Aqua Restaurant

4.8
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1727 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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.
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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vipShannonA
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is consistently outstanding! One of my favorite places in Beaufort!!

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vipJess
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The entire dining experience is outstanding! From the service to the subtleties of the food. Wonderful place!

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LarryL
Western NC
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Let's begin with our server, Michelle. She was superb. She actually made this a very special evening for our 49th Anniversary. She was a sweetheart and could not have been more attentive! 5 Stars for Michelle.

The meal was very good. My wife had the crab cake and I had the catch-of-the-day red snapper. Both tasted very good, but the servings were quite small. She had one crab cake on a bed of rice and I had two small pieces of snapper on a bed of rice with snow peas. I'd have given this 5 Stars, except they were skimpy... you definitely felt like there should have been more. Perhaps some bread would have helped fill you up.

The drinks were good, but nothing special.

We ordered the crème brûlée for dessert to share... and it was absolutely perfect. And, because it was our Anniversary, they brought it in a very large platter that could have fed four. We will never forget that crème brûlée. And then Michelle topped off the evening with a petite bottle of sparkling wine to take home.

Aqua would be a solid 5 if the entree portions were larger. No one wants to leave feeling like they didn't have enough to eat. But then, the crème brûlée made the difference.

We would certainly go back and have already recommended Aqua to others.

Note: Aqua is not on the water and has minimal ambiance... So, my advice to the chef would be... make those portions at least half again larger and no one will miss the water view. And, whatever else you do, hold on to Michelle... she is special.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Was very over priced for what we got. Probably the worst meal we’ve ever had in Beaufort, NC.

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vipdcparkerjr
Wilmington
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always love coming to Aqua. This was our first visit with our new normal (COVID). Staff was taking precautions and the tables outside where we sat were spaced. As expected we had a great meal and felt safe. Enjoy and give them some support.

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acdoc
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff wearing masks and tables distanced. Staff phenomenal and knowledgeable about menu. Loved the rack of lamb and snapper which was the special. Will go again

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LondonChic
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! Service was very good, restaurant was clean and felt they were adhering to all covid safety precautions. We sat outside and it was a beautiful evening, patio was screened so bug free. Took the kids and they enjoyed themselves too. Would definitely go back, a great hidden gem!

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Lamb
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always perfect! Had a very wonderful Birthday! Thank you

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AmieE
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If all you like to eat is chicken and cheeseburgers- this isn’t the place for you! They take it up a notch in all that they serve. Never once have I ever been served something that wasn’t unique and flavorful. Great place, and highly recommend it to people who are willing to step outside the box.

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DavidF
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best meal here-everything was great and we can’t wait to go back!

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Foodnwine
Wilmington
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nights out are scarce during COVID but this was a wonderful evening. The server was excellent, all protocols were adhered to so we felt “safe” which is an important part of ambience in 2020. The food was delicious and the selection, although “limited” had something for everyone. From the French Gimlet to the gazpacho, the Caesar salad and the shrimp and grit small plate, every dish was prepared perfectly, served at the right time, and delicious. I think this was my favorite visit to Aqua and I have been several times.

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BurtS
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely phenomenal meal and recommend anyone visiting Aqua.

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Gabriel
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Sea and Shore dish! Medium rare steak to perfection and a surprisingly delicate blackened sea bass. Would recommend.

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MichaelH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Definitely will return.

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NewBftLocal
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has done a fabulous job of making one feel safe dining during the pandemic. Great food & service with customer safety make it an ideal choice if you’re in Beaufort, NC.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very pleased with the food and service. Also, everyone was wearing masks like they are supposed to. We went to a few other places on the visit to Beaufort and most of the servers and bartenders did not wear a mask.

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shrink
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat here several times per summer and it never fails!
It's a great place.

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JERRYH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food!

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KathrineG
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Our dinner was great. We were very pleased that both the hostess and our server had on masks. They were all very kind and helpful. Some of our food was great and some was okay. The shrimp and grits and Caesar salad were delicious, as was the crab cake and the fish of the day. The lamb was ok, and the caprese salad were just ok, the tomatoes were bland and flavorless and seemed like chilled grocery store tomatoes. The tomato tart had only 3 grape tomatoes in the whole thing, they were more of an accompaniment rather than the feature of the dish. The drinks were really good and well made.

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DianeD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and our waitress, Hannah, was great!

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tys1959
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and quaint little gem of a restaurant with delicious small plate choices.
Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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GiGi
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite local spots for a night out! Great food and service! Very friendly staff and great wine selection!

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vipSamF
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great fresh local food, reasonable price.

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vipDebi
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Terrible service! Our reservation was at 8p. We arrived early. We were soon sat on their charming porch. We received glasses of water. It took at least 25 minutes after ordering cocktails to receive them. Our server rarely checked on us, at 845p when we still had not received our appetizer that we ordered 30 minutes ago I asked about our appetizer and the server gave some excuse about there being a substitute chef which made no sense since the tables all around us were receiving multiple courses and orders of food as we sat there. We finally received our appetizer at 855pm and while eating our appetizer we received our meals which had to now sit to the side because we just received our appetizer. Terrible service and timing. We are aware that so much is different with COVID and we are prepared to be patient where ever we go but this was just terrible! All the tables around us were receiving food and service. Although we were excited to try their desserts I asked for the check immediately upon the receipt of the meals not knowing how long that would take and we ate our dinners and left as quickly as possible and absolutely will not be back nor recommend this place. It’s unfortunate the service and timing was so poor because the food was excellent.

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vipDebbieB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience once again
Love the “small plates” portions
Petit filet mignon done to perfection
Bacon wrapped jalapeños and pesto gnocchi are a must try
Will always make a point of coming back to this restaurant every time we are in Beaufort
And thanks to the wonderful staff

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EricL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was superb! A very nice dining experience. If you need assistance with a wine choice then there is none better then Aqua’s bartender.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So pleased to be able to enjoy this spot. Watermelon gazpacho special, bacon-wrapped jalapeños, crab cake with saffron couscous all made to perfection. Thoughtful accompaniments and a strong wine/beer list. Such a great night out for us after such a long time staying in. Thank you!!

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RickD
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our second visit to Beaufort and our second time at Aqua. Food was fantastic. Service was fast,but the waitress was not up to the rest of the restaurants standards. She forgot a couple specials and seemed a little nervous. The service staff worked as a team and that made up for the small imperfections.

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AnnO
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job social distancing, fab food, only bummer is they can't serve their yummy bread with dinner. Maybe try to figure out how to do that?

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viprosie
Wilmington
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with safe distancing this is a great neighborhood experience. Plus the food is always imaginative and delicious!

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KellyT
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at Aqua! You won’t be disappointed.

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MikeR
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Aqua. We had a great seat on the outside patio and received exemplary attention from our server. The food, as usual, was outstanding! And the desserts, WOW!! Looking forward to our next visit to Aqua.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great prices, small plates

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I don’t care for the ambiance here, seems cold and off putting. We sat on the patio and the bench makes you sit up pretty high compared to the chairs at the same table (maybe good for kids). We waited for our silverware a while and no bread is served because of Covid??

I had the petite filet and it was very good. I would definitely order it again. My husband also liked the shrimp and grits and caprese salad.

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BrendaM
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fresh, excellently prepared and amazingly delicious.

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vipKimB
Wilmington
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our guests love Aqua where creative cuisine meets superior service ! When in Beaufort do not miss an aqua Experience

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vipLisaR
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! One of our favorite restaurants in Beaufort. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Greensboro
22 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal and the service was excellent! The fresh catch was delicious!

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ElizabethH
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, excellent service. Early to make a reservation

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

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Aqua Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (252) 728-7777.

Aqua Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1727 OpenTable diners.

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