I dined there on a Saturday
I dined there on a Saturday night with 8 other members of my family, including an infant and a vegetarian. We were seated at an odd-shaped table for 14, so part of our group was cut off from the conversation. Everyone found something appealing on the menu and they accommodated special requests. Two courses belonging to other tables were delivered to us by mistake, but our food arrived in a reasonable amount of time. We all enjoyed the live music.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
food was great. However,
food was great. However, there was an event at the bar awhich made the place noisy for the first 1/2 hour. No one warned us of this when we made the reservation.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Place to Enjoy Dinner & Music
We really enjoyed the scene at Aqua! The food and service was great! A real gem in The Westin. We got the Seafood Sampler and enjoyed all of the options! They had a guitar player on Friday 3/29/13, he was fantastic, the whole crowd really enjoyed his music, The Black Keys, Dave Matthews, etc! Interesting and tasty cocktails! A lot of options for dining, booths, raw bar, corners, all great options! Would definitely frequent if we were local, just staying at the Westin for the evening.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Can't beat the ambiance &
Can't beat the ambiance & affordability of this place.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed the day.
We had never been to this Westin or Aqua. First experience - great day and enjoyed the sampling as much of the food on the brunch areas. We especially enjoyed the mini desserts.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Something for every occasion
My husband and I immediately felt at ease and welcomed with the soft colors, bright smiles and cheerful greetings. There is a choice between the classy bar, elegant dinning, relaxed lounge area, or comfortable outdoor scenic view. The food is quite tasty and creatively presented. I've been several times now and plan to enjoy this part of Tampa often. Thank you
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everyone in my group enjoy
Everyone in my group enjoy eating here. Six out of six people like the food.
7/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
I took some local prospects to lunch to AQUA this week without ever eating there before as I'm not from Tampa. Simply put, AQUA has fantastic ambience, menu, food and service. I asked for something not on the menu and it was no problem. My guests enjoyed the food and service and complimented on it several times. The deal closed and I have to give AQUA the assist. Thank you!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Aqua has been a favorite of ours, and we were so excited to see the new menu. Can't wait to try the Angry Madagascar Prawns. Great food!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The very modern decor makes this place very upscale. It was very quiet since there wasnt a lot of people for a late Sat night. The service was oustanding and so was the food. Would def reccomend for a special occasion or a romantic night out.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bday celebration thumbs up
Came here for my bday! Loved everything about Aqua. The food was excellent!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed the food. Surprised it was not more crowded but it was a Sunday. Will go back. Signed up for emails to get announcements of specials.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Hidden Gem
I think because Aqua is in a hotel, most people overlook this hidden gem. It is truly a fantastic restaurant with a beautiful interior and food quality to match! The butterscotch braised short rib was melt-in-your-mouth amazing, as was the pumpkin soup. How many restaurants even offer a side of brussel sprouts, let alone cook and season them to perfection? The bar had a nice selection of NOT overly-sweet martinis during happy hour before dinner too. Our favorites were the AquaPolitan and the Iced Coconut! Oh yes, I do not want to leave out dessert. I wasn't thrilled with the chocolate cake, although my friends seemed to dig it, but the banana caramel cheesecake torte (or whatever it was called) was fabulous!!! I love this place!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Beef Carpaccio was the Best I ever had! The presentation and the layers of complex flavors pushed this dish to the top of the list! Truly an amazing appetizer!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great location for a business lunch. This was the first restaurant in a very long time that provided a quiet venue where talking wasn't overpowered by piped in music or loud noises. The decor is contemporary and staff very attentive. Food was well prepared and reasonably priced for the location.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic and Exquisite
My husband and I were looking for a special and intimate place to celebrate our anniversary. Aqua has a private room insider their wine room with a special lighting and candles that made our experience magical. Service was outstanding with very knowledgeable and friendly server and helper. I'm very picky when ordering Filet Mignon and I only order it at upscale and high recommended steak houses, so I was hesitant to order the filet mignon. To my surprise, the filet mignon was outstanding, so soft it melted in my mouth like butter and it had a superb taste. Best I had so far... Another of my favorite dishes is the Angry Madagascar Prawns. This place is a must try…
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to Aqua for the first time to celebrate our anniversary. Saw some of the reviews on Open Table and decided to give it a try. Why don't more people know about this place? The ambiance is wonderful, the food was fantastic, and the service was exceptional. I had scallops, which were perfect. I know many people aren't fans, but they had brussell sprouts (one of my fave vegs) and they were terrific! My husband had the grouper, which he raved about. This place has been added to my list of "don't miss" restaurants in Tampa.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I appreciate the late accomodation, we did not get there until 8:30 sinnce I worked 12 hrs shift in the hospital. The food is like an upscale Boston Market. It diesn't look great but it taste ok, I think because it's been sitting there the whole afternoom, firtd time amd Aqua and I loved the ambience and I think it's better to go there for lunch and happy hour with friends. The outdoor dining seems amazing. I definitely go back.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM