Aqua

4.5
370 reviews
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Modern European Dining meets Asian Fusion. Serving lunch and dinner daily. Happy Hour Daily 3p-6p! Fresh Seafood and Steak is our Specialty. No Freezers or Microwaves! Expect Fresh Made to Order! Click on Detroit Best Chef 2016, featured in Hour Detroit, Metro Times Top Patios 2016.
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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Aqua, first time on a date with my husband and this time with a large group of friends. Both times were excellent. Food and drinks were delicious. The waitress (Diana from Transylvania I think) was AMAZING! She was very energetic and attentive to our group. It's nice to have such a nice restaurant close to home. It has a metro downtown vibe without the worry of parking. I'll definitely be back with more friends.

ND
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good although the oil used for the rice was a little rancid. The restaurant itself looks like it needs a bit of a cleaning and some touchups to the bubbling and fingerprint stained wallpaper.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great flavors and healthy portions

TH
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is really wonderful. Lots of nice blending of flavors

NC
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was phenomenal, service impeccable and the place was incredibly smart and clean.
Just one thing....location.
We sat 'outside' which clearly used to be a patio but is now covered. The ambience inside just didn't match what you saw around you - busy road and old houses.
Great food though!!

PD
Detroit
241 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We used the Groupon for the set meal. Opted for the salmon. We specifically requested the vegetables be served warm. However, when the entrees arrived both the sticky rice and carrots were cold. It was fixed quickly and the meal was excellent. Attentive service, other than the temperature issue. We'll return.

RI
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can not begin to explain how DELICIOUS the food is at the restaurant...A MUST!!!

S
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine dining in Plymouth! Best dining experience this year! Service was top notch! Food and drinks...perfection! Go there ASAP!

NS
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in the area. The food and service are exceptional.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, can’t wait to go back.

OT
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktails are perfect. Excellent dinner and remarkable deserts. Highly recommend the 7 hour slow braised short rib from the dinner menu.

LH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. The food was delicious and beautifully served. A tad expensive but worth it for a special occasion!!

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I used a Groupon for this first visit so we had a fixed menu for two that included a house salad for each of us, the choice of either chicken or salmon (got both and shared), creme brulee, and a bottle of wine. First off, on this fixed menu, everything was great. We also added on a Tiger Shrimp app per recommendation of our waiter and that was tasty. Highlights included, Shrimp App, Bread w/ Bourbon butter, and my wife raved about the Greek dressing.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here to celebrate our anniversary and everything was perfect!

FM
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice restaurant. Excellent food and presentation and great service. We'll be back.

LT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambience and service but significantly pricey!

KC
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, service was excellent but the music was AWFUL! I suggest instead of smooth jazz try old standards.

L
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both fantastic

OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is great. The place is really small and very loud.

BH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were fantastic. It wasn’t crowded at 7 on a Saturday to our surprise, but it was pretty full by the time we left. Prices were reasonable -$20-30 for most entrees. I think a filet and ribeye were the only entrees above $30. Server knew the menu and wine list very well and made great recommendations. The short rib was awesome. Servings are perfect size - bigger than they appear in menu pictures. We had an appetizer, a soup, two entrees, desert and wine and everything was great. We will be back for sure.

KT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very high quality meats and seafood, perfectly prepared. Beautiful presentation. Moderate proportions- deceivingly small pictures on the menu. We will be returning with friends in the near future.

K
Detroit
33 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aqua is a favorite of ours. The menu is varied and unique. The food is delicious and gorgeously displayed. Best of all it is intimate and quiet.

KQ
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If one likes well presented and tasty food and doesn't mind spending a little more for lunch or dinner I highly recommend this restaurant. Our waitress was very congenial and helpful in making our choices. I can't wait to go back.

OT
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative menu, expertly prepared and served.

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went back for our anniversary and was less crowded than Valentine's Day. Food outstanding and even given Creme Brulee on them for our anniversary. Will definitely go back again

JA
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good overall. Drinks and food were great and service attentive. Thought would have more of crowd on Friday however holiday weekend. Closed the restaurant with enjoyable conversation and not rushed at all by staff. Recommend if in the area. Dinner for four with two drinks, three apps, main, and coffee less than $300 which is great value.

F
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our 24th wedding anniversary after driving past for years and saying we should try it. I truly wish we’d stopped in sooner! The food was terrific and put new spins on classic dishes. The cocktail menu almost over shadowed the menu with lots of tasty drinks. Free tip: have a strawberry starburst, then try Aqua’s starburst. Amazing similarities. The one thing that outshone everything was our wonderful and attentive waitress. She made wonderful recommendations and was there when we needed her while not smothering us.

Wonderful evening for our 24th, made special with a phenomenal meal at Aqua!

t
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Some of the appetizers, especially the spicy avocado bombs, were very good. We found most of the sauces overly sweet, and the seafood and fish we ordered was no longer fresh.

B
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food, atmosphere, and especially the lovely presentations of dishes at Aqua. This is where we bring out-of-towners for a special treat!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great apps, especially squid. Server was excellent. Main courses were bland though, but plating was gorgeous. Wonderful and gorgeous drinks. Will go back for the appetizers for sure!

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere was so relaxing, the food is amazing but a little over priced for the amount. The website did not mention that the prices would be doubled on mother's day nor did the menus have everything shown on the website. For example, the free range chicken online says $19 but it was $30, the filet mignon online says $39 but was was $50. The menu online menu was completely different than the menu in store, which was disappointing because I felt the website was very misleading No where on the website did it mentioned that the menu and prices would be different. The waiter was okay. Some moments I felt ignored but he was always right on time with the food. It was not as busy as I thought it would be. There were many open tables. Great place to dine for special occasions but you should definitely call ahead to see if the menu is different then what is displayed on the website.

j
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

The menu prices were doubled on Mother’s for no reason with a limited menu
One meal came cold , the other over priced for a small filet, 50.00 when the menu online said 36.00
Salmon online menu was 32.00 and ours was 45.00
If your going to charge these prices it needs to be very good all the time, and also without inflated prices because it’s Mother’s Day. We will trying other spots for sure.

AH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went there for the first time for Mother's Day. They had a Mother's Day brunch menu that had less than a dozen choices. My son and I had the stuffed french toast. It was stuffed with mascarpone cheese and strawberry slices. It was fine. Too much mascarpone to berry ratio and not enough of the berry sauce to get some with every bite. My husband ordered the shrimp and grits. Shrimp and poached eggs were overdone and the gravy had the same texture as the grits. The flavor was good, but the rubbery shrimp were unappetizing.
We waited on beverage refills a few times. It took them about an hour to get our food out to us. Overall, it was just a mediocre experience.

OT
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Went for Mother’s Day brunch. Took a long time to get our food, and when we got it my steak and eggs were both over cooked. I let the server know the steak was over cooked and instead of getting me a completely fresh entree, she left me with everything but the steak. When the new steak came out (and the rest of my food was cold), it was cooked properly thus time, but my meal was ruined by then. The French toast was cold and my son’s crab cakes were lukewarm at best. In addition, the manager came by and abruptly took a chair from our table. Then broke fire and ADA codes by placing a table in a walk way. Add to all of this that I made the reservation on Thursday through open table, on Friday I received a text from the restaurant asking me to confirm that I would be there so I did, then I got a live phone call on Saturday confirming. I found it to be very unprofessional and rude. Couple that with the bad food and poor management, I would recommend that you stay far away from this restaurant, I know I will never be back.

M
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food presentation with great food. We have been here several times and it never fails in presentation, taste, and quality

KA
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I think the food is exceptionally well prepared and savory. The food stuffs they use are first-rate. Very relaxed atmosphere with a full bar .

NB
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it great food, service and ambiance was just what we were looking for for a special occasion!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

CL
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was FANTASTIC! The service was wonderful. We went for our wedding anniversary, and they wished us happy anniversary when we first got there! It was amazing, and I can't wait to go back!

D
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and wanted to go someplace nice but not too far from home. Since we live in Plymouth, Aqua is literally down the street from our house. We’ve driven by it thousands of times but never went in. Wow... have we been missing out.

The building is unassuming but the service and food are exceptional.

To me, the food at Aqua is the real star. We started with the Japanese Crab Cakes. They had a great consistency and outstanding flavor. The included salad had a wonderful vinaigrette dressing on it. For our main course, we both had the Black Cod and it was cooked to perfection - and for those of you who may not know, this is definitely not the kind of cod you get with fish and chips :)

Desserts were also wonderful. I recommend the tiramisu and my wife recommends the double chocolate mousse cake.

It was refreshing to find such a gem so close to home. While I could have found many places to get a great meal in Detroit or Ann Arbor, I couldn’t think of any place that would have been better than Aqua.

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