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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Aqua Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (90)neighborhood gem (64)special occasion (63)notable wine list (57)great for outdoor dining (48)romantic (46)hot spot (29)vibrant bar scene (19)good for groups (15)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (6)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • ProfessorT
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Aqua is a hidden gem in Eastern NC. Great food and service and reasonable prices. It is a wonderful dinning experience with many options on the menu. We will certainly go back the next time we go to Atlantic Beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodiefromChicago
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The food was fantastic, the service impeccable, the ambience was soothing and the prices were reasonable. A truly outstanding experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Aqua
    Magnolias
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had very good food at very reasonable prices. The restaurant has very nice small plates, which is a good way to go here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas!
    HolliA
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Menu changes with the season, use locally caught seafood and locally grown veggies. The dishes are inventive and fun not to mention taste fabulous! Oh and the service is always great😃
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wine o rama
    Dream
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    we always enjoy the tuesday night wine tastings. its a great learning experience and the wine representatives are always informative. paired with great food, great service, great ambience, great prices=great evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great if you have all night
    Susan
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was excellent but the service was unforgivably slow. Two house salads, two small plates and a dessert - 2 hours 20 minutes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary celebration 40 Years
    Twooldlovers
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Advanced seating request was honored. Greeted as old customers even though first timers. Staff was very helpful with seating and most helpful with selections. The house salad was very tasty, large chunks of Gargonzalo The small plate selections proved to be just right and very tasteful. The Pork tenderloin was excellent as was the crab cake. Just right when you can't decide. The Petite Filet was melt in your mouth tender and although Petite is the correct size reference, it was just enough to allow for the Pears Flambé. Superb. So happy we discovered Aqua. We are visitors to this area for over twenty - five years. Now a new gem to entice us back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a Visit!
    Urbangirl
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    It was a slow start. There was a mix up after being seated. They forgot to assign a waiter to us so we got off to a slow start. Once they realized the issue, they took good care of us and even covered our first drinks on the house. The food was great and with a tapas style menu, the portions were not large so we limited the ordering and did not walk away stuffed. Even had room for dessert! It was 33% off bottles of wine that night and even the house wine by the glass was an excellent choice. I would definitely recommend a visit and I would return again when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GEM in Beaufort, NC(or anywhere)
    mubest313
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This was our first experience at Aqua, it will not be our last. The "Aqua Experience" should not be missed when in the Crystal Coast. We decided to try, at the suggestion of our waitress, "sequenced" "mix of large and small plates. The first, "cioppino" was a delight, a with a great fresh seafood presentation with the right amount of heat. The "local catch", grouper, was perfectly presented . The last dish, Seared Crab Cake was a great ending. We're sure to be back. Wish we left room for dessert.. next time...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beaufort gem
    djmccVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great menu. Great service. Great wine list. We liked it so much, we went back three days later before our beach vacation ended. Been coming to this area for 25 years and this restaurant is the best we have experienced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    did not care for our seats - right at the door - the first booth should be removed.. you do not feel like you are part of the other guests.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome place!
    beaufortfoodies
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Big wow. We go once a week and bring our out of town guests here for great martinis, great wine and artistically presented culinary offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local hot spot
    dlogs59VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Fresh Local ingredients. My wife started with terrific Caesar salad and fell in live with the tomato pie but had mixed reviews for the shrimp small plate that she felt lacked seasoning. I had a large plate cioppino that had great flavor and ample seafood but could use some more local fish to balance the local shrimp and scallops. Based on our experience we would skip dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful outstanding food
    SusieQ
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We visited Aqua Restaurant based on other reviews. We are so glad we chose them for our anniversary dinner. The food was wonderful and used local seafood and other local ingredients in the dishes. Each dish was brought out one at a time so it could be savored and enjoyed. The server did an excellent job of pacing the meal and providing guidance on our selections. There were many thoughtful touches through out the restaurant but clearly the best aspect is the excellent food. I would have expected to pay more for such a wonderful meal. We will definitely return for another visit in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Designgirl
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great place...really enjoyed the small plate selection. Food was wonderful:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BobandBetty
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Possibly the best pork tenderloin I have every tasted! We love Aqua, unfortunately it seems, only for special occasions as it is too pricy for more regular dining. A couple of years back we were more frequent visitors during the off season when they had a BOGO program going on. Wish they would bring it back so that Aqua could be a more frequent part of our eating out budget.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Beaufort
    cathylvb
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate