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Aquavit London - Aquavit London, London,

Aquavit London

4.3
4.3
1033 Reviews
£26 to £40
Nordic
Welcome to Aquavit London, a new Nordic 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 Jonas Karlsson, 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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2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Nordic, Contemporary European, International

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 12:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    020 7024 9848

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Jonas Karlsson

  • Private party facilities

    Aquavit London offers two private dining rooms perfect for both corporate & social events. Space can be customised into different layouts to suit needs depending on the occasion.The Stockholm room can seat up to 64 guests & Copenhagen room can seat up to 15 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Events: 020 7024 9841

  • Area

    St. James's

  • Parking Details

    None

  • 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.

  • Entertainment

    Weekend Brunch from 11:00

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,033 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. GH

    GillyH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food with attentive and efficient staff in a relaxed and calm setting.
  2. K

    Karolina

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Lovely and our server was outstanding, they can accommodate to GF and vegan needs.
  3. D

    Dino

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    It was ok, food was fine but nothing new or exciting, some of the garnishes looked a bit old and tired, but otherwise ingredients seemed fresh and high quality. Service was OK. Lovely ambiance, nice furnishings. Quite expensive for what you get, for that price I'd expect more.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Starters where below average or actually bad. Mains where tasty but we had to wait more than an hour to get them. Service was shocking. Although the mains did taste good but if i looked at the entire experience I wouldnt do it again nor recommend. Its not one of the restaurants where u would walk out feeling happy
  5. M

    Manly

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Have been to Aquavit for few times before and it was my first time came back since pandemic. Went for the set lunch but got quite disappointed as the presentation of the food was not as great as I expected like previous. The food quality was still fair, but was not enjoying that much as I would expect for the price and as previous exprience hence did not go for the dessert after my main course. The service and the atmosphere were still fine but not worth to be back and visit anymore. Did some research after the meal and realised that Aquavit has lost its michelin star since 2021:( Hope the team and chef could bring back up the quality!
  6. BC

    BlueCaramel

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience2
    Food was excellent. Staff was very friendly but except for one woman staff was not wearing mask and this is just not acceptable (I am not even sure it is legal either!). Every single customer came in wearing a mask, I would think it would be normal courtesy for staff to also wear masks and help protect their customers
  7. n

    nikita5588

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    I’ve been wanting to go to aquavit for a while but was sadly disappointed for a number of reasons. Drinks. We had some cocktails to begin with and although perfectly fine the servings were tiny and definitely not worth the £15 price tag. Food. The bread was delicious and so was the roe butter, but it could have had a bit more roe flavour to it. We then shared some starters, the prawn skagen, something that I absolutely love was tasteless, the prawns had absolutely no flavour, and definitely did not remind me of my skagens when I travelled to Copenhagen and Stockholm. The bao bun with langoustine was delicious but it only contained half a tiny langoustine tail each, I understand that restaurants have to save but this was very stingy for £18 for 2 buns with half a tiny tail each. The pate was good! Then I had the meatballs which were absolutely tasteless. Not sure if the chefs try the food or if they have parosmia due to covid but 80% of the food was bland. So overall underwhelming and overpriced. If the food would’ve been better seasoned it would’ve been worth the price tag but sadly it wasn’t the case. Service. The service was lovely although once the main courses arrived they seem to have forgotten about us even though the restaurant was as good as empty and had plenty of staff. As it was my friends birthday they have kindly arranged a little cake which was a nice touch. Atmosphere. The setting of the restaurant is beautiful and that’s what made it in the end. But I wouldn’t rush back for the food. Which is a shame as I think they have so much potential.
  8. MH

    MariaH

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    The food was not nice at all, the meatballs were dry and they even charge for tap water. Overpriced with very poor quality.
  9. A

    Anita

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Average is the best word to describe the meal. We had lunch here and wasn’t terribly impressed. Think you could find better for the same price elsewhere.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant night, beautiful food
  11. OJ

    OlaJ

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the interior were amazing! Great seafood selection
  12. d

    dannyjdavies

    London

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice meal at Aquavit - the food is good; probably correctly just below Michelin star level but still of a high standard and interesting / a bit different from the usual. Really nice ambience in the restaurant and very comfortable, with great service. An ideal place to come with friends for dinner!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Upon arrival the staff were chatting and so had to wait for them to stop and notice us before then taken to table. Had to wait over 15 minutes to order food, even though restaurant was far from busy. Ordered cocktails first and then a bread starter and two mains and sides. Cocktails did not arrive until main was served and both were exceptionally unpleasant - the poison heart akin to a bar of soap. Main meals of ox cheek and halibut were both cold upon (slow) arrival - ox cheek was dry and rubbery. Halibut fine but clams on plate inedible. Side of red cabbage was good but truffle mashed potato disappointing as couldn’t taste the truffle. I had hoped to have the chocolate cake for dessert but after such a disappointing meal I couldn’t risk it and got out as quickly as possible. Pricing was shocking given the quality.
  14. D

    Disappointing

    London

    16 reviews

    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2021

    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.
  15. JG

    JamesG

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    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.
  16. D

    Davistruk

    London

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 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.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 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.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely perfect! Service is excellent, we got extraordinary tastiest dishes and totally recommend to everyone. The whole dinner has been on the highest level with no hurry or noise. You feel like an honoured and welcomed guest what is the highest act to respect your guests. If I could I’d give 10 stars! One of the most favourite in London :)
  19. H

    Headhunter

    London

    185 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    185 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.
  20. AK

    AyleneK

    Yorkshire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  21. c

    carlalex

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food and service.
  22. SI

    SIMON

    London

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 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.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  24. SK

    SpecialK

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    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!
  25. H

    Hmmmmm

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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
  26. M

    Mark

    London

    172 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    172 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in London. Superb food, good wine, lovely staff, great atmosphere.
  27. m

    muji

    London

    63 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    63 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
  28. h

    hg1234

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Portions were too small, the restaurant was very very cold
  29. D

    Diver

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 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++
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    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.
  31. g

    gwc333

    London

    354 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    354 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
  32. RC

    RoryC

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    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.
  33. BH

    BryanH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing spot for a date. Delicious food, amazing service and good prices. Would definitely recommend!
  34. AF

    AndreaF

    London

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Maybe the glass of wine portions are too small…
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    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.
  36. OT

    OpenTable

    London

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 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.
  37. GG

    GoeliGoek

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    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.
  38. OT

    OpenTable

    London

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 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.
  39. VE

    VERONICAP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me encantó. Staff, food, presentation, portion, it has everything. Se los mega recomiendo.
  40. SA

    SeanAleksej

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Just an overall great experience! We really enjoyed our time.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7024 9848.

Aquavit London is rated 4.3 stars by 1033 OpenTable diners.

Aquavit London does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Deliveroo
  • Logo image for Supper
Google Map for Aquavit London

St James’s Market, 1 Carlton Street London, SW1Y 4QQ

Additional information

  • Area

    St. James's

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 12:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Nordic, Contemporary European, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • 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.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jonas Karlsson

  • Entertainment

    Weekend Brunch from 11:00

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 7024 9848

  • Private party facilities

    Aquavit London offers two private dining rooms perfect for both corporate & social events. Space can be customised into different layouts to suit needs depending on the occasion.The Stockholm room can seat up to 64 guests & Copenhagen room can seat up to 15 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Events: 020 7024 9841

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