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Aqua Restaurant
Aqua Restaurant

Aqua Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aquaexperience.com
  • Email: aquarest@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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I, from Lewes, Delaware, are in Beaufort on a week vacation. Having found a couple of other restaurants in the area to be just adequate, we are thrilled to have found Aqua restaurant. The staff welcome you in a most friendly manner, the wait staff are professional yet friendly, the menu items, as well as daily specials, are varied and the quality and presentation are outstanding. How good is it? My wife and I have dined at Aqua this past Tuesday and Wednesday, it was great and we decided there was no need to look elsewhere, we have reservations for three more evenings. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Been several times and we are always drawn back. Service is great and food is always interesting and delights the taste buds. I love and apreciate their efforts in putting out interesting and yummy dishes."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Nice, unique menu with some creative items. Nice wine selection as well. Service was disappointing. Slow to bring water, slow to take out order, and slow for everything else, including getting and paying the check. We asked our server about the house red wine and the response '...it's a blend'. House wine and you don't know? Someone (likely manager) came by after we were finished and asked if the food was prepared the way ordered. She had a water pitcher in her hand and was on the go. Apparently too busy to really show an interest and ask how more than just how the food was prepared. Glad they took reservations and we were immediately seated."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "A little disappointed in the oyster appetizer. Absolutely delicious, but only one oyster."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I have been to Aqua for the last 3 years for the Beaufort Mardi Gras. I love the atmosphere of the place however I do wish they would add a couple of items to the Mardi Gras menu such as red beans and rice. I don't eat seafood so there are basically two selections on the Mardi Gras menu I could eat. It would be nice to have another selection or two without seafood. Thank you!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant in the coolest small town in America!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Amazing place. Folks obviously love their work. The chef is creative and one feels the love in the food! Great service. Great atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Kale may be the new super food but not everyone likes it so I'd either state that you're putting it on/in a dish or possibly make it optional. Had the Rabbit pot pie this past weekend. Came to the table with fried Kale on top. The dish was bland to say the least. The sauce was over bearing and heavy. The "winter" vegetables turned out to be about 95% potatoes. Not one of best examples of culinary skill. We also had the crabcake and it was very strong as if the crab was old or possibly bad. In an attempt to be I guess more metropolitan in you your menu you have truly lost in my opinion what has made Aqua a definite go to spot in Beaufort. The menu was limited and really didn't offer much in the way of fresh seafood."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We go here often..."funnest" place in Beaufort. Always good service. Our waitress was the best we've ever had...actually had a personality. Crab cake was just okay this time. Really good last time. The waitress-recommended special duck small plate could have been anything other than duck--a real disappointment for a duck-lover. The fig/duck bacon tapas was great...was last time too. We did get a great bottle of BelGlos PN at 33% off. Made the night worth it."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was our first visit but will not be our last! We thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The food was very tasty with attractive presentation. The wine was also great but our before dinner cocktails seemed a little weak (safer for driving home however.) The service was outstanding with much attention even though the place was packed. Aqua is a very attractive restaurant with a great energy. We are glad we live in a nearby area."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Made a reservation, and showed up on time. Busy Saturday night. We would have preferred a booth table, but were told by the hostess that the open booth had been reserved(?) The rest of the experience was divine. Great tapas and small plates (I had the catch of the day - Mahi - and my husband had the filet of beouf). Had an excellent Belleruche with the meal and finished with cappuccino and coffee, several desserts (shared with our friends) and a nice tawny port. Kudos to Resa, our waitress, and the chef!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I didn't think food was suppose to taste this good! Food is beyond exceptional."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "One of the most perfect dinning out we have had in many years from coast to coast and even international."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Outstanding food with portions that are appropriate."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Was a very special Valentine's meal for my wife and me. Happened to coincide with Friday, so bottles of wine were significantly discounted! The wait staff were wonderful. Knew their menu and made recommendations that turned out well. Have to admit the place is a little noisy. Some acoustical work can be done to help tone down the noise level (simple things that would not be expensive to accomplish). Aqua is always a nice place to go for a dinner when you want to "tell" your sweetie it is a special night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Aqua. Both experiences were great and we will definitely be visiting again. The seasonal menu is delicious and we cannot wait until the spring menu comes out!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have eaten here a few times and we love it. The food is great and servers kind. It does take a while for the food to come out after it is ordered but we get a bottle of wine and enjoy it, especially on Fridays where it is 1/3 off every bottle. A great place to go!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Aqua has always been a favorite spot-not just for the killer food and wine, but for the way Kim, Ami and the staff are always glad to see you and make you feel right at home. They are the gems!! The menu is eclectic and modern and full of ymmy selections for every palate. Ingredients are fresh!"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Wonderful - food and service superb. Kim makes you welcome and treats you like the most important customer in the restaurant."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Best small plates - great wine list and prices for Wine-O Rama - wait staff is exceptional - our favorite restaurant in Beaufort."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "We were a party of eight and had a great time. The food was exceptional and we were all happy with the experience."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The food from start to finish was delectable. A fantastic wine selection. And service was impeccable. Andreas was the best server that we have had in years. It was an all around perfect experience."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere, good food, but service was slow service due to busy New Year's Eve crowd."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Aqua continues to be one of our favorite spots in this area. Food and service are always reliable. Dishes are inventive and use lots of fresh local ingredients. The drinks are generous and well made. Servers are knowledgeable, friendly without being intrusive. We will be at Aqua as long as it is serving."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I've been to Aqua a few times, and I've always had great experiences. I went on a Friday night over Christmas, and even though I had a reservation, we still had to wait about 30 minutes. It was hopping! We had drinks at the bar while waiting for our table and once we took our seat, our drink tab was transferred to our table. The menu at Aqua is great. There's something for everyone - including those of us with dietary restrictions! I have a gluten allergy and Aqua is one of the only restaurants in the area that marks its gluten free dishes on the menu. I LOVE that! Our food and service were wonderful. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The four of us had different meals and all were delicious and beautifully served, especially the fig tapas which were unusual and wonderful. It is always a treat to dine at Aqua. We can always count on the meal to meet our highest expectations."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "We had an amazing experience here and the food was wonderful. Please take a day and explore this amazing restaurant."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I am always happy with the quality of food and service at Aqua. On this night Andreus was our server. He was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine selection. He made us feel very welcomed. The filet's were cooked to perfection, the tomato tartlet fantastic and the crab au gratin was phenomenal!! I also loved the oysters... We split the whiskey bread pudding, and it was divine!! I will continue to visit this little gem and KNOW I will be pleased again and again.."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "We dined at aqua last minute on a very busy Friday night open table reservations saved the evening. Though there was a wait for tables and the kitchen had a mile of tickets they only sent out the best quality food at every course....definitely try the baked figs with duck bacon and lavendar honey.....best bite of the meal! Friday night also meant 33% off all bottles of wine nice extra we had two very good reds. We only had one criticism the cappuccino was not up to the standards as the rest of the fare otherwise an excellent experience and I/we highly recommend dining there."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The food was superb -- we particularly enjoyed the grilled figs and the salad with duck breast. The service was excellent and our group enjoyed the evening immensely."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "The ambience at Aqua is intimate yet edgy. The staff is friendly, greeting you at the door like a well known friend coming for a visit. The bacon wrapped figs to start is the way to go. Simply amazing. An extensive wine and mixed drink list begs you to stay, relax and enjoy the night. The petite filet of beef is mouth-wateringly tender and full of flavor. Our server was attentive, had great suggestions and input about the menu, and did not hover. I'll definitely be returning to Aqua . . . there is a rabbit stew that is needing to be tasted!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Celebrating birthday. Wonderful dinner and pleasant atomphere. A little noisy."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Only complaints were the oyster appetizer only had one on the plate. It says it on the menu but you really want at least two or three (and charge more if you have to). The one oyster was delicious! The potato on the fish plate was a little cold but dish was tasty. Nice wine selection, server didn't rush us and overall was a very good experience. We would go back next time we are in town."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Another visit to Aqua and again not dissappointed!!! Seasonal menu was nice, flavorful and well prepared !! I am always impressed with how well aqua cooks a piece of fish. Every time its crispy on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside, I have NEVER had anything less then a perfect piece of fish at Aqua !! Our Server Andres (probably spelling that wrong) provided friendly and professional service that was great!! thanks to all as always !!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Cannot wait to bring my foodie family there during holidays"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "They seemed to be closing when we left around 9 but it was a weeknight in late October so no surprise there"
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "You read online restaurant reviews in advance of taking a trip to an unfamiliar town, but you never really know what you are going to find when you make a reservation sight unseen and no one else you know has ever been there. Our group of four was very happy to have chosen Aqua. The food was creative and delicious, and the service was excellent. We especially liked having a wide variety of small plates to choose from."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Met some out-of-town relatives here for a Saturday nite dinner. Arrived early (6 p.m.) hoping to avoid the rush. Unfortunately it seems that Aqua is cutting corners on serving staff - we had to wait far longer than expected to receive our food - which arrived luke warm. So sad, as our other experiences at Aqua were great."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "We were on vacation in Beaufort and knew nothing about the restaurant scene. I'm not sure how we came across Aqua, but the menu was intriguing, and we've always liked the smaller plate concept. Aqua took this a bit further with tapas, small plates, and large plates. We had three tapas and two small plates, which was more than enough for 2 people. Everything we had was delicious, but I have to specifically mention the duck ravioli with apples and a balsamic cream sauce. We did find out that the menu was about to completely change, which seems to be a characteristic of the place. I would assume that the food reflects the talents of the chef, and whatever the new menu has on it will be good also."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "We had a wonderful experience celebrating our Anniversary are Aqua. It was our first time, but surely not our last. The warm greeting at the door was followed by a true foodie experience. We enjoyed each tapas we tried and ended our night by Bananas Flambe! I'm ready for my 2nd trip already. Aqua, I hope to visit again very soon...very, very soon."
    Dined on 10/16/2013