Aqua Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Seafood
Our menu is created to bring you the freshest seasonal items available presented with a creative touch. Aqua’s small plates offer you an exciting array of tastes in
"just right” portions ideal for passing around the table or enjoying two or three as a full meal. Aqua’s Big Plates feature "North Carolina seafood served stylishly" with the freshest local seafood and Choice Beef Filet, as well as local produce when it’s seasonally available. Aqua prides itself on offering fresh, local products and supporting our local fisherman and farmers.
What 1646 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great from start to finish, high quality in every respect. Nothing more to add!

BZ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice menu with several small dishes as well as full entrees. This is one of our favorite restaurants.

JB
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and service as always. Glad to see the tomato tarts back on the menu. The flounder was prepared perfectly.

r
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are here from out of town and picked this restaurant out by chance . It was a quirky house, great decor and delicious food. An amuse Bouche started the meal. Which signaled more good food to come. We especially enjoyed the shrimp and grits, that we chose as something completely different. It was outstanding!!! There was a big wine list, at affordable prices. Everything we ordered was excellent. Service was superb. A definite place to go when you want an outstanding meal!!!

A
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience at Aqua was outstanding as always. A perfectly delightful evening.

t
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Aqua!

JR
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend’s birthday

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an excellent dinner. It was our first visit. Our children had recommended Aqua, and we were most pleased.
We have a beach condo in Pine Knoll Shores that we purchased in June, so we are in discovery mode for restaurants.
This is our best choice so far. Thanks to their staff, and their chef......great.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very, very nice experience. Great food, awesome bartender and an incredible selection of wines.

JJ
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place in every way. Well managed and great food and wine!

OT
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fun and relaxing! We always feel welcome. The service is always outstanding as well as the food. Friday nights also offers 1/3 off All MINE!

DV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent roasted tomato tart. Probably the best pork tenderloin I have had in a very long time. Incredibly moist and tender. The size of the signature crème brûlée dessert is insane, and tasty too! Absolutely recommend.

CA
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a quiet Wednesday evening at Aqua. The food we had was excellent. My husband's shrimp and grits was not the usual creamy recipe but outstanding nonetheless. My Caesar salad was delicious! Portions were large even for small plates and wines by the glass were only $5! A hidden gem in Beaufort!

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant of all time. Everything about the Aqua experience is perfection!

KD
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this restaurant. Very friendly staff and the food is delicious. I DON’T like shrimp n grits but, they converted me with theirs! Absolutely delicious. The chef gave us a taste of a creation he made for the night. Another plus. Will definitely go back.

r
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kim, Nadia and Jackie are always Like family. Best restaurant in NC in our opinion!!

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and Service!!

L
New England
61 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The portions were small, very few healthy options, and very few vegetarian options. Service was not professional. They kept trying to remove dishes when people at the table were still eating.

BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Jalapeño appetizer was delicious. Tuna small plate was cold and didn’t taste fresh, not much flavor. Wouldn’t order that again.

FR
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We have been coming to Aqua for several years and have always rated it as the best in the area. However the last two times something is different. Service has slipped and the place is just not the same. The food is ok, but not great, service average. I do not know if management or ownership has changed. Just not as good.

PD
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is my favorite restaurant! Wonderful food, fabulous staff, best wine list, and the every other Tuesday night Winearama is the best!

DD
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always good and creative. Nice mix of flavors.

CT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You really can't go wrong in Beaufort with food, but Aqua is an absolute must. I was there for a three day weekend and ate there twice. The chef is absolutely terrific, both knowledgeable and creative. The staff is friendly, quick, and always remembers your face. Try the dessert sampler!

N
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gracious hosts, lovely food, always a pleasure to dine there.

TW
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere
Made us feel welcome and catered to our every need
Food was fabulous

EL
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience at the Aqua is never a disappointment. Always consistent! Dining there on Friday, October 18 was excellent. The food and service again was great. Thank you and we’ll see you our next trip to Beaufort.

CT
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cute restaurant in Beaufort NC
Food is excellent
Staff great

M
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice decor and ambiance. It was explained that was change of menu and therefore there were several substitutions on the menu. No problem. But we chose one of the new dishes to be told that they'd run out. Sorted out an alternative order and when food arrived it was lovely. Even better they gave us free desserts for the small frustration we had when ordering. Chocolate cake with cherries was exceptional as was the bananas. Go and enjoy.

D
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant could not help band outdoors and we knew that . everything was lovely. I think Laura was our waitress loved her (lives in havelock) and hostess was warm and friendly entrees and salads good and so fresh and creative. Get ready we’ ll Be back

BB
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Aqua's food, beverages and atmosphere. Great place.

JL
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious dinner and delightful servers. Will return when come back to the area.

g
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tuesday’s wineOrama was a blast and an excellent deal not to be missed.
The pork was amazing and the shrimp and grits continue to be the best anywhere!

g
Wilmington
25 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We attend an event at Aqua called Wine-O-Rama. It is held almost every 2 weeks. The experience is always fantastic. The food is excellent and the selection of wines is always interesting and provided at a great value. You can purchase wines you taste as well. Always a good time.

M
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous! We had trigger fish that was absolutely delicious. The orange lentils made the dish perfect for fall. We were there for the bimonthly wine tasting. Wish we could have purchased the wines that night to take home but that was not an option. Love the restaurant!

C
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. Both the Bruschetta and Caesar Salad were excellent, bursting with flavors; and the Crab Cakes with the remoulade and sweet corn succotash provided the perfect small plate entree. The Chocolate Terrine completed an outstanding dinner. Will definitely come back on our next trip to Beaufort.

SG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Loved it! A must do in Beaufort NC
You got to order the three dessert plate- simply divine

GG
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The service on the Wine a Rama was terrible. We never received a pour from her. Only once did she talk to us about the wine we were tasting. We received our 4th pour as we were eating desert.

JZ
Wilmington
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our usual great meal at Aqua. Took some first timers and they loved it. Trigger special superb. Best Old Fashion I have ever had. Bread super. Loved the shrimp and grits.

FA
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kim and her staff are incredible. From start to finish, Aqua is THE best dining experience in Beaufort. With a wonderful selection of small plates, fresh catch, and delightful spirits from the bar - you really cannot find a better place to have a meal.

Consider making a reservation - especially on the weekends as it can be a tad busy. It's worth the minute or two just in case you need it.

g
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep returning for the shrimp & grits which is the best we’ve ever had! This time we dined on the porch, which was lovely, but the music from the bar next door was a bit too loud.

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