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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

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (29)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Local Ingredients (23)
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Fit for Foodies (22)
Notable Wine List (22)
Tapas (22)
Good for a Date (22)
Special Occasion (21)
Worth the Drive (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Romantic (17)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Cozy (14)
Casual (14)
Fun (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Authentic (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Healthy (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Business Meals (3)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Went to Aqua for Valentines Day with my wife and everything from the Server, the food, the cocktails and the ambiance was excellent.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Wine A Rama's on Tuesday nights are so much fun! Make a reservation- this place fills up fast, for good reason!

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Once again a wonderful experience. Kelly, our server, was exceptional, the food as always outstanding! We will definitely be back! A+++

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Romantic, Casual
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Always a vibrant friendly place with great wine and a creative menu.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Fabulous as usual! And winearama was great also...4 wines...what more could you want!

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Casual
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 30, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It’s been a while since we have dined at Aqua. So glad we we came back and re-discovered this wonderful restaurant!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Organic, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Vegan, Tapas, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Perfect, as always! My favorite place to dine in Beaufort.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We always enjoy going to Aqua. Our new favorite place to go in Beaufort.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Once again, Aqua was superb! We enjoyed an excellent meal on New Years Eve. And their martini’s are awesome!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

the absolute best restaurant in the Morehead City/Beaufort NC area. Kim and the staff are the best at what they do.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve extremely busy but excellent service!

Tags: Late-night Find, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We go there often. it is our favorite restaurant in the Beaufort/Morehead area. Service and food are always excellent.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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!

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Comfort Food, Fun, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Tapas
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Everything just keeps getting better every time we dine here. Great wine selection and fantastic small plates. Definitely have to try the tomato tarts - fabulous!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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!

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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

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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 9, 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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 (Richmond)·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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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent in all respects. They had a very creative blending of tastes. Great experience.

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