Aqua in Howth and Sole in Dublin City took home awards at this year’s event

Aqua Restaurant and Sole Seafood and Grill, both in Dublin, took home awards at this year’s prestigious World Luxury Restaurant Awards.

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Considered the most prestigious awards event for the luxury dining industry, the World Luxury Restaurant Awards hosted their fourth annual ceremony on July 6 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Winners are chosen by an online public vote.

Aqua Restaurant - Howth, Co Dublin

Aqua Restaurant in Howth took home two awards this year: best luxury seafood restaurant in the world, and best luxury waterside restaurant in Europe. This was Aqua’s fourth year in a row winning best luxury seafood restaurant in the world.

Charlie Smith, manager at Aqua, told The Irish Independent: "It's a huge honor, it's the fourth consecutive year we've won, and it's by public vote.”

"Unfortunately none of us were able to attend the ceremony but we're absolutely thrilled.”

"It's a huge boost for the team - we always try and promote high standards. Its unique selling point is the location - overlooking Dublin Bay. It's the whole package.”

"We're hugely grateful to our loyal customers, you know it's a public vote. Next January we're celebrating our 20th birthday - we could not have done that without the customers.”

"We're certainly aiming for five in a row."

On Facebook, Aqua said that they are “absolutely delighted” with the honor:

We are absolutely delighted to be presented with two awards for Luxury Seafood Restaurant and Luxury Waterside...

Publiée par Aqua Restaurant sur Lundi 8 juillet 2019

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Sole Seafood & Grill - South William Street, Dublin

Sole, in Dublin's City Center, took home the best luxury seafood restaurant in Europe award.

Richie Wilson, Executive Head Chef at SOLE, told The Irish Post: “The team at SOLE are absolutely blown away."

“Since opening in 2018, the whole team have worked so hard to raise the standard of seafood in Dublin and offer patrons a top quality dining experience with Irish produce on top the top of our agenda."

“To win such a prestigious award is such a testament to the whole team’s passion and dedication,” he added.

On Facebook, Sole shared their excitement:

WE WON!!!  ‘Best Luxury Seafood Restaurant in EUROPE!!’ We are absolutely blown away. To win this after only 15 months...

Publiée par SOLE Seafood & Grill sur Samedi 6 juillet 2019

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