Aquavit London

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£26 to £40
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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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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant. Great staff. Good food

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

Too many service mistakes, first courses were good, mains dissapointing. Long waiting, mains didnt come out together, they had to re-make one of them, forgot our dessert, billed us twice for the fish... tables very close together, very loud. On the positive - great nordic alcohol & good smorgsbord. We were farely compensated for the poor experience in the final bill.

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D
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s was our 6th visit and let me tell you. Consistency prevails. Amazing food amazing staff.
Aquavit never disappoints.

Best Michelin star restaurant for value and quality.

We will be back again soon!

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Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was visiting London from Canada with my parents and had dinner here our first night. It is one of the most charming places I’ve ever eaten in. The ambiance was perfect for a night in the theatre district and a special trip with my parents. The food was superb and our waitress, Marta, was such a delight and gave us exceptional food recommendations that were to die for. I highly recommend trying this place if you’re looking for an in-depth Scandinavian experience!

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S
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time, great service. Calm, so we could enjoy conversation. The food was exiting and plenty, the wine was delicious.

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CS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience from start to finish. Friendly, professional and timely service; incredible, original food; elegant and calming ambiance.

This made for a wonderful birthday lunch and I can’t wait to bring other friends along with me soon.

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V
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The service was attentive and the atmosphere was nice and relaxed as usual. But don’t know what happened to their food- I regretted having recommended Swedish dumplings to the birthday boy - the dumplings were overcooked and the whole plate was dry. It was nothing like the one I had previously. I may not return to the restaurant anytime soon...

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G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We have eaten here several times in the past and liked it. 4-star. Have always liked the food and the service and have forgiven the high prices. However last night was poor on service and the food was unremarkable. Probably because it had been left under the hot lamp. It therefore meant that the high prices feel like a rip off. Sort yourselves out. We won’t be returning

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Y
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had the pre theatre menu and was great value for £22 for two courses. Bread was complementary unlike a lot of places nowadays and was topped up twice! Great bread too. Two items each to start - all choices really nice and good portion sizes. Herring the star. Mains very good as well. Service very attentive but not intrusive.

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ER
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a bit worried after reading some reviews about the slow service. But everyone was really attentive and helpful during the whole visit, we never wait long for food or get drinks or the water refilled. Balanced amount of chat and friendliness

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TK
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Poor choice of music! Would prefer no music at all.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely flawless - our favourite restaurant in London

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D
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was really exquisite. The ambience was beautiful. It was clear that a lot of attention was given to detail to satisfy the palette and the eye. The service, however, was another story. When we first arrived, we were seated immediately, but it took a long time - maybe 30 minutes - for someone to come by to take our order. The food arrived promptly. Once it arrived, we felt mostly ignored, as no one ever came by to check on us or ask if we needed anything. Once we finished our last plate, the empty plates sat on the table for nearly an hour. At this point in the evening, there was only about 5 occupied tables, and at least 10 staff members on the floor, all of whom ignored us. I had to flag down a waitress to ask if she can bring the bill. She said she's come by with the credit card machine, but she never did. I had to flag down another staff member to beg for the credit card machine, which she finally did bring. Overall, I felt quite neglected by the staff, even though the restaurant was not full and there were plenty of staff on the floor. For this reason only, I would not return to Aquavit.

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GP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a single diner, Aquavit offers me delicious and elegant Scandinavian food combined with efficient and friendly service in a stylish but comfortable contemporary interior. It is situated in a quiet street within easy walking distance of cultural destinations such as the Royal Academy, Burlington House and the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.

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TV
Hamburg Area
12 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourites

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AV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The lunch 3-course menu was good value and the food was very good except for the black pudding which was not appealing. The room was light and airy but was very quiet for s Saturday Bank Holiday lunch.
The service was very sub-par for a Michelin star restaurant with the wait staff inattentive and uninterested. No explanations to the menu were provided. While the good was good the overall experience would not make me return

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NL
London
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food is a joy, looks beautiful and tastes better. Would recommend it highly!

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B
London
12 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had Sunday Lunch there. Great flavour in the food, efficient service, well priced

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TL
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic dishes prepared perfectly from the finest ingredients. Perfect for Pre-theatre dining.

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JF
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! I will be recommending this restaurant to my friends when they visit London.

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ZR
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant. We visited before our Theatre Show on Saturday and the service was quick and efficient. The food was simply divine. I can't stop thinking about it days after.

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JO
London
54 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 8th time in this restaurant , all goid and always good. The drinks is so good.

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LA
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We go to the restaurant every time we visit London, at least four times a year.
The butter is not as it used to be, the crab starter and turbot definitely not a michelin star standard . We had recommended the restaurant to friends who went the same day and they were disappointed too.

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V
London
62 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food
Service was great
The restaurant was very quiet when we went but I would definitely go back

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SH
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For me it was a bit of a treat. I planned to have lunch before a theatre matinee and decided to pay a little bit more for a great experience. A friend had been to Aquavit and I was very envious. The decor and ambience are lovely - very stylish and welcoming. Everything is so well designed from the bar area, to the cutlery and crockery, to the loos! The welcome was outstanding and all the staff attentive but unobtrusive. My first course was liver pate and gravlax with the most delicious bread and crispbread; second plate: meatballs with mash, lingonberries and cucumber that reminded me so much of the delicious Gurkesalat my friend's German mother used to make! Raspberry tart to finish. I drank Gron gin - so refreshing; finished off with a filter coffee. The loos were so beautifully finished and I really enjoyed my time at Aquavit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Had a reservation at 10:30pm, arrived at 10:37 and the kitchen was closed!!?? I mean we were late but cmon...No flexibility!? they let us order only from their appetizers. Almost left but it was late to get in anywhere else. The appetizers were amazing to be fair and our waitress was outstanding.

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CE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning restaurant where all aspects meet. The menu is very classic Scandinavian with a modern touch. Taste palette very delicate letting herbs shine.

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B
London
15 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A humble Michelin star restaurant that is surely worth visiting and eating at. All the dishes we had (starters, main and dessert) were out of this world and commendable.
I would recommend this restaurant any day of the year.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely representation of everything that’s nice about Scandinavian dining - down to earth, refreshing, and cosy.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant with excellent Scandinavian food and excellent choice of Scandinavian aquavit, poor choice of beers.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service from enthusiastic and most knowledgeable waitress I have ever met! Despite not having a vegan menu they were able to prepare dishes that worked well...just small note to chefs that vegans do need protein so nuts, seeds etc are great!

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IN
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for lunch- the smorgasbord options make for a light, affordable but really interesting meal. The service is efficient, the ambience pleasant, and certainly the couple of times I've been it hasn't been too crowded. Great option near some of the worst tourist trap restaurants in London around Leicester Square. Deserves to be better known. Another family member has been in the evening and strongly recommended it for dinner too.

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O
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Surprisingly wonderful

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Cork
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience and service was great. Loved the style and design of the place.
As a Swedish guy I recognized the dishes and thought all were extremely well made. Nice menu options.

There was no wow moment though, so for the price paid I was a bit disappointed. Nothing wrong with the place or quality of food but each dish I got I can cook myself to the same quality. Or get in a restaurant in Sweden, same quality for less than half the price.

For the pedigree of this restaurant and based on prices I would have expected more.

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AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great decor, very attentive staff and lovely service. Food is delicious, thought through, well presented. Great to celebrate a special moment

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LG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, lovely atmosphere and friendly service. Always a treat.

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TV
Hamburg Area
12 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourites in London

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Waited 15 minutes for a drink when restaurant 1/2 empty. Food good, though cheese was very cold and straight from fridge. Not good for a Michelin restaurant. Yet again , as is common in London restaurants, there was no manager or maitre-dit. Just a stressed sommelier.

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

Went for dinner and the food was very good! Atmosphere was nice! But the staff were not that attentive so had to wait long to get served and it was not busy at all.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. Fantastic food, service and deco!

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