Aqua Kyoto

4.2
423 reviews
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Set high above the bustle of Regent Street on the fifth floor of the famous former Dickins & Jones building, aqua kyoto is one of the capital’s most unique and exciting dining destinations serving Japanese cuisine at its finest. Head Chef Paul Greening presents innovative and contemporary Japanese cuisine with an extensive menu of beautifully-presented sushi and sashimi and creative hot dishes. A central sushi bar and open sumibiyaki charcoal grill combine with sleek black and red décor to create a sense of theatre in keeping with aqua kyoto’s location in the heart of the West End. The spectacular roof terrace looking down over Regent Street provides stunning views across the capital, the perfect setting for a pre or post dinner cocktail.
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FS
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had thought we booked for the 3 course plus cocktail for £30 , only to be told that the offer was only available up to 7pm; not sure why my booking was accepted for 8pm!!! A bit disappointing as we then had to temper what we ordered due to the price of the food.

Prior to being seated, we were in the bar and we were treated extremely well, with one of the staff (Gianluca) making the time to talk us through some of the cocktail choices and make a few himself which I have to say was spot on everytime.

When seated we explained our dilemma and the waiting staff were absolutely brilliant and didn't make us feel like cheapskates (LOL!), and made some suggestions. The food we received was out of this world, creative in how it was presented (I eat with my eyes), one of the dishes actually moved whilst still on the plate (kodak moment definitely), the taste of each dish was phenomenal. Yes we did end up paying over the odds for our food but to be honest it was worth every penny.

The evening was a birthday treat to both of us and it definitely was that.

Would I go again, most definitely (deal or no deal!)

Thank you Aqua Kyoto.

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b
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was amazing but the service was lacking. We arrived on time for our table booking and by the time we had handed in our coats we were 5 minutes behind schedule. We were told upstairs that we would have to wait 15 to 20 minutes for our table. We therefore asked for a complimentary drink whilst we were waiting. This was refused as the member of staff told us that she didn't know if we would have to wait 20 minutes but that it could take up to that time. Her manager subsequently came out and said a table would be ready in two minutes. On entering the restaurant, several tables were in fact empty, including two tables of two right next to each other (we were a party of two).

In addition we had to ask waiters on more than one occasion to bring drinks we had ordered as well as the bill at the end had to be asked for twice. Moreover, we had the (excellent) experience menu and the waiter did not explain the dishes when they arrived.

Very poor service overall but a lovely setting and outstanding food. A great shame.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I didn't expect this placa is such noisy for enjoying Japanese food but it is not a bad for a Friday night date!Food is great as expected,fatty tuna is what everyone must try!!

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LC
Surrey
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Our evening was ruined by the attitude of our waitress who appeared to be too busy to serve us. It took 15 minutes and 3 requests to get water, unlike our previous experience she did not offer any suggestions on the menu and it took 1 hour to pay the bill. The worst part of the evening was when our waitress cleared our plates before we had finished eating so I did not get to try the kimche or finish our rice. I did manage to hold on to my plate as she tried to take it while I was cutting my lamb. What a shame as the food was delicious.

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JL
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food. Really fresh sushi/sashimi.
Good brunch offer - great choice options, good value for money.

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K
London
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I have dined at many restaurants and I found this one over priced for quality of what was served. I have had far better and overall found the experience utterly disappointing. The food was predominantly only slightly warm and nothing is worst than cold food that is then out before you to dine on which has been sat on the pass for too long. The tempura prawn were reasonably nice, however the bbq chicken wings were unpleasant, poorly seasoned and chewy. The baby ginger chicken was cold and smoothed in a bbq sauce and tasteless green sludge in a vain attempt to mask how bland, dull and unimaginative it was in flavour and presentation. Don’t waste your time and money - I’m just disappointed

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The environment is perfect for a drink however not a fine dinning , as the bar is right next to the dinning place and the music is too disturbing to talk with your partner.
Food is generally good, it’s has the mixture Korean Japanese and Thai cuisine.
The waiter is very friendly however if seems like he is in a rush all the time as he keep coming to ask if we have decided through the first 10 mins after we sat down.
Generally, it’s a place worth going to try however not somewhere I will come back again with frds.

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service

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F
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, food was ok

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BF
London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The service from our waitress could have been a bit better but overall we had an enjoyable evening.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

sushis were better before.

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F
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of my favourite spots for Japanese food. The homegrown menu makes it very unique.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Slow service

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K
London
19 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The music was too loud to hear people talk. The food has gone down a little and service needs improvement based on the money the restaurant is charging, the chicken dish for example was just covered in what seemed to a type BBQ sauce was not eatable. The most dishes came at the same time before we could finish the starter and the soup.

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B
Surrey
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant for a celebration. Roof top bar is lovely with great views. Food good and service amazing. Pricey but that you get what you pay for.

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FN
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food, poor service. Waitress was rude, abrupt and rushed our dinner.

Had better experiences at the same restaurant previously and would go back on that basis

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional, and what topped it off was the impeccable service from your staff.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ideal for London Palladium. Cocktails were great. Scallops outstanding.

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

We went on the Sunday. the restaurant is beautiful, the service was excellent. The food tasted great but the portion was too small.

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CB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing - one of my favorite restaurants - does not disappoint!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We was rushed which was not appreciated. Understandably the table may have been needed but the restaurant was not busy

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DZ
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Aqua Kyoto probably 5 times already and it stays my favourite. I love the decor, the ambience, the service & above alk, the food. Oh my goodness!! So so good!!

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G
London
31 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue, top-notch service and food to die for. The brunch is well worth the money for the quantity and quality of food on offer. We opted for the bottomless Prosecco offer, and our glasses were constantly topped up. Can’t fault the place!

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very nice restaurant in the heart of London. Very good food (Japanese, fusion, chinese). Prices above the average. Booking in advance is mandatory. Too noise according to me.

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JC
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

tasty food, service was quite slow - waiters seemed to be severely lacking in numbers and sitting next to the door out to the balcony was cold as people never closed it or the waiters didn't bother! good value with the set menu but atmosphere was tainted with the lack of lighting - one small candle per table - they did not have more when asked

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KH
London
27 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great visit. Food is great and the atmosphere buzzing on a Saturday nights.

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JA
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The place has gone down, bad service, meh food and pricy... not worth it any longer

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KC
London
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner for my boyfriend’s birthday on a Saturday night. All the dishes we had were extraordinary. We will definitely come back especially for the soft shell crab tempuras!!

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JH
London
103 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First visit to Aqua Kyoto was for the brunch. Food was nicely presented, sushi was a bit different, good rock shrimp tempura and Japanese rice. Bottomless champagne was very generously and attentively topped up.

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good as usual however the service was very poor! Lots of staff just standing around and no one even came and asked if all was ok. Had to get our own wine out of the cooler and serve ourselves. The waguy beef was over cooked unfortunately.

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a
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff absoulutly lovely, security absolutely lovely. The food amazing and drinks too. A great place for a casual or special get together. Will be coming back most definitely. Also the food will fill you up! X

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Will not be returning. Five years ago this standard was acceptable. Now it is poor in comparison with other concepts in London. Refused to change one dish within the tasting menu (requested because it was shellfish and would have killed my guest) - making a substitution (at the chefs discretion as to what to replace with) shouldn’t be an issue for an £80/head tasting menu. It’s okay here but only okay.

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E
London
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bad food bad service. Very expensive. They close for lunch???????
Very very small menu.

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BS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Didn’t get the servers name but she was great!
We had the signature menu which was delicious.

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a
London
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Arrived early because we missed theatre due to far right march in central london. Staff were brilliant, found us a table for drinks and even got us our table early.

Food was awesome as always and managed to dig out a fine rare bottle of wine. All in all.... pretty awesome

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RB
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous. So good we asked to speak to the manager to give our entirely positive feedback. As well as brilliant service our main comment was “you’ve taken Japanese cooking to a new level.” Don’t miss the little yakitori skewers. And no need to push the boat out on high priced wines, there are some very, very good wines at reasonable cost. Overall, just fantastic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new brunch menu is very good , with a range of choices compared with before. Very good value and the service was excellent.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

Beautiful interiors, and great food

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

It was a great night but the place is bit loud while having a dinner. Amazing food and good service.

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OT
London
12 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and ambience great - bar staff really busy so ages to get a drink or two (if you arrive for a pre meal cocktail for the rooftop bar)

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