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Summary

£114
£££££
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A sense of nearly-but-not-quite hovers over this Scandi NYC-import, whose 1980s namesake is a legend of the Manhattan restaurant scene, but whose London branch (opened in 2016) has never really made waves. A location in the un-loved St James’s Market development doesn’t help, nor does the atmosphere which can appear gorgeous and glam but can also feel “sterile, despite the best attempts of expensive interior decor”. Ultimately, the impression of there being more this place could give “probably comes down to the pricey, decent-but-not-brilliant food”. BREAKING NEWS: in September 2023, the restaurant closed unexpectedly, although the owners of NYC Aquavit (who had no stake in the London spin-off) announced a desire to re-establish the brand in London.

Summary

£97
 ££££
2
Average
3
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2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The “outstanding Scandinavian” flavours created by Swedish chef Emma Bengtsson – a superstar in New York – are showcased at this stark, “very spacious” modern venue (lots of “high-quality wood and granite”) in the St James’s Market development behind Piccadilly Circus. It’s never reproduced the excitement in London that it enjoys in Manhattan. Even critics acknowledge “it could be so good”, but some items seem “absurdly expensive” and the room itself can seem icy in its beauty.

Summary

£93
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The wonderful menu transports diners to Scandinavia” at this large and starkly stylish unit in the glossy St James’s Market development, near Piccadilly Circus – an offshoot of Swedish superchef Emma Bengtsson’s garlanded New York original. Ratings are solid, if not quite reaching the feverish excitement levels achieved in Manhattan.

Summary

£83
 ££££
3
Good
2
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3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This three-year-old, near Piccadilly Circus – in the glossy St James’s Market development – is an offshoot of one of Manhattan’s most celebrated restaurant stalwarts, and here, as in NYC, “everything is made following Nordic traditions creating really delicious dishes” with “great Scandinavian fish and meat” (“even the bread is something you won’t forget”). But while to some reporters its big windows and expensive decor are “truly glamorous”, to others the ambience is “cold”“a bit see-and-be-seen, and somehow a bit soulless”.

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St James’s Market, 1 Carlton St, London, SW1Y 4QQ

Restaurant details

Highchair
Yes
54, 15
No dress code
90

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Reviews of Aquavit Restaurant in SW1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Aquavit restaurant.
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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £32.00 £35.00
Pretheatre £32.00 £35.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 90.00 Always available 7

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£16.00 £35.00 £7.00 £11.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £50.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 15.00%
St James’s Market, 1 Carlton St, London, SW1Y 4QQ
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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