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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.
Beaufort, NC 28516
Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm - 900pm Friday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Limited off site catering is available.
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Aqua Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Another fun evening at Aqua. We are so lucky to have such a gem in town. The service is always so friendly and skilled and we are always welcomed in such a fabulous manner. And love the small plate offerings - just enough with a lovely glass of wine any night of the week. Don't change a thing Aqua team! We'll be back!
Everything we ordered was superb! This was our second visit this year and I was looking forward to their shrimp and grits. It did not disappoint and remains the best shrimp and grits I’ve ever eaten. By accident we happened upon their Tuesday night wine-flight special which was an amazing deal (4 generous pores of wines for $10) . Great wines... great food ...festive atmosphere, we will definitely be back!
The wine list and the availability of countless options by the glass are the strength of this restaurant. As a wine bar it's excellent. That's where it stops. The food is very routine. Our waiter was attentive and thoughtful, but the greeter was fantastically rude. We had booked and arrived on time. After standing by the desk for ten minutes, noticed but ignored, we moved a short way into the restaurant to gain attention, and my wife was bodily shoved back by the greeter who suddenly came to lif, telling us to stay at the desk until we were called. At this point we would have left if it wasn't a busy day and a holiday weekend, with other places we passed looking full.
Always a great time at Aqua. Excellent wine list and the staff is great! Don’t miss the Tomato Tart appetizer. Fresh seafood special and filet are superior and so t miss the Bananas Foster for dessert. If you are near Beaufort make the trip to Aqua. You will be glad you did!
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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