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Aqua

#32 of 1,214 Restaurants 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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups
Description: "Aqua Restaurant and Bar boasts a superb waterfront location with...
"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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    Excellent
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    Very good
  • 54
    Average
  • 36
    Poor
  • 24
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food in a stylish environment

I had an evening meal here with my husband. I ordered bass which came with zucchini risotto which was a bit different & was delicious. My husband ordered a sirloin steak which was cooked perfectly. For dessert I had fig, honey & almond tart and my husband had chocolate & hazelnut torte, both... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Lindyloo128
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Having been given rave reviews by many friends my partner and I decided to try Aqua. We were greeted warmly and shown straight to a table. Being in a hurry we each had only one course but the penne pollo and goats cheese pizza were both fantastic! Our waitress engaged us in friendly conversation and even automatically took off an... More 

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Thank Claire F
Bristol, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had an evening meal here with my husband. I ordered bass which came with zucchini risotto which was a bit different & was delicious. My husband ordered a sirloin steak which was cooked perfectly. For dessert I had fig, honey & almond tart and my husband had chocolate & hazelnut torte, both were really good.

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1 Thank Lindyloo128
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Called in here on a Monday evening, it was quiet but still welcoming. We shared the meatball starter and a very good mushroom bruschetta, followed by veal and stuffed chicken, both with spaghetti. With two bottles of wine, the bill was less than £70, which I feel is good value for a city centre restaurant in such a lovely setting.... More 

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Thank JuCol
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a great family Sunday lunch. Nothing was too much trouble for Anne-Marie and the rest of the staff and they made a fuss of all of us for this 21st birthday lunch. Really noticeable how everyone smiled and there was a very relaxed but professional feel to the restaurant. Thank you.

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1 Thank SallyTheHague
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for a date night with my girlfriend and had the best service you could have asked for from Carmen. Loved the food and ended up staying for a good 4 hours as the venue is so nice.

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1 Thank Jp2570
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to Aqua as part of a group of 20 colleagues. We all had starters and mains and some had puddings and coffees. The food was excellent. I had the meatballs starter which was delicious and the baked salmon main which was very, very good. The staff were very friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. However, despite enjoying them... More 

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1 Thank Peter B
Bath, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friendly knowledgeable waitress, menu was varied and interesting, food was fantastic (veal escalope) arrived fast, wine selection was good and was easy to match to the dishes. highly recommended, will definitely return. Didn't have a gratuity option on the card machine and I had no chance so couldn't leave a tip, apologies.

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Thank Tristan D
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dropped in to grab a bite to eat after a day out in Bristol. The staff were friendly, knew the menu well, and were available when needed. The food was freshly prepared, hot, and tasty – we will definitely be back, thank you.

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1 Thank Toni C
Witney, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for cocktails before going on for evening supper. Delighted to find 2 for 1 on Bellini before seven. Nice atmosphere with mixed age groups dining. Bar staff polite and helpful

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2 Thank Lynda G
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely location and ambience in Restaurant was lovely, food however was a little disappointing, we had the Sunday Roast and the Beef was very fatty and the Pork also had a lot of fat, thought it would have been better after reading previous posts. Staff were lovely and did offer us 1 drink free

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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 7 - 58
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups

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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?