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Aqua Restaurant

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US$24 - US$43
CUISINES
Irish, Seafood, European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Shhh, Howth is easy to get to by train from Dublin. Aqua is easy to find at the end of the pier. And Aqua is easy to love. Location in the old harbour Master's Office with modern viewing windows over harbour and the bays superb....Decor and space for diners: perfect. Service: friendly, professional and sensitive. Impressive. A lively scene - and we were there for the early bird!!! This place is popular so book ahead. Food? I loved the oysters: fresh, well shucked with things to add if you wanted. We did one early bird and one a la carte with Prosecco to celebrate and a rather nice decent white wine to share - very well priced and good quality. The early bird is superb value and the sea trout for fish of today with that was excellent.. A la carte it was John Dory - again excellent. Cheese = Irish cheeses - two of the three were excellent, one was surprisingly underwhelming - a huge surprise when you think of the wonderful cheeses to choose from. Overall - superb. An absolute first class place - please get that cheese board totallly top notch!!!!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hope it was just a bad night. Booked online , hoping for an earlier table, but only 9pm available. But on arrival only 3 other tables in use.Had to return our starter of prawns- very good- but all had digestive tract intact. Waiter inquired if...we’d asked for deveined? ? Not in my many yrs experience, a requirement of customers. Calamari very average, and patatas bravas grim -hours old potatoes deep fried. Bread served with small patties of butter, like a take out/ cafe not a proper night time restaurant, and not commensurate with the price tag. As restaurant emptied , we only beginning our meal. So Friday night out with relaxed atmosphere, it was not, as we only ones there and felt guilty keeping staff. Aqua has had its day in this current iteration, sadly it wasn’t ours.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 10 April 2022 via mobile

Would have given this 5 stars if the portion sizes were bigger, I went for scampi and chips which was delicious but very underwhelming number of chips (maybe 5 on my plate!). The dessert was incredible and the staff were extremely attentive and quick. The...venue even let us store our luggage so we could go for a walk around the cliff tops before our flight.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 6 April 2022 via mobile

We had a lovely evening. The food and service was excellent. Fine wine menu. The service was excellent and a our waitress could not have been better.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 2 April 2022

A lovely evening started early with a recommendation to have an aperitif as the sun went down over the bay. The choice and quality of food on the menu was excellent . The presentation was beautiful and the service was attentive and friendly . We...were on our first trip to Ireland and stayed in Dublin. Howth is short car journey or an easy short train ride out of the city with a regular service well into the evening( great if you fancy a drink or two !). Would strongly recommend for beautiful walks and with restaurants like this to finish the day a different pace to the city centre and a highlight of our short stay.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 30 March 2022 via mobile

This restaurant’s location is excellent and the view from our window table was lovely. However, I did not like climbing the steep, squeaking stairs to reach the restaurant. Unfortunately, our server had a very strong accent and the surrounding noise level added to our difficulty...in communicating with him. He was cognizant enough to realize this so he asked another server to replace him. The seafood was acceptable. This restaurant will not be on my list to visit again if I have an opportunity to go to Ireland again.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 5 March 2022

Called in for lunch and was suitability impressed. Views from restaurant were amazing, food was of high standard and the staff were very attentive.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 12 February 2022 via mobile

We came along as family to celebrate. The quality of food and service in Aqua is always outstanding. Fish dishes absolutely fresh. Everything was made more special with a stunning view on Dublin bay and Lambay Island

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 9 January 2022

We have been patrons of aqua for many years. During the lockdowns we hadn’t eaten out for a long time. We went two weeks before Xmas with friends and we were shocked at how much the standard had slipped in terms of quality of food...and service. It was so embarrassing for us as we had recommended the restaurant for our friends birthday as she’d never been. It was a total disaster! The service was appalling , the waiter either couldn’t understand English or pretended he couldn’t understand us. We were left waiting ages for our drinks to arrive. The food was okay when it did eventually arrive however when the bill came it was wrong. They had added desserts which we didn’t have, we pointed this out to the waiter who struggled to understand us?! we paid the substantial bill nearly 400 euro and left however the next day we realized the waiter had taken an extra tip of 25 euro which none of us had authorized! Horrendous experience, avoid. There are much nicer places in Howth where you will have honest wait staff and nice food.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 3 January 2022 via mobile

My other half wanted sea food so ended up here. We went for the sea food chowder and hot mixed sea food for starters.the hot mixed seafood was amazing and fairly big in size. We got steak and prawns as main courses and were happy...enough with them. Skinny fries too go too. Overall happy enough with our visitMore

Date of visit: January 2022
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Denise P
8 April 2018|
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Response from Aqua R | Property representative |
Hi Denise We can offer a vegan starter, if possible when making your booking just mention the requirement and we can make sure the team will take care of you Many thanks for your interest in Aqua Regards Majella
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Roving809452
19 June 2017|
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Response from Aqua R | Property representative |
Hi there If you mention to your waiter on the day we will certainly look after you for a coeliac option. It is however recommended to book in advance which you can do via our website or by phone to 01 8320690. We can take... More
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Nurain Syakirah M
3 March 2017|
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Hi Nurain We are arrange halal meat if we know in advance If you want to contact my colleague Monika at the restaurant she can sort it for you 01 8320690 Regards Majella
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Yes, Aqua Restaurant is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Aqua Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5