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“5 Star prices for a 1 Star experience”
Review of Aqua Restaurant

Aqua Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 45 Restaurants in Howth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$27 - US$47
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Aqua Restaurant offers stunning views over the water at Howth Sound, delicious dining and attentive but unobtrusive service. If you visit once, you will want to return again and again. We have our own kitchen garden & lobster pots sponsored in local waters to deliver our commitment where possible to Irish food. To sum it up 'Seriously good food in a room with a view'
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Went out for a meal here on 11th March. Place was very busy.
Had a drink at the car first. No where to sit down as all seats occupied. Had to stand for a drink. No apologies from the staff.
Got called to the dining room approx 30 mins after my booking time.
Shown to our seats. Table had no cloth. Just a veneer top that had been hastily wiped. Had to ask for salt and pepper to be brought.

My friend sat down on an upholstered seat only to discover it was soaking wet. Whether it was water, urine or a drink we still don't know. A complaint to the staff was met with a mumbled sorry and the chair was changed. No offer to pay for dry-cleaning or a complimentary drink.

I had mussels in white wine and cream. Small farmed variety. Not what you would expect in a restaurant on the Pier in Howth. My friend had chowder which was so so. Grilled sole was €38 per persom. No veg or potato included. Pino Grigio was €25 for a bottle. Passed on dessert and had 2 espressos. Bill came to €180. Complaint to manager on leaving was treated with indifference. He admitted he had knocked over a wine bucket earlier at the table. The offending chair shouls have been moved. I will never go here again.

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5  Thank RayInDublin
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AquaRes, Owner at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

Dear RayInDublin
Very disappointing to read your review and apologies that the occasion was marred by a mistake. Obviously had we been aware the chair was wet we would have removed it immediately but I think you answered your own question that it was certainly not urine. Each menu item and bottle of wine is individually priced so your bill should not have been a surprise. That said it is a shame that you left unhappy with your visit
Regards
Charles Smith
Managing Director

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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Aqua Restaurent on the end of the pier at Howth Harbour is a fantastic restaurant in a fabulous setting with floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the water, it's almost like being on a boat. Make sure to ask for a window table.
The seafood is second to none supplied fresh daily by the local fishing boats in Howth harbour. However, strange as it may seem I opted for the rack of lamb and I can say without doubt it was the best that I have tasted! The monk fish and calamari were highly recommended by my companions.
It is a little expensive but worth it.
They do offer an early bird menu and a set dinner menu with wine (except Sunday's)which are brilliant value. A truly 5 star experience!

Thank Chauffeurdrive365
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AquaRes, Owner at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

Dear Chauffeurdrive365
Thank you so much for your kind review and recommendation here on Trip Advisor
Especially nice when it is a peer of the industry rating us so highly
Hope to see you again soon at Aqua
Regards
Charles Smith
Managing Director

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Reviewed 9 April 2017

It had been many years since I'd been here, but it suited our requirements for a large group for a special occasion meal.

It was a very busy Sunday when our group went there. The service was very good, notwithstanding how busy and pressurised it was. The menu had a good choice of seafood and other options, as well as good options for kids.

All of us enjoyed our food, tasty and well prepared. However, the clincher is how well priced this is, and I was delighted at the good value for a very enjoyable and quality meal.

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Thank barrera
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AquaRes, Owner at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

Dear Barrera
Many thanks for this very kind review
Delighted you enjoyed your lunch with us, every aspect
Hope to see you again soon in Aqua
Regards
Charles Smith
Managing Director

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Reviewed 8 April 2017

Great window seats with wonderful sea views make the location really worth a visit. You need to book in advance.

The range of seafoods is extensive and the dishes we had looked good and were cooked to perfection. The Dover Sole was incredibly fresh and cooked really well. They only had a small fish left by the time we ordered but it was a good healthy serving.

Good wine selection and some good options by the glass.

Thank grwpl
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AquaRes, Owner at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

Dear Grwpl
Delighted to read your review, thank you for writing it and sharing it here on Trip Advisor. Hope to see you some day soon back at Aqua
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Charles Smith
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

This restaurant has a magnificent view...... Is the menu as good as its location? To be honest: yes its is..... The wines are of excellent quality regarding the price (bottle or glass), try the mussels for starter, the seafood is fresh and of high standard.

The combination of a small restaurant, the view and the friendly staff made this visit a moment to remember....

Thank you.

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Thank MuellerAndrew
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AquaRes, Owner at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

Dear MuellerAndrew
Thank you for such a lovely review, delighted that we delivered a moment to remember for you
Please do visit us again soon and thank you again
Regards
Charles Smith
Managing Director

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