Aqua Restaurant

4.8
1409 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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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here each time we are in Beaufort. There is never any disappointment. We enjoy the ability to experience new things and share everything. The food is superior in every way. If you go and they have it, try the stuffed pepper. It was amazing. A comprehensive wine list and overall a very great experience. The servers are great and also a lot of fun. Do make a reservation whenever you go, this is a popular place!

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T
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck bruschetta was delicious as was the gnocchi mac and cheese. The shrimp and grits were amazing. The crab cakes and seared tuna were great choices as well. Definitely recommend.

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CW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Laid back atmosphere (we sat outside in the porch) with very good food and drink selection. My wife had the daily special with scallops and I with tiger fish. We both enjoyed the flavors in our meals. The waitress was helpful in explaining the various menu items.
All go back the next time we are in Beaufort.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trigger fish was excellent

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AE
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great place. Smaller menu, but fabulous food and service. It’s pricey, so can’t go regularly, but definitley an anniversary or prom appropriate place for dinner.

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DE
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. Food was better than expected. And..the best of all..wine was 33% off that night!

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s
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite, go, to place for special occasions.

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J
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful night in Beaufort.

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NH
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our first visit. We’ve been meaning to try, but never seemed to work out. We will definitely be back! The food was outstanding. Small plate option was perfect so we could try a starter too.

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K
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aqua is always one of our favorites. Food is always excellent and creative with a good wine list and consistently fine service

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b
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love our outings at Aqua. Great good, great wine, great friends and ambiance.

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DF
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have recommended Aqua many times to friends, and will continue to do so. Our meal was outstanding as always!

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great dinner we went back for lunch the next day !

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AF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience I’ve had in a long time!

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S
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed everything about Aqua! Wine selection and entrees offer a unique experience!

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RD
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Food, wine, service, all good. Never disappoints.

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food has been excellent both of the times I have dined there. Love the quiet atmosphere so I could easily converse with my dining companions. Service was very good both times. However, during my last visit, it did take an exceptionally long time to get our check. We finally had to ask the hostess for it. We felt like our server must have been involved in calculating the tabs for a large party dining on the patio.

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CL
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was wonderful went on wine-o-rama night with friends. Great atmosphere, fabulous food! Highly recommended.

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AF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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c
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great old fashioned!!

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m
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great dining experience!! I recommend this restaurant to friends and they do my martini just right.

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VB
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were wonderful, as always. Wine was excellent. Small plates are just the right size to save room for dessert, which is a must.

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VD
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aqua has been a solid choice as a special occasion destination. The drinks, food and service leave us looking forward to our next visit.

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OT
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an awesome place. Everybody is so friendly and the service is outstanding!

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r
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aqua is absolutely one of our forever favorite restaurants for a date. Kim and the entire staff do friendship and dining together better than any restaurant we’ve ever been in

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Greensboro
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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CL
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MC
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines
Outdoor seating was romantic
Heaters made it warm
Everything great
Thanks!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, the Manager is the best!

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JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Low noise level. Excellent wait service. Good price. We will come back.

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PB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
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 9, 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 8, 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 8, 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 7, 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 5, 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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