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Aqua Eight

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$$$
Chinese, Seafood, Fusion
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8 Lion Street, Ipswich IP1 1DQ, England
441473218989
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12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 324
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  • 63
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  • 31
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  • 18
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Top food

This may be our favourite place to eat in Ipswich. The food is just wonderful but it comes at a price. It's a different take on oriental food, better than your average Chinese by a country mile. Nice ambience and good to sit outside if the weather allows. Wish I could afford to eat there more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Kevin C
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This may be our favourite place to eat in Ipswich. The food is just wonderful but it comes at a price. It's a different take on oriental food, better than your average Chinese by a country mile. Nice ambience and good to sit outside if the weather allows. Wish I could afford to eat there more often so it's reserved... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The food at Aqua Eight is ok, but not outstanding and is quite pricey . The service is very good and is usually the hardest thing to get right

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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

I have eaten here many times and is one of my favourite places in Ipswich. Vincent and his team provide excellent food and service, I love the fried soft shell crabs, the presentation of the dishes are a work of art. If you like good music you should go on a Saturday night but get there early or you won't... More 

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We wanted to eat in one of the best restaurants in Ipswich whilst there for a short weekend break (18/7/15). Saw some of the reviews and looked at the website. The pictures of the food, presentation and reviews sold it to us and we were looking forward to a great meal. What a disappointment, the food was very ordinary, presentation... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I have been to Aqua8 many times and almost always come away wanting to go back the next day.... But it seems to have just lost its shine in my opinion. The staff are great but the décor looks a little tired, we were sat at a table with a broken pane of glass as the surface. We ordered from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I stumbled across this restaurant after googling places to eat in Ipswich. What a delight! It is nestled down a side street in the town, so not somewhere you coyld just come across. The place itself was beautiful. Decorated to a high standard. It had an outdoor seating area with a lovely relaxing feel. We received a warm welcome from... More 

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WingCheung, Owner at Aqua Eight, responded to this review

Dear Alison W How lovely that you happened to find us! We're really delighted to hear your feedback and yes, we train all of our staff thoroughly so they can look after customers and treat each person as a VIP guest ( i.e. that "crumbing down" and the other service points you mentioned are essential training, in our opinion, so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We have just enjoyed another excellent gastronomic experience at the hands of Vince and his team at Aqua 8. A warm welcome, helpful and courteous staff and a great selection from a quality menu.

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WingCheung, Owner at Aqua Eight, responded to this review

Dear Doug NL It's always a pleasure to serve you and thank you very much, both for the kind feedback and the repeat custom. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

Wow wow wow the food is amazing the service it the best and you can't beat the venue nice peaceful meal upstairs then downstairs after for a dance and a few drinks brilliant place

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WingCheung, Owner at Aqua Eight, responded to this review

Dear Ben W Thank you for taking the time and trouble to give your very positive feedback (it looks like it's a while since you visited us, so all the more welcome to hear from you!). So glad you enjoyed your last visit and the overall experience at Aqua Eight (i.e. the food and the live music downstairs). More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

One of my favourite places to visit, have never had a bad meal, bit more pricey than a lot of places but personally it is worth it. Lovely place for a special occasion

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WingCheung, Owner at Aqua Eight, responded to this review

Dear Paul S Congratulations again on your anniversary and thanks very much for choosing Aqua Eight as the location for your special occasion meal. You mentioned our prices and yes, we're aware our prices are not rock-bottom, but it's because we choose to pay a premium to get the best, freshest of ingredients, including organic produce and organic meat from... More 

London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We really loved this place. The atmosphere was great and the menu had a good range. The food itself was really good quality and the service too was fantastic. I would not hesitate to recommend this place and will return myself.

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WingCheung, Owner at Aqua Eight, responded to this review

Dear Mike_Sergei So pleased to read that you enjoyed your meal at Aqua Eight and thank you for the very kind feedback. We'll look forward to welcoming you back when you return. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8 Lion Street, Ipswich IP1 1DQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Suffolk  >  Ipswich
  • Phone Number: 441473218989

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 26 - 40
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Seafood, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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