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Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC

4.7
1192 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Due to limited capacity for indoor dining, please contact us for reservations.
Outdoor seating is available on a first come basis.

The most beautiful waterfront restaurant in Duck on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, offering fresh regional cuisine in a casual yet elegant setting. Now in our 13th season, we applaud our outstanding staff for their commitment to providing an exceptional experience for every AQUA guest.

Our Chef creates exquisite specialty dishes using locally caught fish and seafood, locally farmed seasonal ingredients, and all-natural meats. Carefully chosen innovative wine, craft beer, and cocktail lists perfectly complement Chef’s savory creations. Our desserts are made in house from the freshest ingredients, so it’s okay to try all of them!

Gorgeous sunsets, live music, and good times with friends and family make AQUA the place where delicious food and beautiful memories happen.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1192 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipgdaddy
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sweet venue with a lovely view and delightful service.

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KristineB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Olena was a wonderful server with lots of great suggestions. Our table at the window had a beautiful view. Can’t wait to go back!

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DrGonzo
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olena was FANTASTIC and the food was out of this world!!! 10/10 will recommend to friends. Heckin good dinner puggo

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StephenW
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Duck - great food - great view of the Sound.

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vipStephenW
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with great wine, dinner and dessert!

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MargeB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Aqua restaurant in a Duck didn’t disappoint. Wine down Wednesday was great. We shared a bottle of wine with a light bite to eat and everything was perfect, including Meghan’s service. We always make sure to reserve a table a night or two when we are lucky enough to visit the OBX! Highly recommended!

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MargeB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we’re lucky enough to be in the OBX we always plan a night at Aqua! As usual the food, atmosphere and CJ’s service was great! So good as a matter of fact we made reservations for Wine Down Wednesday tomorrow night even before we left the restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience , our waitress from Ukraine was phenomenal !

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FredH
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had an excellent meal! Server was very good and made some excellent recommendations. Quiet birthday evening. Just what it was hoped for.

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JCKY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience at Aqua! Live music, atmosphere and food was great!

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vipTheBucks
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views of sunset before absolutely perfect dinner! We dined before Covid-19 placed restrictions but remember it well and recommend often. Pecan pie cheesecake was innovative but delicious and not heavy. Staff was perfect balance of there when you need something or feel like a chat, but not joining your romantic date! Aqua is suitable for all groups.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Aqua. Service is always outstanding and the food is creative and delicious! Been coming for years and will continue to do so.

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BBdiner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nicely prepared and presented dishes. Smaller menu but good choices. Quiet for table conversation.

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Artemis
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply excellent! Katie was our waitress and she made us feel right at home from the minute we sat at our table. The view was specular (make sure you ask for a window to watch the sun set)!! The Banging shrimp was perfectly seasoned -- and the sweet corn chowder was like eating corn right off the cob! The duck and scallops are excellent...and save room for the pecan pie cheesecake -- so light and creamy! A wonderful Valentine's Day dinner!!

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DebraM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Valentine's Eve dining experience. The ambiance was beautiful, romantic, and peaceful. The service was outstanding and given with a warm and friendly smile and attitude. Food was wonderful although the chicken was a little on the dry side (only reason for lack of 5 stars). The prices were a bit high but we realize this was gourmet food and it was prepared excellently. The honey bourbon brussels sprouts were delicious. Thank you Aqua for a pleasant, memorable night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got there at 7 pm for a 7:30 reservation. Sat at the bar for a while and enjoyed the bartender’s company. By the time we sat at a table for dinner, there was nobody there so we talked to a couple members of the staff and had a great time. Well done, Aqua.

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vipTT9876
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service are consistently outstanding. Shelly and the team always make us feel at home.

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SamuelF
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foods pricey but delicious. Service was fantastic. Could have done without the live band and noise group behind us

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MarshaVN
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the views, great food and good service at Aqua! Love the new Tapas menu!

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vipJohnS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

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LindaB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We'll be back. The food was delicious and prepared expertly. Our server was wonderful.

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BethO
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal! Service was super! A great way to start off New Years Eve!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently very good food and service here.

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vipObxfoodies
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual Aqua did not disappoint. The food and ambiance was perfect, not to mention our server Olena who went above and beyond. Aqua is a step up from the other restaurants in Duck and worth a visit.

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing. Definitely try the new small plates, specifically the pomegranate BBQ ribs. They were incredible.

The service was super. We dined there on Dec 23rd and the place was very quiet and not many people were there, so the staff was perfect.

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LisaO
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to this restaurant for our anniversary. Lovely oceanfront dining experience with attentive, helpful service and tasty food. We shared an entree and several tapas small plates for a well rounded fulfilling meal. The brussels sprouts with bacon are especially delicious, as is the sweet corn crab soup. The special flounder dish was well prepared. Compliments to the chef!

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MICHAELR
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and we loved it. Our server was amazing and so was management. From the first impression walking in and being seated till we left was great. No clue why the bad reviews on service or food because the food was cooked to perfection from my steak, soup, crab cake and dip, not a bad word could be said. Now with all this being said there wine, bubbly ect list is extensive but the mark up is about 200 to 300% and not reasonable, example there was one that you can get in the grocery store for $17 to $19 and they had it listed for $70 plus. Other then this, for a fine dinning dinner in Duck the prices are inline with the area for the food. Would recommend for a wonderful romantic or even casual night Aqua is a good place to go.

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vipTomD
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chefs rockfish special tonight was amazing. Aqua never disappoints. We had the best waitress, Olena. When you go to Aqua, ask for her. You won’t be disappointed.

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vipWilliamH
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was tasty. Beautiful waterfront view.

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vipChristian
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for a post-Thanksgiving lunch. The service was only rivaled by the spectacular view of the Currituck Sound. Had a roast beef panini -good, with truffled fries-very good. Good selection of wine and local draft beer.

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WMTInc
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

!!!!!!!!!! It was a Wonderful experience !!!!!!!!!

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vipMarianaC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Service and food were good, had a better experience on family trip last year though. Strange insect on the wall by us that we had to kill ourselves which was unpleasant cause it was hard to find someone in time to assist. Think that created a bias for us cause everything else was fine.

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vipJohn
Baltimore
86 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good fresh seafood and well presented. We thought it was a little pricey for what we had, maybe beach prices. The wine list could use a little more variety, maybe some more Spanish and French wines, better value and more reliable. Great location and would be very nice to sit outside in warmer weather.

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vipgoodeats
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

We had high hopes. We got there just as the sun was setting over the sound, beautiful. Sad to say, the food was not good especially for the price. The vegan item had little flavor and was very salty. The salmon was the 2nd worse that I have had. I guess it all depends on what you order!

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MitchR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were at the Outer Banks for the weekend and found this restaurant online. Our party of 4 thoroughly enjoyed the small plates and desserts. We will most definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Barb
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed the dinner very much, the sunset was beautiful, and also enjoyed the music in the bar for awile.

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vipBluefan
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"Must do" place if you're visiting Duck. Weather permitting, outside dining is a no-brainer: scenic, tranquil, relaxing. Nice assortment of drinks, small plates, and entrees on the menu and an incredibly pleasant staff.

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Roberterry
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Decided to sit at bar for dinner ......Katie was awesome! Enjoyed everything about our evening!

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Matt
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Seating was somewhat tight. Kept knocking into table behind us. Bar noise was loud and carried into dining area.
Food, service and price was very good and far outweighed the negatives.

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vipStephenW
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great specials everyday

FAQs

Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC is rated 4.7 stars by 1192 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.