Aqua Restaurant

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1382 reviews
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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.
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AF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere. Dishes were good, a little overpriced, but good!

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CL
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Constantly excellent food and atmosphere. Mama Aqua (Kim) was icing on the cake!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

First time at Aqua, parking was a bit of a challenge. Restaurant was decorated wonderfully for Valentine’s Day . Food , beverages and service was outstanding however we were seated at a counter height Duce in the bar area and there was a gentleman at the bar literally 3 feet from us using foul language for almost a full hour of our meal .

Would return but not without the assurance of a regular table in the main dining area .
We had reservations for well over two weeks prior to 2/14 and were not pleased that we were seated in the bar .

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, the Manager is the best!

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JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restraunt in Eastern North Carolina. A must to experience excellent food and service.

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PB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reunion of old friends. Reesa, our server, treated us as family and my friends could not stop talking about her as well as the delicious food. Aqua has been my favorite restaurant since I moved here 5 years ago and it never disappoints.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and service was excellent. Restaurant ran out of the trigger fish at 7:15. How do you run out of the special at 7:15 on a Saturday night?!? And then the waitress had to go see if there were any of the larger steaks left and our table got the last 2!

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AC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time At Aqua. Outstanding in every way. I will be back!

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EL
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday so needed it to be special and it was indeed! We felt like we were at a big party as the ambience just feels festive. Great music and lighting and the service could not have been better. Our entrees were beautiful and delicious and wine selection was excellent. And...the Bananas Foster was a perfect ending. A fun place to be...we will return for sure!

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j
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always good but this night the pork tenderloin was superb! Never any complaints from this patron

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EL
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

When we visit Beaufort we like dining at the Aqua. Food and atmosphere is great. Service too!

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IB
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beaufort NC has several restaurants that could be considered "fine dining" and offer good food and service, but Aqua is our favorite for all-around ambiance, service, and creative food.

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OT
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous triggerfish entree and delightful French wine tasting.

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W
Wilmington
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience with tapas and small plates. Never had a bad meal in over ten years going there.

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WT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jen provided us with outstanding service from "hello" to "good-bye." She was engaging, courteous, and very attentive to our needs. As usual, the food was excellent and delivered in a timely manner. The wine selection was comprehensive and satisfying as well. Overall, a very nice dinning experience at Aqua.

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OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful!

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JB
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant on the East coast hands down!!

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JE
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't miss the bi-weekly Wine A Rama on Tuesday nights!

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C
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I have always enjoyed our previous visits to Aqua, however it had been well over a year since out last visit. This was a slightly delayed 51st anniversary celebration, however it was not just the wait which made it quite exceptional.
The service was as warm and friendly as we had remembered, and the menu, although understandably changed, was equally as excellent. It was "Wine-O-Rama Night" and we enjoyed four wonderful wines with our meal. We both chose the Trigger Fish special, and although we both felt it slightly over-cooked to our liking, the flavor was magnificent. We also enjoyed a baby kale salad which was the perfect prelude to the main course.
When asked about desert, we didn't hesitate to chose the creme brule..... our favorite. But what we were surprised by was how absolutely HUGE it was. We left absolutely stuffed!
The evening was wonderful, and I'm quite certain we will not wait nearly as long for our next return to Aqua.

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f
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are excellent! It was our anniversary and the staff made our night very special.

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

why isn't "good food' on your list above? evening started quite buy got very lively by the time we finished.

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G
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic wine selections---best and largest in the area. The tomato tart and shrimp and grits were outstanding. My husband thought the same regarding his shrimp and ham pasta. We're fortunate to have Aqua in the area.

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DG
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food, excellent service, dining room was packed and loud when we went on a Friday night. Would go at a less busy time next time.

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JP
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Friday is wine lover's night 1/3 off a bottle. "scout's Honor" wine was sooooo good that we bought 2 bottles to take home.

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T
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had not been to Aqua for a few years... and boy am I glad to have 'rediscovered' it! Just a fabulous experience from the friendliest nicest greeting by Kim, our host for the evening, manager of the front of the house, and Aqua ambassador!
Lovely Holly was our server. Knowledgeable and passionate about the food and beverages she serves, she did not steer us wrong and took such good care of us!
Will definitely return. How can you 'beat' a $5.99 bartender's choice glass of wine? $5 martini night too!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and ambiance were excellent

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r
Greensboro
34 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience.

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S
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aqua's never disappoints. It is definitely always on our go to list. The chef is creative and atuned to local availability. The wine list is always changing and updating with quite a number of delicious choices the diner may not be familiar with. Don't hesitate to ask the staff for their advice. Aqua uses the Corvin system which allows tastes from unfamiliar bottles or individual glasses. Servers are very knowledgeable about what the kitchen is preparing and ready to offer excellent advice. My wife is gluten intolerant and never has a problem when ordering. They go the extra mile to be helpful and accomodating We really love this place.

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JW
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place to meet with friends!

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Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Consistently wonderful service and wonderful food!

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FR
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aqua is simply the best restaurant in Beaufort! Wonderful food, great service and friendly staff. Menu is always being updated with new items. Excellent bar and wine selection. Lots of local beer, but no drafts.

Seafood is always super fresh. Aqua is a treat to visit.

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r
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our all time favorite places for a date night. Whenever a weekend at the beach is planned, first thing to do is make reservations at aqua!! Kim and her team are the best!!

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KJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Aqua several times and it is always wonderful. The staff, food and ambiance is great. We would highly recommend Aqua. We will go back again next time we are in town.

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JE
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was attentive and the food was excellent! We enjoyed our experience!!

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OT
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve dinner celebration with friends

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OT
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, just wonderful.

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L
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come two to three times a year to Aqua and they never disappoint. Great food and great service every time! Look forward to our next visit already!

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SF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal and wonderful, competent staff. When they found out it was my birthday, they brought our choice of dessert, on the house. Very nice.

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AC
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The food is always really good, and the vibe is easy and laid back. This time I had the shrimp and grits small plate. I love shrimp and grits and I've had it at all sorts of nice places, but this is probably my fav version. It was crack good. Also, If you go on wine tasting night, take advantage of that. I've done that before and really enjoyed it.

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S
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A night out without a care in the world. Best choice is Aqua with great service, wonderful menu, delicious food and awesome wine selection. Consistent in every way. Favorite on the Crystal Coast!

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