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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (40)
Scenic View (36)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Good for a Date (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Local Ingredients (15)
Casual (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Live Music (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Fun (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Romantic (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Seasonal (7)
Authentic (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Happy Hour (5)
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Kid-friendly (4)
Healthy (4)
Cozy (3)
People Watching (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined 5 hours ago

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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·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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vip
 (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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·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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vip
 (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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·Dined on September 22, 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 16, 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 13, 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 7, 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 5, 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 5, 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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·Dined on September 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Wish they would use local shellfish, especially when it's in season.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Both the fresh fish special of the day served atop a fried tomato slice and other vegetables along with the fish and chips were very well prepared. The service was very attentive and the price was appropriate for the prime bay front location.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We had a great dinner at Aqua! I had just proposed to my girlfriend prior to dinner, they had champagne waiting on the table for us! Great Service and food!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The location is awesome. The food was excellent. The service was just the way you would like it. It's a keeper.
We had crab cakes, filet and the salmon. All were very good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Food was good, service awesome. Will definitely be back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Live Music, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We were seated immediately and the waitress was there in a minute. Reasonably priced food and wine. Warm crab dip appetizer was great.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great fresh seafood, done simply and well. Doesn't try to over complicate great ingredients.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2017

The food was very good, and the view was amazing. Our only complaint is that service was slow-paced. But if you're looking for an unhurried meal, try this place.

Tags: Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 14, 2017

Very limited menu options. Food was good but nothing memorable.

Fantastic views and wonderful music.

I would highly recommend this for cocktails but not dinner.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great food and love music! We had a great evening with family and watched the sunset on the sound. The staff was very friendly and professional. The seafood is Amazing with a variety of options for everyone. expensive but worth it.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View
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 (München)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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 . . .

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