Aquavit London

4.6
818 reviews
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Nordic
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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.

Private Dining

Aquavit London offers two private dining rooms on our mezzanine floor perfect for both corporate and social events. The contemporary Nordic aesthetic is reflected in both rooms with elegance and class. The space can be customised into different layouts to suit your needs depending on the occasion The Stockholm room can seat up to 63 guests and 100 guests standing. The Copenhagen room is an elegant and intimate space seating up to 15 guests at a large round table. As the two rooms are adjoining both can be booked together for larger groups benefiting from exclusive use of the entire floor.

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CR
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Nice food but service debatable. Waited 20 mins to be offered a drink on arrival.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere amazing food you must try the artic birds nest desert

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M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had lunch from the a la carte menu. Never had this type food before, it was excellent. Gravlax was so fresh, mackerel starter and both main monkfish and cod dishes were perfect.
Had the traditional spirits paired with our starters, and all the flavours and processes were explained clearly. Puddings were great, birds nest was complex and like nothing else we have ever had. Swedish omelette (baked Alaska) was so creamy and light. The wine is expensive though, shame they cant put on a reasonably priced one or two. All in all, I would recommend it as its an experience!

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U
London
104 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to go to this restaurant

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AP
London
10 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

In a one star Michelin restaurant there should be more attention to service, to dishes presentation, to customers expectations, only good food is not enough.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The interior is cool, but food is mediocre, the oysters are heavily overpriced and still water taste rusty like unfiltered tap water.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, great atmosphere. You have to try the Swedish meatballs!

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GN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food all fairly bland, wine list extortionate with no decent lower price bottles. Very shiny interior and nice ambiance just hugely let down by the food.

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NB
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Swedish food. First time having Swedish food and we loved it! Our waitress, Zuzana, was amazing, explaining the different dishes. It was a lovely ambience, with very attentive service. We will definitely be going back.

It was a special occasion for us, being our Wedding Anniversary. We were very touched by the sweet ice-cream they brought out for us.

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MO
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST INTERIORS. Best food. Best cocktails. Love this place.

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PB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very enjoyable evening, food was excellent with great service, all staff were very friendly. Definitely going back.

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Y
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, the experience was good. I liked my starter (herring), but didn't like the main that much (meatball). My wife liked both starter (smoked salmon) and main (whole boned trout). Service and atmosphere were also perfect.

However, on the day we visited, unfortunately half of main menu and some of starter and others were not available, which is actually quite odd considering that it is Michelin starred restaurant.

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Saturday night dinner for 3. Food was outstanding; ambience and decor very good. Service - mostly attentive and helpful. Smorgasbord selection was great - crab; pickled veg; gravadlax. Mains - trout; venison; cod. All excellent and beautifully prepared and presented. Same with deserts - choc cake a liquorice ice cream; crumble with cinnamon bun ice cream. Very fine dinner - reasonable price to be honest for the quality, location, ambience etc.

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DC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The kitchen ran out of gas so most of the menu items were not available. What was available was very good. They gave free dessert-artic nest was fantastic.

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LG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a long and lovely brunch- service is friendly and welcoming, and didn't rush us at all. The menu is varied and has excellent choice. We tried a few smorgasbord some of which were excellent (herring), some of which were not so impressive (salmon). The whole trout main was delicious! Highly recommend.

There were discrepancies on the bill as were charged different prices than on the menu! Much more expensive than we anticipated but everything was enjoyed and for St James its not more than you would expect to pay elsewhere

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KG
Denver
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Aquavit 4 times for dinner, lunch, and for business tea. Everyone I've been with has thought their food was outstanding. Best rye bread of my life.

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r
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

the restaurant is aesthetically beautiful but the brunch food is very sub-par, perhaps mediocre at best.

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W
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’d definitely recommend the Smorgasbord! The trio of herring was my favourite, paired with an aquavit. We chose from the a la carte menu but they do a good value weekend brunch set menu

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JW
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Pre Theatre Menu - Took my family for a Skandanavin treat. The food has all the ingredients of Skandanavian cuisine but the combinations of flavours was outstanding, with all the hallmarks of fine dining. Open atmosphere and excellent service.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Qualified yes. The pre-theatre menu was very limited, and the wine seemed very expensive. I am no expert on Swedish meatballs, so perhaps they are supposed to be dry, but the vegetarian option looked much more appetizing - and received positive comments.


Contrary to some reviews, the service was prompt, efficient and friendly.

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HG
London
171 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit to Aquavit and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Food is delicious. The duck is the most tender I've had any where.

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CC
London
9 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful and fresh fish dishes. Perfect execution.

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d
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food and excellent service. Not the place for quiet, intimate conversation, but the outstanding food offsets the astounding noise.

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EO
N. Ireland
4 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and excellent service at Aquavit. We opted for the post theatre menu which really was excellent value. Food was really tasty and nice portion size too. Very much enjoyed the experience

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R
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service

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ES
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It may seem a bit pricey, but once I ate I felt it was a bargain. Amazing restaurant.

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s
London
14 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant staff. Really nice to talk with. Food is well presented and good to eat !

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K
London
7 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, albeit slightly overpriced.

Everything we had was beautifully presented and tasty. We found the service was great! Very pleasant evening overall.

Will be returning!

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed this restaurant - the staff were outstanding and the food was excellent. Highly recommended for a great breakfast or brunch option outside of the usual 'brasseries' in the area. Will definitely be back for lunch/dinner.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food, service confusing as we had 3 different people serving us. Took a while to take our drinks order, not Michelin star service experience, the food made up for it though!

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TD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The interpretations of Nordic cuisine at Aquavit were excellent, but boy is this place expensive! Good quality ingredients cost, of course, but these are quite simple dishes and you really are paying for the location. Good (if definitely not Scandinavian) service was welcome. Slightly peculiar decor felt more 1960s Berlin than 21st Century Stockholm. Biff Rydberg was superb but at that price it ought to be.

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w
London
22 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit. We decided against the pre-theatre menu as the choice was limited. We had matje herring to start followed by the cod and the venison served with a cabbage side and a potato side. For dessert we shared a cheese plate. We also shared a bottle of Argentinian wine. The food was nice and well presented - we ate it all. The service was efficient though on occasion we did struggle to understand what the waitress was saying. Our table was by the window which we liked as we had a good view of the local street scene.

This was our first experience of Scandinavian food, not sure we would hurry to repeat the experience though. However if you like this sort of food we sure it's fine.

Our overall view was that it was quite expensive, especially the wines. Not the best value we have had in London.

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L
London
17 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We went to Aquavit to try the Nordic afternoon tea. We’d seen photos of it and read reviews and it looked like fun. When we got there and asked for it, they looked bemused (which was strange really, because it’s advertised on their website), but they eventually came back and said it was available. In fact that’s not what we got. We were brought a plate each of rye breads with toppings and then a plate each with a couple of pastries/cakes. Add tea to this and a glass of bubbles and it came to £40 each plus service. Nice enough food but certainly not afternoon tea as advertised and very overpriced for what we got. The restaurant itself was pleasant enough but the service was slow and underwhelming. Would we go back again? Probably not! In summary: “meh”.

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K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been a few times and it’s always great. The wine is however on the pricier side compared to similar style restaurants with not much quality selection between £60-100

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this restaurant, great for Fika too. Service was 2nd to none, fab atmosphere and everything was delicious - not to be missed.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

💘 valentines! Perfect meal

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Delicious healthy lunch accompanied by an excellent wine. A great value dining experience , would definitely eat in Aquavit again. While there are lots of serving staff, service is very pleasant however could be sharper.

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Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not fault food or service. Smorgasbord dishes outstanding. Relaxed vibe. Expensive but not outrageous.

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SL
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for the pre-theatre menu. Absolutely delicious and couldn’t believe the amount for the price. My partner and I said that we will be visiting again and will be highly recommending it to our friends and family!

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Bath
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding decor, amazing service, and delicious food!

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