Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC

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943 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Waterfront
  • Local Ingredients
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Open 7 days a week
Lunch 11:30 - 3:00
Dinner 5- til
3-5 bar menu
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Phone number
(252) 261-9700
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Cory Bryant
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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.
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Private party contact
Event Coordinator: (252) 261-9700
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Route 12 North
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Parking details
Parking in front of restaurant and across the street. Overflow allowed at Scarborough Faire Shops.
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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.
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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.
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
What 943 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

My husband and I ended our week at the beach with a visit to Aqua. The setting and dinner meal couldn't have been better. We sat at a table with a water view....fabulous....and I loved the tile fish special offering. It was one of the best meals I've ever had in the OBX. My husbands salmon was excellent as well and our waiter was very nice and efficient. We will definitely return!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

My husband and I enjoyen the beautiful water view. The food was excellent as well as the service.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great food/great service

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

The salmon, pompano, shrimp and grits, and seafood pasta were all outstanding. Our only disappointments were the length of the wait for the food, and the fact that there was a "miscount" and, well over a half hour after our orders were taken, the special of the day (tuna) was no longer available. There were apologies from our server and from the manager, which we certainly appreciated, as well as a complimentary charcuterie plate, which we appreciated even more. Things happen, and we will gladly return to Aqua.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

We were seated before our reservation time, the waitress was great. We had a combination of appetizers and entrees and all of it was delicious. Overall a great place. We have never had anything less than a great meal here.

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Slow service; food was not delicious; pricing was high. Sat by the window- good view of harbor.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

We ate at Aqua twice during our week in the Outer Banks. We had excellent service both times and the food was fantastic. Loved the sashimi tuna...and the shrimp appetizer was amazing, too. On a Thursday night we sat outside and there was live music and the view was spectacular. Highly recommend this place!

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Love the deck! Open Table reservation is a must. Was seated immediately even with a waitlist going. Service was fabulous.

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Aqua has some great views and the service was wonderful. The crab cakes were quite large and delicious. We also enjoyed the wedge salad, the butternut squash soup, the chicken and tuna. They were also very accommodating to some special food requests and that was very important.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Delicious Lobster Mac and cheese, Shrimp Cevice and Crab Cakes! Beautiful waterfront location and view from table. Located on south end of Duck NC Boardwalk so great for after dinner stroll to the north end of the Duck NC boardwalk!

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Disappointing. We were not advised of the "specials" for the day. The server claimed it was an oversight.
Maybe it was, but...
Corn crab chowder not memorable. I had the crab cakes. Just so so.

My wife had the chicken. She liked it.

Seems overrated.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

best meal we had on the Outer Banks. service was superb, food excellent, and overall wonderful experience. make reservations early.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Our server was exceptional, the food exquisite and the ambience superb

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Skip the corn & crab. Lobster mac is a must.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great view, food nicely plated and generally very good. Seafood/pasta dish had very little seafood... disappointing as this could have been a stellar dish. Server brought out child’s meal early without being asked to do this, so our five year old was ready to leave before we were even served. Plates were whisked away without opportunity to ask for or be offered leftovers boxes, and we sat for quite a long time before our server came to offer dessert or check. By this time, half our party had opted to leave the restaurant so it should have been clear that we were waiting to leave.

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Caesar salad served with very old and bad tasting romaine and with no croutons or Parmesan. Dessert had rancid pistachios on it. Both inedible. Shrimp and grits was very good.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Lobster Roll was excellent!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

We had a wonderful lunch over-looking the sound. Food was very good and our waitress (Savory) was extremely attentive.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Awesome food superior waiter!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We had a wonderful dining experience at Aqua in Duck, NC. We had a reservation and were greeted warmly and seated immediately. Our server was attentive and professional. Most importantly, our meals were presented beautifully and were absolutely delicious. A wonderful experience from beginning to end for one of our first dining experiences in the Outer Banks!

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The food was fine. The drinks were meh. The tables are too close together

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Food and service were excellent. Too bad there was so many infants and children .. screaming and ruining an upscale feel. Adults needs to invest in babysitters ... not kids meals.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Wonderful evening dinner on the boardwalk overlooking the glorious sunset.
Live band, fresh seafood, impeccable service, all at a reasonable price point.
We will return!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Nice window table, excellent service good quality meals very nice

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Great dinner. Beautiful table at the window overlooking the sound. Sunset was beautiful. Dinner was tasty, highly recommend the crab cakes!

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Anniversary. Aqua cocktail was very good! Recommend! Lobster Mac had great flavor but the middle was cold. ($18 appetizer) Shrimp and Grits were okay, nice flavor w the Gouda. Filet was okay... very average. Bread was amazing... 5 stars. Desserts- Peanut Butter unassembled pie was okay. Strawberry Bread Pudding - okay. Neither I would order again. Very nice and attentive waiter. Reservations on opentable appeared they were booked solid, yet many tables were empty inside and out. Great views and music. Cheeseburger at the table next to us looked amazing and a fraction of the cost of dinner menu items. Go with cheeseburger and sit outside.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Probably visited Aqua 10+ times over the last 4 years. Food as good as ever. Farm to table works here. Great sunset views.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Bring a jacket or sweater. Food and service were great but room was so cold

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Went here for our last night dinner of our wedding week, this was noted, not that I expected anything special from others. The service was unbelievably slow, from the get go, drinks were forgotten, finally requested bill when we realized the drinks weren’t coming, bill took forever. Just overall a bust for the price. We got drinks and a charcuterie board at the bar, which we ate there and saved ourselves the frustration. They missed out on a lot of money we were willing to sit and spend.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

One meal of salmon came uncooked. Was sent back. Several people felt menu was limited And very noisy. Have eaten here many times so don’t judge on this one review.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Our second time at Aqua and it has quickly become one of our favorite dining spots in the Outer Banks! The food was delicious and contained some very fresh local ingredients. The fresh catch was Tuna caught that day, served over local vegetables and it was absolutely perfect. Seared but pink on the inside and the local vegetables were fantastic. The appetizers, shrimp cerviche and seared sesame scallops over seaweed salad, were equally well prepared and delicious. Can't wait to go back when we return in the off-season.

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2.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Food was good. Took a long time for the server to get to the table. It was extremely loud due to large groups all around us and they should have asked us if we wanted something more quiet or asked the groups to lower the volume. Way to expensive for the food.

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Some dishes were very well prepared and a few were very underwhelming .

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Service was good. Food was decent but had higher expectations - but the rock shrimp was great. Corn crab soup needed to be thicker and have something in it for texture, shrimp and grits - grits were too gritty for my taste. Kids meals come in frisbees that were awesome. Fresh bread and butter was nice and hot. Ceviche was ok.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Aqua is consistently exceptional.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We tried for a later time but none were available on Open Table yet the restaurant was not near empty during the time we were there. The steaks were just okay. Massive amounts of mashed potatoes overwhelmed the plate. The Duck was very poorly done and crowded by too many vegetables. Wait staff was outstanding

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Celebrated our wedding anniversary with a dinner at Aqua, as we do every year. As always, the food and service were exceptional! Our waitress was wonderfully attentive and helped to make the evening special. All the food at Aqua is excellent, but I cannot recommend the Salted Caramel Parfait enough--without a doubt, the best dessert I've ever had.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Birthday celebration

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Aqua is typically always great. The service was phenomenal as per usual, but this time we were not impressed with the food. Our favorite part of the entire meal was the complimentary bread and butter- fresh and delicious! The fries were great (can’t go wrong with shoe string fries), but not as “truffled”/ flavorful as one would expect. The avocado hummus and the pita bread were refreshing and one of our favorites. The lobster Mac and cheese was alright: tiny in size and lacking in flavor. We do not recommend the cheese/ charcuterie platter- it was comparable to (or maybe it was actually) a ready-made party cheese plate from the store. The two types of cubed cheese were dried out and the prosciutto was unrecognizable. Save the money and get a better selection from the harris teeter cheese aisle. We weren’t incredibly hungry following these dishes so we decided to get the check. Again, the service was great, but the food just didn’t hit the spot this time, especially for the prices.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Went for lunch as couldn’t get dinner reservation. Were in Outerbanks for family vacation. Everything at Aqua - food, service, ambiance - was first rate and above expectation. Location of the restaurant, on the sound side, is superb. Will definitely return if go back to Outerbanks which is quite likely.

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