Aquavit London

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Nordic
Welcome to Aquavit London, a new Nordic morning-to-midnight dining experience inspired by the highly acclaimed two Michelin star sister restaurant in New York but with a more informal setting. Dishes at Aquavit London honour fresh, seasonal ingredients and deliver a contemporary take on authentic Nordic cuisine, with menus developed by Henrik Ritzén, Executive Chef of Aquavit London, and Emma Bengtsson, Executive Chef of Aquavit New York. Overseen by the design studio of Swedish-born Martin Brudnizki (The Ivy, Scott’s and Sexy Fish), Aquavit London has been inspired by Gunnar Asplund’s design of Gothenburg City Hall in Sweden, and the restaurant showcases celebrated Nordic designers in a laid-back yet sophisticated environment.

Private Dining

Aquavit London offers two private dining rooms perfect for both corporate and social events. Space can be customised into different layouts to suit your needs depending on the occasion. The Stockholm room can seat up to 63 guests. The Copenhagen room can seat up to 15 guests.

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Special Offers

London Restaurant Festival: 3 courses & a glass of bubbles £70

Showcase of exquisite Nordic cuisine and design. 3 courses and a glass of bubbles for £70 per person. Aquavit’s take on authentic Nordic-inspired cuisine with a contemporary twist honours high-quality, fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 4 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 4 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:00
Mon-Wed 12:00-14:30 17:30-22:00
Thu-Sat 12:00-14:30

What 933 People Are Saying
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was amazing. Each course was well thought out by the chef and the mix of flavours was amazing !
However the staff need to be trained I ordered the duck my friend ordered the lamb
And the server said both dishes were duck when we said she ordered lamb he just shrugged and said sorry it’s both duck on closely looking at the plates we realised he had brought lamb but didn’t know the difference. Another server kept forgetting to bring us water and wax just plain rude. The drinks are. Watered down version.
The food however was on point !

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Restaurant was nice and airey. Scallop Starter was fairly bland. Main course trout and Dill, sides potatoes and Dill. Unlike other reviews I read trout was tasteless and and way to much dill, undercooked as well.accompanying potatoes also came with dill.. Overall very disappointed with blandness of both dishes.
Alan, Oxford

JW
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful décor, beautiful tableware and attentive, knowledgeable staff. The food was outstanding value and really caught the Scandinavian theme, pairing every dish with a different Aquavit.

b
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall good. Food was much better than the service. Based on our experiences at other Michelin starred restaurants, staff and cohesion of service was definitely lacking.

TO
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had corporate team dinner here and I had chosen the restaurant, not knowing how that would go down with the British part of the congregation. As it happens they catered for all tastes. Broke the menu to create a sampling starter menu and just fussed over us in just the right way. Got a tour of the kitchen and met the chef who was just the nicest chap you could meet. 5 stars! If you are looking for a romantic place, this is a high loft ceiling but enough space between tables and great sumptuous clean warm design to make it a real special occasion.

o
Surrey
35 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful pre-theatre meal. Delicious food, especially the herring starter, the meatballs main and the cheeses. Bread was yummy. All staff were welcoming and looked after us well. The Poppels beer was a good choice.

b
London
54 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Our second visit, we were going to theatre so had pre-theatre menu. We enjoyed all the starters especially the blood pudding, the mains were not as good - the Kroppkakor was a little boring. Service began very well but slowed so we did not have time for dessert. Wine waiter was helpful - but the wine is very expensive. Bright and airy room.

RR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

100% recommend, for any occasion! My parents frequent this restaurant as they stay in St James when visiting London and recommended.

Location is extremely easy to find, but equally well tucked-away from the noisy Piccadilly/Soho as to be super quiet. Inside was equally spacious and although busy and lively, even for a Monday when we visited, the seating offers privacy and comfort.

Michelin-star food is always good, and menus have changed a few times in just the past year alone (discovered because the divine octopus starter was taken off!!) but lamb main was so succulent and generous portion - and best attraction is Aquavit, the actual drink. We tried all the Aquavit cocktails recommended and loved them all.

Service superbly attentive from multiple hosts.

Obvs all this comes at a price so it is inevitable the bill is pricey, but for a ‘casual’ weekday eve catchup this was perfect.

Thank you team again!

MB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The starter was cold & had to be returned. Everything else was fine.

JR
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A lovely modern restaurant offering unusual dishes. The service was excellent with very attentive staff. Highly recommended

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

Outstanding pre theatre meal. And the wine was beautiful (chablis). Service was impeccable and so friendly

L
London
32 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The standard at Aquavit seems to remain high. I had not been for a year but the ambience, the service, the food and the aquavit were all brilliant - my guests from California loved it all. I also forgot to mention one of the best Dry Martinis (made with Napue gin from Finland).

L
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Staff were attentive & friendly. Ambience & mood was perfect. We had the pre-theatre set menu as otherwise would have been a lot more expensive. This is a high end restaurant & would recommend to anyone who loves Scandinavian food or who wants to try something a bit different.

SC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent, top drawer, but the wines are a bit pricey for what they are.

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive and caring staff.
Every dish has something special about it.

Well done!

M
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The welcome through to the finish of our meal was excellant. The staff were very attentive and explained the meals and gave good advise.

It was my husbands birthday and they even brought out a lovely birthday plate with a candle and ice cream that I had not even requested. Lovely gesture and finished off the meal well.
Thank you

SD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent swedish food and service. Traditional home cooking done to Michelin star standard

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent main courses (duck and monkfish). A little bit below the starters. The service was professional and friendly and the environment was great

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

No kids menu, don’t take cash. Menu was very limited. Food and service were to be commended though.

HS
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Beautifully presented dishes. Lots of Swedish classics like blood pudding, toast skagen, meatballs and princess cake for pudding. The food was amazing, the waiters were lovely and the design of the restaurant is very Scandinavian. Loved it! We went for a late lunch so it was quite empty.

JD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The decor is stark. The 20+ ft high ceiling makes it look like a hangar. The food is not
impressive, though I liked the scallops. They made a mess of an old staple the
Toast Skagen, which should be easy to make but they overcooked the shrimp which
were tough, and there was not much taste to it.

An impressive list of some 25 aquavits.

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot give enough compliments to this restaurant, it goes beyond the regular Michelin 1 star experience and would 100% recommend it to anyone in London.
First of all it is wonderful to have a restaurant specialised in Nordic food in London! Having a craving for Nordic cuisine, would come back again and again... the herring is full of flavour, presented beautifully with foam. The carrot caraway is perfectly seasoned, the blood pudding and Vension tartare pairs really well with the lingonberry, a must try.
This might be weird but I must comment on the bread. They must contain some sort of cumin or spices? They taste really good and goes well with the butter that contains cod roe. The chef did a good job!
Last but not least the service is wonderful, very attentive staff, welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable!

PK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food n snaps n excellent service. Bird nest desert looked toooooo beautiful to eat!!!!....and tasted great.

R
London
16 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great lunch. Delicious food, skillfully executed and immaculately presented. Loved the ambiance and the natural light.

C
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the duck breast for set lunch. It was properly cooked with delicious plum sauce. And the complimentary bread was fantastic. The waiter / waitress was friendly and professional. The Swedish pancake was the perfect ending for the meal. Every time when i go to London, this will be a must to visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place to go for a luxurious lunch !

DS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

They didn't have the two tings on the menu we were keen to order - Octopus and the scallops.
The food we did order was quick to come out and tasted fine but didn't blow us away.

The service was impeccable and the waitress was great however and very apologetic for the menu cancellations.

SS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A very lovely business lunch. Beautifully fresh and well presented food and pleasant service. I was fairly busy but we did not feel crowded and were able to speak comofrtably. Highly recommended for lunch - especially te gravadlax and the trout.

H
London
35 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Once again a warm welcome at Aquavit in London's St James's; herring starters and Duck, Turbot and Trout main dishes. The duck was pronounced excellent, the trout was reliably delicious but the member of our party who'd chosen the turbot found it undercooked - which was corrected.

The décor is such that a meal at a busier time (we were early to mid - evening) would possibly be in a noisy environment, though the tables are well separated

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked for the weekend brunch which, in my opinion, was a fantastic deal. Each dish was cooked to perfection. We both had the cod for mains which was deliciously served with charred leaks and brown shrimp, all of which complimented each other.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time!

DO
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience for food lovers. One of the best restaurants we have been

EK
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very nice restaurant with a gorgeous interior - really liked the vibe of it. The noise level was no problem, and the food was amazing. The meatballs are a must-try! The only thing I would point out was the waitress, she was a bit 'messy' in her appearance; dirty apron, side pony tail - not what I expect when visiting a Michelin restaurant. But really nice visit and would definitely come again.

D
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite meals for a long time, amazing flavours and professional but friendly staff. Had a lovely evening

OT
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food and overall experience. The staff was unbelievably attentive and the food sublime. We had theater tickets and they couldn’t have been more accommodating. Thank you!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is always delicious but service seems slow even when the restaurant isn’t particularly busy.

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

Overall, I enjoyed the dining experience. The atmosphere is nice, staff are friendly and the menu is quite interesting with a few options of Scandinavian mains. Me and my friend ordered the meatball and Swedish dumplings. The food is slightly on the oily side. Although the portion is not big (not small too), we were not able to finish our plates.

I would love to come back again. It's a great place to meet up and chat with friends. The experience would have been perfect if the food are less oily - so that we could try the desserts as well!

HK
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I would definitely recommend Aquavit! The environment was very elegant, but quite cozy at the same time. The staff was really friendly. There was a very good sommelier as well and when we decided what we wanted to eat, he immediately came and found us the perfect wines for our dishes - both of them were great choices! The food was amazing!!! So many flavours. I ordered the Swedish meatballs (best ones I have ever tried) and my boyfriend had the duck, which he really enjoyed. Also in the end we had a dessert (I think it's called Chokladbollar) and was very tasty as well. In the end they had a surprise for us. They brought us a plate with ice-cream and fruits and they had written "Happy anniversary" with chocolate syrup. Overall, I was really pleased with our whole visit. 10/10!!!

ET
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing pre theatre lunch at Aquavit. From start to finish, the food was exceptional, presented beautifully. I think angels cooked my cod... divine.

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