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Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC

829 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Local Ingredients
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 be!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Open 7 days a week
Lunch 11:30 - 3:00
Dinner 5- til
3-5 bar menu
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Phone number
(252) 261-9700
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Cory Bryant
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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.
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Private party contact
Event Coordinator: (252) 261-9700
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Cross street
Route 12 North
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Parking details
Parking in front of restaurant and across the street. Overflow allowed at Scarborough Faire Shops.
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Live music on our waterfront deck in season performed by local artists in a variety of styles.Select weekends during the off season we bring live music into the bar.
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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 100.

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 30 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 65-100 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.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 829 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DTNB (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Excellent for sunsets!

5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Aqua is my very favorite local. I love the atmosphere and the food never disappoints. Had the Steak Frites the other night, almost licked the plate. Guests from out of town always enjoy.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We have been to Aqua several times and it is usually great. This time the service was terrible, two of the three entrees came out and after about five minutes we asked about the third and the waitress admitted she had goofed and not put the order in. So we had to wait another 20 minutes for the final entree. While waiting for the entree we put in an order for drinks, the entree came before the drinks, when we asked about the status of the drink order we got some excuse that the barmaid was unsure of what we ordered. We ordered the deconstructed peanut butter pie dessert, which we had previously an d it was awesome, this time it was frozen hard and not as tasty. It was the off season this time and that may have had something to do with it.

vipOpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Another great meal. The food and service is always great.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 8, 2018

We went after a snowstorm in the OBX and they were open! We had eaten there a few years back and had a terrible experience with food and service, and committed never to return. We we're glad we gave them a 2nd chance. We we're warmly greeted and taken care of. Our server/service was fantastic. The salads ordered were top-notch. The seafood pasta could have shined if the scallops and shrimp were larger. Scallops no bigger than a dime & shrimp were extra extra small Great special in a flat-iron steak. Side of shrimp ordered were the same size. Being by sound/ocean better quality/size would keep folks coming back.

Dave (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We popped in for brunch on New Year's Eve and enjoyed the great views, pleasant service, and tasty Bloody Marys and mimosas. The turkey paninis and fish tacos were big hits; our only disappointment was the lack of any kind of breakfast items that would have turned a good lunch into a great brunch. We'll definitely return, but would love to see Aqua offer a full brunch on Sundays.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

First time dining at Aqua but it will not be the last. Fantastic! Loved everything we ordered. Service was terrific without being intrusive. Can't wait to go back!!

OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

While visiting Corolla, we opted for one dinner out and found Aqua while doing an internet search. We arrived early for our reservation, so we went to the bar for pre dinner cocktails. The bartender was friendly and helpful, offering suggestions for both our drinks and dinner. We were seated promptly for dinner. Our server, originally from England, was efficient and delightful, bantering back and forth with us. All four of us had delicious meals, including crab cakes, shrimp and grits, steak, and fruit de mere pasta. One of our party is both gluten and dairy free, and our server and the chef made certain to meet his dietary needs. We highly recommend Aqua for a wonderful dinner out.

OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
3.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

My husband and I ate here on December 26, 2017. We were on a post Christmas mini vacation to Duck. Things stared out not good when my husband ordered Maker’s Mark and diet coke. This is his drink of choice and he cringed at the first sip. I don’t drink MM very often but I smelled and tasted it. It was definitely off. Our waiter tried to make excuses for the drink which my husband sat to the side. The waiter did finally get him another drink, gin this time & did not charge for the bad drink. Shrimp appetizer was fair. We had the fish special, sea bass, was supposed to be fresh but it was very fishy tasting. The plating was nice. Flourless chocolate torte was good for dessert. For a restaurant that was rated #2 on Trip Advisor, we were disappointed.

MartinB (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent food and service. Our waiter provided courteous and informative service; provided samples of beer and wine prior to our final choosing. My wife is picky about how her salmon is prepared and the chef nailed it perfectly, crispy outside but still moist inside. Great sunset views as well!

Janice (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

Dining experience was great as always. Wait Staff is very personable and friendly. They make it an experience instead of just eating out. Food is always excellent.

rickdelisi (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

We've been 3 times in the past 3 years, and can't wait 'til the next time. Here's what it comes down to: If you're anywhere within a 30-45 min. drive from Duck, and you have at least one night free for a FABULOUS dinner in a perfect setting--then you're just gonna have to go to Aqua. It's just THAT great, time after time. There is NO PLACE anywhere in the OBX that will offer you a more perfect combo: creative, outstanding menu + servers you would actually like to hang with + a setting on the Sound side that (at sunset!) looks like some travel poster you remember from when you were a kid = Don't discuss. Don't debate. Go. (you're welcome)

Lovingood (Greensboro)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

We met some friends here after the candlelight tour at Whalehead museum. It was a great choice! We will certainly come back.

OBX22 (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

We had our holiday Book Club meeting at Aqua and it was a very nice evening! They gave us a terrific table towards the back of the restaurant for privacy. The restaurant was decorated beautifully for the holidays. The staff was fabulous - pleasant & accommodating. Paige was our waitress and she was very patient with our chatty group. Such a nice experience. Most of us had the black sea bass special which was delicious. Lovely evening and we will be back!

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on November 27, 2017

We had a party of 7 and were provided excellent service. The restaurant was not busy and we were well attended to. As for the food, it was very good although two dishes were served warm not hot. The overall cost of the experience was acceptable and I would entertain there again.

vipPhil (Austin)
4.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Limited menu for lunch but good food and nice view of the sound. Wonderful friendly service.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on November 15, 2017

All of our entres were over-cooked and dry. Wait time was excessive considering very few people were there. Waiter was very attentive and helpful. Pricey, given meal quality

vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on November 13, 2017

Very pleasant.

CESCA0728 (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

We ate here for the first time in July & again in November (2017) Food is amazing! The chef prepares delicious meals that pair well together! Staff is always friendly & polite. No complaints!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Great, great service as usual! We host 15 guests twice a year.