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AQUI

4.4
4.4
291 Reviews
$31 to $50
Southeast Asian

AQUI is a restaurant by Top Chef & James Beard Award-Winner Chef Paul Qui.

AQUI is located along the Westheimer corridor at the cusp of Midtown and Montrose. The restaurant serves contemporary South East Asian cuisine with Japanese influence. Menu changes daily.

Please contact us directly for parties of 6 or more guests.

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Menu

Cold

  • Hamachi Kinilaw$15.00

    yellowtail, coconut, hearts of palm, cilantro

    • Crudo Tostada$18.00

      jamon, tuna, avocado, chili yuzu

      • Hamachi Crudo$16.00

        yellowtail, jalapenos, nuoc mam

        • Toro Tataki$38.00

          fatty tuna, smoked tamari, wasabi

          • Jamon and Cheese$28.00

            brioche, sarvecchio, ewenique, bleu

            Oysters

            Individual serving. Add Santa Barbara Uni $5, Add Hokkaido Uni $7

            • Shigoku$4.00

              sweet, mild brine lime, wasabi

              • Kumamoto$4.00

                sweet, briney lime, wasabi

                Small

                • Santa Barbara Uni Don$14.00

                  onsen egg, garlic onigiri, uni

                  • Karaage Shrimp$14.00

                    fried lime, herbs, green curry kewpie

                    Perfect Bite

                    Individual serving

                    • Shikiburi Hamachi$4.50

                      yellowtail, ponzu, wasabi stem, myoga

                      • Blood Orange Masu$5.00

                        ocean trout, ikura, blood orange, buttermilk, heirloom tomato

                        • Madai$5.00

                          japanese sea bream, nam chim, wasabi, A5 tallow

                          • Tuna Larb Tostada$5.00

                            tuna, fish sauce, lime, rice powder, chili

                            • Cured Ikura Toast$4.00

                              fermented salmon roe, pandesal, avocado, yuzu creme fraiche

                              • Hokkaido Uni Toast$12.00

                                • Santa Barbara Uni Toast$10.00

                                  sea urchin, chicharon crumble, whipped A5 tallow, lemon, pandesal

                                  • Scallop Nam Chim$4.00

                                    hokkaido scallops, radish, nam chim

                                    • Squash Blossom$4.00

                                      shrimp har gow, madeira, tamari

                                      • Ensaymada$5.00

                                        brioche, jamon, red hawk, manchego

                                        • Foie Gras$12.00

                                          coconut jam, kalamansi jelly, pandesal

                                          • Tapioca Dumpling$4.00

                                            ground pork, peanut, salted radish

                                            Noodles

                                            • Tom Yam Noodles$13.00

                                              pork demi, cracklings, peanuts

                                              • Chinatown Noodles$15.00

                                                kalabasa, shiitake, okra, napa cabbage, eggplant, soy bean, thai chili, egg noodles

                                                Hot

                                                add crudite and garlic rice $12

                                                • Grilled Whole Fish$28.00

                                                  branzino, lemongrass, nam chim

                                                  • Lechon$22.00

                                                    pork belly, spicy eggplant, nam chim, atchara, kimchi

                                                    • Sisig Nabe$14.00

                                                      pork, jalapeno vinegar, garlic rice, onsen egg, tamari, red onion, cilantro

                                                      • Bistek$38.00

                                                        wagyu, cipollini, yuzu kosho soy

                                                        • A5 Beef Tongue Hot Rock$19.00

                                                          wagyu, tallow, nam chim, cucumber sunomono salad, enoki

                                                          • A5 Tomahawk

                                                            eggplant, tomato, and jalapeno jams, kimchi, nori butter

                                                            • Mkt

                                                          Vegetables

                                                          • Mushroom Salad*$11.00

                                                            thai chili vinaigrette, peanuts, cilantro

                                                            • Crudite of Fall Vegetables*$9.00

                                                              korean green peppers, oyster mushrooms, baby carrots, radish, tofu peanut sauce

                                                              • Chinatown Veg*$11.00

                                                                kalabasa, shiitake, okra, napa cabbage, eggplant, soy bean, thai chili

                                                                • Eggplant*$8.00

                                                                  japanese and thai eggplants, ginger garlic soy

                                                                  Sweet (ish)

                                                                  • Bread and Butter$3.00

                                                                    pandesal, salted butter, coconut jam

                                                                    • Bing's Bibingka$5.00

                                                                      sweet coconut bread

                                                                      • Tropical$9.00

                                                                        passion fruit, banana, grilled pineapple, hazelnut, black lime, coconut sorbet

                                                                        • Kalamansi Tart$8.00

                                                                          kalamansi curd, coconut, toasted meringue

                                                                          Dessert Bites

                                                                          • Turon$3.00

                                                                            banana cream, feuille de brick, coconut jam

                                                                            • Brownie$3.00

                                                                              miso chantilly, prune

                                                                              • Tsamporado$4.00

                                                                                chocolate rice pudding, avocado cream, fried baby anchovies

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                                                                                What 291 people are saying

                                                                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                4.4
                                                                                4.4 based on all time ratings
                                                                                • 4.5Food
                                                                                • 4.3Service
                                                                                • 4.5Ambience
                                                                                • 4.0Value

                                                                                NoiseModerate

                                                                                87% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                                                1. K

                                                                                  Kman

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on December 20, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Sorry to see this place close. Houston's loss for not supporting the concept and the talented people in the kitchen.

                                                                                2. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on December 15, 2018

                                                                                  overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                                  Food was a mixture of good and ok. It’s closing soon which I was disappointed to hear but not sure I would return anyway.

                                                                                3. h

                                                                                  holidayevent

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  9 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  9 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on December 14, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Fantastic Omakase dinner with Chef Paul last night!

                                                                                4. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on December 8, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Food was amazing. It was my second time eating there and I’m devastated about the upcoming closure.

                                                                                5. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on December 8, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  So sad to see this place go!!!

                                                                                6. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on December 5, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Excellent dining experience. Very unique. Food was excellent. Definitely not for the cautious eaters. Fun to eat with your hands.

                                                                                7. f

                                                                                  fignewtonium

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on December 2, 2018

                                                                                  overall4food5service3ambience5

                                                                                  Excellent menu and unique plates. Server spoke a little too fast and was very soft-spoken; had to ask them to repeat multiple times.

                                                                                8. H

                                                                                  Highland770

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on November 29, 2018

                                                                                  overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                                                  Physical space quite nice. During our 90 minutes there, were the only people in the place. The food was good but seemed overpriced as were the drinks. I wouldn’t recommend.

                                                                                9. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on November 28, 2018

                                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                  Not as good or exciting as before. No foie grad and Many dishes were less flavorful. Over long waits for food. Business slowed so no valet.

                                                                                10. l

                                                                                  luv2eat

                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                  33 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  33 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on November 25, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Ever changing menu. Well executed cuisine. Knowledge, engaging waitstaff... It’s what I call a “once a weeker”

                                                                                11. L

                                                                                  Leeza

                                                                                  Austin

                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on November 18, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  The meal was extraordinary as was the waiter who made perfect recommendations and kept the food coming at an even pace. I have enjoyed Paul Qui’s cheffing since his early Eastside King days in Austin. Still great food and as far as I can see he is wonderful to his staff and to his patrons. We started with the Bread and Butter w coconut jam, the Philippine ceviche, then the chili crab (this is the only one that while very good—there are other options even better), grilled greens, and brazino was the fish of the day prepared grilled and whole. We finished w the tsamporado, and banana Turon. All amazing.

                                                                                12. TS

                                                                                  TedS

                                                                                  Dallas

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on November 18, 2018

                                                                                  overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  The food was delicious. Our server was fantastic. But after $200 we went to Burger King to fill up.

                                                                                13. C

                                                                                  Cheers

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  17 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  17 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on November 17, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  The service was very good and the entire staff very welcoming. The food was fresh, very flavorful and pleasing to the eye but more to the palet! If you're looking to relax and enjoy food that is carefully and uniquely prepared, this is the place!

                                                                                14. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on November 15, 2018

                                                                                  overall2food1service4ambience4

                                                                                  Food did not taste as good as it did before and portions are smaller than they used to be. The price you pay is just not worth it anymore. There is nothing special about this place. Service was great though.

                                                                                15. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on November 12, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Fantastic service, head chef checked on tables. Great all around.

                                                                                16. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on November 10, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Amazing food , had the omakasa, highly recommended

                                                                                17. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on November 10, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Great nicer-than-usual spot for go-out or meet-up occasion with friends. Food was fantastic.

                                                                                18. b

                                                                                  billys

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on November 4, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Aqui is one of my favorite restaurants in Houston. I often bring people who have never been and they are always blown away by the unique menu items and how amazingly good the food is.

                                                                                19. AY

                                                                                  AmyY

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on November 3, 2018

                                                                                  overall1food1service5ambience5

                                                                                  Changed owner. Changed Menu. Food is terrible. Not worth time and money there.

                                                                                20. IJ

                                                                                  IsaacJ

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on October 30, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Beautiful. Fresh. Delicious. The grilled greens and the chili crab were sublime.

                                                                                21. CR

                                                                                  CR12

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on October 29, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Four of us shared the Filipino tasting meal. In contrast to other tasting menus, its all served at one time on a large banana leaf. Super fun , interesting, and delicious. We are already plotting our next visit. Great job Aqui!

                                                                                22. RS

                                                                                  RaphealSienteSe

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  224 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  224 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on October 28, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                  Great food, drinks and service. One of the best whiskey menus in the city. Great server.

                                                                                23. JM

                                                                                  JacobM

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on October 27, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Creative menu, friendly staff, and delicious food!

                                                                                24. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Exclusive

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on October 27, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Amazing food!

                                                                                25. MS

                                                                                  MartyS

                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                  13 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  13 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on October 24, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Service was incredible with awesome descriptions of awesome unusual foods. Presentations were crazy beautiful. I took several people and enjoyed everything we tried. One of the best meals I’ve ever had and I travel extensively around the US. Thanks

                                                                                26. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on October 21, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                  Food was great and service even better. Great experience

                                                                                27. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on October 13, 2018

                                                                                  overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                  Missed some old dishes we used to have for the last 4 times we were there. We said we booked for a special occasion but the waiter didn’t even acknowledge it

                                                                                28. FG

                                                                                  FoodisGood

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on October 10, 2018

                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                  Food is way overpriced for what it is - but was tasty and a good ambiance. Will likely only return for drinks and snacks

                                                                                29. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on October 7, 2018

                                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                  Had a great time food was very decent but the waiter decided to take items off the menu that we ordered and double them to accommodate everyone at the table

                                                                                30. MK

                                                                                  MelissaK

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on October 7, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Loved the cuisine and ambiance there! New flavors and great nod to Asian inspired cuisine

                                                                                31. m

                                                                                  morriso

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  11 reviews

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  11 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on October 7, 2018

                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                  Excellent live Uni, Fillipino Ceveche, Porkbelly Rice, and dessert. Waitstaff friendly and helpful.

                                                                                32. JF

                                                                                  JeffreyF

                                                                                  New England

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on September 28, 2018

                                                                                  overall1food1service1ambience3

                                                                                  Just awful. Service was terrible and food was not cooked.

                                                                                33. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Chicago

                                                                                  9 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  9 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on September 27, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  So yes, I've said that Zen Izakaya is the best traditional Japanese restaurant. But I've also said that I was sad that Yoshi san left, well guess where he went! To me Aqui is the perfect fit, where he could do things that were previously impossible. If you want the best Ankimo, the best Anago, the best Tamago, reserve the omakase with Aqui. It's a new look with Japanese cuisine, and it's probably the most innovative in Houston, while keeping the traditional items on point. I won't be surprised if Aqui is the first Texas restaurant to get the Michelin star. But who cares, I know I'll be coming back.

                                                                                34. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on September 26, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Excellent service in a gorgeous space but the food is the star. Several raw bar choices like Filipino ceviche all were delicious. Creative cocktails and half price happy hour until 6:30. Can’t wait until cooler weather as there’s a pretty outdoor area too.

                                                                                35. A

                                                                                  omakaseAqui

                                                                                  Austin

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on September 23, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  This is probably the 3-4th time my girl friend and I have eaten here. Every time it just keeps getting better and better. So they just recently started doing an 17-18 course omakase at the counter and we just had to try it. Im so glad we did, everything was on point and just truly amazing. Chef Yoshi was extremely knowledgeable about everything he was serving and how certain fish should taste if they are fresh or wild vs farm raised. I can't wait for my next trip back to Houston so we can eat here again!

                                                                                36. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on September 23, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Fantastic. Well crafted food, lively, and bright.

                                                                                37. C

                                                                                  Customer1

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on September 23, 2018

                                                                                  overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                                                  Ny husband and I have been here for our special occasions several times now. We both felt that this time the quality of the food is not as good as before. Pork lechón is very fatty, and our risotto was undercooked. We will still go back because we like the creativity and play on Asian food, but we really hope the food quality doesn’t go down.

                                                                                38. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on September 22, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Emanuela was the best!

                                                                                39. BM

                                                                                  BerkleeMom

                                                                                  East Texas

                                                                                  13 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  13 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on September 22, 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                  Aqui has an amazing menu based on the idea of umami--every bite is a taste sensation. Excellent wine list and VERY gluten free friendly.

                                                                                40. BH

                                                                                  BrittonH

                                                                                  Houston

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on September 22, 2018

                                                                                  overall4food5service3ambience3

                                                                                  The food was outstanding. The service was friendly, but absent at times. The mixed drinks were pleasantly unusual. The tapas items were great for sharing. Surprisingly not crowded for a Friday night.

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                                                                                AQUI is rated 4.4 stars by 291 OpenTable diners

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