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“A Las Cruces Surprise” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Aqua Reef Euro-Asian Cuisine

Aqua Reef Euro-Asian Cuisine
900 B South Telshor Blvd., Las Cruces, NM 88011
+1 575-522-7333
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Ranked #14 of 318 Restaurants in Las Cruces
Price range: $6 - $20
Cuisines: Asian, Dim Sum, Vegetarian, Asian fusion
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Description: Under the culinary direction of notable Chef Tatsuya Miyazaki, a little gem in the desert was born. Come see for yourself why Aqua Reef is an award winning culinary destination. Whether celebrating a birthday, anniversary, promotion, engagement, or first date, we invite you to experience the intimate, romantic setting that Aqua Reef has to offer. Aqua Reef is a unique dining experience where East meets West and blend together for a true culinary treat. Dim Sum, Sushi, Tapas, Miso, Salads, Rice Bowls, Tempura, Seafood, Paella, Bento Boxes, Satay, Noodles, Pecan Breaded Katsu, and the tender Teriyaki Ribs! Special diets/allergies are top priority and we will always strive to handle your dietary needs with the utmost care. A vegetarian menu as well as Gluten Free offerings are available. Aqua Reef's atmosphere will transform guests with its creatively designed space, and calm and soothe guests at the Aqua Bar. Conscientious, attentive, and respectful service where you can expect to have your expectations exceeded. Whether entertaining clients during a business lunch, sharing an elegant dinner for two, celebrating life's special moments, catering an important event, or simply ordering take out, Aqua Reef offers a unique splash of world cuisine sure to delight its guests. Owner Chef Tatsu Miyazaki is an American Culinary Federation (ACF) Certified Executive Chef with more than 20 years as a restauranteur and executive chef. He has been formally trained at various institutions throughout the world in the culinary arts. He has been a chef instructor at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas, and has owned and operated several restaurants throughout the world.
Mexico City, Mexico
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A Las Cruces Surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We were in Las Cruces in May for a graduation and looking forward to the event. We were not really sure about the food, expecting the usual Southern New Mexico/Texas fare. What a surprise! A small and delightful fusion restaurant. Good service, good atmosphere and good food. Very enjoyable and certainly well worth stopping by.

Visited May 2014
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Silver City, New Mexico
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“cozy space for an enjoyable dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Tried Aqua Reef after reading TripAdvisor reviews and was not disappointed. The food was great! I had the soft shelled crab and it was very good. My grandmother used to prepare soft shell crab for my cousins and me when we were kids. Aqua Reef's were not grandma's, but they definitely brought back very enjoyable memories and I will have them again. We also tried one of the chocolate desserts. All I can say there is decadent and luscious. Will return.

Visited May 2014
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Canada
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112 reviews 112 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Surprisingly Good Sushi in The Desert”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Not the usual menu for Las Cruces ! Interesting food choices well composed and presented . For such a small seating capacity one has to admire the ability to execute such an interesting ( and delicious ) menu.Definitely worth a visit.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Silver City, New Mexico
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8 restaurant reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Aqua Reef served it up tonight! First off the customer service was superior. Everyone we encountered had an extremely pleasant attitude. Katherine was our server and we sat at the Aqua bar. What a treat. Elizabeth and Ramona rock! They really can roll the sushi out. The atmosphere is lovely. I like the décor and coziness of the place. We tried quite a few rolls, miso soup, egg drop soup and bento box. My boyfriend's favorite of the night was the Pot of Gold roll and I LOVED the Black Dragon roll. My daughter hung right in there with us and tried each and everything we ordered. My son loved his little deserts he received with his kids Chicken Teriyaki. Well worth the drive up from Silver City. We will be back for sure.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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El Paso, Texas, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Excellent sushi!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

The best sushi in Las Cruces without a doubt! Very fresh with beautiful presentation. Excellent service, too.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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