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Aqua Restaurant

4.9
4.9
2381 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 10 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 2,381 people are saying

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Overall

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Food

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Service

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Value

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Healthy

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for fine wines

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Romantic

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Contemporary American

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  1. KR

    KristinR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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!!
  2. LR

    LoriR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  3. f

    foodlady

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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!
  4. KM

    KenM

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an absolutely wonderful time last night celebrating my birthday at Aqua! The staff and food were absolutely wonderful! We cannot wait to visit again!
  6. SS

    SusanS

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, wonderful service. One of our favorite restaurants!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated at our reservation time. Service and food were impeccable. Always a treat.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Day after Thanksgiving with out of town guests.
  9. DS

    DonaldS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Try to get there often for Friday night 30% off bottles. And Wine-O-Rama on alternate Tuesday nights provides great tasting and new wine experiences. We will be back!
  10. H

    Herb

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our favorite place to go when we are in Beaufort, NC.
  11. SM

    SandiM

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food!! Excellent service. Definitely would come back here again.
  12. B

    Beck

    Anchorage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michelle our waitress was wonderful, efficient + lovely. The flash fried artichokes, salad + grouper were delicious. So fresh + tasty. My husband enjoyed a caprese salad + the best shrimp + grits ever. Bananas Foster was a nice sweet touch. We look forward to going back.
  13. KS

    KirstenS

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We always visit Aqua when we are in town, in fact we chose it over other options because it always consistently is a great experience. This time, not so much. We ordered some specialty cocktails and they both came out tasting like they forgot to add any spirits , and the martini glasses were only 2/3-1/2 full. When we mentioned that to the server, he said “maybe one drink had more ingredients”, but made no effort to correct. We ended up sending one of the drinks back. Nonetheless, our usual tapas were just mediocre and we left underwhelmed.
  14. PA

    PageA

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!
  15. BM

    BMcG

    Wilmington

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinning experience. A must stop every time we're in the area.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  17. PT

    PatriciaT

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable food and service!!! Cannot wait to go back.
  18. R

    Rosie

    Wilmington

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always creative, delicious and interesting. This is a hot spot so be sure to make a reservation.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love to eat at the bar, food is always amazing! Especially the fresh catch!
  20. EP

    EricP

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our annual Anniversary local dining spot of choice.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just an outstanding experience from start to finish!
  22. C

    Cangeles

    Washington DC

    98 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    It took about an hour for our food to be served. The lighting was too dim to see the menu so we asked for more lighting. The food was good and our waitress did her best.
  23. M

    Mellie

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. There were 5 of us ladies and we loved everything. We had small plates of a crab cake, shrimp and grits, tuna and petite filet and they were all wonderful. Beautifully presented and perfectly prepared. We also had an appetizer of fried pimento cheese and our desserts were creme brulee (a very large portion!) and bananas foster prepared at the table served over a rich vanilla cake and lots of beautiful caramel sauce. It was truly a memorable meal and I would highly recommend this restaurant for future visits. Chef Jon came to our table and talked to us and our server, Susan, I believe, was an outstanding waitress and very helpful to one of our friends who eats gluten free. Can't wait to come back.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner! Food is consistently great and the service is as well, professional and friendly.
  25. JM

    JudithM

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner ! Jonathan is an awesome server . Food was delicious and we love Aqua !!
  26. PM

    PatrickM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant that we found by the sign out on the main street was just lovely we review the menu in the little window out front and decided to make it a try we went back to a boat and I made a reservation for 530 we arrive there shortly before they opened and had to wait a few minutes once inside we were seated and greeted by our white staff who is PJ the alcohol drinks for a wonderful the hors d’oeuvres and salad wonderful the entrées wonderful in the desert was fabulous so I will give it a five star thank you
  27. R

    Randy

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A very pleasant evening with delicious food and great drinks. Once our server caught up and attended to us, our service was excellent!
  28. TA

    TAHbft

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Our reservations were for outdoor dining on the porch. The weather was perfect. However, the music was too loud for conversation. We asked that it be turned down and it was a tiny bit…but still too loud. It would have been much more enjoyable with no music, just the outdoor ambiance. It was a Wineorama night which we have attended many times before. In the past the wine rep would come to the table and talk about each wine as they were poured. Now the waitstaff brings out glasses already poured. You never see the bottle. The rep talked about the winery, how much it sold for when changing hands, but he did not provide information about the specific wines we were tasting. The food was ok. The coffee after our meal was served tepid. The wait staff was pleasant and accommodating.They were nice enough to brew another pot which was delicious, but why would you serve lukewarm coffee in the first place? All in all, we were disappointed with the evening and will look for a quieter friendlier place to gather next.
  29. LP

    LarryP

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service staff was excellent and friendly. The food was also excellent, especially the grouper. Get the dessert sampler - you can’t decide which to get, so why not all!?
  30. SE

    SueE

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the grouper special but found the sauce to have a spicy too hot flavor that we were not expecting. We would have made a different choice had we known! Luckily we were able to scrape most of it off our fish. However we really enjoyed the Zinfindel and bananas foster dessert. Wish the tomato pie could be added back to the menu.
  31. JH

    JeffH

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food and service
  32. BW

    BetsyW

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best shrimp and grits I have ever had! Our friends loved the duck wings appetizer and the fried pimento cheese. We had the dessert sampler, and it was excellent. Highly recommend!
  33. FR

    FrankR

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  34. BM

    BMcG

    Wilmington

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined on the porch. The Fall weather was as perfect as our meal.
  35. L

    Lulu

    E. Tennessee

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dined at Aqua before and as remembered it is an exceptional dining experience! The small plate menu gave us plenty to choose from and the wine menu was very good as well. 5 star dining experience.
  36. BB

    BethB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our grouper dinner was not only delicious but the visual presentation was amazingly beautiful!! The pumpkin mouse with chocolate glaze was also exceptional. Aqua never disappoints!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner! The service was relaxed and friendly and the food was some of the best we have had in the area. We appreciated the large selection of organic wines. Will return!
  38. L

    Lynnie

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The host and our server were excellent and so considerate. We were seated outside on their screened jn porch. With the heaters on it was cozy warm and much quieter than inside the restaurant. Just what we wanted. The food was delicious. Everything we ordered was great. Catch if the day portion was kind of small bit the absolutely awesome vegetables served with it were such a one aaa T surprise. The butternut squash purée tasted like all the yummy Thanksgiving spices. Really made the difference. Rather pricey so we will have to save this for special occasions.
  39. CS

    ChrisS

    Montana

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great location, and fantastic and speedy customer service. Would highly recommend and we will be back!
  40. BS

    BillS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Our dinners were served cold. We mentioned this to our server and she essentially shrugged it off. We did not appreciate her attitude.

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 4.9 stars by 2381 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 10 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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