Aqua Nueva

4.2
182 reviews
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£41 and over
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Spanish
Top tags:
  • Tapas
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Romance
Aqua nueva, located in the heart of the West End, has a striking design and contemporary Spanish menu.
Head Chef Yahir Gonzalez offers a menu of small plates and Spanish dishes that honour the country’s culinary heritage and innovation, combining the best seasonal produce with his contemporary style, perfectly reflecting modern diners’ appetite for flexible dining.
The Robert Angell design is inspired by rich Spanish culture and has re-focused the space to unveil a beautiful open restaurant and central destination bar. Intricate black and white mosaic floors run throughout and a striking copper-coloured vaulted ceiling imitates the inside of the renowned sherry casks of Jerez. Guests can sit back and relax on chic banquette seating whilst catching glimpses of the chefs at work in the kitchen.
aqua nueva provides a hidden sanctuary reminiscent of sun-drenched Spain with two stunning terraces to enjoy a cocktail before or after dining.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: 12pm - 2:30pm Monday - Friday & Saturday 12pm - 11pm


Dinner: 6pm - 10.30pm Monday to Wednesday & 6 - 11.00pm Thursday -
Friday; Saturday all day dining from 12 noon - 11pm


aqua nueva bar & terrace 12 - 1am Monday to Saturday & 12 - 8pm Sunday


A bar food menu will be served between 12 noon-10.00pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday 12 noon - 6.15pm.
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Phone number
020 7478 0540
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Yahir Gonzalez
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Catering
Private dining, canape and bowl food menus are all available featuring Yahir Gonzalez contemporary Spanish cuisine.
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Public Transit
Oxford Circus
Bond Street
Piccadilly Circus
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Entertainment
DJ's in the adjacent aqua spirit bar Thursday - Saturdays from 10pm.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Aqua nueva has two stunning private dining rooms, El Salon and La Casita which can both seat up to 14 guests. La Casita has a beautiful private terrace and can also hold 50 guests for a standing reception. When both rooms are adjoined, it can seat up to 28, or stand up to 80 with a private terrace.

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What 182 People Are Saying
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London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff attending our Table including Sara were amazing. Food was great with fantastic taste and presentation.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food is so so

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TT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We went on a Monday night so the atmosphere was quite dead but have been on a Saturday to the bar and it was a much better atmosphere. Food was amazing

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a vouche 3 course meal and a cocktail for £25
The food wasn’t much but it was very tasty. Perhaps they could have been more generous on the desert.

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It’s a great venue. Lively and contemporary. The service was very efficient. The bar menu is extensive.
The set dinner menu, which we chose, included a cocktail and 3 courses.
It’s the house cocktail that is served. The 3 courses are more like 3 tasters of a full meal. Very nice but not enough. Value? I suppose we paid the right amount for the amount we had but it’s not a dinner sized meal. It’s not described as a taster menu. Thank goodness for the burger bar opposite!

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very stylish and beautifully designed setting for an upmarket clientelle....impressive entry process, approach and dining hall ambience.... food was excellent too.... i had the set 3 course menu with a cocktail... very good value... definitely recommend

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Terrible hostess at reataurant entry as usual last Friday for lunch. Empty restaurant but hard to have a different table than imposed one in the way...rest is ok but just for this one abnoxious young lady will not go back spoiled the anniversary from entry in...managers pls fix it the rest is nice

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Not real Spanish food , a kind of mockup

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MP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the Spring menu, which at £25 per person for 3 courses and a cocktail was good value. You don't get a choice of cocktail, just some vodka or gin mixed with passion fruit, but it was nice. The meal was decent, but small portions, and the one choice of dessert felt like it was taken out of the fridge. There was only 1 other table dining so we got excellent service and attention.

I would advise going during the summer so you can utilise the outdoor terrace. Overall a nice venue, and a decent meal.

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AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The quality of the food was v good however the size of the portions was disappointing even for a main dish from the set menu. Certainly wasn't filling enough.

We were initially seated nearing the bar and we couldn't even speak to each other the music was so loud. We asked to be moved to a table at the back which was much quieter.

Staff were accommodating and polite.

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SB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food, service and ambiance

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptional and each dish brought new flavours. The food was served in stages so you were not over faces. Service was impeccable and we were extremely well looked after by the Maitre D and our waitress (apologies for not remembering her name).
We were very pleased and would definitely eat here again.

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SJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Poor service, incorrect booking details, small portions & tried to keep the change even though service charge is on the bill!!
Will not be visiting again

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, everything was so tasting and well presented. Our waitresses Estrella was super attentive. The atmosphere was nice, warm and relaxed.
I also received a nice surprise from the team because it was my bday. An absolutely amazing experience. Thank you Aqua Nueva!

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d
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had booked at 8pm and arrived at 7:45pm. We were asked by the female manager that evening if we had a reservation which we confirmed and I gave my last name. The lady left to check and never returned. No one helped us to a table so we sat down by ourselves. After waiting 20minuted without a drink or reply we asked the male bar tender for a drink which he quickly served to us. After speaking to a third person we were finally seated in a empty restaurant! The tapas were lovely and so was the desert but we won’t be coming back! Plenty of other restaurants around with better customer service.

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OT
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Had a catch up with a couple of friends. Booked by pure chance. What a regret :(
The food was lovely but the service was shocking. There are apparently still some restautants who believe that customer service includes treating customers as if wiping excrement from their shoes... disappointing but at least gave us a talking point... we'll be catching up again but it won't be here...

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S
London
21 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

When we arrived we were told that the terrace was closed which was one of the primary reasons we booked. The atmosphere was impacted by a large group on the terrace and v few people on other tables. Whilst the cocktails were excellent the 30 minute + wait was too much. Used to be a favourite.., not any more sadly

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice venue. Not too busy which suited is fine. All the action was at the adjacent restaurant. Food was good. The only negative was they brought out the main while we were still having our starters, so felt a bit rush. Cheers.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely terrace! Never been there before that but liked it very much!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunchtime is a good time to eat here as it's not busy so service is quick and it's not crowded or noisy! Love the ambience and style of the place and the Spanish food is tasty too.

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J
London
68 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely cocktails on the terrace followed by delicious tapas. We were served by One of the nicest waitresses ever!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The duck with the cherry was the very best.

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B
London
30 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Trendy bar, food was good but service was chaotic. Not unfriendly or unpleasant just all over the place. Gave our table away, spilt wine tried to take payment for the meal twice .... I could go on. I'd go back to the bar for a drink but the restaurant I'd give a miss!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2017
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 1

The food was great. No complaints whatsoever about the quality, the presentation. What was lacking was atmosphere. Felt like the restaurant was an after thought in the planning. Bar area was great and full of buzz but restaurant felt a bit out of the way and dark.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service was great, just felt like the portions could be a bit bigger. After 3 courses we still were hungry. But overall delicious food and great restaurant.

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M
London
15 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Lovely roof top restaurant and bar in the centre of the west end. great on a summer's say for outdoor dining.

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DW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Amazingly creative Spanish dishes. Disappointing service. We had to keep asking to have our empty wine glasses filled.
Due to some event sponsored by a Vodka company all the whiskey at the bar had been removed and could not be located.
Rudest coat-check guy who hurled abuse at us for getting in his path.

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JK
London
10 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff were incredibly helpful and fully aware of my note with booking that for medical reasons I was unable to eat certain food. The octopus was delicious as it was last time though I think the was a misunderstanding as I had asked if it could be done in a smaller version and so I was a little surprised when a larger plate appeared and the full price ensued. I ate it all though so paid happily. Overall I think it is a little pricey however I really enjoy the venue, menu, location and service so will be back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Very poor service, but the food made up for it. I said I wouldn't pay the full service charge and they didn't even ask why, seemed so dis-interested, shame.

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A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Good food and not so loud that we could enjoy conversation. Staff was rude, the man who offered wine was very rude. They were all rushing around and didn't take much notice of the customers. Quite expensive but I would go there to have cocktails at the bar.

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Really delicious tapas, both traditional and contemporary. The shot rib of beef and grilled Iberian pork were divine! The small plates are small so if you are a big group you will need to double up on some portions. I think we went through 3 servings of the croquettes! We had a few bottles of Spanish red around the £40 mark which I must say matched the food perfectly. Service is good and food was served promptly. This venue has a wonderful terrace which will be delightful in the summer.

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G
London
14 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great service & really well prepared tapas in interesting surroundings. It is a real gem adjacent to Oxford Circus but at the top of a building with a roof terrace. I went early (6pm) & there was already a fun, busy vibe about the restaurant & bar. The tapas is expensive but very good.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Thank you

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GG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

I went there on a Monday night, the place was almost empty. It was my first visit and I saw a 'Winter menu' on the website that looked like a good deal, but when I tried to order, waiter said you have to book it in advance. Nowhere on the website said that, I was disappointed and gave my feedback, but the waiter didn't seem to take it seriously. I felt ripped off as I ended up paying £100 for 2 people and ate very little (shared a few tapas and platter), I left still feeling hungry. To be fair, the food was great, but it's such a shame on the service and cheeky with the menu. I won't go back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food is good but you can't see it... It is so dark... The service is also something they need to improve it is very amature.

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M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most outstanding dinner! I dined with my husband and four grown children while visiting London. The food was amazing -- so many fantastic tapas dishes to share, all with creative, beautiful presentations. We had fun conversations with Massimiliano Marchetelli, the Restaurant Supervisor. It's an upbeat contemporary place for delicious tapas.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2016
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The restaurant is nice, customer service is excellent, the food is super delicious BUT (there's always a "but") the portions are VERY small for the price being charged. If the idea is a proper dinner be prepared to order at least 3/4 plates per person so you'll not leave feeling peckish.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Very noisy and a bit stressful waiters. Wonderful food

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2016
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Atmosphere - perfect. Slightly clubby, very modern vibe, music not too loud that you cannot hear each other. Food is fantastic, of the highest quality. Our experience would have Been perfect, however the staff were a MASSIVE disappointment. Not attentive, I had to ask the front desk if there was somewhere to leave out coats, we ordered a beer and a glass of wine which took 20 minutes to arrive. We then had to wait another 20 minutes before someone arrived to take our food order. Food arrived quickly, but then staff took a long time to clear plates, no one asked if everything was ok with our meal. We then waited 30 minutes to order dessert and even then, my boyfriend had to leave our table to ask a waiter if he could take our order. To rub salt in the wound, we then waited 25 minutes for the dessert to arrive. For a very expensive, high end restaurant, I expect a lot better than this. It was a special occasion and it was just such a disappointment to an otherwise perfect evening.

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DG
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were amazing, atmosphere not as good since refurbishment

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