Aqua Restaurant: sumptuous seafood and a special sunset

Aqua Restaurant in Howth
The sunsets at Aqua rarely disappoint

It’s hard to imagine a better way to toast a memorable day of links golf on the Dublin coast, than by watching the sun drop into the ocean while you eat dinner at Aqua Restaurant in Howth.

Located at the very end of the West Pier on the beautiful Howth Head peninsula, just north of Ireland’s capital, this award-winning seafood restaurant is truly unmissable. And the setting is hard to beat.

Aqua Restaurant in Howth
The views stretch across Howth Sound to Ireland’s Eye

When you make your reservation, ask for a table by the windows. The views are just wonderful, stretching across Howth Sound to a little island, which is known as Ireland’s Eye. The view never gets old and although it’s wonderful at lunchtime, it really comes into its own as the sun goes down. We’re off to a pretty good start and we haven’t even begun to talk about the food.

Aqua Restaurant in Howth, opened on the final day of the last Millennium and has, ever since, been producing some of Dublin’s best seafood dishes, using the freshest local produce. The building which houses Aqua, was once home to Howth Sailing Club but by the end of the last century the building had fallen into disrepair. The present owners are, themselves, keen sailors and it was on one of their days out that they began to come up with a plan to open a restaurant there – which they did on millennium night itself.

That atmosphere of celebration has not left this place. The fireworks have made way for families and friends to come together here and enjoy some fantastic food and drink, with a stunning backdrop to boot.

Aqua Restaurant in Howth
Our seafood starter at Aqua was absolutely wonderful

The food is every bit as good as the view. The fish, as you would expect, is caught in the waters your table looks out on to and tastes as fresh as you would hope it would in your dreams. The salads and vegetables as grown in a restaurant garden a few hundred yards away.

I had a genuinely memorable fillet of Sea Bass which I still have daydreams about and the lobster and prawns I had to start was every bit as good. Some of the guys had excellent steaks, which there is a good selection of too. Aqua also has an extensive wine list.

What more can you say? Aqua Restaurant in Howth truly had it all. It was almost as good as the golf.

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The founder of The Wandering Golfers, Ben grew up on the links of Scotland learning the game from his beloved Grandpa. Previously a writer and broadcaster for The Times and BBC

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