Buford >Food & Dining > Aqua Terra
55 E Main St, Buford, GA | Directions 3051834.120383 -84.005169
Monday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 02:30 PM Monday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM
What a huge disappointment...get it together Aqua Terra! – What has happened at Aqua Terra??? When they first opened, we were regulars and just loved the place! After a while, we went less because they NEVER changed the menu (still haven't, after how many years?). It was still good, dependable quality, quaint atmosphere, in a cool location. The last couple of times, though, the food has been a huge disappointment! We went with friends (6 of us) for a Christmas get together this month, and dinner was just terrible. We must not be alone in our feelings because they sat 6 of us, without a wait, at 7:30pm on a Saturday night!!! The filet mignon was chewey, had gristle through it, and it really had no flavor other than the sauce poured all over it - just a cheap piece of meat. I normally order seafood when I'm out, but just couldn't bring myself to order the 'special' tilapia (the cheapest fish available), so I went with the maple salmon. It tasted like the salmon had been marinated in a bottle of maple syrup for about a week... I really hate to see Aqua Terra fail because I just love that city feel of the revitalized Buford area, and HOPE that someone will take heed and do something about the quality and menu there!!! I know times have got to be tough for the restaurant industry, in this economy, but you can't just continue letting the quality go down. Please get it together!!! We won't be back until we hear things have changed, and we've heard the same from many of our friends.
Why drive into Atlanta? – Date night for the hubby and I. Friend of mine now working at a salon in downtown Buford recommended Aqua Terra.
- great atmosphere
- friendly staff
- yummy, comfort food with a twist
- good portions (important to RONLEE)
- amazing Martini (important to me)
We cannot wait to go back!
worth the trip. – i travel to GA roughly twice a year and always seem to end up happily dining at aqua terra. it's a charming destination whose american bistro cuisine is consistently good...maybe even a little too consistent. it would be nice to see some updates to the menu, perhaps more seasonally inspired? i think they would do well to offer and tell the story of locally grown/farmed foods as well. the service can be spotty and has in the past has been amateurish bordering on rude/obnoxious. like the menu, the servers at aqua terra should be dependable, attentive and without pretense. phrases like "...not a problem!", "is there anything else i can get ya?" and "my husband's at home with my kid" need not be expressed.
Great special occasion restaurant – The food is delicious. The ambiance is energetic. Great for a date night or a group gathering. You will have to wait to eat here on the weekends, but it is well worth it!
5 Star in Buford??? – Well, this is my fav. place to go. The servers are very respectful and usually have great recommendations for newcomers. The French Country Salad is the best. Their chicken with corn mashed potatoes and peach chutney are delicious. It is always very clean and decadent. This is 5 stars for me. A little pricey, but well worth it. You won't be let down.
Great – I just want to say that Aqua Terra is my favorite restaurant for any occasion. I have been many times and have always walked out of there very happy. The service is wonderful and all the employees are always happy. The food is wonderful as well. I was especially suprised to find out that the chef is only 27! I will always choose Aqua Terra for all of my special events. I have never experienced anything like that first reviewer describes. It is supposed to be a quiet romantic restaurant, not party central. My hat is off to them!
Subpar service, rude management, excellent food. – While the food was excellent, the indifferent waitstaff and horribly rude manager ruined my one evening there. We had contacted them several times over the month prior to our planned dinner to let them know we would be a large crowd doing a holiday gift exchange, that we might be loud at times and would be taking up a table for a long time period. We had other restaurant options available at this time, but were assured each time that we would be welcome there, to call when we were on our way and they would have a table ready.
We called ahead of time and arrived around 6:45pm. After waiting in the bar for 2 hours we were seated. Again, the food was excellent. However the manager came over to us and YELLED at us to keep it down. When we told her that we had contacted the restaurant several times in the weeks prior because we knew we might be loud we were called liars. She then turned the music in the room up to blasting level to kick us out. We rushed out with our hands covering our ears. We were the only ones in there at the time.
As we left we overheard the manager making nasty comments about our group to the waitstaff.
Two letters to the owner regarding our experience have been ignored. In telling others of my experience, I have been told that while the food is consistently excellent, the service has gone downhill over the past few years.
Editorial Review – New American bistro in Buford delights patrons with charming ambience and sophisticated cuisine.
No need to go ITP – This restaurant has removed the need for me to EVER have to go into Buckhead or Midtown or VA Highlands ever again. The food is the most superior I have ever sampled. The Pork is fantastic.
Brenda Riley – This is our special occasion restaurant, because it is so pricy we can't afford to go very often. The food is to die for, and we usually find something different on the menu each time we go. Nothing is ever ordinary. Sometimes the staff is great, sometimes it's poor. It just depends. We never can tell when it will de crowded during the week, but don't try to go on weekends because it will be packed for sure! If it looks like a long wait, we go elsewhere and lament about what we are missing.
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