Aquavit London

4.5
728 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Nordic
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  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Nordic, Contemporary European, International
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
Breakfast
7.30am – 11.00am
Lunch
12:00noon – 3pm
All Day Menu
3pm-5.30pm
Dinner
5.30pm – 23:00pm

Weekends Brunch
11am – 3.30pm
All Day Menu
3.30pm-5.30pm
Saturday Dinner
5.30pm - 23:00pm

Bank holidays brunch
12noon - 3.30

During the month of December 2018, we will be closed on the 23rd, 24th,25th and 26th and also the 1st of January 2019.
Will be open From the 27th for lunch and dinner, please be aware we won’t be serving breakfast from the 23rd of December until the 1st of February.
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Phone number
020 7024 9848
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Henrik Ritzén
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Public Transit
The nearest tube station is Picadilly Circus. Leave by Exit 3 (St.James/ Regents Street South). Walk down towards Waterloo Place and turn left onto Carlton Street . Aquavit London will be on your left side.
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Entertainment
Brunch with Beats- Weekend brunch DJ - Saturdays weekly
Bank holiday brunch from 12noon - 3.30pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Aquavit London is a new contemporary all day dining experience, a restaurant that showcases the very best of Nordic cuisine and design.

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C
London
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited this restaurant on Sunday as a group of 4, we were allocated a really nice table close to the kitchen so we felt like we were part of the action at all times. The menu is obviously written in traditional names but the staff are on hand to explain and recommend great dishes. The food arrived and we were so delighted, its fresh ingredients are so brilliant, my beef was cooked to perfection and melt in the mouth. Staff were amazing throughout our visit and we have already booked to come back in a month. HIGHLY recommend this restaurant it is unique, fresh and a pleasure to have visited.

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RK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was amazing but the service could be better. We needed to remind everyone that we needed this or that. Not a deal breaker though. Didn't tarnish my experience at all, it's just that for a Michelin 1 star restaurant I expected the staff to be on top of things.

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SV
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Well designed restaurant with a balanced menu and friendly staff. Delivered good value for money and . I would definitely consider visiting again.

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DV
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a gorgeous brunch for 2, off the a la carte. 3 smorgasbord dishes between us and a main each. Presented beautifully. Simple ingredients. Unfussy. Staff were professional but not hovering.

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AH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service terrible. No attention from waiting staff. Food delayed - clearly have a problem with staff quantity /quality. They obviously realise this as they took off service charge without me even complaining - it’s a pity because food is good and historically I have enjoyed going there. Will not go back

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

A great wintery spot.

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SW
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in a light airy atmosphere. Service was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Pre Theatre 3 course meal and what a great option it was. Service with a smile from everyone and a truly wonderful experience, that we have not stopped telling everyone about. If you get a chance try this out, you won’t regret it!

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TM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great restaurant, amazing mid century/ar deco decor and the food always outstanding for the fish lovers. I would definitely recommend.

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NC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Starter was amazing,
Meatballs were nice but the gravy was too sweet and mash was quite salty.
Very worth it for the price

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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Hamburg Area
7 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wunderbar wie immer

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JJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed my meal of crab and gravad lax(two starters) . Lovely breads. It was quiet as Saturday at 3.00. 13 year old with me was not estatic about his burger, he thought the brioche bun soggy.... I wouldn’t take him there again. But I enjoyed it .

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal. Everything was very good and most enjoyable.

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M
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great. Ambiance very cool. Service was slow but they were very nice.

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H
London
29 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Aquavit in London's buzzing St. James's Market is consistently slick and efficient but with a warm welcome and cheerful service.
The Scandi look is attractive but some might find it austere. My companion and I find it comfortable and welcoming - there's space and a feeling of quality. Don't go to save money, but you will feel it's worth it

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LF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the pre-theatre menu 2 courses with a shot and glass of wine each. Excellent choice of starters and delicious mains! Presentation of food was impeccable. Service was very efficient as we had a theatre show at 7.30pm. We dined from 6.15pm. Highly recommended.

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Y
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

International, creative twist on the Nordic kitchen, a joy and a surprise to discover. Extra plus for the idea of "Nordic settlements" on the win list, including descendants of Norwegian, Swedish and Danish settlers around the world who produce quality wine. Chic and stylish without being posh.

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing service and the food was perfect - great flavor and presentation. the cocktails were amazing as well. would 100% recommend.

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EK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food excellent. Great value for money. Service very good too. Deserves credits

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F
London
10 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I have been an Aquavit fan for many years starting 20 years ago living in NYK. I was delighted when they opened in London with a more Scandinavia flavour and I have been going once a quarter or so since the opening. This week I went twice and while the food is still excellent the service has dropped markedly.
Inattentive and less informed staff. They serve the snaps ((aquavit) Luke warm unlike the newly opened EKTE (Bloomberg building) where they keep the aquavit in the freezer as any Scandinavian would do. They also continue to serve the snaps way before the food. Perhaps to sell more but not a scandi custom or even pleasant. This week, at the bar, they served my three smorgardsbord courses exactly at the same time and since two of them were warm by definition I had to eat one when it had cooled. I would be sad if this deterioration of what is very good food would continue to deteriorate and perhaps an influx of knowledgeable Scandinavians would add to the quality of the experience. I still rate them ok but if you try EKTE you fill find simpler cheaper but more genuine Cousine and more enthusiastic staff. Let’s hope for improvement!

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B
London
11 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good ingredients simply prepared (in a Scandanavian style), well priced. Interesting cocktails. Good buzz, not quiet, but not so loud as to drown conversation.

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HR
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great atmosphere. And a high selection of aquavit.

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TL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was poor. First courses can before we had even had chance to order a drink. Then came the bread which is a highlight at Aquavit but not after you’ve finished your man course. Wine didn’t arrive either until after we’d finished starters. Wine waiter didn’t know his own list. I had to show him that wines by the glass were also available by the bottle under the column headed bottle. He insisted twice they were only available by the glass!
Fire alarm went off and all lights went up.
Main courses delicious. Particularly the turbot.
Very slow on bringing bill.
Afraid aquavit has gone off the boil. Clearly staffing challenges.

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NT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant; lovely food - nice ambience. Would recommend!

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

They food was ok nothing groundbreaking though. I would say average food, high bill.

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Stuttgart Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service

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CD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambience and fab food. Highly recommended!!

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Probably one of the best value restaurants in this area - the pre/post theatre set menu has a small but brilliant selection of top notch dishes from the a la carte. Portion sizes are good and the wine choices are excellent. Great service - a real treat!

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RP
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service Friendly Staff Well prepared food! Love the decor and the china too!

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EB
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great location for a London meet up or pre-theatre matinee. The set menu is good value. This was my second visit and the restaurant was quite busy and the service was not quite as good as the first time I visited. However, I would still return as the menu choices offer the sort of lunch I enjoy.

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DA
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit to Aquavit and it didn’t disappoint. Delicious gravlax, matje, shrimp, meatballs and cod. Super service by the charming and very funny Robert. Only slight gripe is it took a LONG time from ordering glasses of wine for them to appear at our table. But it’s definitely my new favourite place in central London

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PC
Berkshire
157 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great and authentic Scandinavian food with great selection of aquavit and real herring/ salmon/meatballs

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IG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We wanted to celebrate a birthday with Scandinavian food, so this restaurant was perfect. It's in a good location in central London. Staff was very friendly. Food was very good.

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CM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

I will begin by making a fair comment that the food was absolutely outstanding. I had oysters and their homemade toppings/sauces to go on it were one of the best I've tried from across the world. The bread and butter was also comparatively of a high quality. The lamb belly and duck mains were both impressive also. I tried some red wine (from Portugal) and it was a great choice by the restaurant.

Unfortunately, and it is a huge unfortunately, the service is a complete let down. I was greeted and shown to my seat as one would expect. However, after asking if we would like water (which I accepted), the waiters repeatedly walked around ignoring my partner and I. There was one waiter who said he was new that did come along after a while and we asked if there was a set menu as advertised outside, he wasn't sure and said he will go and find out. We saw him check with his colleague and the pair avoided us for the next 20 minutes. I chased twice during this time. Eventually I had to get up and speak to the manager who assured me the service will be turned around. My order was finally taken and bread finally served.

The whole time, the same waiters were not providing much of a service at all. The new waiter did come over eventually a long time after we finished the oysters and my partner asked for more bread, to which he said "sure, I'll bring you more bread and butter." 20 minutes later, we find both waiters avoiding us again and we had to ask another member of staff for bread, who managed to serve it in 5 minutes.

The Food was definitely of a Michelin star level, the service unfortunately doesn't exist and frankly, a high street Italian chain provides better service than that. It was a complete shame because my partner and I were both thinking of recommending people to try them out - but not at the cost of 0 service!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Nice atmosphere and good food :)

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FH
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely going back~
Love the food, outstanding service and overall atmosphere.

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NH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and attentive service. St. James’s Market is a lovely location, convenient to theaters but removed from street noise. Oysters were perfect with the aquavit pairing, and the duck was sublime.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Best place in London I’ve ever been. Drinks, food and climate

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GB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice diner with perfect service !! We will certainly come back !! Best regards Gunther & Kathleen

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