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AquaKnox Earns 2014 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award

Published on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 (8:44 a.m.)

LAS VEGAS – (Jan. 22, 2014) — AquaKnox, the modern seafood restaurant in The Venetian Las Vegas®, was recently awarded the 2014 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award. This is the second consecutive honor for the upscale dining establishment, which is known for its international, sustainable seafood.

As a Forbes Global Star Rating Program participant, AquaKnox brings home another milestone achievement for Tavistock Restaurants, which owns a total of 15 award-winning upscale and fast-casual restaurant concepts across the U.S, including the Mexico City inspired Taqueria Canonita that is also located in The Venetian. The award celebrates AquaKnox as an outstanding establishment, offering guests a truly exceptional level of luxury and service in the Las Vegas fine dining scene.

“To be continuously recognized by an industry leader such as Forbes, for our hard work and passion for fresh and sustainable seafood, is an honor we are proud to tout amongst our colleagues along The Strip,” said Steve Aguglia, executive chef at AquaKnox.

AquaKnox features a state-of-the-art open kitchen alongside a team of expert chefs that uphold the highest culinary standards. Signature dishes include Maine lobster bisque, John Dory, and lobster surf and turf, all made with fresh and sustainable seafood flown in daily from around the world.

“Yet another validation from an industry leader that AquaKnox is one of the country’s finest seafood restaurants,” said Bill Bartlett, Chief Operations Officer of Tavistock Restaurants. “We are incredibly proud of the restaurant’s performance and ability to bring a global seafood palette to one of the most demanding dining markets.”
Forbes Travel Guide announces its Global Star Ratings twice yearly, honoring the world’s finest hotels, restaurants and spas that meet its stringent hospitality standards. Winners are evaluated based on a pool of 500 criteria. A complete list of 2014 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award winners can be viewed at

In addition to AquaKnox, Tavistock Restaurants also hosts the following award-winning restaurant concepts in its portfolio: Abe & Louie’s, Napa Valley Grille, California Cafe, Atlantic Fish, Coach Grill, ZED451, Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Blackhawk Grille, Timpano Chophouse, Cafe del Rey, Taqueria Canonita, Sapporo, Papa Razzi and Freebirds World Burrito. For more information on Tavistock Restaurants, visit


About Tavistock Restaurants
Tavistock Restaurants is a privately held company operating unique concepts from fast casual to upscale, fine dining restaurants including Abe & Louie’s, Aquaknox, ZED451, Joe’s American Bar & Grill and Freebirds World Burrito, with more than 100 locations across the United States. Tavistock Restaurants lives by the same mission as its parent company, Tavistock Group, which is committed to excellence in everything it does. For more information, visit

About Tavistock Group
Tavistock Group is an international private investment organization founded by Joe Lewis more than 35 years ago. With investments in more than 200 companies across 15 countries, Tavistock Group’s investment portfolio includes: life sciences, sports teams and sporting events, manufacturing and distribution, oil, gas and energy, financial services, restaurants, commercial properties, private luxury residential properties, resort properties and master-planned real estate developments. For more information, visit

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