Aqua Restaurant
Aqua Restaurant

Aqua Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aquaexperience.com/
  • Phone: 2527287777
  • 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 2527287777

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Aqua Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (97)special occasion (72)neighborhood gem (70)notable wine list (61)great for outdoor dining (55)romantic (54)hot spot (28)vibrant bar scene (26)good for groups (15)kid-friendly (10)late-night find (8)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Fun evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Our family had a great time!! The outdoor area is fun and cute!! I would recommend this restaurant!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Beaufort
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Best meal we had in Beaufort. Food was outstanding and the service was top notch. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service
    foodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Not only is the food outstanding, but a little mix-up in the kitchen caused our waiter, manager and the chef to come out and apologize. They brought a huge dessert sampler on the house and the item I had ordered was removed from the bill.. I have never felt so appreciated as a customer! Not only have I told all the foodies I know, but this will go on social media...You absolutely must try this restaurant if you love well crafted exceptional food:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aqua
    Educator
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great Beaufort restaurant. Fun environment; delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little back alley gem!
    Brewski519
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife and I have been here a half dozen times now and we order 4-6 small plates to share each time we go. We have NEVER been disappointed. They even sent us home with a small bottle of champagne after our Anniversary Dinner. If you go during the summer, make sure you sit out on the screened in porch with the ceiling fans! Great wine list and craft beer list (which scores points with me! ). I promise, you won't be disappointed with this little seaside village back alley gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carolcat
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent food, ambiance and service. Look forward to going back when we vacation in Beaufort again next summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JoeG
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We have been there three times and found Aqua to be consistently outstanding -- cannot wait until next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Portion size
    Pookie12
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was excellent but portion size for the price was not comparable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Dining! We love this place!
    NeddaI
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WHat A Great Little Place
    jcalbiVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We found Aqua thanks to the Open Table App. Took a vacation to Emerald Isle, NC and we were looking for something a little more unique to the area and was also kid friendly (2 eleven year old girls). Food was fantastic, loved the vibe of the lace, especially the outdoor space. Friday was wine lovers night which was 1/3 off all bottles (and the prices were reasonable to start!). We were never rushed and our server was engaging and quite personable. This will be a must on our next visit to the crystal coast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Find in Beaufort
    LaurasTravelNotes
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Finer dining on the Crystal Coast
    MikeSVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Aqua
    MD123
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The hostess (owner?) was abrupt to the point of rudness; however, the staff was wonderful. Incredible meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • date night fun!
    openwide
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Simply awesome. Fantastic blend of ingredients from the appetizers to main course and desserts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    mangiarabene
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A true diamond
    eatthefacts
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant in Beaufort!
    WIgirl
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit here
    foodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Tigerman
    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?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kim and servers are welcoming.
    Fall4me
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Noise panels would be helpful to allow easier conversations.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Choice in Beaufort
    finerfoodfriend
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eaglevet
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jpk1VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great for and excellent service. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    Joey
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Foodie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very cozy.
    Harbourlights
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • When kindness is a top ingredient
    luvtoeat
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We try to eat Vegan and were given this as an option and had a wonderful night
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Dinner
    JohnOC
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Continued Excellence
    WFUDeac
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Dined at Aqua again while on a return vacation to Beaufort. The food and service are excellent. It's a must while in Beaufort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    Bill
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great Aqua Experience
    localcatch
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bluedevilluv
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had reservation but still had to wait an hour. Menu was limited and not tasty. staff not helpful or friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gingerbear
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Evening Out with Friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Lawrence
    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...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dining
    DWalston
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Aqua is the perfect upper scale restaurant in a relaxed beach enviroment. The food was superb and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Customer Friendly
    NCdiner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    WorldVictoryTour
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Wonderful food. Great service. Knowledgeable staff. Ecclectic atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • good job
    FussyEater
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.