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Aqua Restaurant

1 West Pier, Howth, Ireland
01 832 0690
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Ranked #4 of 31 Restaurants in Howth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $23 - $43
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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 plus the enviable location of the West Pier guranteeing the finest freshest seafood daily. We are committed to Irish suppliers of the finest fayre..
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Madrid, Spain
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Very nice location with fantastic views for almost any of the tables. Indeed fantastic views. Service was indeed very good. Nonetheless, when it comes to talk about food, we were a bit dissappointed with the main (SCALLOP) as the served helping was ridiculous. Price of such main was aroung 30 euros. I just believed that restaurants should not offer such... More

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Dublin, Ireland
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

... but Aqua didn't live up to my expectations. Went there for lunch on the 17th August. The food was nice but I'm still quite annoyed at the portion sizes. Six or seven small scallops and a small bowl of green beans and baby potatoes – €32. Portion size is a pet hate of mine. I'm not a glutton but... More

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Dublin, Ireland
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We had been intending to go here for ages and finally got the opportunity. From start to finish the experience was fabulous! From the outside it doesn't look much (the restaurant is upstairs so you can't see in) and is the last building on the West Pier, shared with the information office. Looks are deceiving, this place is brilliant. On... More

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AquaRes, Owner at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear jennboy Many thanks for taking the time and effort to submit this review. We are delighted when visitors to Howth find us at the end of the West Pier. Our bar is often under utilised, we refurbished just in January of this year so glad you had the time to enjoy the cosy atmosphere Our chair lift is popular... More

Dallas, Texas
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

My family accidentally stumbled upon this restaurant when we were living in Dublin last summer. We tried to get into a very well known restaurant a few doors down but (fortunately) there was no space for us. Aqua is a simple restaurant which relies on fresh ingredients and incredible flavors. We sat outside, right on the water a s quickly... More

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AquaRes, Owner at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear S0ulshine You are very kind to submit this review on Aqua, guests eating at the restaurant often refer to it as seeming to be on an ocean liner. With our floor to ceiling windows, there is an undisturbed view over the water, delighted you enjoyed that and our menu. We are thrilled to hear your family discovered us at... More

Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

As an American businessman visiting Ireland, I was recommended to bring my colleagues to Aqua. The food and view were amazing, and we thoroughly enjoyed having an American waitress who made us feel right at home. She talked us through the menu and provided excellent service. As a frequent visitor to Ireland, I will definitely look to return in the... More

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AquaRes, Owner at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear R P Many thanks for taking the time to submit this review. Absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your visit with us. Jean the member of staff you referenced has worked with us for a long time. We love having her with us on the team. We very much look forward to welcoming you back to Aqua and to Howth,... More

Belfast, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We had a lovely evening at Aqua on the pier at Howth recently. We were seated at a window table with a wonderful view on a beautiful evening. We had the early bird menu and there was plenty of choice.Food was very tasty and the staff were attentive and very pleasant. There was also a singer who sounded a bit... More

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AquaRes, Owner at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear ahutchinson857 I think you might be referring to Pat Collins there, formerly of Café Orchestra, he has a really great voice, we are thrilled to have him with us on Friday evenings. Delighted you enjoyed the overall experience with us, we appreciate every single review posted here, it gives us an excellent feel for what our guests enjoy the... More

London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

you go to howth for fish. Aqua brings you the best in everything fish together with an outstanding view and a lovely service. definitely worth a visit

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AquaRes, Owner at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear S G. Thank you for submitting this kind review. Your summation of Howth and Aqua is most kind, please don't leave it too long till you visit us again Regards Charles Smith Managing Director of Aqua Restaurant More

Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Howth has become a huge area of interest for tourists and natives alike. On a recent visit, basked in glorious sunshine, we browsed the pier area, with its restaurants and shops....selling fresh fish and all types of fish dishes. The highlight of our day was a visit to Aqua for lunch at the end of the pier. The restaurant has... More

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AquaRes, Owner at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear JABDublin Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We try to respond to all comments, it really does mean a great deal to us having feedback from guests, and its hugely important to acknowledge the effort in our view. Your review paints a very pleasant picture of 'an extended period of swanning around', we're... More

Wollongong, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

I have been to this restaurant 3 times now and each time, the service has been exceptional... which is very important to me. We chose the earlybird menu on each occasion. The first time I had the seafood chowder starter I could not believe how good it was and full of fish - though the second time I had it,... More

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AquaRes, Owner at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear aussiegirlie2014 Many thanks for your lovely review here on Trip Advisor. Thrilled you have been a repeat guest with us and hope that will continue. We have recently updated our Early Bird Menu, we are now serving Bluefin Tuna a fabulous taste sensation and renowned delicacy Love to welcome you back for the 4th time and more Regards Charles... More

Dublin
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Visited here July 2014 for dinner. Great location at end of east pier, made better by being on upper floor and giving views of Irelands eye ,the harbour and Howth village. Nice food if a little scarce [me being a foodie] I was not impressed with tiny piece of Hake lost on a large plate with decorations to make it... More

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AquaRes, Owner at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Kalimantsi Many thanks for taking the time to submit this review Delighted you enjoyed the views, they are indeed spectacular, just one little correction, we are actually at the very end of the West Pier hence our enviable vista over the harbour and Irelands Eye. If I might highlight that we run an excellent Early Bird Menu Tuesday -... More

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