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Aqua Restaurant & Lounge Review


Aqua Restaurant & Lounge is the best lounge in Beverly Hills you can find. It is located in the heart of Beverly Hills between Brighton Way and Little Santa Monica Blvd on the east side of North Beverly Drive. The interior has a feel of a ship deck with an aquatic vibe from a coral dining room to the wood paneled VIP lounge.

The seats are extremely comfortable, surrounded by large TV’s, fabulous aquariums with a variety of beautiful fishes and great music and surreal lights that makes the ambience very cozy and romantic at the same time. There is a great space for dancing and the dance floor is open all night for your enjoyment, and make sure you dress to impress!


Our special thanks to Chef Ian Kleinman, who comes from Colorado and was recently the executive chef at Emogene patisserie et Cafe in Cherry Creek. He developed an interest in cooking at a young age in conjunction with his family's restaurant, the Golden Pan, in Breckenridge. As a teenager, he worked the line and moved through the kitchens of local venues such as the Augusta at the Westin Hotel and the Rattlesnake Grill. After he graduated from the Art Institute, Kleinman worked at Rialto Cafe before moving on to a chef position at Hilltop Cafe, then went on to make a name for himself at Indigo restaurant in Cherry Creek. Kleinman has been a participant in the respected James Beard Foundation in New York, the youngest chef in Colorado to cook there three times. He was named runner-up to Colorado's ACF Chef of the Year in 2004, and volunteers his time for school events and with SOS Operation Frontine.

   Long Island / Champagne                               Chef Ian Kleinman         

We were very excited about trying their tapa appetizers, which I heard were excellent, and I was not disappointed at all. Everything was delicious and we started with the Goat Cheese and Dry Cherry Wontons with tomato jam.  Next we had the Shrimp Phyllo Rolls with Citrus Rissotto, this one has a delicious crispy taste and it is very unique.   I do not recall having it anywhere else. 

Goat Cheese Wontons        /          Crab Cakes

Lobster Tacos                                       Kobe Beef Sliders
The Lobster Tacos with Chipolte Cream and Jicama Orange Slaw were also very good, and note that we only had a taste, their portion is about 4 servings, The Crisp Lump Crab Cakes with Avocado Relish also very good and crunchy, and the Roasted Short Rib with Potato Pancake and Morel Sauce, an excellent choice as well.

Shrimp Phyllo Rolls with Citrus Rissotto

I can’t say which one of these were the best, all of our appetizer selection were delicious, tasty and fresh, but I must say that you can’t miss the Kobe Beef Sliders with Spicy Bacon and Cheese Sauce, service with Fried Potatoes.
They are like mini Hamburguers, the meat is delicious, and this is the
winner and I will certainly go back for more!
   Short Rib with Potato Pancake and Morel Sauce
For desserts the chef suggested that we try the Hawaian Doughnuts with Jasmine chocolate sauce, simply the best, before,during and after dinner!
The fare is Creative World Cuisine, which uses common international ingredients in new and exciting ways. Chef Ian Kleinman wants to give you a new taste experience. The menu is intended for sharing so that people try as many different flavors as possible. They support the local farmers, and use organic ingredients when possible. Their fish is caught daily by Honolulu Fish Company and flown to them next day.

Hawaian Doughnuts with Jasmine chocolate sauce

Price range for tapas-style small plates from $9 to $18 and for entrees the range is $24 to $36. Dining room opens at 6:00 p.m. and serves until 11:00 p.m. The bar appetizer menu is available until 1:00 a.m. Reservations required. Full dinner menu is available at the lounge and bar areas.
Main Bar

They have 2 beautiful bars offering premium liquors and a full wine and champagne list.
Also they have a gorgeous VIP room that can host private parties up to 50 people.
 Rear Bar                                                Dance Floor
Do not miss this place, it is like bringing back the old good times to Beverly Hills, and this place is here to stay! I will definitely go back and bring all my friends!
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Readers Comments

Thanks for recommending Club Aqua to us. My wife and I had dinner there and it
was soooo good, that we decided to have a party in the club. Last week we hosted 76 friends from 6:30 to 9:30 privately. We had cocktails with great hors douvres passed, then dinner and dancing. At 9:30 the doors opened to the public, but our guests stayed and enjoyed the club. Again, thanks for the tip...we had a great time!
Bob & Gilda

Article By: Mary Adams
Photos By: Chris Marx

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