Acqua - Upper West Side

3.9
284 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

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Acqua serves simple, fresh Italian food in a comfortable, neighborhood setting. Our menu includes classic antipasti, paste, and secondi, as well as light, thin-crust pizzas from our traditional wood-burning oven. We offer daily specials—many of them seafood, as our name suggests—and an intriguing selection of Italian wines by the glass and bottle. Our friendly staff welcomes parties of all sizes, from a romantic dinner for two to a casual family meal to a festive large gathering. We hope you will join us soon.
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
3.6
ambience
4.0
value
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience! Great food, service and price.

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vipfelderino
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Once again, a great dining experience in one of our favorite neighborhood spots. Friendly, efficient service, everything came as ordered. Nice wine selection by the glass. The pizzas from the wood fired coal oven are really spectacular. Great choice of other entrees and pastas, too.

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dknyc
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good casual place and good value. We had limited time and the staff was very responsive to our needs. No complaints!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Bellow expectations! Food was “ok”, nothing special. Service was really bad. Not recommended.

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ElizabethJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food is consistently good—not wildly creative but good. The service was poor and the noise level high—it was a Saturday night, unusually crowded—and there appeared to be only one waiter handling all of the tables. First time I had that experience. Suggests you are better off there on week nights.

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vipBackagain
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall3food2service1ambience2

Bad service, ok food, too many people in a small space.

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vipPeterP
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Solid neighborhood Italian! Almost wish the ambiance was fancier...

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vipPaulR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The restaurant has gone down hill. We have been there a dozen times over the past few years. The food is now mediocre and the service is poor — borderline rude even. Don’t waste your time and money there anymore. Too bad...

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vipuws40
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was bad. If you're going to sell the restaurant as Italian, which it is not, try getting the ingredients right.

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Jeff
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I was surprised that the restaurant was pretty empty for Saturday dinner. There was a decent number at the bar, but only 1 table occupied. (Perhaps that shows the average-ness of this place ) The menu options were decent, and the buffalo mozzarella caprese was nice. But the mains were lacking something special. My friend indicated her salmon could have used an accompanying sauce, and my marinara seemed a bit too watered down. Overall, the meal filled us up, but I wouldn't go back specifically.

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vpnbuilder
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was quick and easy and very tasty. The soup comes in a large bowl; we thought at the price it would have been a cup. Nice surprise.
Definitely a good place for a good tasty meal

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vipMike
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great brick oven pizza. I live a few blocks from here therefore it’s very convenient.

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HannaD
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good quality for price. Nice thin crust authentic pizzas. Friendly service & warm ambiance. Not too noisy when we were there. Thanks.

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vipSherryD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The pizzas and ravioli’s were fabulous!! I would definitely go there again.

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vipTiesenhausen
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Great local place. Good for pre-show before events at Symphony Space.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed in this local favorite. Food comes out so quickly, service is impeccable and food is delish!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Fun neighborhood place! Great outdoor eating and delicious pizza and pasta! I would return with my family for a casual,
Lively dinner.

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vipRobertN
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good neighborhood place for simple authentic Italian. Good food and good service. We’ll be back.

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vipTeresaF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious - portions were generous. Our service was very attentive without being annoying. Prices are reasonable. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So amazing! Staff was attentive, food came out fast and the ambiance was top notch!

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Groveboy
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dined early - 5:00. Only three other tables were seated while we were there. Nice and quiet - easy to converse (even the background music was low!). Nice staff, good food.

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vipAbbie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place has phenomenal food . My boyfriend (who is Italian American and extremely picky) and I were blown away by the food. Highly highly recommend their pizzas, lasagna, and spinach fettuccine.

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viplallvla
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite place to have lunch. The food is fresh and delicious.

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vipfelderino
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I have reviewed Acqua before and we have always loved it. This time around, both our artichoke appetizers and my homemade spinach and ricotta ravioli were WAY too salty. Someone had a heavy hand with the shaker that night and it wasn't pleasant.

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Veggies
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I went there for Sunday brunch. Friendly staff. Sat inside while the doors were open to the patio outside; relaxing atmosphere. Limited menu, but the food was scrumptious.

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ElizabethB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Acqua twice, and both times the food was excellent and the staff friendly and attentive. Will definitely return!

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KathleenB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service is always friendly and efficient. It's a fine neighborhood restaurant and a good value especially if you're bringing the whole family. Salads and pizzas are always a good bet as are things like lasagna and simple pasta dishes. The wine list is limited, but all selections are good quality and reasonably priced. Reliable!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

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vipKathyandDoug
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Ordered rigatoni and got spaghetti. I was pressed for time so I just ate it. Calamari was very tough.

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vipfelderino
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been frequenting Acqua since we moved to the neighborhood 11 years ago, but this visit was the best one ever. Everything we ordered was top notch... fried artichokes perfectly crispy, lasagna flavor blends and textures were inspired and my pizza was to die for. New chef? New owners? Not sure because the personality of the place was the same friendly, relaxed vibe as ever, but the food was a step up from something that was already great!

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Perfect
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great neighborhood restaurant with great homemade food. The styaff is always welcoming and makes you feel at home. We go there regularly.

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viplarryk
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Favorite go-to neighborhood Italian. Great service from waiter Sammy. Perfect pizza from wood fired oven. Plus everything else is tasty and great value.

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vipfelderino
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always love dining at Acqua. Looks like they may have changed hands or hired a new chef, but everything was still very high quality -- our friends at Paleo-friendly, my husband had calamari and orechiette with broccoli rabe and sausage and I had my usual fried artichokes and quattro stagione pizza. Yum!

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vipJENNIFER101
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Overrated and overcrowded . Almost impossible to hear over the crowds with children. Extremely gross restroom.
Food was decent but indifferent service and restaurant was so cold I had to eat in my coat.

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GaryB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very friendly atmosphere. Feels like a place that everyone knows you try name. Good food, reasonable prices.

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vipTudaisey
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very casual and the food is pretty reliable. The pizza is always good. The acoustics are just so so cause even with not that many people it can get pretty noisy and makes it hard to hear what your dinner companion is saying

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vipihatenicknames
New York Area
256 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We are not often in this neighborhood. But we had tickets to Symphony Space. This restaurant was excellent for pre-show dinner. The food is fresh; there is a wide selection; decent wines and wood-burning oven pizza. Prices were good. I would go again when I am in the area.

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vipsarei
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food and service. Great value. Fabulous waiter. We recommend this restaurant highly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Good food. Good Service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We ate at Acqua before a performance at Symphony Space and it was perfect for that. The food is good and a nice selection of wines. Service was a little spotty...it looked like the waiter was very overworked and he did a good job whenever we were able to get his attention. It was also very noisy with bad acoustics so difficult to hear what others in our party were saying. It's not a restaurant I would go out of my way for but it's a very nice neighborhood place and perfect for a good meal before a performance at Symphony Space.

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Acqua - Upper West Side is rated 3.9 stars by 284 OpenTable diners.