Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC

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$30 and under
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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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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!

MR
Washington DC
3 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.

B
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.

B
Philadelphia
21 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.

R
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

M
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.

SW
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great specials everyday

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was great. A little louder than we like but the yummy food made up for it!

TL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aqua always pleases.....food, service, ambience, view. Our sunset was drizzled out but a light rain over the sound still provides a great setting.

OT
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal last night at Aqua. Service was friendly and attentive, tables were comfortable. The brussel sprouts were absolutely incredible!!

E
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have had Aqua on our dining list for years, and this trip did not disappoint. The best shrimp scampi I’ve ever had was a special at Aqua a couple of years ago, so I decided to try the seafood pasta, with the adjustment of no scallops. The shrimp was tender and delicious, it was a great choice! My Mom had the scallops special, and thoroughly enjoyed her choice as well. Savory (not sure if that’s spelled correctly) was our server, she was friendly, welcoming, and attentive. Thank you for another great meal!

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Olena was excellent.

S
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

After reading several reviews of Aqua we made our reservation and looked forward to our meal at Aqua. Unfortunately, the restaurant did not live up to the hype. After a small wait at the the desk we were seated at a table with a lovely view of the sound. The menu was very limited and completely uninspired. It seems to have aimed to the lowest common denominator of the tourist trade. We almost left to go elsewhere but decided to give it a try anyway. My husband finally decided on the ceviche which was small, served on a plate with corn chips being the most plentiful item on the plate. I ordered the shrimp and grits which was decent. There were plenty of shrimp and the grits were on the firm side however The sausage was the only ingredient with any real taste. Our conclusion was that the value for the money was not particularly good--poor selection, small portions and uninspired preparation.

l
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Aqua Restaurant and Spa many times over the years. We always find the service excellent and the food very tasty. The view at sunset was particularly beautiful on the evening we were there in October.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful, wonderful experience!! Food was talked about the rest of the week! Our waitress was very attentive! Hostess could have been more more friendly and excited to have us there.

OT
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I booked a table a few days ahead and requested outdoor seating. When I arrived they said they can’t reserve outside tables, but went out of their way to sit us outside anyway. Turned out, inside would have been better because of the bugs that were flying around and getting in our food! Not the restaurant’s fault, the bugs were everywhere. A good point if anyone wants to sit outside in late September. Overall the food was delicious, wine was yummy and dessert was decadent. Our waitress was accommodating in letting us sit inside at the bar for dessert to get away from the bugs!

P
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family tradition is that our last meal before we head home is at Aqua. We know we will end our week in the OBX on a high note.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service.

R
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual

K
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was our second time at Aqua and it has only gotten better since the first time we were there years ago. The food and cocktails are first rate, and the service was exemplary.

DJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a larger group . We started with drinks at the bar. The bartender was perfect and served us all promptly. The waitress and the diners were fabulous they have a great diverse menu. Our group wanted a place to go and see a outer bank sun set. Aqua was perfect. Everyone in our group raved over the meal and the service. Great job Aqua.

R
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, a bit fast, but fair, food was good.

OF
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family group of 6, including a toddler who appreciates delicious food, dined early-ish, enjoyed lump crab cakes, shrimp and grits, and chicken mac and cheese, all the while calmed by the setting sun over the Sound. We shared several desserts. Service was superb, beginning with our table that was ready with a high chair in place.

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aqua is a favorite! The food is always delicious with beautiful presentation, the service is first class and exceptional and the amazing sunset views! We love Alice and Elena who are both consummate professionals, personable and always make the dining experience extra special.

TO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat in Duck. Outstandingly service. Great food. Have been there about ten times. Never disappointed.

GG
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Chicken was dry.

JS
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with our 2 kids ages 4 & 7 years. They were welcomed and allowed to be kids at the table. The food and service was excellent. Our drinks from the bar were on point. Delicious dessert topped off a perfect dinner at Aqua. By far the best meal we had while vacationing at the OBX. We will definitely return on our next trip.

KA
Washington DC
97 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Place was not busy. Days before the storm so a lot of people had let. Service was just ok. Food good but not great. I was expecting better. Also no table linens no follow up between courses. No cleanup of table or new utensils. For a higher cost restaurant the service does not support it. Maybe better next time.

JC
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Always reliably good food; noise from bar a bit more than usual

OB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

My only issue was that we were served after a group was served that came after us. They ordered some of the same dishes, so I think that maybe since we are minorities, they didn't think our top would be as good.

JF
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our meal here. I only wish all chefs would lose the liquid smoke!!

BN
Atlantic City
38 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacationing in obx isn’t the and l

P
Wilmington
30 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect waterfront spot, excellent service and great fresh local seafood

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was noligable with our meals and helped me pick the right wine to pair with my meal

JL
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our very favorite restaurants in Duck. We come here every time we visit!

M
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice dinner and great view of the water. The fish of the day was excellent. will be back.

BH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing view and Shelly was wonderful in taking care of us!

J
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

f
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!