Aqimero

4.2
297 reviews
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Contemporary American
Situated in the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, Aqimero offers the chance to unwind while savoring wood-fired grill flavors. Expect nothing short of excellence from acclaimed chef and Aqimero restaurateur Richard Sandoval. Our kitchen features wood-burning grill and Latin-inspired notes that enhance the tastes of an eclectic menu, while a stunning atmosphere encourages guest-to-guest connections over shareable plates and carefully crafted cocktails. It is our pleasure to serve residents and visitors alike in a relaxed setting where memorable dishes are expertly executed and stylishly served.
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KR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The atmosphere was nice and the decor was aesthetically pleasing. The server (Anthony was very nice), hostess, and runners were nice and accommodating. The food, however, left much to be desired. The bass had no seasoning or flavor. I didn't understand why the server asked us if we wanted salt or pepper until I took my first bite. The menu listed asparagus as a part of the dish, but there were three pieces so small I they blended into the unseasoned squares of potatoes. My friend enjoyed her flank steak, but also mentioned her potatoes lacked seasoning. The drink was good, but for the price it leveled to mediocre. Some redemption came in the form of a free glass of champagne at dessert. Overall, I was severely underwhelmed and immensely glad I came for restaurant week and did not pay full price. I would have rated the service higher, but they forgot our bread (arguably the best part) and my friend's steak knife.

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JW
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Wonderful grand interior. Posh bar area. Food was good and well prepared but not perfect. I would go back none the less. Good wine but expensive! Excellent wait staff.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Bad service never got greeted at all had to find someone to seat us took forever to get a menu nobody seemed to know how to smile.

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KL
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Highly recommend the grilled swordfish dip.

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c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We made reservations and were seated immediately. The ambiance is beautiful for a date. The service was excellent the food was good. Overall i would recommend this for a date night.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent time. Anthony was excellent serving us and making the night beyond memorable.

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c
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Last night was our first time eating at Aqimero. They served a Christmas dinner buffet costing $95 per person. The bar area is beautiful, with the incredibly high, domed ceiling and comfortable seating. The bar service was quick, friendly, professional, and attentive. Please bear in mind that the feedback I’m giving describes only the Christmas buffet and not their regular menu. After being promptly seated at our reserved time, we were given our menus showing the prescribed buffet dinner selections. The seafood buffet included raw oysters, crab legs, and shrimp. Nothing special. What you would expect to be served at a buffet, I guess. The salad bar included two types of lettuce mixes and standard vegetable toppings with two dressing choices. Again, nothing special. After finishing our salads, our server removed our plates, but returned our used silverware, expecting us to use it for the rest of our meal. Really?! We requested new silverware. Then came the entree of meats, which were served at the table and not on the buffet line. We were served an obnoxiously massive helping of three meats for two people: salmon, ham, and beef. The amount of meat we were served could have easily fed 4-6 people! The ham was delicious. The steak was good, and we never tasted the salmon. We had so much meat leftover, we asked the server why so much meat was served. She admitted its far too much and suggested we take it home. Because we were visitors, we decided to feed it to a homeless person. Overall, the experience did not meet our expectations for a $200+ dinner on Christmas night. There was nothing special or memorable (in a good way) about the food, quality of the service, or the buffet presentation.

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BB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Christmas buffet is my only experience. Main entree of prime rib, ham and salmon was delicious...everything else left much to be desired in quality and quantity.

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S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

The Christmas Eve prefixed menu was pretty lame and it was truly overpriced. I eat out a lot and this was of the worst deals ever. I have been to this restaurant before and liked it but this was such a bad experience that I won’t be returning

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CW
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time had by all, but towards the end we felt like we were being rushed out

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KC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food are wonderful! I especially like the hostesses and wait staff who are cheerful friendly and helpful!!

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Endless brunch starts at 11:30 which I didn’t realize when I made 10:30 reservation. After paying $9 for coffee we had at table we decided to wait and sat at bar. Brunch choices are delicious. You choose off a menu rather than a buffet..which I prefer. Lots of options and champagne drinks. I wish a Bloody Mary was offered, but other than that we left satisfied and definitely full for the afternoon. Beautiful lobby and decorated for holidays.

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M
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my granddaughter to the theater and then to Aqimero at the Ritz Carlton for a "special" lunch. She enjoyed herself but I must say the adults in the party thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this meal. The "unlimited" brunch special was a huge hit! Each entrée was absolutely delicious and the presentation was superb! Our server went above and beyond to make sure our mean and experience was nothing short of perfect! We will definitely be back!

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JC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location and decor. positioned to the side of the main lobby it is a great place for people watching. Majestic decor, comfortable seating. Attentive service. Highly recommend the mushroom flatbread and beet and goat cheese salad appetizers and the salmon entree. I did not like my prawn entree at all, and the server quickly offered a replacement - I was more than satisfied with the salmon. The marbled potatoes were not our taste, smoky flavor, thought they were a little dry, but others may enjoy them. Overall, the food was tasty.

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JM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was terrible. Tried to have a business lunch and had to find our server 3 times. Food was ok, but overpriced. Open Table has this restaurant as a $, but should be listed as a $$.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Although we did enjoy the food and there’s no doubt we saved lots of money doing the $50 unlimited brunch - the service was subpar. Our food came out at all different times leaving half the table to be finished eating before others were even served and it took lots of flagging down to get drink refills, napkins and the check in a place that was seemingly empty.

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BF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location for a holiday brunch... the Ritz is beautifully decorated for the season. Service was prompt as we had to get to the Army/Navy football game, would definitely stop in a gain

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A
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I’ve eaten here several times and had always enjoyed it. I was a little disappointed this time. Don’t know if you were short staffed or not but there was no one to greet us upon arrival. Stood about 10 minutes before someone came up to check us in. Then we were taken to a table that wasn’t completely set up. Our coffee was warm and had to ask for a refills, wasn’t used to this service before.

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VB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Have dined here a number of times, always for Sunday morning breakfast.

Consistently good food, consistently friendly atmosphere and courteous waiters.

Also consistently slow to deliver the food order from the kitchen, so not the place to eat when you are on a tight schedule.

Just plan to be there a bit longer than most restaurants, and you will enjoy it thoroughly.

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L
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We booked for Thanksgiving. Aqimero made quite a big deal of getting credit card info ahead of time and confirming with me 3 times that we’d be there. We ate at 7. The holiday menu was buffet style for $95 per person. Might have been better earlier, but our experience was that almost every station constantly was empty and in need of refreshing. We waited for crab, for salad, for cranberries, you name it. The meat was brought directly to our table, but was not hot. Staff seemed a bit overwhelmed, with our waitress trying her best, but every time our table was cleared all the utensils were gone and not refreshed either, so I at least twice got up asking for more utensils.
All in all, a disappointment, especially for the price.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The menu shown in OpenTable did not match the menu that they had there. It was a very limited menu for brunch. Not really very many Cubans style entrées. Gorgeous setting, however. Also, the staff worked to accommodate us by making available their regular breakfast menu.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, friendliest staff, and very accommodating! Looking forward to returning!

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CJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined here before and was back yesterday to experience again their excellent service, beautiful decor, quaintness, wonderful food, all at a great price for lunch! And...it is in the beautiful Ritz Carlton setting. Truly a downtown favorite.

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TS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I was recommended to this restaurant by a friend. The service we received was top notch, but the food was just okay, I expected the more "ooo-ahhh" moments when eating, but never came about.

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WC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the first greet to the last entre, and I tried them all.
This place is 1st class dining!

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R
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Aqimero with friends. Started with drinks off the specialty drink menu. Started with a Caeser Salad which was big enough to share. Followed that with the scallop entree. Scallops were tasty. Also tried a desert item. The service, the food and the ambiance at Aqimero was top notch.

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KF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Swordfish Dip is my fave. The Martinis are excellent.

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RM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

We booked this restaurant due to its proximity to a show. We were only one if two tables occupied in the whole restaurant yet it seemed to take forever to get a drink and appetizer order in. Seemed the staff was more focused /0
Preoccupied on the bar than the restaurant. When I asked for some wine recommendations, the waitress ( due to her lack of knowledge I guess) sent over a Sommelier . He let us try a couple but then strongly suggested a red . Much to my surprise , when the bill came the bottle was $200. I would think that he would have gave us warning but we were in a rush and paid it to get to our next event.
To me they should have shown us the list with prices. This bottle was from a new list of wines they said was about to be introduced- even more of a reason to mention the price.
A side note: when the staff was engaged , they were very nice and the food was tasty


Unfortunately We won’t be back

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VB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good, although service was slow. We waited about 30 minutes between ordering and receiving the food. We were not in a hurry, so it wasn’t a problem for us, but I have noticed in the past that the service coupd be more attentive.

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for brunch and it was a tremendous value. Loved all the choices on the menu and everything was delicious. It is located in the lobby of the hotel but it still has a private feel to it. The service was outstanding. Definitely plan to go back!

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SB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent business lunch and wonderful ambiance. We enjoyed the the mushroom bread and the shrimp burger. Would definitely come again!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to host a business dinner. Great food and fantastic service.

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KC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

They seemed to be understaffed as we were there 15 min before we were served a cup of coffee. Then another 30 minutes until breakfast came. They kept saying they were backed up.

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Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great staff, incredibly kind. Loved the ambiance and beautiful atmosphere. One entree came late and was comped. Great experience! Will return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

The slowest service ever. Food mediocre.

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EB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Beautiful venue, and ambiance. Place was packed with one waiter who was overwhelmed and delivered poor service. There was a hostess and others standing around doing nothing to help the frazzled sole waiter.

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IP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

The food me and my friends ordered was disgusting. I was so disappointed being as though the restaurant is in the Ritz Carlton. The appetizers were good though. I would only recommend this spot for drinks and appetizers because the restaurant is very pretty inside.

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DC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The location is nice but the food wasn’t that good

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AN
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was very average and pretty expensive for the quality. The host was very nice though.

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KV
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic for date night. Went during restaurant week, great deal and delicious food! Food service went smoothly with 3 course meal. Try the bao buns and short rib slider if available on the menu. For refreshing drink, try the “water of life.”

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