Excellent in every way.
My husband and I have resided in Morehead City, NC, for the past 2.5 years, have tried many of the local restaurants, and FINALLY made it to Aqua. We visited on a Thursday evening and were warmly greeted by hostess Kim. It was early, and we were the first diners there. We then had the pleasure of meeting Nadia, our server, who delighted us with her sincere personality and her extensive knowledge of the menu. Listening to her explain the food offerings was like listening to a poem! The drink feature that evening were two special martinis, which we ordered and absolutely loved. My husband decided to try the Watermelon/Crab Gazpacho soup, a very tasty treat, perfectly spiced. I enjoyed the Tomato Tart appetizer which was absolutely flaky and delicious, filled with sharp cheddar cheese and grape tomatoes, served over mesclun greens atop a balsamic glaze We then moved on to the Petit Filet for my husband, approximately 4 oz of perfectly seared steak, cooked to perfection. It was accompanied by smashed red potatoes infused with asiago cheese and spices over a veal demi glaze and truffle oil. I chose a special for the night, a small plate of crab cake, topped with micro greens, shaved radishes and carrot sticks atop a lovely aioli. What a treat! We could not leave without trying a desert, and so we opted for coffee (which was freshly brewed and just wonderful) and the crème brûlée, a vanilla custard topped with a thin and crisp caramel crust. It was rich and deliciously satisfying, but we only managed to devour half of it. The entire dining experience was a pleasure, from the warm ambience, smooth background music, to the staff and finally the food choices, perfectly spaced. We appreciate the fact that the restaurant offers different size plates for varying appetites. Aqua is definitely a gem, and we thus far rate it as the best dining experience we have had down here on the Crystal Coast.
A wonderful, creative meal - great food, great ambiance, and great service. We would definitely dine there again next time we are fortunate enough to visit the area. Very fond memories of the crab-corn chowder and the crab cake small plate! Too bad coastal NC is so very far from Texas!
Hadn't been to Aqua in a long time (I've been working out of state). Kim and the staff immediately recognized us and welcomed us back. It was wineOrama night, featuring really excellent Spanish wines. We had a great time and will be back soon.
Great good, great staff, great wine. ‘ Nuff said.
Tuesday Wineorama..awesome! The 4 wine tastings were delightful and the food excellent. Top notch service!
This is certainly one of the best restaurants in the area, if not the best. Creative chef comes up with some of the tastiest dishes around, and they are served by a consistently friendly and knowledgeable staff. Save room for desert!!
I live in upstate New York and I find it hard to find interesting menus in the area. Especially selections that aren't deep fried. I also like to see small plates on the menu which leads to tasting more variety. This has been the 3rd. time I've vacationed in the area and make a point to always eat here. Shrimp and grits were exceptional.
One of the best restaurants in North Carolina. Truly a treat.
As Innkeepers in Beaufort we ALWAYS send guests for the "Aqua Experience"! From the warm welcome they receive upon arrival, to the creative foods they enjoy...it's always a delicious night out. We also support fresh, local and sustainable and Chef Jayson Foster has been raising the bar with his seasonal menus that are sourced in Carteret County with beautiful presentation. Run do not walk to experience dining at Aqua!
Aqua is indeed an experience! Delightful and delicious every.single.time.
Cute place. Unfortunately, the vegetarian options are limited if you're dairy free. The Caesar was very good. The stuffed mushrooms were a bit overcooked and there were only five, not enough for a meal. It was a busy evening due, in part, to Beaufort Mardi Gras, but we had a reservation so we had no issues getting seated and our server was great. Add a vegan option to the Big Plates (pasta or risotto), and I'd definitely return.
Well run restaurant with great staff. The kitchen gets great food out in a timely manner. They have a great wine program also. We ate here a few times and always had a great meal
what a fun experience. Great food and the best deserts
The food was DELICIOUS. I had a fillet and fried oysters. I cut the steak with my fork and the oysters were huge and fried perfectly. The broccoli and carrots were a real treat. Best meal I've had in a while.
Always a pleasure to dine here. We drive ninety miles and it is well worth it. Service is great. Food choices are balanced. The bar is well stocked. Don't miss out on this Beaufort gem!
Went to Aqua for Valentines Day with my wife and everything from the Server, the food, the cocktails and the ambiance was excellent.
Dropped in here for a Valentine's date with the wife. What I really like about this place is the "small plare" menu...not too much food, just enough. Service was awesome!
Wine A Rama's on Tuesday nights are so much fun! Make a reservation- this place fills up fast, for good reason!
Aqua is a Beaufort favorite. The food is delicious and there is a great wine list as well. Once a month they have" Wineorama". For $10 you can taste 4 wines selected by the visiting wine representative who also comes to your table and talks about the wines you are tasting. A fun experience - especially when enjoyed with a delicious dinner.
Once again a wonderful experience. Kelly, our server, was exceptional, the food as always outstanding! We will definitely be back! A+++
It was our first time dining at Aqua and everything was delicious. We literally cleaned our plates! We will definitely dine here again and give rave reviews to friends.
This restaurant is the best in Eastern North Carolina!! Service, Food, Ambiance is all well above awesome. I have never had a bad meal in this restaurant. I have never felt over dressed or under dressed wearing whatever I felt like wearing that day. 5 Stars without a doubt!!
We eat here every time we come to Beaufort. They have great regulars and always some creative chef specials. Staff really engages with the customer—a nice touch.
Always a vibrant friendly place with great wine and a creative menu.
Fabulous as usual! And winearama was great also...4 wines...what more could you want!
We own a boutique inn, downtown Historic Beaufort and always send guests to Aqua during their stay. Having sent literally 100's of couples to dine at this restaurant not one has ever returned without having enjoyed a wonderful "Aqua Experience"! Miss Kim will greet you warmly, Staff will ensure you are well cared for and Executive Chef Jayson Foster will ensure your dinner is most memorable. Aqua is a "don't miss" while visiting Beaufort **accommodates ALL dietary needs from vegan, vegetarian, gluten and dairy free
It’s been a while since we have dined at Aqua. So glad we we came back and re-discovered this wonderful restaurant!!
We were in Beaufort for the weekend and decided to try this on a whim differing from our usual favorite hot spots. Food was fantastic and wine list was amazing. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. This will definitely be moved to one of our priority restaurants to visit the next time we're in Beaufort.
My wife, daughter and I had a great evening. Cocktails and food were great, and they had a reasonably priced red wine blend on the menu that I was not familiar with that was excellent. Our waitress was very helpful and friendly. We will certainly go back.
I had the trigger fish and the piece of fish was tiny, not small mind you but tiny. I ordered a dirty martini and received a very clean one. It was almost as if the bartender didn't know what a dirty martini was. On the positive side was dessert. We ordered and received the desert sampler. That was bananas foster, creme brulee, and home gelato on a price of chocolate cake. The bananas foster was excellent, the creme brulee was too, and the gelato was good but the cake it was sitting on was dry and not tasty at all. I think this was the consensus as I saw at least three parties leave the cake on the plate and devour the other desserts. Not a total loss but at almost 50.00 per person with one martini each, I think we could have done much better for the money elsewhere. Would I go back, I don't think so because there are a number of good restaurants to try in the immediate area.
Perfect, as always! My favorite place to dine in Beaufort.
We always enjoy going to Aqua. Our new favorite place to go in Beaufort.
Once again, Aqua was superb! We enjoyed an excellent meal on New Years Eve. And their martini’s are awesome!
the absolute best restaurant in the Morehead City/Beaufort NC area. Kim and the staff are the best at what they do.
New Years Eve extremely busy but excellent service!
We go there often. it is our favorite restaurant in the Beaufort/Morehead area. Service and food are always excellent.
One of the best meals I’ve had in a while! An eclectic menu with tapas, small and large plates. Both the corn chowder and the shrimp-country ham pasta were unique and delicious...not to mention the blazing bananas Foster!
I thought the food was very good. I missed getting the free little bites - hors d'oeuvres that were just little tastes of something the chef made. I am a long time resident of Beaufort, and a faithful patron of Aqua, but I have been a little disappointed in the food quantity and quality the last few times I've been there. The bento box used to be one of my favorites, and it is no longer on the menu. Great service and ambiance, but in my opinion the food hasn't been quite up to the quality it was several years ago. I won't give up, but I hope it improves again to the excellent quality of the past.
Aqua never disappoints. Everything on th menu is delicious and the service is fabulous. We went for a special night out with a group of friends and had a wonderful time. It was one of the girls’ birthdays and they provided a free dessert complete with candle. They also gave the birthday girl a mini bottle of champagne as a gift. I thought it was special and thoughtful without being over the top. We will definitely be celebrating more birthdays at Aqua!