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About Aqua Restaurant

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.

114 Middle Lane
Beaufort, NC 28516
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm - 900pm Friday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(252) 728-7777

Website:
http://www.aquaexperience.com/

Catering:
Limited off site catering is available.

Executive Chef:
Jayson Foster

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Aqua Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (47)
Tapas (44)
Creative Cuisine (42)
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Special Occasion (41)
Local Ingredients (39)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Notable Wine List (37)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Fun (26)
Romantic (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Casual (22)
Tasting Menu (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Worth the Drive (19)
Cozy (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Authentic (14)
Bar Seating (14)
Healthy (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Seasonal (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Great Beer (6)
Kid-friendly (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Organic (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Spicy (4)
Business Meals (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Waterfront (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Wilmington)·Dined 14 hours ago

Wine-o-Rama interesting - bought two bottles. Entrees were not salted😞. Sides were too salty.

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 (Western NC)·Dined 4 days ago

Aqua is our go to restaurant for all occasions. We know everyone there most of the time and the staff is like family. Aqua is one of our two best restaurants of Beaufort. I can't say enough great things about Aqua!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Scenic View, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Fun, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Groups, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Seasonal, Healthy, Business Meals
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 (Savannah)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent evening at Aqua as always. Service, food, atmosphere perfect. Always love the catch of the day. Staff very attentive. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great dining experience.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The seafood and corn chowder was just excellent, an essence of seafood taste. Shrimp and grits tappas was very good as was the rack of lamb. My grouper was okay; should have tried the redfish. Friday was 33% off bottles of wine, a good inducement. The restaurant has an experienced staff and is consistently good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The special was amazing! The rare ahi tuna was perfect. The cocktails were also very good.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We absolutely love Aqua! We ate here for our 20th anniversary and they made a big deal out of it, congratulating us, taking pictures, etc... Our server (Taylor) was very knowledgeable and personable. We had corn and crab chowder (delicious!) and goat cheese wontons (tasty) and then shared 3 small plates...all of them were excellent...seared tuna, crab cakes and fried oysters. Aqua is a terrific choice for any occasion and an outstanding choice for a special occasion. They really are serious about treating you well! (Oh, and their martinis are soooo good!)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Best restaurant in the Morehead City/Beaufort area. The hostess Kim gets to know you quickly. Food is better than any other restaurant (and there are many very good ones) in the area. Consistent quality. Good menu selections. Excellent wine list and hand-crafted martinis. Comfortable seating. All of that said, it's all about the food. The rest makes it an exceptional experience. Wine-O-Rama every other Tuesday night pairs great wine producers with their menu. Sample 4 wines with or without dinner. Great price and very well executed. The Aqua restaurant operates like a team of professionals - everyone helps make the experience the best in dining in the area. We now go there regularly.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Healthy, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Perfect..as usual! We attended the evening of winearama, and enjoyed exquisite wines, and paired foods.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food and service are great.
Best restaurant in Beaufort.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Normally my favorite restaurant, but our preferred waitress was out, the “local catch”, grouper, was no longer available even though it was before 7 pm, and the other “local catch” (trigger fish) was just fair. So, not a pleasant visit for us this time. There were 7 in our group—which I arranged.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 4, 2017

As usual, Aqua rose to the occasion! From the moment we entered to the moment we left everything was fabulous!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always a great experience. We make the trip annually to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Always well executed, creative dishes, excellent service in a setting with a very cool vibe.

Tags: Great Beer, Happy Hour, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Fabulous wine list of open wines. Excellent food to accompany the wines. Small plates were generous in size. Service was very good.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Tapas
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The Aqua is one of our favorite restaurants in Beaufort. The food and service are excellent. It’s very clean. Definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

Regards,
Elke Hoffmann

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Decent menu selections.
Had an excellent corn/crab chowder. Ordered lamb chops. They were ok but nothing special. Veal chop was also ordered and was felt to be very good.

Deserts were a disappointment. Had a sampler. There was one flaming salty caramel ice cream dish. So much brand was added the flame melted the ice cream to soup.

Other deserts were barely ok.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Dinner was wonderful and our waitress, Naidia was the best!

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Starting with the cocktails which were outstanding and special pricing on Thursday nights.
Appetizers were goat cheese wontons and shrimp and grits. Had the trigger fish special and my husband had the lamb lollipops. Can’t say enough about the whole meal. Only downside is they rushed us through the meal.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The restaurant is "intimate" -- facing an alleyway running parallel to Front Street in Beaufort, with screened outdoor seating as well as comfortable indoor seating. The hostess was very nice and comped us a free dessert (it was my wife's birthday, and they brought dessert to our table with a single candle and didn't sing or otherwise embarrass us:-). The food was outstanding, but we already knew that it would be -- our son worked as a sous chef there for a while and their chef is very good and creative (and we got good recommendations for things to try from their menu both from our son and from our waitress). They had a wide range of "signature" martinis, a decent selection of craft beers (many local to NC) and some excellent wines to choose from.

The restaurant itself is more in the "tapas" theme -- the idea is to pick a tapas-style appetizer, a slightly larger but still small entree, and if you are truly amazingly hungry you can double up on either of these or add a salad, but be warned -- their DESSERTS are huge, and you can top off a light meal there with a truly excellent dessert that will almost certainly fill you up the rest of the way. I got a chocolate cake that was moist, spongy, lightly glazed with chocolate, and served with two scoops of homemade espresso mocha ice cream. It was a meal in itself. My wife got their signature creme brulee, which arrived in a 20cm/10cm oval dish (that's roughly the size of a dinner plate) filled with perfect custard to the depth of 1 cm -- we're talking roughly 150 cc's of custard or around 2/3 of a cup, at least a double "ramekin" worth -- topped with a perfect caramelized glaze. They had a dessert sampler plate that would have had both of these and their third dessert (which we never got to -- they had me at the chocolate/espresso thing). It would be worth it to go just for dessert.

Note well that the food is not cheap -- dinner, drinks, tip for two will run you around $100 or even a bit more -- but worth it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent food. We were very happy to find Aqua at the last minute.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Favorite restaurant anywhere! We had Kelly as waitress. She was not new to Aqua, but had been away for a while and was back. Our first time with her and she is already like family! Had the trigger fish special, AMAZING!!!

Love our Aqua visits!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Organic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Friday is 1/2 price wine bottles!! Wow! That perk is usually reserved for slow nights in most restaurants. Portions were large and reasonably priced. Our outside table was comfortable on a not so hot Beaufort night.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Second visit. Food very good & fresh. Staff is super. Based on 2 visits there my recommendation is: dress very warmly (or request outside) - like long sleeves, pants, gloves! So cold both times that it made the dining experience less enjoyable - and I though I had dressed more warmly on the 2nd visit. Luckily, Hosts has fleece blankets for fibers!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Saw some old friends who had never eaten there, they loved it, went crazy over the creme brulee, quite happy but pretty noisy, special wine nite so big noisy crowd. We like it a lot but it's a half an hour away so we don't go too often. Bob Ross

Tags: Cozy, Tapas, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Aqua has lots of tapas and small plate options! All of picks were fantastic! The service was a little off due to the chef being on vacation and the restaurant was extremely busy! I would definitely go back again!

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Wonderful food, service and nice touches made our dinner out for our anniversary extra special.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

this restaurant is rated number 1 by trip advisor. we are not disappointed. would recommend without any qualifications.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We loved this restaurant!! Our server Rosa was exceptional!! We will frequent this place often.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Spicy
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Although I have been to Aqua many times in the past, I thought I would try it again. The red drum small plate was fresh and succulent. We started with the Bento Box. Two of us got the salad and one got the shrimp and grits. All were good. We ended with the red drum and crab cake. Dessert was the creme brûlée and bananas foster. The service was attentive but not overly so. A great experience!

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Another great evening at Aqua. Never disappointed from the first touch walking in the door to the final bite of the dessert sampler. Just right all the time....thanks team Aqua!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I love this restaurant! The crab Napoleon is awesome. Catch of the day never disappoints. We never make it to dessert but I'm sure it's as good as the meals.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We went to Aqua for our wedding anniversary and loved it! Our waitress was fantastic in recommending dishes and the wine. Best service in a long time! The food was excellent and great variety of healthy choices. Definitely will be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We chose the small plate special: red drum with rice, zucchini, mushrooms,
and roasted tomatoes in a light cream sauce. It was one of the best meals I've ever eaten in a restaurant! Even though the restaurant was crowded, the host did his best to find us a table that was not too noisy. The manager came by to check on us within 5 minutes of our being seated. We've been to Aqua 3 times now, and we like it better each time!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great place to celebrate my birthday tonight! Dinner was delicious as always.

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

I love Aqua...I go there as much as possible, but especially love to go in the off season because it is less crowded and quite. The service is great and the food is delicious. My Favorite restaurant in Beaufort!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Aqua is Absolutely Wonderful! This is one of our very favorite places to eat and to celebrate special occasions. The menu is creative and the food is always delicious. Dishes feature local ingredients regardless of the season. The ambience is delightful and upbeat. The Wine list is extensive with Wine Tastings featured twice monthly as well as Wine Specials on Friday nights. Specialty Martini's are also a favorite. It is usually quite crowded, so reservations are highly recommended. I would not recommend this restaurant for small children.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 26, 2017

When we visit from out of state Aqua is always on our must do list of restaurants. It is a favorite of locals and it never disappoints. Food is always excellent. Menu is not huge which is a plus since items on menu are thoughtfully prepared. The grouper special was amazing. Thanks, Aqua, see you next year.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent food and service, as usual. Every course, from the appetizers to desert, was delicious. Much thought goes into the menu.

Tags: Spicy, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 19, 2017

As always our dinner was fabulous! Wonderful staff, and nice setting. I highly recommend Aqua!

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fun
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

This was the 2nd time we were at your restaurant and it was as good as the first.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 16, 2017

As usual, everything was terrific! We go to Aqua every chance we get.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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