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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!
Duck, NC 27949
Contemporary American, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Open 7 days a week
Lunch 11:30 - 3:00
Dinner 5- til
3-5 bar menu
Route 12 North
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 in front of restaurant and across the street. Overflow allowed at Scarborough Faire Shops.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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
It's okay but it's all about the sunset. Honestly there are better and cheaper spots to see the sunset. Almost $50 for 2 glasses of okay rose $12 a glass, shrimp appetizer and tip....no thanks. Go a little farther north on Hwy 12 and you'll find some better spots for your money.
The duck and sweet potato hash was delicious. Loved the variety of wine choices. Our server was outstanding; he was professional, friendly and amenable to some changes. He made up for the less than friendly welcome we got from one of the hostesses who refused to give us an outdoor table, saying all were taken and we would have to wait 30 minutes along with those who were walk-ins. But I made a reservation early just to get an outdoor table. I asked if we could start our meal and move out later. As I was seated, I pointed out to her that there was an outside table sitting empty. She again reminded me it could be 45 minutes for an outside table. I reminded her that she had just told me it would be 30. Thank goodness management stepped in and helped sort things out to seat us on the deck.
Great food, great view, great service. We made a last-minute reservation while on vacation in OBX and while we had to go to dinner slightly early (6:30) due to availability, it was well worth it as an outdoor table was available with a full view of the waterfront sunset. Live music too. Keep in mind this restaurant is family/kid-friendly, so there was a bit of noise and "activity" from the younger guests. However, nothing to ruin our experience. Will return on our next trip to Duck.
We went for my mothers birthday, which I let them know ahead of time, and not a single thing was done to make it special. The service was poor starting at the hostess stand, and my meat was very undercooked. A very overhyped establishment.
Professional service and great cuising. We had the feeling we were being hurried, but otherwise would certainly go back. As ever, Americans at play or dinner seem to need to holler at everyone even though they're only across the table from each other. Certainly not the restaurant's fault . . .
LOVELY dinner at the Aqua. Our waiter was personable, knowledgeable about the menu, and attentive. The duck and the crab cakes were spot on. The shrimp and grits could have used some of the spice that was found in the duck's hash but was still tasty. Also could use a few more choices for reasonably priced bottles of wine, but that did nothing to dim our enjoyment. Live music outside and an opportunity to sit there if you wanted. Inside was quiet enough for easy conversation. A nice evening was had by all four in our group, and it is one we expect to repeat!
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