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Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC

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885 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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.
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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 885 People Are Saying
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 9 hours ago

Overall a nice restaurant with wonderful views of the Soundside of the island. A bit pricey to take kids. They only have 2 options for kids and both are 11 dollars. They brought out our kid's stuff right away but then it took 20 minutes for our food to come out. With little kids, that was not fun, once they were done eating, we had to keep them in line and try to eat our meal. My wife's Sangria was watered down and not that great. Overall not great for young kids, but nice adult seafood restaurant.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The most delicious food I have ever had in my entire stay in the Outer Banks. Absolutely amazing!! I will be coming back here every time I visit. Everyone in my family (of seven people) found their dishes to be perfection. The Shrimp and Grits were the best I have ever had (ties with that of the Cape Fear Seafood Company in Wilmington), and the Margarita Salad was scrumptious--I added blue cheese to mine and it was heaven. All the side dishes were equally delicious. Some of the other standouts were the Frenched Chicken (without a doubt my favourite Chicken dish I've ever eaten at a restaurant), and my dad's Grouper (catch of the day) which was flaky and fresh. My only complaint is that they don't serve Sweet Tea (they only have unsweet which you can add sugar to, and that is not my cup of tea, it doesn't mix well). Anyways. Definitely stop here and I cannot stress it enough to make reservations ahead of time, especially if you have a large party!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Service the best on the East Coast and the food is always outstanding

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We eat here each family beach trip we take. Our children are still young so we bring them earlier in the evening (5ish). The food is wonderful and the staff is attentive and friendly.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Best outdoor dining in Duck

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great food in a lovely setting, especially when you can also enjoy the sunset. Our favorite restaurant on the Outer Banks.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Excellent food. Our waitress Olena was awesome!! Dining on the deck...with a perfect view of the sunset. Highly recommend.

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2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Service great! Food okay..

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food was very good! Just wish there were a few more options!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great good and view

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

This was my second time dining at AQUA and it was outstanding! As someone with dietary restrictions, I found them exceptionally accommodating.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

What else can I say other that during our vacation we ended up eating at this restaurant 3 times. Food was amazing and fresh. Our server was Alice, she was awesome and guided us to the perfect food choices. View is awesome, on the water front, on the sound side. Would recommend this restaurant. It is one of 2 top choices for me that are in the Duck/Corolla area.

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Party of 12. Felt like a nuisance instead of guests spending good money on dinner. Food was average, service was ho him.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

The food was great. I had the corn and crab soup, the scallops, and mashed potatoes. The crab dip was big enough to share with 5 people. My only issues were the flies that hovered around our table almost the entire time. Very annoying. Also, they sat 5 us at a table meant for 4.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

My husband two kids and I enjoyed delicious food and beverages and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

View terrific, food amazing and our server, Megan, was the best!

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The waitress was rude, slow and not knowledgeable of the food at all. Told us “I don’t eat fish so I wouldn’t know how to compare —-“. Ok. Wow. You work at a restaurant on the OBX of NC surrounded by water and you don’t eat fish. I get it. BUT then she needs to learn how to talk to others she works with and ask customers about the flavors to help out the poor discussion skills when taking orders.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Wonderful! Great food and the service was amazing. Very friendly and attentive staff!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Food and drinks were outstanding. We make it a point to have dinner here when we're in the outer banks.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

This was a fabulous choice for dinner for our last night in the Outer Banks!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Great views, service and food!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Beautiful restaurant, have been there multiple times, walking distance from house. Great view of sound, normally live music outside, always been talented. Food....delicious, never had a signature cocktail but could be good if it is anything like there food which is......delicious. Everything about it was great. The only thing I could possibly ask is for is a sour or gose beer option. But I dream......

PS - BREAD IS CHRONIC!!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

First visit to Aqua, thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience.

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

We always love coming to aqua when in town. I was a bit disappointed in the size of my Mahi mahi. Very small for the price.

The bar area was very nice and our server was great.

Sad they don’t offer sushi anymore😢😢😢

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

My fiancee and I decided to finally visit for lunch after coming to OBX for three years and we had such a good time. It was quiet, the water side view was great, and the food was good.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

I have dined here several times; the food is great and the view overlooking the sound is amazing. The restaurant is rated $; their great customer service makes it an excellent value.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

It was a great setting, service was outstanding, everyone enjoyed their meals. I had the steak salad which was good, my only suggestion is that the sautéed veggies were a little over cooked, and could be less oil.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Food had great flavor but was cool when delivered to the table. Must have missed an order and held dishes back to be delivered all at once. Too bad.

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3.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Food was not up to the standards we had experienced on past occasions at Aqua. Service was just okay. Rude customer. Disappointed with this dining experience.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Great service, delicious meal the was perfectly prepared and well presented. Nice view and quiet place (at least when we were there.). I will go back if ever back in the area.

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2.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Very disappointed with our anniversary dinner experience. Although waitress was excellent, good food, and somewhat pricy, I was disappointed with not getting more recognition for anniversary. Spending $100 and no complimentary dessert was well below expectations.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The food is excellent. The portions are not overdone. The view of the sound is breathtaking. The tables are a close together. The service is attentive and done in reasonable time.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Excellent view of waterfront from inside or outside. Sunset orientation. Food EXCEPTIONAL. Service EXTRAORDINAIRE. The feeling of welcome by all personnel and the enthusiasm to demonstrate everything on their menu as exceptional pervades the establishment.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The waitress right off the bat was impolite/impatient with us. It took an hour to get our food while others around us were getting their bread baskets and food. I finally complained after 40 minutes and then got at least some bread and also a new waitress assigned to us. This was my third visit to Aqua and we have been satisfied before, but I doubt if I will go back. Will have to choose other restaurants on the Outer Banks.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Everything was great.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great sunset

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Our first visit was fantastic with great food and great service. However, our secind visit was quiet poor because our watress who was from London England was kurt, gruff and generally unpleasant. Bob Scott

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Service was slow. We got bread after we were halfway done with our dinners. Food and drinks were good. great view at sunset.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Our server was very nice but started off telling us what items they were out of on the menu. We were having an early dinner so this was disappointing that so many menu items were not available. I ordered the fish tacos which I requested grilled. Our server said the mahi was prebreaded and it only came fried. Should have known better but ordered it anyway. The fish was over cooked and had no taste. I sent it back and got the beet salad which was good. My husband got the sea bass which he said was good. The portion was very small and someone came later to randomly bring a second piece of fish which he was told should have been included in his order. For the price, it was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

A very nice place with great food and beautiful sunsets over the sound!

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