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“Fine dining by the sea”
Review of Aqua Restaurant

Aqua Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 44 Restaurants in Howth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $26 - $45
Cuisines: Irish, Seafood, European, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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 sponsored in local waters to deliver our commitment where possible to Irish food. To sum it up 'Seriously good food in a room with a view'
Dublin, Ireland
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345 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Fine dining by the sea”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is an excellent restaurant on the harbour front in Howth with panoramic windows that give a great view of Ireland's Eye. On a sunny day/evening this is a fantastic restaurant location. Food is top quality and while a bit pricey its worth splashing out.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Michael M
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Dublin, Ireland
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

We returned to Aqua recently, having had a pleasant experience there some months ago. However, on this occasion I was disappointed for the very simple reason that my cod did not appear to be fresh, as evidenced by its grey colour. Yes, I complained, and was given more grey, tasteless, cod. The restaurant's views and the setting are important, but rather less so than the quality of the food. I won't be back to Aqua!

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Liam K
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Rochester, New York
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Elegant perfection.”
Reviewed October 31, 2012

We were drawn to Aqua by descriptions of it having spectacular views of the Irish Sea, Ireland's Eye and romantic sunsets. What we found after a delightful drive from Dublin was a supper club atmosphere with distinctive, elegant visual lines, warm and accomodating staff interaction, and what had not been previously emphasized, dining perfection within a fascinating menu. Each course was more satisfying than the last, with dessert particularly notable, and the wines were exhilarating matches to our food choices. By the end of our evening, the pure joy generated by the scenery had become secondary to the wonderful dining experience created by the people who care enough to make Aqua so special.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank garytquinn
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
“Delicious Sunset Meal”
Reviewed October 31, 2012

Three of us called up to make a reservation as we were walking around Howth. The restaurant accommodated us no problem. Our table was in a great location and we could see into the kitchen. Great atmosphere and delicious food.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Brianna E
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Winterhude, Hamburg, Germany
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“excellent food, excellent service, excellent site”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Really one of the best seafood restaurants i know (and i know quite a lot round Europe).

We had ordered a table for 11 people, but due to some changes we arrived with 15. This would have been trouble in a lot of restaurants, but not so here. The "waitress in chief" was very friendly and competent and managed everything for us.
The seafood platter i had was of the best quality you can imagine (Oysters, lobster, salmon,...) and even the salad was extraordinary (from their own garden as i understood).
I tasted a piece of meat from my brothers surf and turf, which was among the best pieces of beaf i tasted.
All other participants of the meal where equally satisfied.
The wine selection is reasonably priced as are the dishes, keeping in mind that good seafood never can be cheap.

Thomas Holdt, Hamburg, Germany

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank ChuckHoldt
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