Aquavit London

4.5
1019 reviews
£26 to £40
Nordic
Welcome to Aquavit London, a new Nordic midday-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 Jorjon Colazo, Head Chef.

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.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1019 People Are Saying
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vipDisappointing
London
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Much more limited menu than I recall when I went several times for lunch and for dinner two years ago. Reading the menu on phone was tedious due to tiny font which needed to be expanded constantly. Staff reluctantly brought us an iPad to read it. Extremely slow service although there were several staff in view and the restaurant was almost empty: we had been there almost 50 minutes before our food arrived. One of the starters consisted of possibly two radishes (but it may have been only one). The music level was not deafening but despite the lack of other guests it combined with the hard surfaces in some way which made it surprisingly difficult to hear my companion. All in all, I wished throughout that I was somewhere else. Had a sandwich as soon as I got home.

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JamesG
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The worst service I have ever experienced, and sub-par, overpriced food. Zero ambience. Not good at all.

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Davistruk
London
18 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is a lovely space to eat in. Simple decor, lots of wood, high ceilings and big windows on a quiet street. The menu leans towards fish, but there are other option. For example, I had a superb duck pâté. My main course was a stone bass with accompaniment; perfectly cooked and presented. The desserts are also rather fine: I had a Swedish cheesecake and my partner an Arctic Birds Nest (see photo). Gorgeous to look at and eat. Overall, a well above average experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
14 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We went for a pre-theatre meal. The restaurant wasn’t busy but still had to battle with the ridiculous code reader (which failed to work) and then wait for paper menus. At no time we’re we asked if we wanted drinks. Once we had the ordering going things became easier. The food when it came was quite good but very very small portions.
Overall it was for us an exceedingly expensive experience which we won’t be repeating.

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vipHeadhunter
London
182 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Fantastic greeting from the front desk but after that the service became irritating. Constant nagging, lacking EQ and thoughtless but not pushy.

The food was excellent, far from cheap but very tasty and interesting. The wine list could do with a few more wines, especially red, in the midpriced bracket.

Well worth a visit though.

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AyleneK
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superbly cooked Scandi food in chic and relaxing surroundings. Great location just a short hop from Leiceseter Square.

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carlalex
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and service.

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vipSIMON
London
25 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The restaurant is nicely fitted out, but not very full. Service was excellent- very friendly and efficient. Unfortunately the food was under seasoned throughout and so many dishes were rather bland which was a pity.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at Aquavit. Food was wonderful and delicious especially the Artic birds nest. I would highly recommend this this restaurant.

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SpecialK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff gave us a lovely table indoors where we could sit very comfortably near the window and with our quiet dog away from others. The food and service were excellent as always and they even brought out a classy little dessert with the Danish flag for my partner’s birthday. Class act!

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Hmmmmm
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were attentive, food was of good quality. Would prefer a meat alternative on the starter. There was plenty of fish and also a vegan option but no meat

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vipMark
London
154 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in London. Superb food, good wine, lovely staff, great atmosphere.

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vipmuji
London
49 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

What’s all the fuss about , I thought it was sterile and a bit pointless- even for a business meal it lacks pizzazz
Shame because obviously people have great pride in its menu and design - but it was just a bit boring

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viphg1234
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Portions were too small, the restaurant was very very cold

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Diver
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I loved this place, amazing restaurant with very knowledgeable & friendly staff. The perfect blend of extremely posh & yet very welcoming. If only all were like this!

If you like the sound of the menu or want to try something different I would highly recommend you try it out A++

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

1* Michelin that didn’t understood what hospitality is, what a shame.
We arrived at 8pm, reception don’t propose us to take your coats which I found very bizarre in a Michelin restaurant.
Seat down and figure out by ourself that we needed to check the menu online, after waiting 20mn for someone to take our order no recommendations were made, we received our starter in a decent timing but we wait 45mn for our main after asking twice what was happening.
To end this very poor experience we receive our mains at 9:48pm and 4mn after the waiter came to us to ask if we wanted to order anything else as the we’re going to close their kitchen due to governmental rules.
I work in hospitality as a GM and I can guarantee that this is the worst experience that I have in a Michelin restaurant not worth the money spend at all.
Would never comeback and make sure to never recommend your restaurant.

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vipgwc333
London
329 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Aquavit London is exceptional Scandi food, if you have room for dessert try the Arctic birds nest (check the name i may have it wrong) it is amazing

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vipRoryC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Really poor, I had been recommended this as a great spot for lunch with the hustle and bustle and really top quality food and service. We had the set menu, which was maybe a mistake, but the cooking was sub par and the service cold and stilted. Shame to see a once rebound restaurant give up like this.

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BryanH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot for a date. Delicious food, amazing service and good prices. Would definitely recommend!

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vipAndreaF
London
22 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Maybe the glass of wine portions are too small…

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Memorable starters, but mains at a lower level of cooking. Arctic char needed a lift, not really worth eating.

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vipOpenTable
London
22 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding fine dining experience. Don't miss the smoked eel, the duck and the trout. Stunning dining room. Very good service by Celina. Cannot recommend enough.

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GoeliGoek
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The Scandi style food is amazing.
We sat outside as the weather was unusually warm. At some point the attention level by staff dropped (maybe it started to be busier inside) but they picked up later and even presented a thoughtful and complimentary birthday cake plate at the end.
Overall, a really nice experience and I would try again and see how they fare next time.

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vipOpenTable
London
22 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Our night out was a feast. We order the mackerel, the tartar and the eel as starters, and had the strip loin, the duck and the cod as mains. Everything was cooked and presented to perfection. The Artic Nest is one of the best desserts I've had, and we tried one other with vegetables to be adventurous and it was delicious.
However, service is sloppy. We had to ask to see the menu, to get drinks, to place our order, to get bread, to order wine.
Track and trace in place and hand sanitiser available upon arrival.

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VERONICAP
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me encantó. Staff, food, presentation, portion, it has everything. Se los mega recomiendo.

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SeanAleksej
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just an overall great experience! We really enjoyed our time.

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vipFoodie
London
12 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Stylish restaurant, modern but inviting. Service very good, upmarket experience overall. Food was good, rather Scandy, as you would expect. Poached cod had a lovely texture- very soft, good vegetables. Celeriac soup with truffles rich and flavourful. Cod could have been a bit more vibrant overall perhaps but I will go back.

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SLCapel
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend this restuarant for a premium lunch. It is located on a discreet side street in central london near Piccadilly Circus. The front of house staff are welcoming and professional. Lunch is served promptly at your table, however this is not the place for a quick 30 minute lunch it is a place to enjoy your lunch experience either alone, with guests or colleagues. It should be also noted that there are a small number of outside tables and a separate small bar indoors, so if you are after a tea/coffee in a busy central London location this is a nice place.

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MonaP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Eating at Aquavit was a very nice Swedish experience. The service was great, the food delicious. A good wine list.

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Jacky
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great original food and excellent service. Extremely helpful waitress who explained everything and found gluten free options. Nothing was too much trouble. Nice relaxed quiet ambience if a little sterile.

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vipJackieH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
12 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good value set menu for lunch with cheerful service and excellent food. A very pleasant experience all round.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre theatre menu - amazing value and fantastic service

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vipHermudas
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The weekend set menu is one of the best value deals in London. Top quality food in a relaxed environment at a very reasonable price

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible food, great representation of some of Sweden’s most popular dishes. The only letdown was the table cloths, which I still don’t understand

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Rikokkom
London
9 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Location is really good as well. Just little expensive so only for special occasion.

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GeorginaM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience2

I’m so disappointed. I loved Aquavit. We even celebrated my 40th here in a private room.
I keep going back convinced that The one bad experience was a one off.
But the last 2 visits have been really poor compared to the high standards you set yourselves.

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FaisG
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, dog friendly, well knowledgeable staff.

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vipLondonite
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Faultless service and wonderful food and ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Will come back soon

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Aquavit London using the Order Online button. Aquavit London also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Supper London. Aquavit London also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7024 9848.

Aquavit London is rated 4.5 stars by 1019 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.