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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Classy Japanese food in super-cool rooftop setting

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At a glance

Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The rooftop views from the terrace of this modern Japanese outfit on the top floor of the former Dickins & Jones building are great, and Aqua Kyoto's dark and slinky dining room shimmers with contemporary style, its moody black, red and gold hues complementing the knife-wielding theatre of a sunken centrepiece sushi bar and robata grill. Happily, it’s not all style over substance – visually striking dishes and top-drawer ingredients are the thing. Open with robata chicken wings with mitsuba and ginger miso, followed by butter-soft Wagyu beef stew with tofu and Japanese root vegetables. Otherwise there's cracking sushi and sashimi, and a sake menu to wash it down.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December, 1 January
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 5.30
  • Dinner served until: 10.30


  • Chef(s): Paul Greening

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Contemporary Japanese
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines over £30: 129
  • Wines by the glass: 27

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 110
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10
  • Off-site parking available: Poland St

Additional information

  • Seats: 110
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10

Getting here

Nearest train station

Oxford St
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