Aqua Restaurant

4.8
2077 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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.

Safety precautions

Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 2077 people are saying
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Ellen
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday and it could not have been a better place to have a special dinner. From the drinks to the food it was outstanding and I cannot wait to return.

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KentB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new chef has really stepped up the menu. We were all very happy - the good not only looked great, but was packed full of flavor. Wine list was well rounded. And as always, staff was top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good George is an excellent person to help us order, he is a superior “waiter” intelligent, attentive and hardworking.
The chef knows how to cook and present the offerings on a plate.

Only room for improvement is parking. Maybe give directions to possible parking spots. I parked in a lot that was enclosed in a white picket fence, maybe a Methodist church lot.

It is a pleasure to have your staff not wearing masks. All reputable major studies show that they do not help, unless someone sneezes or breathes directly on someone. And the virus is so small it goes directly through even the N95 masks.

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KellyS
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute decision to go out and Aqua never disappoints! Great service, good food and perfect ambiance!

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vipLoriT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!
Our girl’s night out was wonderful thanks to the staff at Aqua. The food was delicious- we were excited to see the choices on the menuTim, our server, recommended a fabulous bottle of Chardonnay that we enjoyed and the atmosphere is always pleasant.

MK
vipMichaelK
Wilmington
125 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and wine outstanding; Jonathan a great waiter.

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KatherineT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely wonderful host and manager, great waitress and the food was outstanding!! Quite a lovely evening! Thanks to Aqua for being the local restaurant we love!

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NicoletteD
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and amazing fast service on a busy night!
Both Quentin and Jonathan treated us well!
We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and the staff was excellent !!

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BMcG
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy dinner on the porch.

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Lauren
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was spectacular. Everyone is so friendly. It is pricy but for special occasions or a fine dining experience, this is the place to go in Beaufort.

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Susan
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Scallops were too salty otherwise great

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vipElizabethM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with a baby sitting on heated front porch. Delicious and interesting food. Excellent service!!

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vipHelen
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, it never disappoints. Great food and great staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Shortribs were exceptionality good. The bananas foster is a must try dessert!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Seated in the screened porch, beautiful evening. However the bar next door was upwind of us and we couldn’t avoid their smoke. Also, our server wore a strong perfume. Would have preferred to enjoy the aroma of the well prepared meal.

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TomD
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was DELISHCIOUS! My taste buds were in heaven! Had the sea bass.
The rum punch was outstanding! Music played, in the background with soft lighting creating a calm spa like atmosphere. The wait staff was friendly and made sure you were enjoying your meal, you will never have an empty glass. Definitely will be going back! Thank you for an outstanding experience!

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ErnieN
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food. Not inexpensive, but worth it. Highly recommend.

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Cindy
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WineOrama is not to be missed. A nice variety of wines paired with a variety of tapas and small plates. Very high quality food and service. A fun night out.

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BMcG
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience.

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AliciaR
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding, only reason I did not give a 5 star rating is that the staff did not wear masks. The seafood was the freshest and most expertly prepared I have had an a long time. Drinks were great and desserts wonderful. Nice decor too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Food was perfect and our server PJ was awesome. Highly recommend

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vipCangeles
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

It must have been a bad day in the kitchen. The Caesar salad dressing was good but not enough of it; the crab cake was not seasoned enough and the accompaniment was tasteless. Our waiter was great, though. We will try again another day.

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KatherineL
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is wonderful. It’s one of the best restaurants in the state! The service was top notch also.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent creative cuisine. The little shrimp & grits tapas/appetizer melted in the mouth. The red drum fish special with butternut squash, spinach, mushrooms, quinoa and who knows what else was sublime. Many of the entrees are tapas or small plate sized, perfect for sharing. The desserts: biggest creme brulee I've ever seen, in surface area, served in a casserole (but marvelously thin). Bananas foster, too, flaming! Service was friendly and prompt. We sat on the porch outside on a warm fall evening. Not the cheapest meal, but we'll certainly return next time we are in Beaufort.

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vipRaleighGirl
Wilmington
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new chef, John, is spectacular! We eat here often and tonight the portion sizes were worth the price. Food was delicious and Jonathan was a joy to have as our waiter.

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JohnR
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were out of this world! PJ and Jennifer took excellent care of us. Everything was great but the duck wings were truly exceptional! The ceme brûlée and bananas Foster were a magnificent way to end the evening! So good in fact, we came back the next night and did wings & deserts to finish our stay in town! Special thanks to Quentin for all he did to take care of us! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!

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KimberlyE
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience all around! The food was a foodies dream come true, wonderful wine list, waiter was perfection, make the trip and savor every moment from the moment you walk through the door.

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Visitors22
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

We were first seating. Appetizers came out immediately. Tasted like they had been reheated or had been sitting. Entre was cold for tuna small plate. Crab cake cold but sides hot. Elected not to do dessert. Heavy push on wine sale.
Overall nice place, nice people but food was disappointing for the reviews received.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic. Loved how the employees worked as a team. Overall one of the best dining experiences we have had since before the pandemic.

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PeterK
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food, though small in portion, was delicious, the sauces were flavorful and the presentation outstanding. Our waiter, PJ, was delightful and caring and the overall vibe of the restaurant was one of people really enjoying themselves. We opted for the WineOrama and particularly enjoyed the Predator Six Spot Blend. Would definitely recommend and return.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, creative food. Loved the whole meal!

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KellyB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 4th time to Aqua and it was spectacular, as always. This is one of the most consistent places I have been to and the service is VERY attentive. The Wine O Rama event is a special treat and very reasonably priced. The fillet is outstanding every time I have had it.

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MarkL
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience from the moment we walked in the front door. Everyone from the host to bartender to all the servers chipped in to help ensure we were taken care of. Outstanding menu and delicious food. Can’t wait to come back next time we visit the area. A+

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SimoneP
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding and the food amazing. Can't wait to go back.

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Steve
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was good food as normal, we hadn't been in acouple months. We were hoping the tapas menu had been extended back to what it was "precovid". The waitress was awesome for being so understaffed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef and the menu you excellent. Everything done to perfection.

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KirkR
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The service was poor the night we went. Luckily we were in no rush. The food was very good, but the poor service overshadowed what would have been a more positive experience.

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CarolineT
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth the price. Outstanding service from the entire staff. The food was the best of the vacation. Cannot wait to return.

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heathers
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was fabulous as was the service!
We all had different entrees and were delicious.
Thank you❤️

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 2077 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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