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Aqua Restaurant

4.9
4.9
2332 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 23 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 2,332 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. DJ

    DavidJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the menu choices were appealing. The ambient as always is wonderful. DSJ
  2. JM

    JimM

    Greensboro

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the service was excellent.
  3. MP

    MichaelP

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant on the crystal coast! Food and service were flawless!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service. Great gluten free options
  5. L

    Larry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Loved the restaurant and the food was very good. The only issue we had was our server. She could have been a little more attentive. We had to stop her to get more wine.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved Aqua, and our server PJ was the best!
  7. ML

    MaryL

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We timed our visit to Beaufort specifically for Wine Tasting Tuesday (every other Tuesday, the schedule is on their website). The four wine pours are served at your table during your dinner; it's not a separate event. The distributor's rep stops by after each one to talk about what you've just tasted. Hannah is charming!
  8. BC

    BeckyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! I ate dinner here every night I was in town.
  9. d

    dcparkerjr

    Wilmington

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    PJ did a good job and cut up with us some. We enjoyed that! Food was awesome as always. Kitchen staff are the true unsung Hero's at Aqua.
  10. CL

    ChristineL

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best upscale restaurant in Beaufort. Chef is top notch - very creative! Will return!
  11. IM

    IMF22

    Wilmington

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, it exceeded our expectations.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding.
  13. E

    Echototo

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The grouper, lamb chops, duck wings and Caesar salad were all delicious! The ambiance and service is great!
  14. KR

    KRSpin

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was fabulous. The fried artichokes were to die for and totally unique!
  15. KT

    KristyT

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, ambience and server were amazing. Super friendly staff from the moment we walked in until we left
  16. G

    Greyson

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love to dine at Aqua. Definitely one of our top favourites, whether its a girls night out, a special event or simply in the mood for delicious food and wine.
  17. s

    suzie

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food; great service. Will definitely visit again when in the Beaufort area.
  18. H

    Henry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding restaurant. Terrific, well thought out food. High level of service and attentiveness, in spite of a packed room.
  19. k

    kathyb

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious the server was absolutely delightful
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Duck confit was probably the best meal ever at Aqua. Chef did a magnificent job.
  21. KS

    KarenS

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  22. H

    Helen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Six of us did Winorama and dinner. The service was wonderful, friendly and enjoyable. The food was delicious!!! We will be back!!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience! The service is great! PJ made sure the evening was fun and relaxed. Very pleasant, and thoughtful to detail that makes a good experience great (For example, my water glass never less than half full-and I drink a lot of water) Food was outstanding!
  24. BB

    BettinaB

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place! Always great! They have lovely wine and great appetizers. They also offer small plates as well as full entrees, so it’s great to have a choice. I love the duck wings as a starter, and then usually a small plate for me. That leaves me pleasantly full without being stuffed. Go and enjoy.
  25. PA

    PageA

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food!!!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did not have a reservation, but were welcomed graciously by the maitre d, who accommodated us with a bistro table. From this vantage point we were able to see how flawlessly the whole staff worked together. The vibe is upscale, but fun and colorful, not at all stuffy. Duck confit feature and grouper were delicious!
  27. BG

    BeachGoer

    Greensboro

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Creme Brulee is indeed HUGE! The food was good too. The Duck Confit should definitely be a regular item on the menu. Service was wonderful - from the host to the servers. The verandah was noisy being right next to a bar with live music, but indoors was pleasant so we could have a nice conversation and enjoy the food with the raucousness.
  28. DP

    DarP

    Wilmington

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aqua is my favorite restaurant. The food is absolutely amazing. It was my Birthday and they gave me a big crème brûlée that was plenty for 4 of us. We all gave the food and service a 10!
  29. BC

    BrianC

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michelle was outstanding in delivering exceptional service. Food was thoughtful, deluscious and seasoned well. We always make Aqua stop when in town.
  30. RG

    RyanG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    Server was amazing, host catered way too much to the "locals " who I guess were more important. Bourbon drinks were horribly made. Food was phenomenal, waitress made up for poor host, seriously Boulevardier was the worst drink I've ever had in my life or the bartender has no idea what they're doing. Highly recommend the sear local tuna and duck wings. Don't recommend any if the bourbon drinks, both horribly made.
  31. IL

    ILM60

    Wilmington

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff and management are superb. The noodle bowl with the four seafoods in it is so tasty. Can’t wait to return again.
  32. TB

    TriciaB

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aqua has always been a favorite. The food is spectacular and the wine selection is always the best.
  33. SB

    SusanB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Aqua and come back to eat every time we visit Beaufort. The service is friendly, the food excellent and the ambiance relaxed and easygoing.
  34. RD

    RickD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, great fast service, good desserts, I will be back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, service and ambiance! JP, our server, was excellent!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere and food. Our petite filet and Banana Foster was the highlight!
  37. KF

    KristieF

    Wilmington

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Its always a pleasure dining at Aqua. The flavors in every course have been carefully thought through and delicious. This is our favorite place to eat in town. We can always count on fabulous, consistent food, great ambiance and good service. We leave satisfied, not stuffed!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone, from the host , to the servers, to the bartender were so friendly and accommodating. The food was spectacular!
  39. LL

    LydiaL

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all enjoyed our food immensely. The service was excellent & we liked sitting on the covered porch, even though it was raining.
  40. S

    Sailorb

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an excellent dinner and Aqua and service was excellent. Shared two appetizers, tuna and artichoke hearts, garden salad and crab cake followed by a delicious chocolate torte. Overall was very pleased with the evening.

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 2332 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 23 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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