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Aqua Eight

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Asian fusion
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8 Lion Street, Ipswich IP1 1DQ, England
01473 218989
Monday
Closed
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 265
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Chinese New Year

Having been to the last three Chinese New Year nights at Aqua this one didn't let us down. The food was exceptional and with 4 courses on the night it certainly filled us up. As always there was a great atmosphere and great service. This is quite simply the best restaurant in Ipswich bar none. I'd... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Peter B
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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367 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Having been to the last three Chinese New Year nights at Aqua this one didn't let us down. The food was exceptional and with 4 courses on the night it certainly filled us up. As always there was a great atmosphere and great service. This is quite simply the best restaurant in Ipswich bar none. I'd definitely recommend trying the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Thought that we would book up for the Chinese New Year event at Aqua 8, the food and environment are always great here. The team really put on a show, magician and a DJ and all round great service. The set menu provided a good mix of food.. Will make the next visit even harder to choose what to have.... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We went for a Chinese New Year themed night. £55 per head. There was nothing different about the night less it was a set menu. A bad menu at that and not enough food! We complained and a little bit more food was sent. The set menu had no pudding included (not forgetting £55 / head). Complained again and pudding... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We've dined at Aqua Eight a number of times, and it never fails to impress. Having sampled pretty much every restaurant in Ipswich, this place is undoubtedly the best. The food is excellent, service from waiting and management staff equally good, which provides for good value. Aqua's neighbouring restaurant (Mizu) runs it quite close in terms of quality of food,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have been to A8 before and have always enjoyed the food but it's been a while since we were last there. We booked for Sunday 15/2 in the evening and although the rest of Ipswich was quiet, A8 was full in the bar and had its usual happy and cosy atmosphere upstairs. Tables are close together but this doesn't... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

My boyfriend surprised me with dinner at Aqua Eight for the Valentines day set menu. This consisted of five starters - prawn dumplings, chicken gyoza, yakitori steak skewers, lemongrass ribs and chilli and pepper squid. Followed by duck pancakes and then three main dishes of seafood sauce, yakitori chicken and chilli beef. The mains came with rice and a mange... More 

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Framlingham, United Kingdom
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47 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I love the food at Aqua Eight. Whether it's the al la carte, the set menu or the lunchtime specials, the food is fresh, plentiful, well spiced and seasoned and there is plenty of variety. My particular favourites are the pepper squid and the chicken satay skewers. Both are a cut above anything I've had elsewhere. The food also looks... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Went for a buisness lunch, with a client and it was perfect in the quality, price and speed and efficient service . The food was amazing , I had squid, beef with black beans and green tea ice cream😄. Can't wait to go back with friends and try more dishes and maybe a cocktail or two

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The food here is always top notch and the staff good, the restaurant is really very good my issues are with the bar. I regularly went to Aqua 8 before I moved away from the area, when I returned recently I just found the staff less knowledgeable, less keen. Staff used to be able to help you choose a drink... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is one of the best Chinese restaurant in UK I have ever visit. Traditional Chinese food, but decently "enhanced" with Western eating culture that me it a good restaurant for both East and the West. The only complaint is the price which is quite expensive.

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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: 01473 218989

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 26 - 40
  • Cuisine: Asian fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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?