Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC

4.5
1121 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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!
What 1121 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
J
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Aqua is a fine restaurant and meeting place for friends. Food was excellent; service was very good; ambiance was very good; and, noise level was generally quite, but that experience was with a lightly attended restaurant. Not sure with all the glass walls to observe the bay and sunsets if it would be all that quiet. Highly recommend Aqua to gather with friends and family to enjoy a very good meal.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner was fabulous! Great service, delicious dinner and beautiful view!

f
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second time at Aqua and it was wonderful. All of the ingredients taste to fresh and everything is well prepared with great views of the bay!

PS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming to the OBX for 20+ years- and have owned in Sea Crest Village for 10 years...this is our third visit to Aqua. Great food and service every time! The view was magnificent- a lovely sunset. It is a bit pricey- but every year there seems to be fewer "experience" dinner options in the OBX...and we appreciate the reservations option too!

OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always eat here when we are in OBX. The food is always good. We had scallops, crab cakes and a filet which kept us busy eating from 3 plates. Then we finished up with a chocolate dessert. The service was very good also with attention to detail.
The views on the sound with the sunset as our background just made it all perfect.

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Been to 4 restaurants in OBX. Aqua falls in 4th place. Overpriced & underwhelming. Won’t go back even though they take a reservation.

MC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful views. Terrific staff. Food was outstanding! Would highly recommend Aqua!

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend. Everything was wonderful, we highly enjoyed the view and food.

DC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant in Duck. We visit every year on our vacation. The food and service are always excellent, and the view of the sunset is amazing. Highly recommended!

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was a fantastic dinner but I truly believe that the kid prices are over-priced. $12.75 for a small bowl of pasta. Would recommend adjusting that.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding, staff was friendly and loved the music.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and service. We’ll be back.

ER
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Aqua Restaurant is one of the few restaurants in the Outer Banks that takes reservations. I love that! The service is outstanding and very proper. The fresh tuna is one of my favorites and so delicious. The restaurant has outside sitting but you can have a water view in the inside as well.

JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food and view were outstanding!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Megan was a great server! We had a wonderful night out because of her attentiveness as well as the food!!

CM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine list, lovely view overlooking the water (perfect for sunset), and the seafood pasta was first rate!

k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here every year and always have a great experience. Love the views from the dining room.

DD
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

We order the fish of the day, which was Tuna. The cuts that we received were very tough and not cooked properly.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unbelievable food and service with fresh caught tuna and beef tenderloin. Fourth time there and it never disappoints.

C
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great sunset views. Would highly recommend for a romantic dinner for two

E
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were wonderful and the view was hard to beat.

4
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal with the family during our OBX week.

f
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

We were looking forward to our dinner here but the food and service were poor! We ordered martinis and they were brought out separately with much time in between. I ordered the special Tuna and the vegetables underneath were burnt to a char. They apologized and said the chef must have too many tickets! They brought out a second preparation of vegetables that were bright and alive. It made the dish I was served look even worse.

DH
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible venue with an exceptional view of the sunset. The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. Highly recommend the shrimp ceviche appetizer and the shrimp and grits. Homemade ice cream too!

TD
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Aqua has always been wonderfully. The food, staff and ambience is the best in the OBX. They never disappoint.

c
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very knowledgeable server who identified a choice of entrees for my husband who has a dietary medical condition. Delicious food and most beautiful view of the sound at sunset.

SH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, we really enjoyed Aqua and the setting was great. Our food was good, but not spectacular. We started with the Bangin’ Shrimp and it was very good, but to me tasted a lot like the Bang Bang Shrimp from Bonefish, so it didn’t blow us away. For dinner, my wife ordered the crab cakes and those were very good. I ordered the Tile fish special and it was a small portion for $35 and just lacked some much needed zip. We’d come back for sure, but we both felt like we wanted a bit more from the food.

AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing. Thanks Katie for all your tips about the area.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here. A must-go when in Duck!

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Yana, was very pleasant and attentive. She is obviously an experienced waitress, checking with us often for refills and for anything we needed.

b
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice little place to eat lunch on the water. Eight of us ate here one afternoon after a wild horse tour. It’s easy to see from the road and we had no trouble finding a seat outside on a Wednesday. I had the turkey panini which was very good with truffle fries which were also very good. Everyone seemed to like what they had.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding JR was our waiter great atmosphere,,food was cooked perfectly, overall great experience would highly recommend .

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great environment and phenomenal food. Loved the duck and shrimp and grits.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very beautiful and peaceful with amazing great food. Definitely will be recommended and coming back.

MW
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We arrived 20 minutes early for our reservation. We went to the bar and there was live music that matched the vibe perfectly. Aqua has a nice cocktail menu however, some of them are extremely overpriced. The sound side Manhattan for example was $17! I believe the base was Basil Hayden which you can get a bottle of for around $23. With dinner I had the Sazerac which was $15 but it was the best Sazerac I have ever had. After 30 minutes, we were sat at our table. CJ provided great personality and knowledge. The service was a little slow to get started but probably still a 9/10. Food was very good. I enjoyed a nearly perfectly cooked medium rare filet. The outside was a little charred in spots on the outside. The volume level while the dinning room was full was very loud, but it calmed down as it got later in the evening. We will be sure to return with our next visit to the coast and would recommend to friends.

M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was exceptional, as was our server, Olena. We try to come here every time we visit the Outer Banks, and you never disappoint us. This time, I was only able to eat soft foods due to dental accident. Our server was able to substitute a sublime cheesy grits/woodland mushrooms for the vegetable portion of my entree. The Tile fish entree was amazing! Thanks so much!

AC
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is fantastic! Food is so delicious!! Also, great quality for the money. (I was surprised how low the bill was!) Views are awesome! Right on the water!

Our only regret was that we went to the restaurant so late in our vacation and could only go TWICE before we left town!

Give Aqua a try! You will not be disappointed.

LM
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Aqua is a great place for drinks, they actually have a happy hour (which I am not sure is legal in NC).
It is right on the sound so the sunset view is excellent.

Love everything about it except the dinner prices are pretty high and you have to pay for any sides.

Paid $28 for Shrimp and Grits which was decent though portion could have been better. At that price, you would think that they could throw in a few potatoes and a vegetable.

Now that is dinner which is entrees only, they have sandwiches at lunch which would be a better choice.

LP
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Aqua! We always book months in advance before our annual trip to the OBX. Sometimes we eat there twice! Specials are thoughtful, local fish/seafood and vegetables.

D
Pittsburgh
198 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it here!

1
2
3
29