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Refurbished in 2015, Aqua's upmarket Spanish eatery is predictably sleek and glamorous, although the food is sufficiently accomplished to hold its own. Low-lit black tables are arranged beneath an arched, copper-clad ceiling, while the menu of show-stopping tapas ranges from ultra-traditional pan con tomate and patatas bravas to glazed veal cheek with pickled mushrooms or poached cod fillet atop fennel purée. Respect for ingredients and presentation is evident throughout, from melting black-ink seafood croquetas presented in mussel shells to deep-pink raw tuna rolls, stuffed with a confit tomato and almonds, then studded with pomegranate (a riot of colour and texture). There are also larger plates of grilled octopus or perhaps Ibérico secreto pork, but our advice is to stick with the smaller, more adventurous tapas. Big bills come as standard, but the striking black-and-gold bar provides a more wallet-friendly alternative with its evening snack menu, array of cocktails and a terrace overlooking Regent Street.

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Aqua Nueva

Fifth Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) ,London W1B 3BR

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First visit

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Nov 2016

Food was good. Venue is lovely. Staff could do with some training on how to serve customers as they seemed a little new to everything. They should ask before serving main dishes as it can get a bit too rushed unless we ask for them to slow down to give us time to digest.......

Jaishri R.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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Aqua Nueva

Fifth Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) ,London W1B 3BR

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Highly recommended

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Sep 2015

This was my first visit to Aqua Neuva though I have eaten next door at Aqua Kyoto many times. I was very pleasantly surprised! It is so much easier to get a table here than it is next door but for me the food was as good if not better and the service was excellent. I can particularly recommend the crispy pork and langoustine dish and the red tuna "escabeche" but everything we had was delicious, including the gazpacho. We were looked after very well and the food arrived exceptionally quickly....

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Rosie V.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Fifth Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) ,London W1B 3BR

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Good Place to Meet Friends

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Oct 2013

Bar, Restaurant and Terrace all very nice. The Service was actually very good despite the bad reviews we had read. The menu is a little restricted but what was served up was done very well. Not too noisy so we could hear each other talk and not to quite that you felt everyone could hear you. Overall Very nice evening.

julia h.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 7

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Fifth Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) ,London W1B 3BR

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Jan 2013

I came to the restaurant with a few friends of mine who are adventrous and in and around London's finest at least once a week so I thought I would join in on the action. Upon entering the staff were very welcoming and warm, reflecting the atmosphere of the bar area which you come through to. Being a fan of Tapas, it was by far the best I have had in very long time. Sitting near the terrace was a bonus in terms of the scenic views and relaxed spanish styled atmosphere. Taking into consideration...

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Charlotte H.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Fifth Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) ,London W1B 3BR

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Nov 2012

My sister organised my birthday dinner at aqua nueva and we had an amazing evening, the food was awesome, service was timely and the staff were very friendly and welcoming. The restaurant birthday cake was a wonderful treat indeed. Will definitely be back for more!

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 10

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Fifth Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) ,London W1B 3BR

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Sep 2012

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The food was really good, we ordered the entire tapas menu and all of it was nice. Very expensive as well, but we thought it was worth it for a great evening out. The waiters at the tables were also nice. Not always the fastest, but absolutely ok. They did spill an entire drink over our table, but apologized and brought a new one. The staff at the door, however, were so incredibly unfriendly that they spoilt the entire experience for us. I was chased by a security guard for attempting to leave...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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Fifth Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) ,London W1B 3BR

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Feb 2012

Only went following a last minute recommendation from a mate when we were looking to impress some potential new clients, and boy is this the right place to do this. We were there on a Thursday evening and the restaurant and the rest of the bar were buzzing. Tried lots of different dishes on the tapas menu and then shared some main dishes and none of them strayed far from superb. Staff were attentive but discrete. Good recommendations on the wine. The piece de resistance was the after dinner drinks...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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Jul 2011

I believe it is important to read a review before heading out to the actual place. Doing so, you avoid going to the wrong establishment on the wrong occasion… I mean why take your first date to a sophisticated underground gourmet, and vice versa take your best mate to a romantic Oriental club in Mayfair. And this exactly what you should keep in mind before approaching Aqua Nueva. It is not a place to impress your gourmet friends, yet if you are trying to get some action with a lady well, this is...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 6

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Fifth Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) ,London W1B 3BR

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May 2011

“this will be classed as ‘The’ experience of 2011, I can't get over the beautiful lighting, decor, terraces, food and staff. All absolutely charming and I'm very, very impressed”

Bobby M.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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by   platinum reviewer (53)

Mar 2011

Aqua Nueva is the Quaglinos of today – a big, noisy, fashionable central london hangout with lots of sponsored tables. That is not to say it a bad place, in fact it's great fun for a crowd looking for an ‘inclusive’ experience of bar, dinner and dancing – but the food suffers. Cold Tapas was great as expected but I had to fight with the grilled Octopus for some time, this was followed by a bar of Oxtail which was also a bit of a disappointment. Fortunately the service was good, we had plenty to drink...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 5

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