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Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC
Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC

Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aquaobx.com
  • Phone: (252) 261-9700
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Wednesday through Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00 pm, Limited Menu from 3 pm til 5 pm
    Happy Hour 3pm - 6pm
    Dinner: Wednesday through Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Chef John Hester
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Overlooking the Currituck Sound, with an amazing view from every seat. Sunsets light up the sky every evening. Waterfront decks and bar provide an unforgettable and elegant event on the water,in the quaint village of Duck on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
  • Private Party Contact: Event Coordinator (252) 261-9700
  • Entertainment: Live music on waterfront deck. From Buffet to pop, sassy jazz to get your groove on, the deck at AQUA is the jam and kick up your heels. Family friendly! We bring live music inside during the winter months.
  • Special Events & Promotions: AQUA Restaurant is the perfect venue for your special occasion. The diverse waterfront location and design offers a magnificent view and amenities that appeal to a party of 15 to 125.

    The Southern end of the restaurant can be semi-private. A tasteful bamboo screen offers an intimate feel and private restrooms keep conveniences at hand. Available for 35 and fewer guests.

    The Main dining area, with vistas of sunsets on the Currituck Sound and wildfowl a flutter, translates the delightful energy of AQUA; while offering waterfront tables where everyone truly does get “a view” of the water. Available for 40-60 guests.

    Craving the divine intimacy of AQUA, all to yourself? Be our guest, our only guest…AQUA is available for 65-125 clients, to enjoy, dance, toast and create memories all evening. Wrap around decks, green space, beanbag toss, music inside or out…the flow of the evening is bliss.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 12 North
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking in front of restaurant and across the street. Overflow allowed at Scarborough Faire Shops.
A word from Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC
One of the most beautiful waterfront restaurants in Duck on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, AQUA Restaurant offers fresh regional cuisine in a casual and elegant setting. Our mission is to create delicious culinary masterpieces with locally farmed ingredients, fresh locally caught fish and all natural meats for our guests to enjoy. Our innovative wine list, craft beers and creative cocktails are second to none, carefully chosen to complement our Chef’s savory creations. Whether you are looking for a tasty lunch or dinner, live music, a beautiful sunset or good times with friends and family, AQUA is the place to beContinued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "I would certainly recommend to anyone. Varied menu with a very friendly staff."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Enjoyed another meal at Aqua. The in season menu is different than the off season menu we are accustomed to. Seafood is always good, and several people had steak which they raved about. Always a great dining experience."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "The 'risotto" was white rice with peas, not Arborio rice. It was cold and awful. The scallops were tough, chewy and cold as well. The crab dip tasted like cardboard. It is a beautiful room but really, the food needs serious work."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We return multiple times a year. This year, our group included grandparents, parents, and grandchildren. Service was superb: friendly, fun, prompt, attentive, never intrusive. Good variety of food. The crab and corn chowder is wonderful, crabcakes delicious, steak tender and done perfectly, salads crisp, presentation excellent. Desserts are very good. The wine list is very good, with a variety of choices for every taste. Aqua has become one of our Outer Banks favorites, from family gatherings to a quiet dinner for two. Don't miss it."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Corn & crab soup only a mother could love. Had to beg for a second drink. Service was very un-attentive and under-staffed. Tabavele conversation noise was unbearable from folks next to us. Food just ok. Will likely not go back unless invited to a wedding reception or tied down and hauled in. Rather have stayed home and ordered pizza."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Went for a "family date night" with my wife and three kids (ages 9, 6 and 1) and had a blast. Originally seated on back deck for sunset but was too hot. Hostess kindly reseated us on side of restaurant where it was cooler and still had great view of the sound. Aqua was accommodating to kids without devolving into Chuck E Cheese. Food was wonderful and our server (JR) was great. Aqua is a gem in Duck."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Food was great. The restaurant was so crowded and unorganized. They need,to manage the crowds a little better."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Gorgeous view, good food. Had the crab cakes. Others had the tuna, steak and fish tacos. Pricey and noisy, but they were very busy in the height of the season. No wait for our table, server was knowledgable and professional."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "AQUA was a very nice restaurant with good food and a great view of the sunset. The waiter was not attentive enough and appeared to be "sad" as if a or otherwise indifferent. I think if he had been better, we would have enjoyed the AQUA if the waiter had been better and smiling. The crab cakes were the best!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "My husband and I took our kids (ages 14, 12, 9) to dinner. Service was great and delicious food. They also have a great spa you should check out. Their fish taco's are the best!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Staff made the night extra special for us by giving us a delicious on the house champagne toast (was our 23rd anniversary). Such a find! Lovely views and lovely food! GO!!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Thought this restaurant would be good based on location and a few reviews. Staff very nice and the overall feel of the restaurant was fine. Hoped to sit on one of the two patios since it was a nice night but not our luck. My biggest problem was the food. I ordered the scallops with a pea risotto. The scallops were quite small, not fresh at all (recently thawed?) and were prepared poorly- they were hard and gummy. The risotto was made to be a thick, chunky paste with little seasoning. Not sure if it was a night of bad luck for me as others at the table liked their filets and tuna special. Might try it again if no other good options that night."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The server, Swann, was really terrific, the kitchen staff was able to accommodate one of our group who is gluten sensitive. However when were ordered dessert the special accommodations seemed to stop. We didn't receive what was promised (ice cream on a separate plate (lactose intolerant) and no nuts (allergy)."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Go to Aqua for drinks and watch the sunset. Skip dinner. The only good thing we had was the crab dip. Scallop entree was barely edible. Service was interesting...somewhat aloof, just not polished. Overall, disappointing experience. Skip the food and head to Blue Point which is outstanding."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Aqua Restaurant and Spa. The food was very good - far superior to other local spots by a long shot. Service was friendly, informative, and prompt. We sampled the crab dip appetizer - delicious with lots of crab meat. the crostini was great as well. I had the Mai Mai special and loved it. Atmosphere is great with band playing and seating all around the boardwalk and surrounding spaces. View of teh sound and sunset were awesome. Definitely worth visiting and we'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Unexpected jewel found in Duck. Will definitely return on our next OBX visit."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Q: What's best about Aqua? The setting? The water views? The service? The menu? The creativity/taste/presentation? A: e) All of the above What a great all-around experience. If you're even THINKING about going...stop thinking, and just go. Go!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed ourselves and will come back on our return to Duck, NC. Food was good. We especially liked our waitress, Christy S."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Excellent service from a fantastic martini & wine menu. Somewhat limited food menu but everything was perfect."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "For a restaurant that says it provides "tasty selections from Chef’s culinary masterpieces", the food was lacking in flavor and orginality. From the signature sweet corn and crab soup which tasted like creamed corn put through a blender with a few flakes of added crab, to the sweet pea risotto, which was more like a watery rice pilaf, this food had no soul. The restaurant has great views of the sound, so grab a drink and watch the sunset from their deck, but pass on the meal."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I have been to Aqua before for their spa services, but a friend suggested we go for dinner out last night at the beach in Duck this year I ma so glad she did the drinks and view were great and the food was very, very good. We will definitely be back for dinner or lunch and now the boardwalk goes all the way to the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Cathy and I went here for dinner and just loved it. Food was great, wine was great, dessert was great!!!! We'll be back next year.."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Aqua is an OBX tradition for us, but this visit left us disappointed. The food was uninspired, tired and boring. When you pay $32 for the same plate of food you can get dozens of other place for less, it should be something special. It was just okay. The setting is beautiful and the fact that they take reservations is huge, but our experience was as uninspired as the food. Not sure whether this tradition will continue for us."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was great and the staff was very helpful and accommodating while we were picking out our appetizers and entrees. Highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Dinner was very nice. The drinks - Bloody Mary and martini - were great. Main dishes of Tilefish and Tuna were also excellent. Crab soup was great but had to send back the cucumber soup - it was just green water. Overall we had a nice evening just before evacuating the area ahead of hurricane arthur."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Good service, but if the waiter had a little more personality...it would have been great service. The rest of the staff was very customer focused and appeared to be doing an outstanding job!!!!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "As always, the ambience and view from the Aqua deck is unparalleled. We've dined more than a dozen times over three years. It is a "must do" when visiting Duck, NC."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Setting and service were excellent. Very noisy inside. Outside setting is great but has picnic benches. Two people loved their food. One said the soft shells were not the best she ever had. The duck breast was tasty but arrived medium well when ordered rare to medium rare. However when that happened the manager comped the meal and gave a free dessert and coffee mug."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We visit OBX every year in June and Aqua will always be on our list for an upscale dining option. The food and service were once again fabulous. Sweet corn and crab soup was the essence of sweet corn. Great entrees - duck, pasta with shrimp and andouille, steak - all expertly prepaired and delicious. Great wine options and reasonably priced. Quality wines by the glass so you don't have to buy a bottle to get something good, and everyone can get what they want to pair with their meal."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Great experience. However, pricey for frequent visits."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "As always in our experience, the food was very good for every dish ordered. Service has always been excellent, but our server Monday night was superb. We are repeat customers for a very good reason: the dining experience is always outstanding."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Aqua is a great choice in Duck. We went to both lunch and dinner, and we had great food and service both times. We had lunch outside and enjoyed the view, but beware the low tides as the water can smell, so just be prepared. Service and food were both top Notch and well worth the visit (we will go back many times). Dinner was also great food and great service. The tables inside are tightly arranged, and once the bar starts filling up (for us that was by 6:45 on a Friday), the noise level climbs. Ideally, it would be great if they could section off the bar from the main restaurant area so that diners did not have to compete. All in all, Aqua is well worth it and one of our top 3 when eating in Duck/Sanderling."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I had been looking forward to trying this restaurant because of the good reviews. The reviews did not reflect the quality of what we got. While the view over the sound was lovely, a quiet dinner experience was not to be had. The dinning room is attached to the bar which was very noisy, so you are virtually sitting in the bar, like it or not. We ordered the soup de jour, which was green tomato. There were, what I believe, were celery stings throughout the soup. I got crab cakes which were made from claw meat, my husband got the pork chop, which was dry. The bill, with a $35 bottle of wine, was over $119. You can get much better food for cheaper prices in a better setting in at least a dozen other restaurants in the Banks."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Bryan was our waiter. He was outstanding. Great food and service! The sunset was incredible. Good drinks as well."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Our party had a fabulous dinner while enjoying the beautiful sunset at Aqua. It was a wonderful dining experience!!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Auqa has a great view, ask to be seated by a window if possible and time your reservation for sunset. Food was good, service prompt. Only complaint was the noise level. Tables are seated close together and it was noisy. Other than that we enjoyed our meal and would visit again. Dinner for 2 with 2 drinks each and no desert was 150. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Went on a weeknight for dinner, was seated at a table that overlooked the sound right before sunset. Absolutely beautiful. Our server was excellent, very personable and great at what she does. Apps, entrees, desserts, and drinks all came at a reasonable time and all were exquisite! The restaurant was clean and able to move through without disturbing other people dining. Servers worked well together also! Will be back soon for sure!!!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We had gone down to the Outer Banks for a few days for our anniversary. We selected this restaurant through Open Table for a nice meal and a special evening. The seating was nice, so we had high hopes. Tables are rather close together and there was a large table crammed behind us that was quite loud with kids running, all around. The adult women at that table were quite loud and not really caring about what the kids were doing. We still had great expectations for the food, the pimento cheese appetizer and the bread they served were okay. My husband and I selected two entirely different dishes, they were both mediocre. He had selected a pasta dish and the pasta was way overcooked, quite gummy. Not a pleasant experience, will not go back."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 15year anniversary here and we couldn't have been happier. Aqua is what all other restaurants try to be, but fail. The food, the service, the atmosphere, all were top notch. The prices are on the higher side but well worth it for a nice romantic dinner or special occasion. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "My wife and I have eaten here several times now over a period of about three years. Outstanding food and service every time. Good wine list at a variety of price points. Noise level has never been less than moderate. If there is a large party towards the back of the indoor dining area, it can be loud. The rear outdoor seating, if the weather permits, provides great views as does the indoor seating along the picture windows."
    Dined on 5/27/2014