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Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC, Duck, NC

Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC

4.8
4.8
1295 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.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Mon, Tue 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Wed–Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (252) 261-9700
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Cory Bryant
  • Private party facilities
    Overlooking the Currituck Sound, with an amazing view. Sunsets light up the sky every evening. Waterfront decks and bar provide an unforgettable event on the water, in the quaint village of Duck on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Typically, private events are not available April thru October. Please contact for prospective availability.
  • Private party contact
    Event Coordinator: (252) 261-9700
  • Neighborhood
    Duck
  • Cross street
    Route 12 North
  • Parking details
    Parking in front of restaurant and across the street. Overflow allowed at Scarborough Faire Shops.
  • Entertainment
    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.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,295 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for fine wines

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Romantic

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for scenic views

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Lively

1,295 Reviews
  1. RickD

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great waiter- great view of the sound. Menu is very pricey

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  2. Murph

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and live music - we were well taken care of ! We had a 5 adults and a baby - very co for table seating

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  3. ScottL

    Wilmington

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Wife’s salmon good enough. My duck sub par. May try others before returning

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  4. AdrianM

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    J R our waiter was absolutely best Would recommend your restaurant again

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  5. Debcom

    London

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious and creative menu and super friendly and attentive service. I love how the entire service team monitored every table for removing dishes, refilling water, adding another order, and at the same time our own waiter was knowledgeable about the the offerings and made excellent suggestions. New Years Eve can really strain a restaurant and Aqua completely rose to the challenge, feeling festive but not loud rushed or crowded. We will be back!

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  6. JohnS

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    A long, long time customer but sadly disappointed this New Year’s Eve. Cannot say the meal was not okay, it was good, but the duck and beef were overcooked and the chef’s burnt rub is well, in a one word, stupid.

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  7. TomD

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aqua never disappoints. The food and service is always first class.

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  8. BrianS

    New York City

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding. Crab corn chowder and Harvest green salad were both delicious. Seafood Carbonara and the fresh catch blue fin tuna special were awesome.

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  9. JamesP

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience and service. Our server was knowledgeable regarding the ample wine list and made some good suggestions. We had the sweet corn she-crab soup, which was tasty. The chef special was a locally caught flounder with fall vegetables, also delicious. There was a nice selection of dessert drinks.

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  10. GaryB

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All around fabulous! Excellent date night restaurant. Food was superb.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great lunch! The shrimp tacos were delish and the corn & crab soup was amazing. Definitely recommend.

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  12. skbritman

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing butternut squash soup, wonderful sea bass special, great bread pudding and friendly and efficient service. A great experience

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  13. KathyC

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    WE were there celebrating a Birthday and everyone had a great time. Our waitress, Erin was delightful, attentive and very professional. The food was really good and the drinks were right on.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tremendous dinner with excellent service from JB our waiter with personality plus. I had the Rockfish special and it outstanding.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal and terrific service! We live in Duck and enjoy dining at Aqua Million dollar view ! Don’t miss an opportunity to dine there!!!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food-will return, also recommend !!!

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  17. None

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Not enjoyable. Loud nodoy. Average food. High prices. Steak was raw@

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  18. PhilA

    Tampa

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good and best meal in Duck. The Tuna main course was outstanding

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  19. donn

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent. Presentation and flavor was top shelf. Waiter was very good. Would highly recommend.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is a GEM!! The food was phenomenal; the wine list is not old and tired but new and innovative; our server (Paige) gave us great recommendations; and the sunset view on the sound can’t be beat. Also…there’s a Day Spa upstairs! My daughter and I had spa appointments the morning after our dinner and decided to have lunch afterwards since we enjoyed dinner so much!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love going to this place. Always seem to go for a family member’s birthday. Service is great along with food every time. Drinks too! Love the espresso martini. I’m afraid to try crab cakes being from maryland - but everything else we have all cleaned out plates. Perfect portions.

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  22. Bistro

    Nashville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely relaxing atmosphere with delicious dishes that will tempt you.

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  23. kathym

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite restaurant in the outer banks and it did not disappoint. The service was great and the food delicious, with the entrees served like pieces of art. We arrived early to sit outside by the water with a drink, listening to enjoyable live music, watching the sunset.

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  24. AmberR

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a 5:30pm reservation at 10/10/2023. Unfortunately, the host were not welcoming. No smile, no warm greeting from the man or woman. The man flatly told us to follow her (the woman host). The woman sat us and when my husband asked to be moved to a table that had a view she could barley understand him. I would’ve booked it on open table but there was no option for a preferred table. We almost left after that interaction because of how curt they were, but Paige saved the day with her amazing personality and accommodating us to the preferred table. She was outstanding! Very nice and knowledgeable of the menu and answered every question with patience and kindness. We’re really had a good time after that. Drinks were strong but awesome, appetizers were very good and our entrees were phenomenal! Paige even said we could add scallops to the meal ! Dessert was rich but good and all for a decent price. Definitely recommend Paige as your waitress! Thanks for turning sour first impression into a wonderful 3 year anniversary dinner for us!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Baton Rouge

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Too loud to have a normal conversation. Spacing was odd: narrow hallway size. Corn & crab soup was thin although tasty. The pasta was heavy in taste.

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  26. JanR

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was quite pricey, but excellent We had a reservation but they wouldn’t let us sit outside, even though there were plenty of tables available. We were told those tables were for walk ins. We found that weird. But, overall we enjoyed it.

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  27. Hopkinslax

    Greater Boston

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our one must visit restaurant on the outer banks Always great food and wonderful service. Seafood is fresh and presentation is beautiful. Busy but comfortable atmosphere conducive to table conversation. Don’t miss this place.

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  28. Laur285

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The hush puppies were insanely overdone and they claimed that is how they are cooked

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  29. PauletteS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our fish was prepared perfectly, tile fish was the special that day. Everyone enjoyed the meal. Servings were small for some of our guests. Not quite as filling. Would have liked to know so we could have ordered appetizers. For them.

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  30. Rnpemp

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our family ate here while on vacay & overall it was s good meal. I ordered the Tito Frresco to drink which was great and the crabcake was decent, it was slightly dried out. I would give this place a soild 8/10. We would probably return.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great hospitality, very professional, consistent food

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  32. Paladin

    New York City

    159 reviews

    4.0

    159 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Totally a very good experience. Food , service, consistent nice atmosphere. Valerie an excellent server. All good.

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  33. PatriciaE

    Richmond

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Aerin was awesome! Very friendly, had us well taken care of. The Flu shots were amazing, as always, our favorite drink. We had the bang bang shrimp tacos and the turkey panini sandwich, both delicious. These are the reasons we keep coming back to Aqua, great food and service! As always, looking forward to next time!!

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  34. Dawn

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tops on everything

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  35. pamkoko

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aqua is our go-to restaurant to always have a great meal with a lovely sound side view. We love to see Lucy hard at work behind the bar and our waiter was great despite the amount of people he had to serve that night . I believe his name was Bryan. We will go back next week! The Kokomoor's

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  36. dms11

    Washington DC

    136 reviews

    5.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our party of seven had seven different dishes and every one of them was great...as were the desserts, especially the peanut butter pie and chocolate torte. And our server made excellent recommendations as well. One of the best restaurants in OBX for sure.

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  37. LoriB

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was by far our best dining experience in Duck N C. The decor & atmosphere were well done. The food was exquisite. The service was spot on . Outstsnding.

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  38. JohnR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was an outstanding meal. All three courses exquisite.

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  39. Lynn

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our service was awesome and the food was even better! We sat near a window and had a nice view of the sound without too much sunlight. My husband and I highly recommend Aqua and will be back on our next visit to OBX!

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  40. OTFan

    New York City

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very good dining experience with attentive service.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC is rated 4.8 stars by 1295 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC

1174 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Route 12 North
  • Neighborhood
    Duck
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Mon, Tue 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Wed–Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking in front of restaurant and across the street. Overflow allowed at Scarborough Faire Shops.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Cory Bryant
  • Entertainment
    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.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (252) 261-9700
  • Private party facilities
    Overlooking the Currituck Sound, with an amazing view. Sunsets light up the sky every evening. Waterfront decks and bar provide an unforgettable event on the water, in the quaint village of Duck on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Typically, private events are not available April thru October. Please contact for prospective availability.
  • Private party contact
    Event Coordinator: (252) 261-9700
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