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Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC

4.6
844 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • 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 844 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The service was over the top! Lisa our waitress went out if her way to make our visit memorable. She was so upbeat and happy it just made you smile. We started by asking for a custom specific espresso martini. No problem! It was just so refreshing to have such nice people. If your ever in Duck, you will really enjoy this place! And truffle fries and crab cakes were delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

CJ was awesome!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Fun service in a beautiful seaside town in NC. Out of oysters, but had a terrific seafood pasta dish and a surprisingly delicate but good corn and crab chowder. Good drink recommendations.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

excellent food, fantastic service great location with a view to die for.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Our waitress, Alice, was outstanding. Local grouper was the fish of the day and it was excellent. Creative preparation --flavorful and interesting! Beautiful setting-- Aqua never disappoints!!!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We enjoyed our meal and the wine options. Live music was an added bonus. Lovely view with minimal decor.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Made reservations for a girls weekend dinner. We got there just as the sun was setting and the view over the sound front was spectacular. We decided to take a picture out on the deck with the beautiful background and one of the hostesses took the time to take us outside, make sure the lighting was just right and took several pictures with one of our phones. It was a great first impression.

The service and food were fantastic. Our waitress was very knowledgable and offered great suggestions and everybody's food came out perfectly. For it being 'off season' we thought the restaurant would be empty but every table was full. We see why the locals and winter guests all come to this restaurant. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Outstanding service. Dinner is consistently excellent. Very nice views.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

One of the better restaurants in Duck, NC, and the Outer Banks area for that matter. Fantastic setting on the Currituck Sound makes for beautiful sunsets over the water. Emphasis on local ingredients. The rockfish over risotto entree I had was very good, although the pepper heat was oddly strong, seemingly coming from the kielbasa. The clam chowder was an interesting broth-based (chicken?) style with generous clams, but it was oversalted. My vegan son loved the black bean cake entree - this is the only Duck-area restaurant I found that offered a specific vegan entree on the menu.
Service was very friendly and accommodating.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Awesome experience. Service and food is always top notch. We had Alice who was awesome. We typically try to hit Aqua whenever in duck.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great service in the restaurant and bar, cocktails and food were delicious, beautiful view

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Enjoyed a quiet dinner - excellent food and service! Beautiful view of the sound!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Wonderful for a family reunion
We asked for a table next to window and Paige made
Sure we had it and were well taken care of
We even had special diet restrictions and the chef made special dishes to accommodate
Truely a 5 star place and a place we will always go to every time we are at the outer banks

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Enjoyed our first visit to Aqua Restaurant and Spa. The service was amazing. Very attentive server (C.J.), with great suggestions. My husband had the fresh catch and it was delicious. Drinks were great too. To top it off, the dessert "deconstructed peanut butter pie" with home made ice cream was out of this world. Two days later we are still talking about it. A definite hit. There was music playing in the bar area and lots of outdoor seating in the good weather to take in the beautiful "sound". We can't wait to go back on our next visit. Great food, service and amazing views. You won't be disappointed!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Excellent for sunsets!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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)

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2017

Very pleasant.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Fantastic evening! Wonderful service!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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