Aquavit London

4.6
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£26 to £40
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Nordic
Welcome to Aquavit London, a new Nordic morning-to-midnight dining experience inspired by the highly acclaimed two Michelin star sister restaurant in New York but with a more informal setting. Dishes at Aquavit London honour fresh, seasonal ingredients and deliver a contemporary take on authentic Nordic cuisine, with menus developed by Henrik Ritzén, Executive Chef of Aquavit London, and Emma Bengtsson, Executive Chef of Aquavit New York. Overseen by the design studio of Swedish-born Martin Brudnizki (The Ivy, Scott’s and Sexy Fish), Aquavit London has been inspired by Gunnar Asplund’s design of Gothenburg City Hall in Sweden, and the restaurant showcases celebrated Nordic designers in a laid-back yet sophisticated environment.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
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4.2
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FG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, dog friendly, well knowledgeable staff.

L
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Faultless service and wonderful food and ambiance.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service! Will come back soon

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, great value for money and wonderful decor!

s
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

excellent food one of the nicest monk fish dishes I have ever had but really quite pricey !

e
London
13 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very quick and easy service; delicious food; wonderful ambience; pre-theatre menu is value for money.

DK
London
71 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a pre theatre dinner but chose to eat a la carte and were not disappointed. All dishes were delightful and beautifully presented.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and drinks in lovely surroundings with excellent service.

LH
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent restaurant in St. James’s Market a few minutes from Piccadilly Circus. Delicious, beautifully presented dishes from the Nordic countries, in particular Sweden. The meatballs and Beef Rydberg never disappoint. Very helpful and professional service. As repeat guests we were offered a glass of Prosecco. Nice touch! Beautiful dining room with high quality Scandinavian tableware. Very reasonable prices for a Michelin starred restaurant in central London. I can highly recommend this restaurant.

FH
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Excellent food, especially the herring. Lovely drinks too

CL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. Ordinary food. However the dessert of Bird nest is quite something! Very good!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Service started smoothly but soon hit a traffic jam that led to us arriving late to the theater.

BK
London
11 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience2

The food is amazing but I was bothered endlessly by the staff cutting me off all the time asking 'is everything okay... or can I remove this plate or do this" This restaurant has always received 5 stars from me but please educate your staff on proper service etiquettes. I never managed to finish telling a story...
PS. its Christmas... it's in poor taste not to have any Christmas decorations inside your venue.

G
London
10 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Food was lovely especially the meatballs and beef. The place is classy and well decorated. Only downsides are they got our starter order wrong (but rectified quickly) and the price which is in my opinion a little high. Would recommend though.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, lovely atmosphere!

WN
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We were satisfied with our visit to the restaurant. We ordered the oyster and pre-theatre menu. It was one of the best oysters that I had in a while. The non-alcoholic cocktail was also exceptional. Most of the service had a Personal touch. Very attentive staff.
In terms of improvement, the bread basket was placed in front of us without much explanation to the types of bread so I had to enquire about it. I wish this could have been explained earlier. The Swedish meatball was slightly too salty.
Apart from these minor slips, I was satisfied with my experience at Aquavit.

DC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I absolute loved this restaurant. Beautiful setting, amazing food and great service. I will definitely come back and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. It is pricey but well worth it.

PE
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience5

Forgot about the birthday of my wife. Aside from that the food is delicious and the space is beautiful.

LS
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

You have to like the venue and we were ready to go with the flow. Everything that was fish or seafood was very fresh and delicious - but not really elaborate. The venison was cooked perfectly, the sauce was nowhere near as refined as one would expect for a one Michelin star.
Service was nice but totally lacking for that class of a restaurant. Staff was more busy to chat and have fun than to worry about customers.

OT
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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PK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Nice ambience and food was tasty but the portions were so small that I have to say it is not good value

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

We specifically requested for express lunch menu during reservation. But they claimed menu not available. Service was slow and unfriendly. Food was good. Lunch took more than an hour : mostly just waiting to be served.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience5

This was our second time at this restaurant (the first time was amazing) but unfortunately the experience was very different. Food great. Service terrible. So many issues with the service, lack of attention. It was after a show and it felt that they couldn’t wait to close the restaurant. Terrible...terrible..terrible!

AH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Go for the Herring and the Monkfish. Really good service during our dinner. Not cheap but good experience.

B
Manchester
7 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Really great Scandinavian food with excellent service to finish it off. Pre-theatre menu was fab and a really good price.
Be wary however that the cheapest wine on the menu is £42 so it’s only for special occasions!
Would go back for one though!!

OT
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pre theatre meal. It was fab. Staff were excellent.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

It is always very good.
The staff are very friendly but very inattentive. We had about four different waiters. Once The food order is placed they tend to forget about one altogether. Managed to muddle up our coffee order and forgot to bring milk. Not a big deal, it happens. But when I reminded the girl who served it and requested some, again, it never arrived. I’m only pointing this out because I think it is symptomatic of the way they run the front of house. Everything else is great.

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

enjoyed the meat balls/service/ambiance etc and exotic flavours. It was expensive though.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

Bad service and okay food, wouldnt go back - was for a business lunch

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience5

Waiter was unbelievably rude over and over again.

AC
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with great value pre theatre set menu. It was quiet when we arrived but busy by the time we headed to the theatre - 2mins walk away. Fab service and delicious Scandinavian food - highly recommend

E
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I treated my mum to a lunch and we were both so impressed with the refreshing and interesting plates we ate. Aquavit is beautiful, modern and delicious with helpful and friendly staff in an easy location near to Piccadilly circus. I would recommend and return.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, amazing wines, amazing service and of course an amazing dessert !!!

L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Lovely food and nice atmosphere.... service touch and go. Asked to be seated and was ignored, however some staff better than others. Overall a pleasant experience

SC
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Good restaurant and good food. Slightly pretentious and expensive. The sommelier only seemed interested in talking to me and ignored my girlfriend. The waiter was great.

BB
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

pre theatre meal for four of us. great friendly staff. food amazing. wine expensive.

CA
London
13 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall1Food2Service3Ambience4

This was our second visit, the first 18 months ago and we loved the place then and had been looking forward to a revisit. It was therefore very disappointing to find the prices have shot up and the wine-list is eye-wateringly expensive. Starters were good, though not as vibrant and tasty as our first time. My wife's monkfish was good, but only that - nothing stellar. My turbot was cold and tasteless with only the sauce adding any flavour. I was offered a replacement, but reasoned that it would only be hotter and was unlikely to gain any flavour as a result, and by the time it arrived, my wife would be finished her meal. I also hoped that at £38 and with a Michelin star, I should not have needed to complain.
I mentioned it a second time to the waitress who cleared our table and she apologised and said she would mention it to the chef and the manager. When the bill came there was no comment and there had been no revision to the bill. We asked for service to be removed and it was done grudgingly and another half-hearted apology issued.
There was also a strange interlude when we were given a plate of one small blob of ice-cream with 'Happy Anniversary' on it. I had not mentioned this on the reservation, so they could only have got the information from my wife's Facebook check in. Some may find this nice - we found it creepy and intrusive. Also, as we wanted to leave we asked the sommelier to pour the remainder of our wine. He was reluctant to do so as his manager would not be happy. Surely the idea is to make the customer happy, not his manager?
So overall, we felt that the whole experience was pretty dispiriting and disappointing and it was nowhere near as good as February 2018. With the service removed, the meal still cost over £200 and unfortunately was not worth anything close to that amount.
We had looked forward to our return, but we will not be back.
Oh well, at least the play was good.

ZQ
London
3 reviews