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Aqua

#174 of 1,462 Restaurants in Bristol
#197 of 1,586 Places to Eat in Bristol
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Welsh Back | Welshback, Bristol BS1 4RR, England
+44 (0)117 915 6060
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: "Aqua Restaurant and Bar boasts a superb waterfront location with heated...
"Aqua Restaurant and Bar boasts a superb waterfront location with heated alfresco dining on the river terrace. The menu offers a variety of eating styles: go a la carte for a leisurely experience, or opt for the popular and great value Lunch & Early Dinner fixed-price menu for lunch or pre-theatre dining. Produce is locally sourced and organic where possible: West Country delights include local fillet of beef & oysters.The stylish bar features an exciting cocktail list and generous choice of wines by the glass, including Champagne and Prosecco. Sunday lunch is a special event with proper roast dinners drawing admiring crowds. "
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    Very good
  • 48
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  • 35
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  • 21
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
wonderful service and food

Great service , smiling waiters (Nathan and ?). The food was lovely tasty and green. (maybe the cake was a little too dry?) Would absolutely recommend the place to others.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
jeanne f
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Riga
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  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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Province of Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

balmy evening, delicious food and great service by Carmine, our authentic, professional, Italian waiter.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Stopped going here about 5 years ago,but it has really improved. Much better than the Aqua in Portishead. Food is very good and the staff are very helpful and friendly. We have been three times in 5 weeks. The Italian waiter from Pompeii (Carmine?) is a real asset for the restaurant. Knowledgeable about the food and wine and scrupulously polite,... More 

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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I was here with a group of people from work on a Wednesday night. I have to say that I haven't been to Bristol for years but will definitely be back soon. This is a great restaurant. We were a large party but we were never made to feel rushed or too wait for our meals. The service staff were... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

First time this year we traveled into the center of Bristol for drinks & a meal, so many places to choose from, so we decided to have a drink first. We came upon Aqua-Italia in Welsh Back near the river. We were greeted by Owen (who we found out afterwards was the manager) who gave us front seats outside (it... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Took 20 from the office to this restaurant and were greeted with smiles and attention. Our waitress Ann-Marie managed to cope with our numerous changes of mind with a smile and good grace. Food was very good and kept everyone well fed. We will return.

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Riga
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Great service , smiling waiters (Nathan and ?). The food was lovely tasty and green. (maybe the cake was a little too dry?) Would absolutely recommend the place to others.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Food was good, but boy did we have a wait. Must have been a problem in the kitchen as nothing came out for anyone for an hour. When it did some items (veg) for our party were not cooked properly. A shame as it all started off so well and the evening was spoilt. Communication was very poor, although waiter... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Had a great summer meal on the Sunday of the harbour festival. we sat outside and had a wonderfully relaxed meal. We were a big (ish) party with three kids and didn't book in advance, and it was great to see the waiter was thoughtful enough to get the kids fed first so we could take it easy and relax... More 

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London, United Kingdom
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We had a great evening with our friends and all our kids, 7 of us in all, in this friendly but smart looking restaurant. Our waiter, Andy, was very attentive and made the kids feel well one bringing them colouring pencils and kids menus to coulour in. We each had one of his suggestions from the menu all of which... More 

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Robe, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Good start to the evening, pre dinner drinks ok, shown to reserved table and very good waiter. Very flexible with any requests for changes to the dishes on the menu. Starters came out in a good time considering how busy the restaurant was. Then we waited in excess of 1 hour for mains, being told that the kitchen was very... More 

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Additional Information about Aqua

Address: Welsh Back | Welshback, Bristol BS1 4RR, England
Phone Number: +44 (0)117 915 6060
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 8 - 62
Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, British

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Welsh Back | Welshback, Bristol BS1 4RR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)117 915 6060

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 62
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions

Description

"Aqua Restaurant and Bar boasts a superb waterfront location with heated alfresco dining on the river terrace. The menu offers a variety of eating styles: go a la carte for a leisurely experience, or opt for the popular and great value Lunch & Early Dinner fixed-price menu for lunch or pre-theatre dining. Produce is locally sourced and organic where possible: West Country delights include local fillet of beef & oysters.The stylish bar features an exciting cocktail list and generous choice of wines by the glass, including Champagne and Prosecco. Sunday lunch is a special event with proper roast dinners drawing admiring crowds. "
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?