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About Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC

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!

1174 Duck Rd
Duck, NC 27949
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Open 7 days a week
Lunch 11:30 - 3:00
Dinner 5- til
3-5 bar menu

Cross Street:
Route 12 North

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(252) 261-9700

Website:
http://www.aquaobx.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Parking in front of restaurant and across the street. Overflow allowed at Scarborough Faire Shops.

Executive Chef:
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

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
AQUA Restaurant is the perfect venue for your special occasion. The diverse waterfront location and design offers a magnificent view and amenities that appeal to a party of 15 to 100.

The Southern end of the restaurant can be semi-private. A tasteful bamboo screen offers an intimate feel and private restrooms keep conveniences at hand. Available for 30 and fewer guests.

The Main dining area, with vistas of sunsets on the Currituck Sound and wildfowl a flutter, translates the delightful energy of AQUA; while offering waterfront tables where everyone truly does get “a view” of the water. Available for 40-60 guests.

Craving the divine intimacy of AQUA, all to yourself? Be our guest, our only guest…AQUA is available for 65-100 clients, to enjoy, dance, toast and create memories all evening. Wrap around decks, green space, beanbag toss, music inside or out…the flow of the evening is bliss.

Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC Ratings and Reviews

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89% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Richmond)·Dined 14 hours ago

Excellent for sunsets!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Aqua is my very favorite local. I love the atmosphere and the food never disappoints. Had the Steak Frites the other night, almost licked the plate. Guests from out of town always enjoy.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We have been to Aqua several times and it is usually great. This time the service was terrible, two of the three entrees came out and after about five minutes we asked about the third and the waitress admitted she had goofed and not put the order in. So we had to wait another 20 minutes for the final entree. While waiting for the entree we put in an order for drinks, the entree came before the drinks, when we asked about the status of the drink order we got some excuse that the barmaid was unsure of what we ordered. We ordered the deconstructed peanut butter pie dessert, which we had previously an d it was awesome, this time it was frozen hard and not as tasty. It was the off season this time and that may have had something to do with it.

Tags: Waterfront, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Another great meal. The food and service is always great.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We went after a snowstorm in the OBX and they were open! We had eaten there a few years back and had a terrible experience with food and service, and committed never to return. We we're glad we gave them a 2nd chance. We we're warmly greeted and taken care of. Our server/service was fantastic. The salads ordered were top-notch. The seafood pasta could have shined if the scallops and shrimp were larger. Scallops no bigger than a dime & shrimp were extra extra small Great special in a flat-iron steak. Side of shrimp ordered were the same size. Being by sound/ocean better quality/size would keep folks coming back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We popped in for brunch on New Year's Eve and enjoyed the great views, pleasant service, and tasty Bloody Marys and mimosas. The turkey paninis and fish tacos were big hits; our only disappointment was the lack of any kind of breakfast items that would have turned a good lunch into a great brunch. We'll definitely return, but would love to see Aqua offer a full brunch on Sundays.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

First time dining at Aqua but it will not be the last. Fantastic! Loved everything we ordered. Service was terrific without being intrusive. Can't wait to go back!!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 29, 2017

While visiting Corolla, we opted for one dinner out and found Aqua while doing an internet search. We arrived early for our reservation, so we went to the bar for pre dinner cocktails. The bartender was friendly and helpful, offering suggestions for both our drinks and dinner. We were seated promptly for dinner. Our server, originally from England, was efficient and delightful, bantering back and forth with us. All four of us had delicious meals, including crab cakes, shrimp and grits, steak, and fruit de mere pasta. One of our party is both gluten and dairy free, and our server and the chef made certain to meet his dietary needs. We highly recommend Aqua for a wonderful dinner out.

Tags: Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Scenic View, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 26, 2017

My husband and I ate here on December 26, 2017. We were on a post Christmas mini vacation to Duck. Things stared out not good when my husband ordered Maker’s Mark and diet coke. This is his drink of choice and he cringed at the first sip. I don’t drink MM very often but I smelled and tasted it. It was definitely off. Our waiter tried to make excuses for the drink which my husband sat to the side. The waiter did finally get him another drink, gin this time & did not charge for the bad drink. Shrimp appetizer was fair. We had the fish special, sea bass, was supposed to be fresh but it was very fishy tasting. The plating was nice. Flourless chocolate torte was good for dessert. For a restaurant that was rated #2 on Trip Advisor, we were disappointed.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent food and service. Our waiter provided courteous and informative service; provided samples of beer and wine prior to our final choosing. My wife is picky about how her salmon is prepared and the chef nailed it perfectly, crispy outside but still moist inside. Great sunset views as well!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Scenic View, Waterfront, Live Music, Great Beer, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Dining experience was great as always. Wait Staff is very personable and friendly. They make it an experience instead of just eating out. Food is always excellent.

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We've been 3 times in the past 3 years, and can't wait 'til the next time. Here's what it comes down to: If you're anywhere within a 30-45 min. drive from Duck, and you have at least one night free for a FABULOUS dinner in a perfect setting--then you're just gonna have to go to Aqua. It's just THAT great, time after time. There is NO PLACE anywhere in the OBX that will offer you a more perfect combo: creative, outstanding menu + servers you would actually like to hang with + a setting on the Sound side that (at sunset!) looks like some travel poster you remember from when you were a kid = Don't discuss. Don't debate. Go. (you're welcome)

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We met some friends here after the candlelight tour at Whalehead museum. It was a great choice! We will certainly come back.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We had our holiday Book Club meeting at Aqua and it was a very nice evening! They gave us a terrific table towards the back of the restaurant for privacy. The restaurant was decorated beautifully for the holidays. The staff was fabulous - pleasant & accommodating. Paige was our waitress and she was very patient with our chatty group. Such a nice experience. Most of us had the black sea bass special which was delicious. Lovely evening and we will be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We had a party of 7 and were provided excellent service. The restaurant was not busy and we were well attended to. As for the food, it was very good although two dishes were served warm not hot. The overall cost of the experience was acceptable and I would entertain there again.

Tags: Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Limited menu for lunch but good food and nice view of the sound. Wonderful friendly service.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 15, 2017

All of our entres were over-cooked and dry. Wait time was excessive considering very few people were there. Waiter was very attentive and helpful. Pricey, given meal quality

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Very pleasant.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We ate here for the first time in July & again in November (2017) Food is amazing! The chef prepares delicious meals that pair well together! Staff is always friendly & polite. No complaints!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great, great service as usual! We host 15 guests twice a year.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We enjoyed everything - from the cocktails to the scrumptious bread pudding. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a wonderful, although a bit pricey, evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was not exceptional as expected. Restaurant was loud and it was hard to carry on a conversation at our table. Tables were close together so you had to sit very close

Tags: Tapas
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Beautiful location on the sound with spectacular views. Very spacious waiting area outdoors with Adirondack chairs and a fire pit. Indoor and outdoor seating. Menu is not extensive but the food is incredible! You can get a 10
Percent discount on spa services within one week of dining

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Fantastic evening! Wonderful service!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Another terrific visit to Aqua - the only downside was the weather didn't cooperate so we couldn't eat out on the back deck. Been there several times but had never tried the home made seafood puttanesca it was fantastic - bay scallops and shrimp over home made papparadelle - out of this world.

Can't wait to visit again.

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Wife and I were on vacation in Duck N.C. Aqua was recommended by a local chef. Definitely a great choice.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Aqua is a yearly ritual for my family. We always cap off our week in Duck with crab and corn soup and a great dinner. My parents have never deviated from the filet. It is always prepared exactly to their specifications. My husband and I started with the shrimp ceviche. A simple dish with great flavor. He had the duck which didn't disappoint. My go to is the fresh catch which is never a poor choice. Until further notice this will be our "end of vacation" celebration spot.
We've never had a bad experience with food or service.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Best place in the OBX to enjoy a good meal and watch fabulous Sunsets with live music.

Tags: Live Music, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We were really looking forward to our meal at this restaurant. We had heard good things on the Internet and word-of-mouth. So perhaps our experience was atypical. The fish special was quite dry with an inspiring vegetable medley and the shrimp ceviche only so-so. The She crab soup was quite nice and the waiter was fantastic but the overall experience was not great

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The views are spectacular! And the food is nice, service was ok & noise level was high. We were recommended to it for a special occasion, but it's really just casual dining with ok food.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Second time eating at aqua. First time 2010. Second time eating at aqua this past Thursday night. Same great service and food. Corn chowder is a must white eating at aqua!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We ordered 3 appetizers (banging shrimp, corn and crab soup and shrimp ceviche). We absolutely loved the banging shrimp; amazing! The soup had tons of corn flavor but didn't actually have any corn and minimal crab meat. The ceviche was very onion-y. If we were to go back, we'd only re-order the banging shrimp.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The special this evening was a pan seared Wahoo fish over peas. The plate was beautiful and delicious. Dessert was berry bread pudding which was amazing. The sunset view was dynamite. Overall, attentive service, yummy food, great ambiance!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Lesley is one of the most knowledgeable and professional service staff I've seen in years.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Creative menu. Perfectly prepared and artistically plated. Apple ginger bisque was delicate and unique. Kudos to the chef. We would go back in a minute.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Aqua is one of our favorite restaurants at OBX! My husband and I stay in Kill Devil Hills 2-3 times a year and always make a point to go up in to Duck to eat at Aqua. Sunset view is fantastic, food is always wonderful. Indoor and outdoor seating. Great outdoor deck with live music, and seating area on the lawn for a pre or post dinner drink! Always a must in our book!

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Live Music, Scenic View, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Have dined at Aqua several times before and was disappointed this visit. Server was attentive and pleasant, while the rest of the staff seemed unhappy. Food quality was not as good. Doubt we will be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 6, 2017

We had eight people. Our server was terrific--never missed a beat and was very accommodating. The food was delicious. Everyone had something different and all was good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Drove from Corolla for a date night vacation dinner. Arrived early and listened to wonderful live music on the deck. Dinner was delicious with attentive but not overly intrusive service. Shared the warm crap dip for an app which I'm still thinking about. For dinner we both loved the freshly caught big eye tuna. Perfectly cooked and mostly rare. This was the best and most perfectly cooked tuna I've ever had. Both indulged on dessert which were equally dangerous and delicious. It was a splurge night and well worth it

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Live Music
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Wow. Beautiful sunset. Mixologist knows his game as the Pear martini was delicious. Nice wine by the bottle list. Crab cakes were divine. Soup was decadent. Nice gluten free options here. Filet was perfect. Make a reservation and do it before you even leave town to head here. It's worth it

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