"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.
Great service, food and ambiance
Excellent with service and attentive wait staff. Sweet ambiance and nice music but not loud....just enough. Food was great.
Vacation from Seattle. I would recommend this to anyone visiting the area
Staff was engaging and considerate for my Dad’s 90th birthday. High end casual dining at its best. Dishes were fresh and innovative. Staff was outstanding. Tables a bit undersized and the noise level was energetic, but what else would you expect from a local gem. Aqua made it a special night. Thank you
sat on the screened porch. Enjoyed the mango salsa ...the watermelon feta salad was great! I had the lamp chops- they were cooked well, but the sauce served with was not as good as the preparation at Beaufort Grocery ... the dessert trio was INSANE...BEST Banana Foster I have had in a long time and the chocolate terrine was awesome- glad I had the sampler as I would have forced myself to eat a full size piece of the cake if I had ordered that.
We plan a return visit on our next trip to Beaufort!
We have a second home in Beaufort and always enjoy visiting Aqua when we are there. Smaller plates are what we like and the staff is great.
Excellent food and service for our group of 10 on a busy night!
Our first visit to Aqua restaurant. We’ve tried pretty much every other restaurant in the area. The food was excellent establishment was busy a bit noisy but they handled it well. I cannot say the same for our server, Laura. She was probably the most ineffective server I’ve encountered in years. Seemed too busy to even want to talk to us, scurried off before we finished ordering, offered no suggestions whatsoever about the menu. She was polite at best. I did take the opportunity to observe the other servers working that evening and all of them provided better more careful service then she did. Don’t know how she ended up working there but she needs to be coached on working with guests. She truly acted like she couldn’t wait to get out of there. The one blemish, and a fairly large one as I put a great stock on service, at an otherwise good establishment.We won’t be back there in less I can be assured that she will not be taking care of us… Sad.
Great restaurant and atmosphere! The staff is also fantastic and bends over backwards to accommodate!
Had guests in town for the weekend and Aqua is always where my sister wants to go. Service was not top notch as it usually is, but it was Friday night and busy. Food was good, but I should have ordered the steak instead of the fresh catch. However, we will return.
When in Beaufort you will be tempted to eat on the water front. But tucked away a half-block is Aqua where the food is truly outstanding if you want more of a "foodie" experience. We lunched on the water front and that was just fine.
We had the Taco trio and the grouper special. I started with the stuffed pepper, all were very good. The only reason I did not give straight five stars were that the comfortable screen porch looks over a parking area, yet it was quiet and relaxed. Service was very good. The proprietor I perceived to be on site and hands on. Very reasonably priced and complete wine list.
Made reservation for 2, showed up at time of reservation and was told had to sit outdoors (with awful music from pub next door) or at high top table in bar. We said neither would be OK and told them we can’t seat you! This is unacceptable, wife gives me the look so I save that you don’t leave us any option we’ll sit at bar high top . Tabbed is 3 ft square with very uncomfortable bar seats. There were at least 4 four top tables open the entire time we sat at the miniature bar tables! Food was good, but table very uncomfortable and two items actually fell off, bread basket and silverware. Insist on table or walk away we certainly won’t be back anytime soon.
Wonderful experience! Resa, our server, was helpful and I pleasure. She really made our experience wonderful. It is a MUST for anyone in the area. The food was outstanding.
Dining at Aqua is the ultimate here in Beaufort! The service and food is it of this world. We dined there on Friday evening and were not disappointed. The servers and chefs at Aqua are to be commended for a job well done! They pay attention to detail and the cocktails do not disappoint! Kudos to the bartender who knows what to do and does it well!! We can’t wait to return to Beaufort to have another go at it!!!
This was our second time at Aqua and we sat on the porch this time which was lovely. I had the egg roll appetizer which was very hard to eat due to everything inside the roll falling out and it really was not very tasty. I had the crabcake small plate which was a little too spicy so you really couldn't taste the crab. It was a little disappointing after the delicious snapper I had last time. I will choose better the next time.
My husband and I love Aqua! We have eaten there many times and never been disappointed. The ambience and the food is just delightful. Fantastic service. I recommend it highly! If you have never eaten there you have missed a real treat!
The food was not only delicious but unusual and beautifully presented! Best crab cake I have ever had and every course was a treat! Especially the creme brûlée !!!
Always a pleasure!
Great place to have a great meal with great service.
Too fast service for this kind of restaurant. We received our entry before the wine. Too bad !
Aqua is one of my all time favorite places to eat. Every time I've been there it has been phenomenal!
As usual the food and service were excellent. They never disappoint.
We had an early reservation and were greeted and seated right away. The server was friendly, made good recommendations, and answered all our questions. Food presentation was very well done and the meals themselves were fresh, cooked to order and very good. Dessert and beverages were excellent as well. The server's wine choice was spot on. Definitely will be making many return visits.
Please bring back the tomato tarts! We loved them!
Excellent food and service!
Always one of the very best choices in Beaufort. You can never go wrong with Aqua. Great food, service, and atmosphere!
It was wine night, so level of conversation was very high as you would expect. Service was very good and very helpful...food was excellent, but ask about the spice level on certain items...enjoyed the evening and the prices were very reasonable...
Food was the highlight. Lamb was delicious and perfectly cooked to order. All seats were filled. Perhaps the wine pourings of food and wine week and a full house overextended the wait staff. Service suffered. I would definitely return on a less busy evening.
I celebrated my Birthday at Aqua. The staff made me feel so special and the food was excellant! I highly recommend it.
Very pleasant experience. Glad we chose Aqua.
Enjoyed our meal. Service was great but slow.
WOW. Amazing dinner! This was my wife and my first visit to Aqua. The food was very well presented. Taste were over the top. The entire experience was surprising but good. Resa our server was very well prepared and made the evening great. Her attention to detail was fabulous. She made the night. The chefs did an amazing job preparing food that was very good, but also the flavors and mix of flavors were mesmerizing. Drinks were great as well. If you are looking for a fantastic meal that can compete against any restaurant in Charleston, stop in. We will dine again next time in town.
Absolutely one of the best restaurants in Beaufort, NC!!!
Great waitress and great food
Love Aqua! Food, drink and service is always excellent.
As innkeepers we always recommend guests visit Aqua as Restaurant Manager Ms Kim take exceptional care to ensure guest visits are most memorable. Executive Chef Jayson Foster creates fresh and flavorful dishes that always please. Bar and Waitstaff are professional and welcoming...and the porch seating is a delightful way to wind down after an active day. We ONLY recommend dining establishments that share our philosophy of "best guest practice" in everything they do! Thanks Aqua for taking such amazing care of our folks <3
I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. Outstanding food by an outstanding chef. Menu is always changing and is so delicious every time. Even if you dont think you like a specific ingredient because you've never liked it, trust chef Jayson Foster, because you'll like it here. The staff is amazing and caring. They remember us every time even though we go months not being able to come back because we live hours away. They're so welcoming. I've never had a disappointing experience here. I would eat anything this place put in front of me. Do yourself a favor and try this place, you'll never look back.
Excellent food, service, ambience. This is my favorite restaurant in Beaufort.
Never disappointed with Aqua experience! We celebrated our daughters birthday & had a wonderful evening. Service was exceptional!