm) for our 9.15pm table, planning to have a walk round and a drink in a bar beforehand but there appeared to be nothing else in the area so we went in. We were made welcome and the barman checked if there was an earlier table available and they said 5 mins - excellent! We took our time to have a pre-dinner drink downstairs in the outside area and, when we were ready, went upstairs to dine. We had the Aqua Set Menu and the food was delicious ... all of it! The service was excellent and, after our meal, we enjoyed a drink in the bar downstairs whilst waiting for our taxi - a buzzy atmosphere, music and lights. Would certainly go back if ever we are back in Ipswich!

D
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from the minute we walked in the door to the time we left
Food was amazing presented well

L
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was outstanding and the option to have different wines carefully selected for you to accompany each course really made it a special occasion.

AB
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Been here several times, and throughly enjoyed it, perhaps it was not so good this time as extremely busy, the food was not so hot, and not so well cooked, and having to wait three quarters of an hour for dessert was a long time, there was Birthday Balloons on the table, but no candle this year as there was last year, just the little things missing, but we will be back

t
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Vibe in the Music tent outside for Drinks before Dinner.
Food outstanding, table upstairs away from the music so no issues talking
Wine list good choice
service was in the main fine but not offered desert, it was late 11.30pm ?

Overall, great venue and Restaurant

RN
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Our food here was beautifully presented and tasty. However our overall experience at this restaurant, which had been highly recommended, was spoiled considerably by high levels of noise and slow innattentive service. We eat out regularly and expected it to be busy on a Saturday night, but noise levels were crazy and we could hardly hear to talk to each other. Tables are tightly packed and dull house music is piped into the restaurant from the bar downstairs. Loads of waiting staff all hanging around but without anyone specific allocated to our table we weren't looked after. Overall very disappointing and certainly not a place to go for an enjoyable eating experience.

LP
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked a table for 4 with 2 friends who had never been before. When we arrived, they were impressed with the decor and feel of the restaurant. We were taken to our table, which was beautifully laid, however we weren't happy with being at the top of the staircase when so many other tables were vacant. This of course was absolutely no bother to the wonderful staff, who made up a new table across the restaurant by the window within minutes.
Service was excellent, prompt and all done with a smile which you could tell was genuine. The food was absolutely sublime as always, and our friends are now new found Aqua8 fans and will be returning very soon!!

b
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was slow to start and waiting staff I found poor and inexperienced. Not as good as my previous experience

r
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Lovely food shame that the meal was at the same timrvthe loud football fans came. The restaurant was lovely.same that they could not put the loud fans down stairs.
Food was amazing.

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

Fantastic evening as always, brilliant service really pleased with our night out.

k
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Two birthday balloons were placed on our table as it was a double Birthday treat . The wine flowed freely too the extent I forgot too leave a Good Gratuity ,which I Will Rectify on our Next visit. Excellent evening as always.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, great place, friendly service

NR
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Have been to Aqua Eight several times - each time as good as the last .Definitely my favorite restaurant in Ipswich . Seabass was delicious , house sauvignon great value and a vegan menu to please my wife !Will definitely be going back before too long .

SH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! I am here again on saturday for my second birthday meal

j
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all round and great value myself and my partner thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience from start to finish the food was delicious the service was excellent.

OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I've always loved it here and the food is great, however we felt rather rushed through the whole process tonight even though we were still well within our two hour time slot.

JP
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service top notch. It had a vibe that was nice. One tiny moan I felt a little jammed in as the tables were very very close together. Other than that, highly recommended

OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aqua 8 is always excellent and a nice treat day 2 day and even better for a special occasion.

GK
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and very attentive staff. Would highly recommend!

LN
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were very friendly. Food was excellent and lovely position of the table. One of the barman downstairs was very friendly and really made an impact on our mid-week night out. We didn’t manage to get his name but Vincent should definitely be made aware! A credit to his company.

J
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first dining experience and won’t be the last , very happy with our meal , service and the atmosphere , the courses were brought out with time in between, plenty of time up relax and food was delicious, highly recommend

AD
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
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.

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

Fantastic food, great service. Will definitely be back

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!

B
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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.

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

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.

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 !

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!

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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