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Aqua Restaurant
Aqua Restaurant

Aqua Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aquaexperience.com
  • Phone: (252) 728-7777
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 6:00pm - 900pm Friday - Saturday 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Jon McGregor
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Limited off site catering is available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private party / Banquet facilities available overlooking Taylor's Creek and the Beautiful Beaufort waterfront from the 3rd floor private dining room located in our sister restaurant Clawson's 1905 Restaurant & Pub. Seats up to 60ish
  • Private Party Contact: Kim Kromka (252) 728-7777

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Aqua Restaurant
Our menu is created to bring you the freshest seasonal items available presented with a creative touch. Aqua’s small plates offer you an exciting array of tastes in ‘just right” portions ideal for passing around the table or enjoying two or three as a full meal. Aqua’s Big Plates feature "North Carolina seafood served stylishly" with the freshest local seafood and Choice Beef Filet, as well as local produce when it’s seasonally available. Aqua prides itself on offering fresh, local products and supporting our local fisherman and farmers.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was excellent but portion size for the price was not comparable."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Food was great! The service was exceptional. If you live in the Beaufort, NC area or are just a visitor, this is a must visit restaurant to add to your list. We were greeted when we walked through the door by someone who was genuinely thrilled to have us join them for dinner and from that point forward the service and the experience were amazing. The menu offers a variety of options, tapas, small plates and regular dinner size portions. All of the dishes have a wonderful twist to make them interesting and enticing - try the tomato pie or the fried green tomatoes served with habanero cheddar pimento cheese as a starter. Service was top notch. We remembered the server who had waited on us the first time and asked for her again. Delightful!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Our family, including my father and mother (who was celebrating her 78th birthday) enjoyed our dinner at Aqua. We had not heard of this restaurant and I just made a reservation based on great reviews. (Thanks to Open Table - this was easy!) And, I'm happy to say, the restaurant lived up to its reputation! Each of us (6 total) ordered a different small plate in addition to a couple of appetizers and salads. Each dish was creative, seasonal, and presented beautifully. We all were extremely satisfied with our choices. And, to top off the celebration, we had birthday creme brulee -- delicious! Next time we are on the Crystal Coast - we will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "While not exactly haute cuisine, Aqua is certainly a good few notches above the typical restaurant at the North Carolina shore. Seven of us have been there the past two summers and have been quite happy to find a place that serves imaginative dishes in a friendly atmosphere. From the tapas menu, the tomato pie was a hit. So too was the watermelon salad, chuncks of pitless fruit covered by arugala, feta and pumpkin seeds with an ancho chili dressing for some kick. The swordfish, tuna and petit filet small plates were a hit as was the bouillabaise large plate. We were there on WineOrama night, a four wine tasting for $10, a real bargain for nice pours of two whites and two reds. If you find yourself in Beaufort, NC, or nearby, go to Aqua."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The hostess (owner?) was abrupt to the point of rudness; however, the staff was wonderful. Incredible meal."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Simply awesome. Fantastic blend of ingredients from the appetizers to main course and desserts!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We've dined at Aqua on several occasions when visiting the area and would highly recommend it. Food is outstanding, staff is knowledgeable and attentive. We had an unexpected change in the time we had reserved and found the staff extremely accommodating. It is a "must do" when we are at Beaufort."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • " We (2) were given a comfortable booth fit for four. Hostess was social in an affable way. Small wait for waitress, who was great., only appeared when needed. She was never hovering and never AWOL. The tomato pie, which I'd never had before was a fabulous Southern treat. My girl had the "small plate" pork tenderloin and has never had pork so tender and it's accompaniment with pears was a true Master's touch. My tuna "small plate" was done perfectly. For dessert we selected a "large" creme' brulee which was perfect and comfortably enough for two. Thursday night and it was $5 martini night. Two martini's each and not even a tingle, these drinks would have been overpriced at $2. Next time I will just have coffee and a nip in the car."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Every time I go to Beaufort for dinner or drinks I visit Aqua; there is no reason to try a different restaurant because the menu changes according to the seasons and I have never been let down by the food I have had. I always take my friends and family there and now it is one of their favorite restaurants too! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys food, wine, martinis, and a relaxing atmosphere with a kind and knowledgeable staff."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This restaurant is a foodie's paradise. The flavors and presentation were perfect. My entree was point on, my husband's filet however was sent out well-done instead of the medium he requested. That was the only negative in the entire meal. Great attention by server! Will be back:)"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Best meal that I've had on the Crystal Coast. We were early and our meal could have been rushed, but the waitress paced the service perfectly. We mixed salads with an appetizer and "small plates". Coupled with a creme brûlée that we couldn't finish, it was a great celebration feast! Did I mention, all the preparations were outstanding?"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "An absolutely impeccable experience. We split the small plates and had more than enough. Pomme frites were perfectly crispy, the tomato pie was delicious, and crab cake was wonderful. This will be our go-to from here out."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Noise panels would be helpful to allow easier conversations."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Trendy setting with a great variety of choices on the menu. Loved the wine offerings and full attention of the wait staff. Will definitely return to this eating establishment!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "To this very special restaurant; to Kim, Theresa, Amy, Lisa, Ivy, Andreas and all the other staff members (whose names we will eventually remember), we owe you a particularly eloquent thanks for all the wonderful evenings we have had and will continue to have with you."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great for and excellent service. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Our dining experience was outstanding, as it always is when we dine at Aqua. Food, ambiance, service...all incredible. If we lived near Beaufort, we'd eat there every week."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the staff was wonderful. The tuna was my favorite as well as the crab cakes. They accomodate people with special dietary needs which is great since one person in my party only eats gluten free. The creme brulee is huge so it is great for a big group or to take home for later. I love the screened in porch because the flies stay away! It is kid friendly and nicely hidden from the crowds."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Waitress was too rushed. Had several servers after the initial order was taken by waitress. Very hurried waitress. Nice painted smile, but not very genuine. I will return after the Labor Day when dining isn't so hectic. Thanks to the restaurant for the wonderful birthday desert."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We try to eat Vegan and were given this as an option and had a wonderful night"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "After our initial mixup, when the hostess changed our table and did not inform our wait person, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We did a mix of, salad, tapas, and small plates (and some are not that small). The 1/3 off a bottle of wine on Friday is a nice offering. The petit filet was done perfectly. A Cesar Salad and petit filet is a great dinner. We will return."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Dined at Aqua again while on a return vacation to Beaufort. The food and service are excellent. It's a must while in Beaufort."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Recently had a great dining experience at Aqua, with knowledgeable waiter, Andreas. Food and service excellent. Recommend the fried green tomato small plate, delicious. We will return!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We met our friends at Aqua on Tuesday evening for Wine-o-Rama nite and had dinner. We always enjoy the fresh catch! This time fresh local caught grouper. Great food. Great wine. Especially enjoyed the Austrian Gruner Veltliner white. Thanks Aqua!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Had reservation but still had to wait an hour. Menu was limited and not tasty. staff not helpful or friendly"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Aqua feels like a metropolitan restaurant in a tiny coastal town. Its outdoor porch feels like a restaurant in Ocracoke and inside feels like a hip bar in Manhattan. The servers are solicitous and attentive, but not intrusive. Try lots of small plates and share. That's our strategy and it has worked every time! We had a salad, 4 small plates, and 3 desserts and all were equally delicious. I sat facing the kitchen and saw a lot of petite filet mignon served; it is a house specialty. Go with friends, enjoy the wine!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Had not dined at Aqua in a few yrs, but continue to hear good things and reviews. We made a reservation and received a friendly greeting from the hostess. Our server Lisa provided excellent service, very knowledgeable about the food and wine! All of the staff were friendly and accommodating. All plates were beautifully presented, but a lacking in flavor. Over all a very nice experience but I wanted to be WOWED by the food! The petit beef filet was the only dish with WOW flavor. Prices were reasonable for the very good quality of the food. Likely to return next time I visit Beaufort!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "You don't expect a top-quality restaurant in Beaufort, NC. But Aqua breaks the mould. Make a reservation early (6 to 7 pm) and ask for a booth. Great wine list AND server who know their (your) wines. Don't come all at once. We want to continue to go. p.s. Tuesdays are wine tasting events..."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Aqua is the perfect upper scale restaurant in a relaxed beach enviroment. The food was superb and service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Aqua. I took the liberty of making a reservation for our friends and was very embarrassed and uncomfortable! One of my friends wanted to order just the filet mignon (large plate) without the seafood portion and the waiter went to the kitchen to ask how much and if they would do this. The kitchen said they would but it would still be $36! What? Why would you charge the same amount for just the steak? I also noticed since our last visit that the prices have gone UP and the portions down. Another guest ordered the tuna and received a few small slices on a small rectangular plate....no salad, no side....nothing! He went home hungry.... I sent an apology email to the other two couples as soon as I got home!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Wonderful food. Great service. Knowledgeable staff. Ecclectic atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The vegetables were all fresh. The steak was cooked properly and served hot. The crabcake was not dried out and tasted like crabcake not filler. The grouper was fresh, cooked properly and served hot. Simple enough to describe but all too unusual in restaurants these days. We had a lengthy wait despite reservations and a few unoccupied tables. They were very busy and they prepared the food well so we didn't mind."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Aqua is THE place in Beaufort. It is a friendly, popular yet sophisticated place to gather. The decor is chic. The wine is great and the food is creative. You need a reservation."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This restaurant was very good,nice variety of dishes,good bar selection.Service was wonderful,the hostess,waitress were very knowledgeable. We will go back many times this summer I am sure."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Whenever we have guests visit us at the beach, we always try to get to Beaufort and Aqua. Hurricane Arthur couldn't keep us away this past week! The four of us started with the tomato pie tapas and we should've ordered two, it was too good to split four ways. Then we moved on to the crab cake & pork tenderloin small plates. We were not disappointed with the sea & shore large plate or the dessert sampler. And although the cocktails are always delish, our bottle of Altos Las Hormigas Malbec was the perfect choice!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Where do you start when the food is five stars. There were four people, four apps and four meals. I tasted all off them. Cooked and seasoned perfectly. The food has thoughtfully paired with other ingredients to wake up your tastes buds. I'll be back !!!!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "A warm greeting and service. We had the deconstructed crab wontons, grouper special, and cioppino and everything was great. The best cioppino was the best I have ever ordered. Manager was exceptionally friendly and checked us a couple times and said a genuine thank you and come again as we left. Complete gem of a restaurant."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Location off the main street. Cozy, intimate restaurant with great food choices. Tapas and big plates."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner. The service was top notch. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Visiting Beaufort and Outer Banks for the first time. Asked locals and shop owners for a dinner recommendation and Aqua topped the list. Great experience. They were running a special on wine which was nice. The small plates were divine. Sampled the tomato pie, fried green tomatoes - a first for my dining guest and the pork and fig plate. Dessert was pear Brule. I would not have changed a thing. Waiter was gracious. All the wait staff would remove plates or pour water as needed."
    Dined on 6/27/2014