Aqua Restaurant

4.8
1356 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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and ambiance were excellent

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r
Greensboro
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience.

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

As usual, just wonderful.

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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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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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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual! Our favorite restaurant of all time.

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SL
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There are a lot of good restaurants in The Beaufort/Morehead City area. For one to stand out it has to have a combination of great food, great service and great atmosphere. Aqua has all three covered. I’ve never had a bad meal there. It’s one of my favorites.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and food. The bartender is skilled too.

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RB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was good but nothing special. I liked the small plate idea.. pricey, but if you are not a big eater, one is enough. Service was TOO good.. felt like we were being rushed out. Plates were removed the second the last bite was taken

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SP
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were treated like royalty. First visit to restaurant, there will be many more. Service was outstanding. They were quite efficient, very warm and welcoming. They could not do enough for us to enjoy our special evening. Simply fabulous.

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TT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit was on a Tuesday wine tasting night. Everything was a positive experience that evening. Reesa was our server-fabulous! Food beyond delicious and the pacing of food and drink was perfect.

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GM
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting this restaurant. What a great find. Will certainly come back the next time I am in Beaufort.

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SS
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday at Aqua, and as expected, it was fantastic. The experience is always of the highest caliber. The inventive and exceptional food is certainly matched by a staff that goes out of its way to please. They make you feel special, and treat you in such a manner.

We have never been disappointed dining at Aqua, and this event met that expectation.

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l
Charleston
189 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we'll definitely be back. Great wine list, including extensive offerings by the glass and short pours (great way to try lots of unfamiliar wines), plus a creative menu that already has us planning another visit. Their twice-monthly Wine-O-Rama is also highly-recommended! And, Resa may just be Beaufort's best server!

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ML
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aqua is our choice for all anniversaries and birthdays. It is exciting enough for big events but also intimate enough for small romantic dinners. Always a great selection of food and drinks and the service is unbeatable.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and our waitress Resa was extra great and made our dinner special. 😀👍

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BD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Clean comfortable restaurant. Noise level about right. Like having small plates, had plenty of calories. A pleasant eatery. Would be good for special occasion. Good bar selections.

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P
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it !

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W
Wilmington
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful!’

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always reliable. Wine-O-Ramas on select Tuesdays worth the extra price.

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first experience at an upscale restaurant. Part of our groupg was disappointed with the portion size, however, I am sure they are similar to any restaurant of this class. Service was great! The host was outstanding in accommodation of our party of 6 when we arrived 30 minutes early for our reservation. Our server was friendly, engaging, and very professional. As someone with serving experience, I did not see any flaws in his service! We had a 5, 14, and 15 year old with us, and all had a wonderful experience!

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LS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable and our meal was delicious from start to finish. The wine list is extensive and on Friday bottles are discounted 33% which was a nice surprise. Our steaks were cooked to perfection and well seasoned. My husband is still talking about how good his steak dinner was. We’re both looking forward to our next visit.

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OT
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite spot to dine and run into friends. Always very satisfied with the offerings and exceptionally friendly, personal service.

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OT
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Drinks were very expensive

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b
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to gather with friends. Kim and Resa always take great care of us. Enjoyed being on the patio.

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JF
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The online reservations were convenient and the staff was super friendly and accommodating. Wine specials and tapas make the experience fun to share with friends.

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r
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant anywhere!! Kim, Charlie and all the stuff are tremendous

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NW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great evening at Aqua. From the wonderful first greeting at the door by Kim to the final glass of wine, this restaurant always hits all the right notes. As Beaufort heads towards winter, we look forward to more cozy evenings with our friends here. Thanks Team Aqua!

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W
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant in one of our favorite little towns. We will be back.

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K
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food! I love the small plates and tapas options on the menu. The restaurant has a very friendly atmosphere and every table was booked. Testament to its popularity! Highly recommend a visit.

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JE
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had previously had a reservation in which the only table available was situated in the bar area. At that time we were advised by the manager that we should request our preferred seating. We left and dined elsewhere that evening. We came back again and were seated promptly and in a suitable location. However, our most recent experience was not as good.
We had requested a booth away from the entrance and away from the kitchen. When we arrived at our reservation time, the only booth available was immediately by the entrance door. We went to the bar where we waited for approximately 30 minutes for another booth to become available. It was a Friday night, however, the person doing the seating obviously was not ready for our reservation at the appointed time.
Apart from this, however, our experience was good. The food and service were excellent!! Perhaps we need to be dining at Aqua on week nights only if we want to be seated promptly and in our desired location.

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