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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B
Manchester
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really great Scandinavian food with excellent service to finish it off. Pre-theatre menu was fab and a really good price.
Be wary however that the cheapest wine on the menu is £42 so it’s only for special occasions!
Would go back for one though!!

OT
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre theatre meal. It was fab. Staff were excellent.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

It is always very good.
The staff are very friendly but very inattentive. We had about four different waiters. Once The food order is placed they tend to forget about one altogether. Managed to muddle up our coffee order and forgot to bring milk. Not a big deal, it happens. But when I reminded the girl who served it and requested some, again, it never arrived. I’m only pointing this out because I think it is symptomatic of the way they run the front of house. Everything else is great.

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

enjoyed the meat balls/service/ambiance etc and exotic flavours. It was expensive though.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Bad service and okay food, wouldnt go back - was for a business lunch

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Waiter was unbelievably rude over and over again.

AC
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with great value pre theatre set menu. It was quiet when we arrived but busy by the time we headed to the theatre - 2mins walk away. Fab service and delicious Scandinavian food - highly recommend

E
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I treated my mum to a lunch and we were both so impressed with the refreshing and interesting plates we ate. Aquavit is beautiful, modern and delicious with helpful and friendly staff in an easy location near to Piccadilly circus. I would recommend and return.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing wines, amazing service and of course an amazing dessert !!!

L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Lovely food and nice atmosphere.... service touch and go. Asked to be seated and was ignored, however some staff better than others. Overall a pleasant experience

SC
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good restaurant and good food. Slightly pretentious and expensive. The sommelier only seemed interested in talking to me and ignored my girlfriend. The waiter was great.

BB
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

pre theatre meal for four of us. great friendly staff. food amazing. wine expensive.

CA
London
13 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience4

This was our second visit, the first 18 months ago and we loved the place then and had been looking forward to a revisit. It was therefore very disappointing to find the prices have shot up and the wine-list is eye-wateringly expensive. Starters were good, though not as vibrant and tasty as our first time. My wife's monkfish was good, but only that - nothing stellar. My turbot was cold and tasteless with only the sauce adding any flavour. I was offered a replacement, but reasoned that it would only be hotter and was unlikely to gain any flavour as a result, and by the time it arrived, my wife would be finished her meal. I also hoped that at £38 and with a Michelin star, I should not have needed to complain.
I mentioned it a second time to the waitress who cleared our table and she apologised and said she would mention it to the chef and the manager. When the bill came there was no comment and there had been no revision to the bill. We asked for service to be removed and it was done grudgingly and another half-hearted apology issued.
There was also a strange interlude when we were given a plate of one small blob of ice-cream with 'Happy Anniversary' on it. I had not mentioned this on the reservation, so they could only have got the information from my wife's Facebook check in. Some may find this nice - we found it creepy and intrusive. Also, as we wanted to leave we asked the sommelier to pour the remainder of our wine. He was reluctant to do so as his manager would not be happy. Surely the idea is to make the customer happy, not his manager?
So overall, we felt that the whole experience was pretty dispiriting and disappointing and it was nowhere near as good as February 2018. With the service removed, the meal still cost over £200 and unfortunately was not worth anything close to that amount.
We had looked forward to our return, but we will not be back.
Oh well, at least the play was good.

ZQ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

I was cold during the meal as we were sat next to the door. The staff were not attentive. They didn’t ask us if we wanted another drink during the meal, and we constantly had to get their attention. We waited a long time for a our food and when the food came it was underwhelming. Just feel for the price you pay, it is not worth it.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service

AH
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We ate here ona friday evening. It was not full at all and felt quite quiet. I think this is more a place for a business lunch, or a special weekend lunch. The food was all delicious, but perhaps not that 'exciting' for a michelin star. The most surprisingly good dish by far was the smoked eel. That said, we loved it and would return. The staff were super friendly and unstuffy. Decor was gorgeous.

l
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences in London. Beautiful 2-storey volume space, huge windows, wonderful scandinavian design aesthetic, quiet enough but lively, able to have decent conversations. The 3 pots of herring as a starter were excellent and the gravlax was superb. The duck was the best duck I have ever eaten. The food was executed perfectly but was not pretentious. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly. The service faultless.

M
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the pre-theatre menu which we thought was good value for London. The starters were delicious especially the herring, chicken pate & blood sausage. However, we were slightly disappointed with the meatballs which were rather bland. All the staff were lovely though a bit too attentive, we lost count how many times different staff came over to us which wasn't particularly relaxing especially when our beers kept being topped up when we are quite capable of doing it ourselves.
All in all a good experience but not for a cheap night out (the wine list is mind blowing...The waiter recommended a £95 bottle of pinot noir & that was one of the cheaper ones!!)

SP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time here! We sat for dinner on a Monday later in the evening, so the restaurant was relatively quiet. Even if it had been busy the tables are well organized to create private spaces for each party. The over all ambiance was amazing. The warm lighting, high ceilings, and classy- yet comfortable- design yielded a excellent dining space. Additionally, the waitress was personable and helpful; she gave great recommendations, telling us her favorites as well as offering a plate adaptation to better accommodate our meal. The liver pâté is a must order, and the pickled herring trio and venison tartare are stand outs. Would return to eat all three. Furthermore, save room for the arctic birds nest dessert. The kitchen has crafted a beautiful, modern, and unique dessert in presentation and flavor; it seems to be right out of a ‘Chefs Table’ episode- but at a reasonable price. The other dishes were a little pricey for plate size, but we both left the meal full and beyond satisfied with our experience, and the final price was not unexpected for such a high quality meal. I am looking foreword to returning to the London location as well as trying the original in NYC.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

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 !

F
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very nice set up, friendly staff, a bit clumsy, perhaps too many aquavit shots during service? Food is elaborated and delicate, quiet interesting association of ingredients, beautiful plating. I recommand giving it a try. The game tartar is superbe.

LG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Not a conventional starred restaurants but also have good dish within a good price

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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
7 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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

JR
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

L
London
33 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Well done!

M
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
8 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.