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Aqua Restaurant

4.8
4.8
2417 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
**Only in Beaufort, NC** Executive Chef Jon McGregor’s 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 the freshest local seafood and premier meats, as well as local produce. Aqua prides itself on offering fresh, local products and supporting our local fisherman and farmers.

Enjoy our upscale bar offerings, including specialty cocktails and expansive wine list.

Enjoy your experience in our Dining Room or on our comfortable, breezy screened-in porch. Please take care to select the dining area of your choice when making reservations.

We can’t wait to serve you soon. Cheers for now!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (252) 728-7777

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jon McGregor

  • Catering

    Limited off site catering is available.

  • Private party facilities

    Private party / Banquet facilities available overlooking Taylor's Creek and the Beautiful Beaufort waterfront from the 3rd floor private dining room located in our sister restaurant Clawson's 1905 Restaurant & Pub. Seats up to 69

  • Private party contact

    Kim Kromka: (252) 728-7777

  • Neighborhood

    Beaufort / Morehead City

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,417 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Value

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for fine wines

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Contemporary American

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  1. K

    Kristen

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our entire experience was awesome! The shrimp and grits and tenderloin were all phenomenal! Our server was so friendly and did an awesome job
  2. NJ

    NorwoodJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there but won't be the last time. Very good food and drinks
  3. CD

    CDMF

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food and waitress were very good. Most portions seemed to be adequate but I had the crabcake which seemed small. It was served with a small salad but no starch. Looking forward to returning however.
  4. M

    Mike

    Raleigh

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were both outstanding. Our waiter, Jonathan, did a great job informing us of the menu, giving us some ordering pointers, and serving us in an efficient, non-intrusive manner. Our dinner overall was very good. This was our first visit to Aqua and we hope not our last.
  5. GC

    GailC

    Wilmington

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We’ve been to Aqua quite a few times; it’s our “go to”’for special occasions. Unfortunately this time was not the best. The host and server were excellent as always, but the food choices a little too “eclectic” for our taste and not a whole lot of items jumped out at me on the menu. Caesar salad was not an authentic one, with kale, tomatoes, olives and hard boiled egg. Sometimes too much is unnecessary. The main course was ok, which the highlight was the duck itself. Again, kale was added as a veggie instead of the spinach. Too much sweetness added to already sweet, puréed potatoes. We were compensated for this by one dessert, not even 2. All I can think is maybe a new chef? Definitely not a place we’ll be returning to.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service. We will be back soon.
  7. DM

    DanM

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service2ambience4
    This is a very good restaurant. The food and service is always good. The winorama events are always a good deal.
  8. BM

    BMcG

    Wilmington

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience. Food never disappoints.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our dinner at Aqua! Beautifully decorated, never felt crowded. Our server, Jonathan, took great care of us—all the staff worked as a team for a pleasurable experience! Small plate perfect for one—delicious food! Hidden gem here in Beaufort!
  10. t

    tmc1

    Western NC

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Nice dinner. The food was on point!! Every dish we had we loved!
  11. F

    Finney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food I think I’ve ever ate! Had the local catch which was snapper and it was awesome then had the sampler desserts and they were delicious! We were a party of 4 and everyone raved about everything!! Best restaurant ever!! You will not be disappointed!!
  12. EP

    EricP

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of our favorites for date night. Highly recommend anything on the menu.
  13. AD

    AD05

    Charlotte

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we’ve had in some time.
  14. DT

    DavidT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It had been years since our last visit and the service, food and staff were excellent. Will definitely return.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, everything was great. Good, service, ambience. Just my favorite restaurant in coastal NC.
  16. JM

    JillM

    Charlotte

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had reservations for New Years Eve and everything was outstanding. We had a party of seven and the the staff greeted us warmly, and we felt very taken care of the entire night. The food had layers of flavor, and they were all very well thought-out. Several people in my group had the artichoke appetizers and they were very happy with them. Several people in my group were vegetarian’s and one has a gluten-free diet and it was wonderful to have several options on the menu for their specific taste, and needs. Several people had the petite fillet which was cooked to perfection, and even though it is a small plate, it was the exact right amount of food. Other people in my group had the shrimp and grits, as well as the. spaghetti, squash and butternut squash plate, and everyone was very satisfied and happy. It is good to know ahead of time that several of their desserts are truly made to be shared among couples or friends. The crème brûlée is very large, and the bananas Foster is one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. The chocolate, mousse dessert was the only one that I could identify that would be for a single person. If you can swing it though, and you have a couple of people that like to share desserts the sampler is truly the way to go! Aqua is an outstanding restaurant!! We had a wonderful experience, and the next time we are in the area we will definitely be back!
  17. S

    Scooter

    Wilmington

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Of course the food was absolutely delicious! We all enjoyed what we had. But one of the most enjoyments and satisfaction was from our server, PJ! He is absolutely wonderful, helpful - explains things so well - kind, with a great personality! Hoping we can request him on our next visits!
  18. f

    fiona

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was very good waitress attentivebut not overlyso. What we had food wise was great loved the fried artichoke hearts. Nice wine selection
  19. CA

    CaroleA

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we love Aqua and had 2guests with us from New Jersey who also loved everything about it. Keep doing exactly what you’re doing now it’s working.
  20. b

    ballen

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything reminded us why Aqua is one of our favorite restaurants! We sat at the bar. The bartender was engaging and prompt but not overly in our faces. The ambience is eclectic and happy and even though it was full, I had no trouble hearing my husband. His seared tuna was incredible, swordfish was amazing, and the pear and brie salad was delicious. As always, the dessert choices demand that you try at least one and the Bananas Foster did not disappoint! Prepared tableside, it was a caramel dream! Aqua needs to be on everyone's short list of places to eat in the Morehead City/Beaufort area!!
  21. BC

    BradfordC

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good - love date night there. The food was amazing
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Staff was nice. Eclectic ambiance
  23. MR

    MarkR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, well prepared, tasteful, and pleasing to the eye.
  24. AR

    AprilR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff. Delicious food. Our favorite restaurant in BFT!!
  25. M

    Margiegirl

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meals. My small plate crab cake was delicious and very satisfying. My husband’s red drum fish was outstanding. I highly recommend Aqua. All waitstaff were friendly and accommodating. PJ was our waiter and he was excellent.
  26. I

    Innonturner

    Wilmington

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious, Always delightful! Thanks for taking such amazing care of our lodging guests. :)
  27. LA

    LerzanA

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a very charming small but exquisite restaurant in the heart of downtown Beaufort. Food is delicious and their presentation is beautiful. Personnel is courteous. Definitely worth trying!
  28. RC

    RalphC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service & atmosphere. Filet & duck were excellent. Bananas Foster great.
  29. AQ

    AQuick1976

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Neat, eclectic spot on Middle Street in Beaufort and was a rather middle of the road experience. (I admittedly have high expectations having worked in fine dining - both front and back of the house). Everything was good, just not really anything special - no real "wow" factor. Aqua certainly has potential to take it up a notch and hopefully they do! Would certainly dine again but would not necessarily be my first choice while in town.
  30. BB

    BethB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fabulous as always! Aqua is our go to place when we have out of town guests- or any other reason!
  31. SP

    SharonP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michelle is an excellent waitress. The food was hot, delicious and creative.
  32. D

    Deanna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Upon entering we were warmly greeted and our table was set and waiting for us. Never did our glasses go empty and the suggestions from our waiter were spot on. Food was fabulous and the chocolate gingerbread mousse out of this world! Highly recommend!! Very well run establishment with great food and even better people.
  33. MI

    MIKES

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The ambience and the service, as well as the taste of the food were are all great however, the serving portion size was quite small.
  34. WF

    WilliamF

    Wilmington

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Food was OK. Service was not. Very slow for the 2nd time in a row. Friday night wine special limited to a half dozen "reds" I did not recognize. No "whites". First time I have ever seen a $5 charge on my bill for using a credit card. AQUA is in decline. They are either hustling to close a financial crisis, or they are incredibly arrogant.
  35. DM

    DebbieM

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is phenomenal. We loved the fact that you could order small plates, as we are not big eaters.The service was also exceptional. Friendly guy, always checking on us. Will definitely return
  36. SS

    StephenS

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food exceptional. Service seriously good. General ambiance very comfortable. Party of four next to us loud. Return is assured!
  37. KR

    KristinR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best service from PJ and Jonathan. They provided recommendations which were spot on! Every person in our party of 7 loved their meal! Favs were the petite filet, shrimp and grits, crab cake and the pear and Brie salad. Yummmm!!
  38. LR

    LoriR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a nice meal on the patio after the flotilla. Overhead heaters on the patio are available, but weren’t needed due to the mild weather that evening. Cocktails were amazing and the fish special was fantastic.
  39. f

    foodlady

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Duck wings with 5 spice and soy outstanding.! As was red drum dish and trio of desserts. Blackberry martini hit the spot. Outstanding place and great server- Jonathan!
  40. KM

    KenM

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice little place. Great decor and staff were awesome, as was the food. we definitely hope to make it back!

Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

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

Aqua Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 2417 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Aqua Restaurant

114 Middle Lane, Beaufort, NC 28516

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Beaufort / Morehead City

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jon McGregor

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (252) 728-7777

  • Catering

    Limited off site catering is available.

  • Private party facilities

    Private party / Banquet facilities available overlooking Taylor's Creek and the Beautiful Beaufort waterfront from the 3rd floor private dining room located in our sister restaurant Clawson's 1905 Restaurant & Pub. Seats up to 69

  • Private party contact

    Kim Kromka: (252) 728-7777

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