Acqua Restaurant NYC

4.4
551 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Located in the historic district of South Street Seaport, ACQUA is an Italian restaurant serving Southern Italian coastal cuisine. Acqua celebrates the power of the sea and the freshness of its products by importing fresh seafood directly from the Mediterranean Sea. We offer an extensive Raw Bar menu, seafood antipasti, primi and Chef Giuseppe’s famous hand-made pasta. A bright, open, warm atmosphere welcomes you inside the restaurant and takes you straight to Margellina in Naples. With big windows, old wooden floors, simple furnishing and vintage wooden tables and chairs, Acqua is the perfect place for enjoying authentic Italian food and premium wines. The wine list features a premium selection of red and white wines from every region of Italy. Outstanding cuisine, warm service, and phenomenal wine programs – all in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in the seaport area we had a lovely meal in the sunshine great service loved it

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TW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Our server was great. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Kept our teenage guest entertained. We will definitely be going back.

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HC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Gluten free pizza and pasta options are great. But wish they served gluten free bread in the bread basket.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came here for brunch, have lived in financial district for 2 years and this has never popped up as a place to go - I wish I had known about this sooner!
Brunch unlimited cocktails is $17 and it’s a classy place! Service was amazing, the waiters/waitresses couldn’t do enough. Food was good - could probably do with more brunch options but the food was solid.
Will definately come back again!

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MV
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a dinner with friends or business associates. Food was outstanding, the relaxed approach to our parties somewhat disjointed, staggered arrival was appreciated. Service was spot on, could not have had a nicer, and surprisingly affordable, business dinner. (try the sorbet for dessert, the limoncello finish is creative and delicious)

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

We are Neighborhood people and they treated us like tourist. Pushy servers. Food bland. Not sure what kind of Italians are in the kitchen. Horrible experience. Walked 4 minutes home and had left overs and our own espresso.

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d
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

overall great experience. service and food on point

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IW
London
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal with good service.

Fish dishes were every good especially the shrimp and avacado starter and the fish soup. Very good wine list as well.

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ET
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Acqua restaurante es un local bien puesto, con bastante encanto en una soleada plácita que hay bajo un puente de color malva, justo antes de cruzar a Broooklyn y ceca del distrito financiero. Tienen mesas en el exterior para comer.
Supuso todo un hallazgo para nosotros tras un intenso tour de regreso de Brooklyn. La comida es italiana y tiene calidad aunque nada sorprendente para los niveles de exigencia gastronómica españoles. Las raciones normales. Servicio amable
A tener en cuenta que ofrecen bastantes platos de la carta sin gluten (pizza incluida). El precio para ser Manhattan aceptable, aunque los vinos eran caros. Accesible para personas con movilidad reducida.

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DW
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, food was delish... little noisy but not excessive

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overpriced Entrees were quite small

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MO
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful dinner at Acqua, the food was very good and the service was outstanding. I got a lesson in Italian Chardonnay and wound up ordering two glasses. The restaurant is cozy and friendly. My husband had octopus (!) and he loved it. I will leave that up to him. The pasta and bread was delicious and one the prosciutto on the pizza was so good, not too salty or fatty. And do NOT pass up dessert. We made a reservation at the last minute on a Saturday night and the restaurant filled up quickly after we arrived. It's also a nice walk through South Street Seaport after dinner.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday dinner with family and friends. We brought our own cake. Had a great time, not to mention the food was great!

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ML
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I've been going to this place since it was named Quartino (I live in the neighborhood). Over time, it has become both more expensive and much louder than it used to be. The food is good, but it used to be much better. Too bad...

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

From beginning to end, both the service and food, were excellent...can’t wait to go back!!!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have ever had in the city!!!!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was cold sitting next to window. Server was great.

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F
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Highly recommend. Food was delicious and artfully presented. Appetizers, salads, entrees and complimentary desserts... all wonderful. Service was friendly and professional. Very European vibe. Homemade Limoncello was an unexpected treat.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

if you like high-volume music typically Neapolitan and you are not in a hurry, this restaurant is for you. I personally like talking to those I have in front of me and I do not like waiting 30 minutes for a course. It's a shame because the food is very good, and also well presented.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, excellent tasting food and service!

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JR
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood with an authentic Italian flare. Service and ambiance were a huge plus. If you are downtown and looking for a friendly place with great food and ambiance this is it. Branzino, snapper were outstanding.

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AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is incredible. I love coming here! The staff is fantastic and the food delicious!

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience ! Awesome food and incredible service from Giuseppe !

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g
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and excellent atmosphere. I was beyond happy to have celebrated my birthday at Acqua. The food was delicious.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food! Will be back !

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KP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will celebrate many future occasions at Acqua. The staff made us feel welcome and appreciated and the chef himself came and sang happy birthday. The food is magnificent, a take on modern Italian; but the service is even better.

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c
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

overated, overpriced, and a attitude filled waitress.

Acqua Restaurant NYC
Responded on February 4, 2019

Dear Chuckd, we are very sorry that we didn't met your expectations that evening. Please come again! We will not disappoint you! All the best!

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AZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a gem. We were with a small group of friends and really enjoyed. The food is amazing and real Italian, service is friendly and on the spot. Its really like going to a restaurant in Italy. Highly recommended.

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JT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

My dinner arrived with ONLY shrimp, I had to ask where the calamari & octopus was, which was then brought to me in a separate bowl. (should have been noticed before it left the kitchen) We were told the Tuna was Sashimi grade and thinly sliced...but it arrived as a well done tuna steak! Waitress told us "the kitchen is very busy tonight, sorry for the confusion" but she was the one who told us about the tuna which was not sushi grade, thinly sliced as it was over cooked. When she returned the tuna plate, all the kitchen did was cut it up...same well done tuna steak cut up. Very disappointing. However, the wait staff was friendly and we were greeted warmly. But that doesn't make up for falling way short of our dinners.

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AH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an absolutely terrific restaurant -- great food and wonderful ambience. You don't sit on top of each other and the people are so friendly -- it makes you instantly feel welcome.

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RP
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent service - with best seafood downtown - vast wine selection - friendly atmosphere and service

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place is closed. We booked it on opentable and went there with a client on the day of the booking and the place was under renovation and apparently under new management. It’s not good for opentable to not be up to date with this and bad form for the restaurant to not inform opentables about the change. That was a huge inconvenience for me.

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P
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked for dinner January 3 - special occasion for a couple visiting from Australia for their honeymoon.

Arrived to find the restaurant CLOSED until Jan 12. Even though Opentable accepted our reservation, it was closed for renovation.

Poor form Acqua. Bad customer service.

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London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

1/2 heure d’attente dans un recoin.
Rapport qualité prix assez moyen ( pas le prix annoncé pour une arrivée avant 20h)
Dommage car bonne nourriture et personnel sympathique.
Et en plus 20% de tips sans nous demander notre avis, on voit bien que nous étions des touristes.

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NJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Acqua! This has really become our go to place for any occasion! Chef Giuseppe makes us feel so welcome and at home. They really give the vip treatment! The food the drinks the staff just wonderful and all with the beautiful south street seaport backdrop...go here only if you want the full package!

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N
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found out about this restaurant from the DK top 10 NYC. What a gem!!! Authentic through and through. Italian with a fresh seafood focus. I ordered the buratta, ravioli of the day and dessert, Panama cotta with an espresso. Everything was perfectly prepared and service was impeccable. Everyone should try this wonderful restaurant.

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NC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was great. They had an amazing, comprehensive wine list and great Italian food with a lot of daily specials to switch things up. The serving staff were very helpful and very friendly. My boyfriend and I booked for our birthday and they brought us out a dessert and sang us happy birthday. Very unexpected and very heartwarming. The food was delicious and filling! We had the Zuppa di Pesce (a wonderful seafood stew with seafood like mussels, shrimp, and toasted bread) and the Calamarata Gamberi e Vongole (pasta with clams and shrimp). The restaurant was filled with some large groups and some date night couples. I thought the evening atmosphere was very cozy and romantic. At the end of the night the head chef came over to chat with us and brought us some limoncello. It was the perfect touch. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for amazing Italian food that isn't the standard menu, fresh seafood, and a great atmosphere in New York.

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J
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

very nice restaurant, good service, good food, really good spaghetti with white clams sauce

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CC
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good service and a solid menu. Good casual local restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Abbiamo cenato in questo ristorante italiano nei pressi del ponte di Brooklyn, è stata una bellissima esperienza. Il proprietario Giuseppe ci ha accolti con allegria, i ragazzi in sala sono stati molto cortesi e simpatici ma anche molto professionali.
Il cibo ottimo, avocado e gamberetti, red snapper freschissimo, pesce spada saporito e delicato. Dolci ottimi come il Fiano di Avellino che abbiamo scelto come vino.
Consigliato e da riprovare quanto prima..

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