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The Aqua

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17 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
+44 1983 863024
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very good medium priced food a number of selected dishes cooked in their own special way. and delightful tasty deserts

Thank deltrip2015
Oslo, Norway
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294 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

Despite the good reviews here, we didn't make it to The Aqua until well into our stay in the area. The adults ate off the specials menu, and the children ate from the children's menu. We also had dessert. I had the sticky toffee pudding, and was sceptical when it didn't come with much sauce. The reason for this is... More 

Thank Traductora
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

Have travelled quite a bit since I had the wonderful fortune to choose this restaurant for dinner one night, like all great culinary events that draw us in on many levels, I remember it very well, we wondered and pondered along the promenade of Shanklin, with all the restaurants holding possible delectables, but we were so fortunate to hit the... More 

Thank Melanie B
Jimbo3024, Owner at The Aqua, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed dining in The Brasserie restaurant and took the time to offer your review. All our staff continue to offer their best service to our guests and diners, and our chefs are delighted that you enjoyed your meals. We very much hope that you will find the time to... More 

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29 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed October 29, 2016

Noticed Welsh Rarebit on the menu so was tempted in and it was delicious. Followed by a superb Fish Pie it proved to be a great choice.

Thank OxfordCrew
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2016

Hubby, 2 sons and me booked an evening meal here . First time back in 12 months. Glad to find the same high standards as on previous visits. Hubby had his usual and much praised fish pie, full of succulent fish. Sons had meatballs and gourmet burger, excellent! I had sweet and sour pork off specials board, delicious. Food, service... More 

Thank 196403ju
1 review
Reviewed October 24, 2016

After searching for a restaurant that was not fully booked or closed on a Monday night we thankfully came across the Aqua on the esplanade of Shanklin. We were welcomed by warm hospitality and waited at the bar and had some drinks whilst they re-arranged the seating in the restaurant to seat our family of 5. Whilst waiting in the... More 

Thank Lizzy O
Jimbo3024, Owner at The Aqua, responded to this review

Thank you Lizzy we are so pleased you enjoyed your meal and we were able to provide a meal that suited your ceoliac requirements and we appreciate it must be difficult when eating out.Thank you again for your kind review. More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 10, 2016

After ordering pesto topped salmon from the "Specials" board, "something healthy" I presumed I was very disappointed to receive a substandard, dripping in oil, not so healthy meal. I had preferred to order new potatoes instead of sauté but the gentleman serving said only the evening chef could cook those & I had to stick to the lunch menu? The... More 

Thank Smee12345
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2016

We only had a couple of meals here,did not use the hotel. The food was very good and so was the price. The staff were very good and the service good and swift.

Thank I6487CJianm
Leeds, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2016

Had dinner one evening found the restaurant to be clean with pleasant surroundings nice and quiet, menu was varied and food we selected was very good [Homemade Curry, Steak} especially desserts in good sized serving. prices were reasonable and service very good

1 Thank ian f
Warrington, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2016

The Aqua does not pretend to be something it is not, which is a very nice hotel. Located on the seafront at the quieter end of the Esplanade with sea views at the front and views of the bushes growing on the cliff behind at the back, which are full of birdsong in the mornings, it is pretty idyllic. The... More 

Thank Elle-WestEnd
Jimbo3024, Owner at The Aqua, responded to this review

Hi Elle-WestEnd Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay however we fear that you have reviewed us as an Hotel whereas The Aqua is not. We operate within the Guest Accommodation Sector which is quite different and our room rates reflect this. Unfortunately many people make the same error and do not recognise that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
British, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Shanklin
  • Phone Number: +44 1983 863024

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