Aqua Nueva

Bars, International, Spanish, Tapas·
££££
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Bronze Award
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SquareMeal Review of Aqua Nueva

Bronze Award

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.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Bars, International, Spanish, Tapas
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury, Unique
Food Occasions
Bottomless brunch, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Rooftop, Terrace
Special Features
Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Set in a dramatic space on the top floor of the former Dickins & Jones department store in the heart of London’s West End, Aqua Nueva offers diners the very best of traditional and modern Spanish cuisine with a captivating rooftop terrace and stunning bar.

Its super central location makes it an ideal spot for numerous occasions, which is easily accessible via a short walk from Oxford Street station. Step inside to a paradise of sleek surroundings. Underneath the arched ceiling, which is accentuated by curved strip lights, the main dining area offers a variety of seating that allows for privacy (at circular booths) or a buzzing dining experience (separate square tables). Dark mahogany furnishings create a warm yet smart feel while brick-style tiles create the feeling that you’re sitting in a train station. There are also a handful of partially covered rooftop terraces, ideal for drinks and weekday lunches.   

The menu revolves around refined, contemporary Spanish cuisine. Classic plates include oxtail and avocado empanadas and spiced crab tostadas, while signature tapas dishes include beef short rib with potato gratin, and chimichurri, confit piquillo peppers with romesco and Marcona almonds, Bacalao tacos with taramasalata and black seafood alioli croquetas.

On Saturdays, it serves its free-flowing brunch, a grand feast that's made for sharing and includes unlimited cocktails (or bubbles at an extra cost).

To complement Aqua Nueva’s food offering, the bar has created an innovative cocktail menu for its destination bar that opens onto the terrace. If you fancy stopping by for drinks and nibbles, discover a broad range of cocktails featuring Japanese-inspired ingredients, such as a Shiso Sour made with whisky, shiso leaves, lime juice, egg white, sugar syrup, and an Aqua Martini made with vodka, yuzu juice, orange juice, sake syrup, egg white. 

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Event Party Venue

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Location

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

020 7478 0540 020 7478 0540

Website

Opening Times

Brunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-14:45
Sun 12:00-14:45
Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 17:00-22:00
Tue 17:00-22:00
Wed 17:00-22:00
Thu 17:00-22:00
Fri 17:00-22:15
Sat 17:00-22:15
Sun 17:00-22:00
Bar
Mon 17:00-00:00
Tue 17:00-00:00
Wed 17:00-00:00
Thu 17:00-00:00
Fri 17:00-00:30
Sat 17:00-00:30
Sun 12:00-00:00

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29 Reviews 
Food/Drink
Service
Atmosphere
Value

Andrew L

01 June 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 1
Service 2
Atmosphere 2
Value 1

Paul B

10 August 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3
Service 4
Atmosphere 5
Value 2

Lovely setting, nice rooftop terrace. Excellent food but portions a bit too small. Substituted Piper Heidseck for Prosecco in our cocktails without mention. 13% service charge added to food AND drinks!

Daniel B

19 June 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 1
Service 1
Atmosphere 4
Value 1
Staff and management not up to the task

Difficult to get anyone's attention to the point that we never ordered the sushi we intended to, or the second drink.

Generally dirty tables and lounge furniture full of old drinks and full ashtrays. A bit like a student Union bar.

Underpoured glasses of wine, served not quite chilled.

Woefully poor ice quality.

Overall really disappointing for such an auspicious venue.

You should be offering a better experience.

 

Stephen

07 May 2021  
Service - A Disgrace

I had my booking cancelled 5 hours before I was due to host guests at Aqua Nueva by an extremely rude and discourteous member of their staff.  Due to them not reading the notes I had sent with my reservation request (sent over a month before due to them not taking bookings at that time over the phone) they called me to cancel the reservation.  No alterantives nor apologies were given and when I tried to illict from this member of staff why they were cancelling my booking they hung up on me. I do hope the food & drink are better than the service as if they are relying on good service alone to make them an attractive option for diners in London they are in serious trouble!

Tom B

02 July 2019  
Surprisingly good Spanish.

Jaishri R

01 November 2016  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3
Atmosphere 4
Value 3
First visit
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.......

Rosie V

27 September 2015  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Highly recommended
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. Give it a go!

julia H

06 October 2013  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 3.5
Good Place to Meet Friends
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.

Charlotte H

14 January 2013  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
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 the standard service, quality and diversity of dishes and perfect London locations it is indeed great value for money.

Samantha M

02 November 2012  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 5
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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