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

Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC

4.9
4.9
1209 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Wed–Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 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 1,209 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Food

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Service

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Ambiance

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Healthy

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Hot spot

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Romantic

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for scenic views

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Contemporary American

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  1. TD

    TomD

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aqua is one of our favorite restaurants on the OBX. Last night our server, Paige was outstanding…pleasant and attentive. Their daily special of sea bass was one of the best meals I have ever had… kudos to the chef and kitchen staff. I have to acknowledge all of the Aqua staff. They are always pleasant and on point. If you are considering going to Aqua, do it. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and service but the shrimp on my salad tasted like they were frozen. Disappointing
  3. W

    Weeded

    Hawaii

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good, I love the allergy menu, I’m celiac and Aqua makes it so easy to eat out. The servers are knowledgeable. Will always come back!
  4. AD

    AD05

    Charlotte

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A enjoyable dinner from beginning to end!
  5. KB

    KellieB

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time there. We had a party of eight to celebrate two birthdays. The food was amazing and so was the service. There was never a moment we were out of drinks. Paige was super nice and made sure to check on us often. Definitely will go back! Definitely recommend!
  6. CF

    CapeFamily

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Imaginative preparation and presentation of the various offerings keeps you anticipating the look and taste of every dish. Very attentive wait staff and management.
  7. P

    Peter

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly, always looking for you, very good food, we recommend the AQUA strongly.
  8. MD

    MDPond

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Marvelous view, great food, great service. We enjoyed our lunch here even though the weather was less than great.
  9. PM

    PamM

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our dinner. Me and hubs split a bowl of corn crab soup, cesaer salad and shrimp truffle pasta. All delish but the pasta for sure. Terrific service. Waterfront table. Home made pecan maple ice cream! Nice wine list as well.
  10. L

    Leanne

    Richmond

    68 reviews

    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing - so fresh! Our waiter was attentive with terrific suggestions.
  11. KV

    KathrynV

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding. We saw an amazing sunset while having a fabulous meal.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated at a table with a view as requested. Food and service top notch!
  13. HI

    HawaiianInNC

    Raleigh

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful sunset views, delicious meals, and great family experiences and intimate dates.
  14. P

    Ph39n

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, team. Recommend to anyone when in Duck, NC
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Paige was an awesome Server! The food Amazing!!!
  16. LC

    LeslieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service, great views and outstanding views! A must see for a special meal in Duck!
  17. LL

    LissaL

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great place to eat. Great menu. Great food. Great service. And a table by the window to watch the sun set.
  18. SB

    StephanieB

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience as usual. Had a nice table by a window overlooking the sound. Both of our shrimp entrees (shrimp and grits and black truffle shrimp pasta) were delicious. Great service too. Can’t wait to go back again since this is one of our favorite area restaurants since it is consistently good.
  19. JK

    JonnaK

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was outstanding. The local fish Cobia was amazing. As were the scallops. And our waiter was amazingly attentive!
  20. A

    Audi

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service & superb food. We will be coming back!
  21. PS

    PaulS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Aqua! One of my favorites in OBX. Park down at the waterfront shops and you have an amazing 15-20 minute walk to enjoy the sound instead of just parking at the restaurant.
  22. s

    skbritman

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The seas bass special was perfect and the service excellent
  23. SP

    SharonP

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An outstanding restaurant! We enjoyed our dinner on Friday so much that we returned on Sunday for lunch. Everything was delicious, presented beautifully, and served by a quality waitstaff. Honestly, one of the best dining experiences we have ever had. Aqua is managed so well! Our table was ready at our reserved time. Handcrafted cocktails, appetizers and entrees were timed perfectly. We enjoyed a leisurely meal without ever feeling rushed. We watched a gorgeous sunset from our table. There is nothing that we would rate lower than 5 stars. A must when you are in Duck.
  24. G

    Gherk

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server Paige was awesome , food is great
  25. GF

    GerryF

    Baton Rouge

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I ate at Aqua for lunch. We shared the Shrimp Tacos which were spicy and delicious. For dessert the bread pudding with ice cream was outstanding! The view of the sound was awesome.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing meal celebrating our anniversary! Food was delicious and tge atmosphere top notch. Gorgeous sunset views after dinner@
  27. S

    Shar

    Washington DC

    149 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    149 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It’s always a good meal although a limited menu. Beautiful scenery being right on the sound. Fun ambiance at the bar and outdoor music venue. One of the best places in Duck so make a reservation! We go here every year when we vacation.
  28. MD

    MrDarcy

    Richmond

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Overall we had a nice experience. The food was very very good. We felt a little rushed at dinner, for example the entrées arrived when several members of our party were still working on their appetizers. We were in the bar for a drink earlier, and they insisted that we come to the table twice within 30 seconds. Shelly was wonderful though very informative about the wine and very fun.
  29. S

    Steverino

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crab dip and banging shrimp were amazing. Tuna and salmon were fantastic. Peanut butter pie scrumptious. Service excellent.
  30. DB

    DeniseB

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service and great food!
  31. KM

    KarenM

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Service was good, but the indoor seating is dated. Food was good, but nothing memorable. Beautiful sunset and outdoor seating.
  32. DB

    DeniseB

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal and service (JB is the best!) at Aqua. We are regulars and love the environment, location, food, drinks and service!
  33. DT

    DanielleT

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dinner - everyone loves their cocktails and meal. Grilled banana bread pudding was an amazing finish! Can’t wait to go back.
  34. AC

    AmyC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was excellent. Food was great. Noise level was loud.
  35. L

    Linda

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner all around!! JB was a great server with excellent suggestions!!
  36. M

    Marty

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat by the window and enjoyed a view of the Intercoastal Waterway through out lunch. Food was delicious.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Scallops literally melted in my mouth. The vegetarian entree had fantastic flavor. Great view, would return.
  38. FD

    FrequentDiner

    Raleigh

    191 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    191 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great sea bass and great service from Valerie at one of my favorite restaurants! It did seem a little noisier than I had hoped but aside from that it was another amazing evening!
  39. B

    Beachlover

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated right away with our reservation. Valerie was pleasant and always attended immediately to our needs, even though it was quite busy. We started with the smoky pimento appetizer with chips which was so delicious. I had the garden salad with mahi and my husband had the sea bass special. Both meals were superb. We finished our dinner off with a rich, delicious chocolate torte while watching the sun set. It was a very special birthday dinner for me.
  40. KB

    KeithB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitstaff., Paige, and her trainee, were awesome. The scallops and Rock Fish entrees were well prepared. Maybe the best we’ve had, great presentation and taste.

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 4.9 stars by 1209 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 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 Wed–Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • 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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