Aqua
Aqua
  • Address:
    The Westin Tampa Bay 7627 Courtney Campbell Causeway
    7627 Courtney Campbell Causeway
    Tampa, FL 33607
    Neighborhood:
    Tampa
  • Cuisine:
    Seafood
    Price: $31 to $50

Aqua

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aquatampa.com/
  • Phone: 8136758700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Daily: 6:00am - 10:00pm; Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner : Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Mangone
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: From box lunches to lavish buffets the cuisine that has made AQUA famous can be catered to your location in the Tampa area.
  • Private Party Facilities: Stunning event spaces! The AQUACircle provides semi-private event space, perfect for any occasion. Our Beach Terrace is ideal for outdoor functions and overlooks beautiful Tampa Bay. Of course, our Main Dining Room is also available for a more traditional AQUA dining experience.
  • Private Party Contact: Lydia Lopez 8137128393
  • Entertainment: Live music in the lounge every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5:00 pm. Join us for Happy Hour on the Bay.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rocky Point Drive
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet and self parking available
A word from Aqua
Our menu sets a new standard of culinary excellence, boasting fresh seafood flown in daily from around the world, including stone crab claws and a superb “raw bar”.



Aqua's fresh colors reflect the vibrancy of the cool ocean waters. Experience an environment designed to entertain your every sense, highlighted by a water encased walk-in wine tower and a state- of- the- art open kitchen.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Aqua reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (26)special occasion (23)romantic (19)great for outdoor dining (14)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (11)great for lunch (10)hot spot (4)notable wine list (4)late-night find (4)neighborhood gem (3)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Aqua service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The service was very rushed. We received 2 calls asking to confirm our reservation. We were questioned several times about placing our order. The appetizer was served very quickly. Our entrees were out before the appetizer dishes were cleared. While we cannot fault quick service , this experience gave the impression they were trying get rid of us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Amazing food, ordered the poke appetizer. Was large enough to share. Wonderful flavor combination. Main course of Angry Prawns Prawns with an Asian flair! yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Great for having lunch with an out of town friend on her lay over at the airport. Close to airport and gives visitors a great feel of Florida . Got there quickly and we talked at lunch for two hours as only two women can who are having a breast cancer recovery reunion! Happy to be alive and looking out at the skyline and water and sandy beach.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicely done
    Tampataste
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I booked a 6:45 reservation for my wife's birthday and they immediately asked if we might like a private dining area, which was the wine room with a stunning wall of water and mood changing lighting. Very quiet and private. The food was outstanding, by far the best paella I have ever eaten, made with cous cous instead of rice! My wife had the stuffed flounder which she praised highly. Service was great, not cloying and certainly well timed. Hostesses set this whole thing up, I believe. Kudos to them and the entire staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nees Some Help
    AlmostPerfect
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were at Aqua last Saturday night for a friends birthday dinner. There were only 6 of us and maybe another 20 or so people in the entire place. I could understand slow service if it was busy, but it wasn't. Service was terrible. I had expected more from a resturant located in such a nice hotel. It took us almost 2 1/2 hours to eat and finally get our bill. It's not that we were in a rush, we just weren't taken care of like we should have been. The manager did apologize and adjusted our checks a little for the inconvenience, but the checks came out all wrong with the wrong meals on the wrong checks. The manager says the waiter was new, but that's on them not us. Double up or make sure they are ready before putting them on the floor.
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  • Great dining experience
    PINKGirl
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    First time visiting this restaurant and had pleasant experience. Table reservation online was easy. The food was great and reasonably priced. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Perfect for dates. They give you privacy and are not bothering you every 5mins like most place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasantly surprised
    LambiePieVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    After reading the mixed reviews, I was curious how the evening would go, and we both agreed it was excellent. Attentive and knowledgable service and a nice menu selection. It was just a girls night out, so we shared a light dinner - sushi, a flatbread and some veggies. Wine of course. All were delish. We agreed to go again and bring our guys....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful Food/Disinterested Management
    TampafoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Both apps (tomato caprese and calamari) and four of our five meals failed. The tomatoes were unripe, calamari was soggy, and both orders of grouper were over-cooked as were the two filets. While the waiter did take back one of the filets after giving a look of shock and disbelief, he completely ignored one of our guests who told him the grouper was not acceptable...she ate two bites. The new filet took over 20 minutes to prepare...my wife ultimately left it on the table. Not once did the manager come to check on us despite standing 20 feet away at the serving station. With 2 bottles of Silver Oak, this should have been an enjoyable dinner. Instead, it was one of the worst I've ever had. This local will not be back again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    Mamagigi
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was my first time dining here. We ate outside on the terrace overlooking the bay. There was a wonderful breeze and the ambience was wonderful. Altho I didn't experience dining inside, the ambience is very aquatic, upscale, romantic & inviting. The food & beverage selection is great and so was the overall experience in every way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • usual great service
    Ilene
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Regular customer; brought a friend (= first time) who loved it and noted it would not be the last. Restaurant paid attention to special requests - thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Does not disappoint!
    Alyce
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We've been to Aqua for our kids' birthday and Christmas dinners. All were successful and we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only if it's a last resort
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I was thuroughly dissapointed with this restaurant. On a Saturday night it was dead. We got there at 9pm thinking there would be more of a scene. But, it was dead. This is not the reason I am giving this place a bad review though. While the ambience was lovely, the food left something to be desired. My boyfriend asked what was mixed in with the yolk for a hollandaise sauce bc I could not remember and the server had to go check with the chef. Our food came out cold. We got two appetizers and two entrees. I asked the servers reccomendation because I wanted the mahi. Well she convinced me on getting the grouper but didn't inform me it was $10 more. My bf got a pasta dish, had to order sushi. Didn't finish the sushi bc it was horrible.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was wonderful, service good, if a little awkward. Our table had carpaccio appetizer and crabcake appetizer, and for entrees seafood samplers, crab stuffed flounder, and the scallops. All were great. For desserts we had the creme brûlée trio and the key lime sundae, which were also enjoyable. Service was attentive and unrushed, while there were a couple of large groups around, it did not seem to be an overly busy night. Awkwardness came when the bill was returned to me to sign. The server announced the remaining total of the bill (fortunately only my friend and I heard his announcement, and not the rest of the table) and did not return my credit card until I asked about it. These were the only snafu's to a wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winner
    Urban
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our group does not get to Tampa that often but when I was taking my niece out to lunch in Tampa I looked up Aqua and we enjoyed an outstanding afternoon there for lunch. The prices are reasonable and the lunch menu is outstanding. The food was presented with flare and taste to keep us coming back. This is our new fun place in Tampa! I would like to also give a shout out to our waitress Rebecca for an excellent job the other Saturday night on our way to a fund raiser. My two best friends said great choice for dinner and could not stop praising the service and food. Bravo! Ralph Moore
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spectacular
    Stellar
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I would like to compliment your Bartender Diego for spectacular service, great drinks and a perfect balance on his personality and knowledge of the dinner menu. Liz the hostess was accommodating, and very helpful. Kevin, our server had great knowledge about the wines and the menu. All in all a perfect celebration dinner due to Diego, Liz and Kevin. The meal was excellent too! Have to get the forbidden rice again. Sushi was amazing, as was the calamari and the stuffed flounder. The three creme' brulee desert could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was horrible
    AruizVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Ambience was great service was great but the food was horrible
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing First Date Experience
    davemj88
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I made a reservation with a note letting the restaurant know it was a very special first date and wanted to make it special. The staff went above and beyond and set up a table inside a glass wine room with water falling down the walls. The ambiance was so special and well done, the service could not have been nicer and felt like they really cared about making it a good experience. The food was fantastic and the entire experience from start to finish was just stellar. Very appreciative for making that occasion so special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Private and Outstanding
    RPM2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Thank you all once again for a great lunch with my niece from Texas. Not only was she impressed we all decided when we all are in Tampa this is the place we will come to for dinners and lunch events also. The atmosphere was superb with views that were outstanding. Our waitress was right on mark with her delivery of the orders and special details for some of the orders. Aqua provided us with a relaxing comfortable and enjoyable place for lunch while still being on the water.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch 2 Days In A Row!
    LunchFor2
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I was there on business and had to take a client to lunch. We both enjoyed our choices. The service was really grat and everyone was so efficient getting us back to our meeting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KWORLVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Good food. Restaurant needs some deep cleaning though. Crumbs on the floor, and dust on the baseboards. Was pretty empty the night I went, and it still took a long time to get wine (appetizers arrived before wine). I will give it a second chance because of the food, but hope management decides to clean the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TOO EXPENSIVE!
    FirstReview
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The cost would keep me away for everything but the most special of occasions (perhaps once a year). Also blue/green is a very "cold" color. It doesn't make one feel comfortable. An atmosphere more like the Rusty Pelican would feel much better.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    ribot
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My fiance and I went for a weekend getaway and let me tell you, we never left the hotel for dinner. They have a wine room just for 2 and it couldn't get anymore romantic. The food was amazing! Perfect portions and wonderful service. Thanks Aqua! Deff visiting again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over-promised, under-delivered
    SeasonedBizTraveller
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Received emails from them for some time. Rarely remember to bring their coupons or take advantage of their specials. Nice location near the causeway, convenient for Ruth Eckerd Hall and the airport.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special event / Needs improvement!
    TeamBJ
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    was there for the Fourth of July BBQ event (food on the patio and fireworks viewing on the roof.) The food was okay, not great. They ran out of food, plates etc and had to scurry around to take care of people. Had they done a reservation only event, I believe they could have been better prepared to serve their guests. The Bar Tenders are not consistent when it comes to making drinks. I ordered a blueberry martini and it was okay, I ordered a second one and have no idea what they gave me, it was terrible and I sent it back. They remade the drink, it was not good either but I kept it. They tried to charge for the drink that was sent back. It is a good concept if they get their act together. Normally love Aqua for date night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner
    Alyce
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We took our adult children to Aqua for a celebration dinner. Our experience was excellent. Could not have asked for a better evening out!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 164 reviews are from the Aqua reviews archive.
  • brownsugar
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Perfect spot for business or pleasure! The universal spot. Wonderful view. I experience every form of Florida's weather while dining in visit. Sunny, raining with lightning on the water, and the sunset. Service was exceptional and food was phenomenal. Breakfast here I come! Hostess was personable and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Saveyourself
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Went there for Fathers Day brunch. No signage indicating how to access the restaurant from the hotel entrance. Indoor dining area was about 10% occupied, service was non-existent, had to walk up to the buffet four times to get the egg orders. Apparently they were forgotten each time. Drink orders were brought to us one person at a time (3 of us dining). Wait staff checked on us about every 30 minutes, never did get the requested hot sauce. It looks as if we were the wait staff's first table.....ever. Bottom line is the view isn't good enough to dismiss that kind of service.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but not great
    Gothic
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The bartender in the bar area was awful. No eye contact no smile. The food was good but not memorable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business travel
    Lunch
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Amazing sauces, and the most yummy green beans! This is a great place, really for any occasion. This is sooooo NOT your average hotel Resturant. The fountain at the entrance is a favorite. Great spot!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Westin always comes through
    HandsVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The Aqua was a real surprise and treat that we enjoyed four times over four days. Highly recommend for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Pobo
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The restaurant has great potential the view and restaurant very nice. Service was very slow and the restaurant was not busy at all on a Saturday night. We brought our own bottle wine 25 for corkage the most expensive in Tampa bay. They offered bread it was very bad I would suggest going with fresh bread for a restaurant expensive as this I expect more. We both ordered filet steaks they were very good a little over cooked but still tender and juicy. The mashed potatoes were very salty the chef needs to taste potatoes like that before sending them out they were over seasoned. I would come back, I hope they will take these suggestions under consideration.
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  • Dessert followed by coffee grounds
    Devildoc
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    There was a nice variety of well-prepared food at the Mother'sDay Brunch, including a very tasty multi-grain croissant and tender ham with some very nice mango salsa, but there were piles of coffee grounds in the bottom of our cups of decaf coffee. The water view is not spectacular, but the interior decor is crisp, clean, and cool. I'll return just to see if they found their coffee filters.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overated-not worth it! Poor service
    Giftedgirl
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Reserved for Mother's Day and we found out they docked us for outside seating and it was hot outside, uncomfortable to eat and was windy. During reservations and they called to confirm they didn't ask what was preference because when we requested to be inside when we hot there they said it should have been specified that we wanted to eat indoors. When you reserve in a reataurant it should be assumed you wanted to eat inside and to be seated outside should be a special request. I feel that they took advantage of the occassion being Mother's Day and just tried to accommodate as much without being mindful of their customers convenience considering we all paid fornthe same buffet price. Waiters were not even helpful trying to move the shade.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Aqua May 10, 2014
    Mimi
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This is the fifth or sixth time that my husband and I have dined at Aqua.. Our first visits were absolutely wonderful. The scenery, the food and the service were all impeccable. However the last two visits have left much to be desired in terms of service. The waiters seem either overworked and/or new at their jobs and not well trained. The manager does not seem to be concerned with service or with listening to customer opinions. I sincerely hope that the service improves, because the food is still very good. Otherwise, we will not be going back to Aqua.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service!
    RaeRae3
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We had Jonathan as our server and he was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and was extremely nice! I really enjoyed the dining experience and would definitely recommend it for a fun date night or even just with a group of friends to catch up, while enjoying the view from Aqua's panoramic windows in the dining room.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome Again
    tripdine
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I have enjoyed Aqua on many occasions and have never been disappointed . Other than asking for cracked black pepper and asking for tableware to be brought is was a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful View
    luv2dine
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This restaurant has a beautiful water view and inside restaurant is great too. Food and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    patallen8845
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Service was polite and attentive without being intrusive. Our brunch reservation was for 11:30 a.m. and it was a perfect time as the restaurant began filling up as we were leaving. Wonderful selection of food (beef, chicken, seafood, as well as a assortment of breakfast foods (waffles, pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, etc.). There was LITTLE TO NO NOISE which was refreshing in that my husband and I could talk without asking each other to repeat ourselves because we could not be heard over the noise. This was our first Easter Brunch and it was a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Setting, Just OK Brunch/B'fst
    DiamondDave
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Limited brunch/breakfast offerings from the menu or buffet in a very nice and comfortable setting. An expanded more ambitious menu would be nice.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.