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

Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC

4.8
4.8
1190 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

7:00 PM


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 from every seat. Sunsets light up the sky every evening. Waterfront decks and bar provide an unforgettable and elegant event on the water,in the quaint village of Duck on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

  • 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 1,190 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Overall

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Food

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Ambiance

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Healthy

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Outdoor Dining

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Scenic View

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Contemporary American

  • Outer Banks

    Most Booked

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  1. s

    skbritman

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The seas bass special was perfect and the service excellent
  2. 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.
  3. G

    Gherk

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

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

    GerryF

    Baton Rouge

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 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.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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@
  6. S

    Shar

    Washington DC

    139 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    139 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.
  7. MD

    MrDarcy

    Richmond

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 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.
  8. 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.
  9. DB

    DeniseB

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service and great food!
  10. KM

    KarenM

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 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.
  11. DB

    DeniseB

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 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!
  12. 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.
  13. AC

    AmyC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was excellent. Food was great. Noise level was loud.
  14. 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!!
  15. 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.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

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

    FrequentDiner

    Raleigh

    189 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    189 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!
  18. 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.
  19. KB

    KeithB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    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.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous all around!
  21. DT

    DonT

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Paige, was very friendly & prompt in all ways. The menu choices and the specials were fantastic!
  22. SH

    SierraH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the view, service, food, and live music combined made for a magnificent evening.
  23. F

    Fran

    Atlantic City

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The recent renovations are beautiful and the food never disappoints.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome restaurant and one of our favorites. Food is excellent with unique chef creations
  25. FD

    FrequentDiner

    Raleigh

    189 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    189 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite restaurant in the Duck area. Beautiful setting on the Currituck Sound and amazing food and great service. A singer in the bar on Friday and Saturday evenings and the music was just the right volume as to not be disruptive to enjoying a great meal.
  26. DT

    DTNB

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening
  27. L

    Lhahn

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and atmosphere great. Live music a nice addition.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Live music at the bar was great, provided nice background ambiance for the diners. Food and service were excellent, our waiter was energetic and had great menu recommendations. A little pricey but we would definitely eat here again.
  29. RD

    RosemaryD

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Being our first time at the Outer Banks, and during the off season, we weren't sure if we'd find a nice restaurant for our anniversary dinner. Aqua did not disappoint! From the initial welcome, to the window seat with a spectacular view of the sunset, to the excellent service and last but not least, the amazing food, we would definitely recommend it
  30. A

    Anonymous

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband has had fish and chips many, many times in the VA area over the past 30+ years. Nothing compared to the dish he had at Aqua. The same goes for the corn and crab soup he ordered. The flavor and consistency were hands-down nothing short of phenomenal. We were driving North towards DC later that day and stopped in Fredericksburg, VA for dinner at a restaurant that had crab and lobster soup on the menu, and it was terrible compared to what we had experienced for lunch at Aqua. Very impressive meal - we will be back hopefully over the summer!
  31. TF

    TebF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tuna special was excellent
  32. KB

    KristineB

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Olena was a wonderful server with lots of great suggestions. Our table at the window had a beautiful view. Can’t wait to go back!
  33. g

    gdaddy

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Sweet venue with a lovely view and delightful service.
  34. DG

    DrGonzo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Olena was FANTASTIC and the food was out of this world!!! 10/10 will recommend to friends. Heckin good dinner puggo
  35. SW

    StephenW

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in Duck - great food - great view of the Sound.
  36. SW

    StephenW

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening with great wine, dinner and dessert!
  37. MB

    MargeB

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always Aqua restaurant in a Duck didn’t disappoint. Wine down Wednesday was great. We shared a bottle of wine with a light bite to eat and everything was perfect, including Meghan’s service. We always make sure to reserve a table a night or two when we are lucky enough to visit the OBX! Highly recommended!
  38. MB

    MargeB

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we’re lucky enough to be in the OBX we always plan a night at Aqua! As usual the food, atmosphere and CJ’s service was great! So good as a matter of fact we made reservations for Wine Down Wednesday tomorrow night even before we left the restaurant!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience , our waitress from Ukraine was phenomenal !
  40. FM

    FredM

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had an excellent meal! Server was very good and made some excellent recommendations. Quiet birthday evening. Just what it was hoped for.

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
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC is rated 4.8 stars by 1190 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


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 from every seat. Sunsets light up the sky every evening. Waterfront decks and bar provide an unforgettable and elegant event on the water,in the quaint village of Duck on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

  • Private party contact

    Event Coordinator: (252) 261-9700

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