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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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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "We have travelled quite a bit and Aqua is in my top three favorite places to eat! It was a true dining experience. The food was marvelous and the staff was excellent. It was a nice leisurely meal full of great tastes!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had a delicious meal of mahi with Porto Ellis, sundries tomatoes, broccolini, over rice noodles. It was also $5 martini night. The restaurant is furnished beautifully, each item of decor carefully chosen. Great food and great ambience."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Aqua is really good so make a reservation even during the week. The word is out! Kim is such a gracious host so it is always a treat to see her. Food and wine list excellent."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We dined at Aqua on June 24, 2014. There was 8 of us, two under six years old. The wait staff was very accommodating to my grand children. A very good kids menu. Our family loves great food and wine. Some people may find it pricey with kids. But food for kids well worth it. Everyone's food was cooked to perfection! I highly recommend this restaurant. My second visit, as we were on vacation! It is awesome in every way!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Aqua remains my favorite place for a special meal. The food is top-notch, the wine list can't be beat and the wait staff are the best."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Wonderful restaurant! Extensive wine list. Fridays is wine night where bottles are 33% off. Love the small plates that can be shared and enjoyed by everyone. Delicious seafood! We wanted to try everything on the menu. We will definitely return when we are in the area."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful meal on our last night in North Carolina. Excellent food. Beautiful presentation. I would highly recommend. Our waitress was very great. I would return again and again."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Had an amazing time at Wine-O-Rama. I enjoyed the Pork Tenderloin and my husband had the Cioppino. Both meals were superb! Portion sizes aren't huge but we knew that. The wines during the wine tasting are a great value - you can't beat $10 for four glasses (medium-size pours). Lindsay is an excellent server and we love having her take care of us - attentive, friendly, down-to-earth, and efficient. Kim is wonderful as the manager/front of house - always checking that everything is flowing smoothly. We'll be back for sure."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Hadn't been here for awhile. Glad to say it's still great. Food is artfully prepared from the freshest ingredients -- seafood caught same day and wonderful local fresh vegetables. Sitting on the screened-in porch is fun."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My family of 3 (2 adults and 8 year old boy), all foodies, had a great meal at Aqua. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. We sat outside (screened in porch) and had a delicious meal, from start to finish. Quality, originality, freshness, flavor, and quantity were all excellent. There was a kids' menu, although our son ordered off the regular menu. We will definitely return and would recommend it to others."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We made last second reservations upon our arrival into town, and are we glad we did! Our waitress was a little lackluster, but if you are willing to go with the flow, and operate on "beach time," the meal is well worth the wait!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We ate here while in town for a wedding, since it was one of only a few places that would take reservations. The service was great, our waitress was knowledgeable and made good recommendations. The food was delicious and the portions were just right, the small plates are perfect for a light meal! Would definitely recommend this place when you're visiting the area!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Our food was fantastic! The service was great, my drink glass never went empty. I recommend the Asley Farms chicken and the creme brûlée. You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great offerings but had to wait 15 minutes for drink order, 15 more minutes for bread, 15 more minutes to have dinner order taken, then 25 to get meal. Very frustrating--get organized and train your people!!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I plan my trips to Beaufort around at least one meal at Aqua. While I love eating by the water, the food here is so good that it is one of my favorite NC restaurants. Kim, the restaurant manager, is such a delight, & the food is always a wonderful array of ever-changing flavors. This time I selected the water melon salad (great flavor enhanced by ancho chile dressing) & seared ahi tuna. Presentations are always gorgeous & tastes are even better! We were fortunate that it was a beautiful evening to enjoy the screened outdoor dining area. If you plan on doing the same, be sure reserve a table. My only complaint is the desserts are way too BIG, even for sharing. For example, the creme brule comes in an oval bowl that is a good 12" in length!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Aqua is one of a kind; starts with Kim who makes you special and an important customer upon arrival. Then you enter a unique ambiance with art, ceiling design that makes the ambience unique in beaufort. The service is consistent and warm. Cordiality is well taught as every server brings choices in the menu in a professional way(unique in the USA) the food is always good and the menu changes periodically which adds to the experience. Small plates makes a delightfull table affordable. What more can we ask, that's why aqua is our favorite restaurant when we come to beaufort."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Our first visit to Aqua. Great meal. Excellent Staff and tasty food. Aqua is a valuable asset for Beaufort. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Aqua delights with wonderful flavor combinations and always has a great wine suggestion from their extensive wine list."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Fun night spot to enjoy both small and large plates. We like the changing menu and look forward to checking what is new each time we visit. May be a little hard to find if you have not been there before but worth the effort. Check it out."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The menu is eclectic and variety is the spice of life. Thanks to the outstanding manager Kim for making the Aqua experimec so memorable."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My group and I found plenty of tasty small plates to start with. We then ordered off the big plate menu and we were not disappointed. The service was great especially considering Memorial Day crowd. My friends and I look forward to the next visit."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We ate at Aqua last fall, 2013, when we were heading South on our sailboat. We made it a point to return in May, 2014, because we has such great food and wine the first time. What a gem! The $5.00 glasses of wine are a great buy! The food is outstanding and the presentation is very artistic. I am a foodie and travel many places to go to a special restaurant. Aqua is at the top of my list!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food, service & atmosphere were all outstanding. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014