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Aqua Restaurant, Beaufort, NC

Aqua Restaurant

4.9
4.9
2702 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!


Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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

What 2,702 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Ambiance

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Value

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Innovative

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Neighborhood gem

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for fine wines

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Good for special occasions

2,702 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great restaurant! Friendly, professional and attentive staff, great menu and delicious food.

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  2. MaMo

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our 3rd timing dining here over several years when we visit the area. Food is always excellent. Portions are small for the price. Though in all fairness, the entrées we ordered were from the "small plates" menu - just pricey for the amount of food. But it was really delicious! Reservations recommended.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Innovative and delicious. Shared small plates including the Tuna Poke, Catch of the Day (Grouper) and our favorite, a mushroom small plate that was outstanding…and vegan to boot! Also had signature Old Fashioned and Purple Orchid cocktails that were also outstanding. Service was great, too.

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  4. JohannaA

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is so delicious and creative that I feel as if I am eating the creations from the chef competition shows on TV. Simply a joy to the palate.

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  5. McBuster

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding place for a date night, food and service were great!

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  6. SteveM

    Wilmington

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous! We wanted to go back the next day. Chef Jon was very helpful as well when we met on the street. Thank you for a fabulous dining experience.

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  7. SharonP

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were excellent! We continue to go to Aqua every six months for special occasions. We are never disappointed. We have referred many friends to this restaurant.

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  8. Robert

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tapas, small plates and noodle bowl were outstanding. The Bananas Foster was good but presented differently than I’ve ever had before. Ambiance and staff were outstanding.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is delicious and well-presentable to the eyes. Service is great as well.

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  10. jojof

    Raleigh

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've visited Aqua several times and I am never disappointed. The food and service are excellent.

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  11. phillymcr

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Wonderful food and terrific wait staff! We loved the artichoke hearts and noodle bowl. There was a very loud party in the restaurant that was having a great time. The only problem is that they were so loud no one in our party could hear each other. We know it wasn’t your fault.

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  12. PrefixPriceNuances

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is always a top-notch experience. Absolutely love this place and the staff are incredible.

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  13. Gerard

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my third time dining here. First of all, this is a hidden gem. The menu is small, but every dish is amazing. The service is attentive but not overbearing. The wine list is well thought out, and it is so refreshing to see a restaurant with the quality of food they offer match it with a great wine list. And the restaurant itself (although small), has a really awesome decor. I HIGHLY recommend Aqua if you are visiting Beaufort.

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  14. MarkG

    Wilmington

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappoints! Fresh grouper small plate was delicious.

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  15. MeredithM

    Wilmington

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience at Aqua on Tuesday was stellar, as is typical of Aqua. We had the red pepper hummus starter, then my husband had the noodle bowl as his entree and I had the petite beef filet. Everything was just as tasty and perfectly prepared as in our previous experiences at Aqua. The service was prompt and attentive, with the host even stepping in to give us wine selection advice that we requested. The restaurant was very busy, with Wine-O-Rama going on that night in addition to regular service; still, the servers were very present.

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  16. Rosie

    Wilmington

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am a regular. The menu is always creative. Even staples are changed to have new and unique flavors. Never disappointed.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’re regulars and this restaurant is always outstanding in every way.

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  18. AndreaH

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional!! Elegant farm to table at its best. Best in town.

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  19. Drew58

    New York City

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants in Beaufort. The food is always superb, the drinks are always fabulous and the service is always great! Quentin always greets us with smile and makes sure everything is running smoothly! We will always be back for more :)

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We met friends who had just sailed in from the Bahamas - what a fitting restaurant for a celebration dinner! Food and service were superb!

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  21. PeggieF

    Orange County

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisite food and warm & friendly staff! Do Not miss this lovely place!

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  22. SarahJ

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They went above and beyond to help me celebrate my birthday. When we arrived a birthday card signed by the whole staff was at the table, I received a complimentary drink, appetizer, and dessert. Sarah was a terrific waitress and they provided a great experience for all of our group. They brought my niece coloring sheets and a box of 64 crayons to enjoy while we ordered. Lovely experience and amazing food! Would recommend to anyone!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place, excellent fresh fish, and other food, great service, and a very nice screened in porch facing the street.  This restaurant is located a block off the waterfront, which I think maybe makes it a little bit better for food and service!

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  24. Toddh

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aqua was an outstanding dinner experience! From the wine, to the tapas, to the small and large plates, it was a fantastic treat. We put this on our top 5 meals ever!

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  25. Lynn

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the crabcake w/ mushroom small plate. The udon buckwheat noodles with tuna, shrimp, scallops and veggies had the perfect blend of sweet coconut milk and Thai spices for a lil kick. So delicious!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great! The appetizer’s were excellent, the wine recommendation was on point and the service was friendly and fun.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s been six months since I’ve been there and it was spectacular. Great food, great service and an overall memorable evening.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and bartender was amazing would eat here anytime

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  29. BMcG

    Wilmington

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We consistently experience great food and service with each visit.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great drinks. The house special lamb shank with risotto was delicious. The filet was cooked perfectly and so was the crab cake. Only issue - too much sauce - takes away from the vegetables and the meat. Service was very good. Staff professional and friendly. Really like dining here.

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  31. GaryS

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an incredible experience! From the moment you walk in you feel welcomed and comfortable. The service was prompt, friendly and efficient. My wife ordered a glass of white wine, which was very good. I ordered a Vespa, which turned out to be the best one I have ever had, anywhere. The food was incredible, from the tapas plate clams to the small dish filet (for my wife) and the duck leg for myself. Everything was a work of art to see and to taste. Without doubt, one of the finest dining experiences we have ever had. Thank you Aqua.

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  32. FranM

    Key West

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    short staffed made service slow. All staff pitched in to assist the 2 wait staff. Busy Wednesday night.

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  33. RolandLovesFood

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time here, fantastic meal, great cocktails . Service wonderful. Wish we lived closer..always stop on our way through this area.

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  34. MotoBob

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seating promptly at our reservation time and the server was with us shortly after we were seated. The service and food were excellent. We'll plan on returning in the future

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  35. stephanieR

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our meal was delicious. We were pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness of the meal and the creativity put into it. The miso fennel vinaigrette on the winter baby kale salad was outstanding. It really complimented the vegetables . My husband enjoyed his shrimp miso noodle bowl and my shrimp and grits Provençal was excellent. Our waiter was knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. We will be back for another special occasion.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Aqua and will keep coming back! Great gluten-free options!

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  37. StephenR

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding meal and service. Our table was back by the kitchen and directly beneath an AC vent, which made one side of the table cold throughout the meal.

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  38. JeffW

    Wilmington

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner at Aqua is always on point! The food and service are always fabulous. It’s our go to place for special occasions.

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  39. SarahW

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food, great ambiance. We were really wowed by the coconut chili noodle bowl. Amazingly delicious broth!

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  40. BrianD

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic and the service was timely and above average…would highly recommend

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FAQs

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

Aqua Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 2702 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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