“If you love a variety of fresh raw oysters with a mix of a nice ambience & good service, this is the place to come.”
“We sat at the bar and enjoyed several glasses of wine with our appetizer, dinner and dessert.”
“We came early for our reservation and were able to snag a seat at the bar and eat 24 perfect oysters.”
“The salmon wasn't really my thing, but the cod was excellent as were our appetizers (florida stone crab claws and lump crab salad).”
“ordered off ala cart menu, which is a nice option, but specials were fantastic and perfectly prepared as well.”
“great place for a birthday dinner or any special occasion.”
“Great food, attentive service, terrific decor and prime location have combined to ensure I return again and again!”
“The staff is extremely knowledgeable about all food items and drinks, and they are always happy to explain anything.”
“Speaking of which, Aquagrill can get a little pricey, but it's not exorbitant.”
“After waiting for too long we went next door to Fiama and had an amazing professionally handled meal.”
doesn't live up to the reputation, would only go for raw bar.
I went with my sister tonight to aquagrill (a thursday night). Initially, the maitre'd was very odd and talked to us about Johnny depp sitting with us, as a joke we presume, but we really have no idea what he was talking about. He continued this "joke" throughout the course of our dinner. Upon sitting, we had great service and enjoyed the oysters and florida stone crab legs immensely.
However, our bouillabaisse was sub par and lacked the saffron described in the menu. Moreover, we ordered the red drum fish, and they assured us that although there was only one left they would give it to us; after ordering, they said they had made a mistake but could put the similar barramundi in the same sauce; we agreed. When they served the fish, we realized they served the barramundi in the turbot sauce, not the red drum fish sauce, and the waiter realized and quickly apologized. He offered to change it, but we decided to forgive because it was already so late in the evening.
After declining the dessert menu, we assumed that the restaurant would at least take off our champagne apertif as redemption for their mistake as well as for our forgiveness. However, they offered us a pumpkin dessert (clearly a leftover at 11:30 in the evening) and particularly unwanting as one of us is allergic to pumpkin. We politely declined the dessert but thanked them for their generosity and beautiful presentation (stretching the truth a little).
after that display, we expected a little compensation for our efforts as well as their failing lack of effort, and yet, nothing was removed from the bill. We left a 20% tip and our comments about the evening.
overall, despite our experience, the food was not as good as we expected, and in these economic times, not worth your dime. good luck if you try it, but your best bet is getting some drinks and oysters at the bar. At least, that's all we'll ever do in the future.
The food here is fantastic! The freshest seafood and so generous with the portions. We had the Seafood Plateau and it was a huge bucket. We also ordered the oysters that were so fresh and yummy. We had Warm Octopus Salad it was perfect..
Love places like this where the focus is on the quality of the food and not the decor. Very unpretentious, service is great, prices are excellent and you can't beat the freshness of the seafood. Definitely a fan and a returning customer!
Good seafood in Soho. The Oyster selection is extensive and the entrees are very tasty interpretations of fish we've all eaten a million times before (halibut, cod, tuna, etc). The restaurant is nosiy and crowded at dinnertime but no one seemed to care. Not overly expensive, with most entrees under $30. The most amazing seafood I've ever eaten? Nah. But it is very good. And chicks dig Soho.
Best restaurant around. Aquagrill is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. I am there often and always get the same consistent, generous and welcoming service. I can always rely on being greeted by every staff member that passes me. The oysters are always fresh and delicious. And if you want to taste heaven, order the Truffle Crusted Chatham Cod. I recommend this place to anyone who wants a great meal and great service. The staff is extremely knowledgeable about all food items and drinks, and they are always happy to explain anything. No one here is pretentious. I think the reviewer below me might have mistaken what restaurant he/she was at. And if not, then it's probably best for him/her to stay in and never dine out because he/she clearly does not know great service. The prices are reasonable, especially for what you get at Aquagrill. I recommend that everyone try this restaurant.
Rudeness in the City.
Going to dinner at a posh restaurant in the trendy West Village? I would suggest SKIPPING the Aquagrill.
The food is adequate; yet very expensive and the service left a horrible taste in my mouth. I have witnessed an indifferent wait-staff bark at customers on two separate occasions. There is nothing more dissatisfying than some parvenu hostess running the front like her doll house.
If going to this area I would suggest FISH located at 280 Bleecker St, in Manhattan.
If you go to the Aquagrill interact with wait-staff and bartenders at your own risk.
Great oysters. If you are a shellfish fan I recommend this place- I come just for the oysters and am always pleased. They have quite a large selection and price range depending on what you're looking for. My friend had a pasta dish and enjoyed it as well. They have a decent wine list and in the summers the outdoor area is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday. My only complaint is the service was almost too good the first time I was there, I was with a male that apparently is not a fan of waiters taking off and helping put on his jacket.
Amazing Experience from seafood to souffle. I dined there Saturday evening and it was packed but to our astonishment we were greeted warmly and seated promptly. Our server was a pro who never made us feel neglected or rushed, but took time to make excellent oyster suggestions (small and sweet ones) as well as helping us pair wines by the glass with our order. The food was perfectly cooked and creative without being over the top - amazing tuna entree with flavors that enhanced the fish and even each other. My brother loved the bouillabaise and he has sampled versions from Marseilles to Manhattan and claimed this was the best of the best. I told the wiatress how much I loved the bread and she surprised me by telling me they make all their own breads and dessert and even chocolates. You can tell people care about what they're doing here - even on a busy Saturday night the place shined and made us leave feeling more than satisfied.
Overrated. After much research and a recommendation, decided on Aquagrill for a special occasion dinner. We were seated promptly for our 8pm Sunday reservation. Our waitress was all business - no suggestions or direction - just there to take your order. Tuna carpaccio appetizer was fresh, nicely presented and tasted good. Tuna entree was just OK, tasted like tuna over vegetables and sauce from a chinese takeout place. Cod entree was oily and another average dish. We ordered the warm apple tart from the ever-so-friendly waitress and several minutes later she came back to tell us they sold out earlier in the evening. We said we would just skip desert but then a different woman came back and said in its place they would be giving us something else, their compliments. I think it was a pear tart? I'm not sure, it was average like the rest of the meal but it was a nice gesture. The same woman who told us about the complimentary desert had also done damage control with the table next to us when they sent back their huge clams they ordered steamed. She had them taken back to the kitchen and cooked up a different way hoping they'd like them. I think it worked. This place doesn't live up to any hype around it.
My New York home away from home.. On an 8 day trip to New York for business I found this place on my 5th day. My co-worker and I popped in for a post-work drink and decided to stay for dinner. The bar service was excellent (awesome drinks), hostess was very sweet (also from Texas), and there really isn't a bad seat in the place. Chris was our server and he was a hoot! Clever, witty, funny, and knows his stuff about the awesome food avaliable at this joint. We loved it all so much that we came back every night after that. The second night we came in everyone remembered us and was very animated about our return. The third night got even better. If you love great and creative food this is a NYC must. If you want to have great conversation with interesting people who love what they do, this is the place. Everyone that works there seems happy to be working, that has to count for something! When I revist NYC in the fall, Aquagrill is my first stop!
Romantic Dinner, Amazing Seafood, Great Service!!.
An all around fantastic experience.
My girlfriend and I went for a nice birthday dinner last Friday night. She had been for drinks and oysters with friends the week before, and was dying to return for the full dinner experience.
From the get go it was great. Seated promptly at our reservation time, 6:30pm. Friendly and super knowledgable service. We ordered a big group of oysters and our waitress pointed out which was which when she brought them.
White jumbo shrimp entree was honesty amazing. A "flavor explosion" as my girlfriend put it.
Seared tuna with peanut sauce entree was great, but a bit heavy on the peanut sauce. Just a bit. Peanut sauce can often dominate a meal, and that was the case unfortunately with this one. But, it was still great, I just worked around the sauce a bit.
Had a nice bottle of Sancerre. Reasonably priced and a perfect compliment to our meal.
Atmospere was nice. We had a nice table in the back. And, not too close to our neighbors, a pet peeve of mine, to often the case in NYC restaurants. Not the case here. Dimly lit, but not too dark. Service was great. A fantastic dinner.
On our way out, the bar area was packed. So, if the bar is your choice, get there on the early side.
Oysters are the draw here, and if your a fan, or even curious, you will NOT be disappointed. At least 15 are on the menu, from all over the world, and most are displayed at the bar. Must have the Kimomotos (Oregon), Coramandel (New Zealand) and Blue Points(NY),
Aquagrill should be on every seafood lovers must try list. And, it will become a new favorite.
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