Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC

4.7
1009 reviews
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Contemporary American
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!
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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall a solid restaurant with above average service but completely over priced ($12 for kids meal of pasta noodles with tomato sauce)! I do my best to research and avoid the dreaded 'tourist traps' but this one fooled me. Well played Aqua

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MG
Wilmington
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going to Aqua a long time. Live here year around in Corolla and we go every chance we get. Have never been disappointed in any way. Work at Urban Cottage across from Aqua and we pick up lunch, and take out is wonderful. If you have not tried I recommend you try it sooner than later.

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j
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ask for a window seat, and set it up for sunset!

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JA
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, served was very knowledgeable, and the view was to die for at sunset.

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JM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant on the Outer Banks, Aqua never disappoints us!

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JI
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. Great service. Highly recommend. We selected our dinner from the starter selection and was not disappointed

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r
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

While food and service were very good, portion sizes were small for the price. If I hadn't had dessert, which was also very good, I would have left hungry. But you can't beat the sunset at dinner!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to aqua since it opened. The service at aqua is top notch- friendliest wait staff and always attentive. The food is always excellent- highly recommend their fresh sea food- the fish is just divine. Wine pairings are appreciated. It’s a kid friendly place and it goes without saying , the view is incomparable. Thanks for a great evening Aqua. P.S. we love that you give out matches!

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, live music and a beautiful sunset.

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S
Washington DC
197 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Allison at the bar and Paige at our table both provided fabulous, attentive service. The rockfish and the surf and turf were both outstanding.

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D
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The Asian fish tacos were identical to the traditional fish tacos except it had red slaw instead of regular slaw. Exact same thing! And the fish and chips are the same fish as the tacos! It seems they have one thing and call it 4 different things? The fish was overcooked so super dry, not fresh at all. Had to ask another waitress for things 3 times. For such a high rating it was super disappointing.

It did have a good view. The one highlight.

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Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood. Very fresh. Excellent service and nice music.

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TD
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aqua always pleases. The food, atmosphere and service does not disappoint. Our server, Olena, was so sweet and attentive.

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Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Favorite spot on OBX! Always our first stop when we visit

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HJ
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as USUAL. Paige was great. The chef deserves an award. The manager was courteous and made us feel welcome at arrival and appreciated our business when we left. Very consistent high quality experience year after year!

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LC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant Anything on the menu is a good choice This place never disappoints from appetizer to dessert

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Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good and the service was good also. My only disappointment was I wanted the oyster dinner, but not the french fries that went with it. I asked if the fries and cole slaw could be replaced by a dinner salad. NO! Bummer!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre valentines ! It was amazing

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Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always come here in the off-season. Everyone enjoyed their meals (short ribs, black bass and duck.). Only negative is use larger shrimp for your skewers. Paige was a delight. She knew the menu and ingredients very well. Her recommendations were spot on.

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B
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great NYE meal, with a fun server and great wine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal on New Years Eve! Our server was great and very attentive. The food was fabulous. I can’t say enough good things. We will definitely dine at Aqua again when we are visiting the beach.

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Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve dinner. We had 4 different entrees. All were hot, everyone loved what they ordered and our service was excellent. A must when in Duck.

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DL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our party of 4 had reservations at Aqua for New Years Eve. Table was ready on time and we had drinks promptly plus our waitress was excellent with service. She answered all questions clearly about chef specials and preparation options. I won't speak for others in our party, but my wide eye tuna was one of the best prepared and tasting that I have ever had (I'm 72 and have traveled globally for business and pleasure - Tuna is my favorite meal). I wish I had gotten our server's name to salute her - she was the perfect balance of attention without any influence on our schedule. I read reviews about noise at Aqua, but I never noticed anything objectional during our meal. Overall, the total dining experience was one of the best ever at the Outerbanks. I'll return to Aqua.

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B
Wilmington
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as usual. It changes slightly from year to year, but always excellent! Wait Staff is always pleasant and excellent!

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L
Richmond
45 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We very much enjoyed our food--the oysters and sauce were amazing. The bar could use a little more ambiance, but the dining room is lovely.

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MR
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our visit celebrating our anniversary. Staff surprised us with a couple of glasses of champagne with our desert.

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Had a bad piece of salmon, sick for two days. Will not come back anymore

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RM
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, as always. Paige provided outstanding service. Our group tanged in age from 12 to 70s, and it was good for all. One of our favorite spots.

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RM
Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, food was superb, service by Alice was wxcellent

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D
Richmond
163 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husband had 8 fried oysters & Caesar salad. I had the Thai curried shrimp over rice. Both lunches we're delicious and we had a nice table overlooking the Sound.

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w
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

C.J. was terrific waiter . Oysters on half shell were fabulous .

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OB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! We were greeted and seated at our reservation time. The service and food presentation & quality we’re outstanding! Ambiance was comfortable, unstuffy, relaxed but still upscale. We’ll be back!

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LG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Food is amazing , beautiful sunset views. They take food allergies very seriously. Two thumbs up!

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BR
Wilmington
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It is always a wonderful experience. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, ambiance is very nice and the food delicious.

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C
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch at the bar and a fabulous conversation with our barmaid. She’s finishing getting her massage license so we hope to continue to see her.

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w
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

For the prices the portions are miniscule. The chocoalate torte dessert serving was smaller thanmy big finger. Service was pretty good.

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NS
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service, my Husband and I have been coming to Duck for our Fall Vacation for many years and decided to try something new to Celebrate our wedding anniversary. We were very please for all the service we received in Aqua. We will be regular customers from now on.

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PS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great night with friends, food was wonderful. Enjoyed the music and service was very good.

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DB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu and awesome service. Did not feel rushed. Presentation of food was great. Beautiful location.

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BB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Was disappointed. On the Open Table Reservation form I noted that this was an anniversary celebration. I had asked for a table with a sunset view and was given a table in the corner with only one seat having a view. The other looked straight through an outside fan. Other tables were taken or not offered. Waitress seemed to be in a hurry to wait on us and several other tables. Restaurant was not crowded so there was no rush. Food was good but felt it was overpriced. Like I said, we were disappointed. This place has been our 'go-to' for anniversaries in the past but next year.........think we will be looking elsewhere.

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