Aqua Restaurant

4.8
1257 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Creative Cuisine
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm - 900pm Friday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(252) 728-7777
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jayson Foster
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Catering
Limited off site catering is available.
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Additional
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Greeted warmly! Seated immediately. Had cocktails within minutes. Food excellent, service exceptional and ambiance was fabulous. Excellent menu choices and superb wine list. Can’t wait to dine at Aqua again!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food cooked,served and
portioned perfectly. We will probably dine thete again.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The only odd thing about the restaurant was that they do not offer a selection of salad dressings. As a matter of fact, the only one offered is a strawberry vinaigrette-to which I happen to be allergic. The tomato tart is AMAZING

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

I've been to Aqua a few times since they've opened over the years and I've noticed the portions have gotten smaller and smaller. A "small plate" runs about 15$ and is about half of a meal. The deserts on the other hand have the opposite size problem, they are HUGE. For example I had the crab cake which was about 15$ and the size was a 2 inch diameter patty with some sprinkle of corn. Be prepared to order 2 small plates to fill anything over the smallest of appetites. Service was very attentive but not too bothersome. Wish they had emphasized how small the small plates were or had more larger plate options.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Aqua is our favorite spot to enjoy wonderful food, service, wine and fun! It's a gem and we're so lucky to have such an exceptional restaurant that always provides and exceptional experience!!!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Aqua is simply outstanding. Kim has the staff performing at the highest level. The food quality is the best in the area. Always a delight.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

This restaurant is the heart beat of the town of BEAUFORT, NC!
Great 'Wine O Rama' Tuesdays with great wine and creative menu offerings. Lot of local fish presented creatively. The place to be this summer!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

We went for the Wine-A-Rama on a Tuesday evening. This is always a great bargain, just $10 to sample 4 very nice wines. We always have dinner as well because the food is fresh and creatively prepared. The staff is unfailingly friendly and attentive. I recommend Aqua to anyone visiting Beaufort, especially anyone who appreciates fine wine selections.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Enjoyed it, every aspect in fact except I enjoyed everything so much when it came to the food it just didn’t hold up to the standard of everything else

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Wonderful experience!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We sat on the screened in porch with a view of middle lane. Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive. Outstanding!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

long wait but worth it ... delicious food and warm , kind , friendly service ... they happily worked with my carb free diet

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Dinner was fabulous as always and Resa, our server, was very charming and attentive. I always get the "local catch" special and am always amazed at how the chef transforms an ordinary piece of fish. The specialty martinis are fun and not too sweet and we discovered a new wine we really enjoyed. Don't miss this gem of a restaurant!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

As always delicious!! Totally forgot about the amazing kids menu.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Creative food in an inviting setting. Professional and attentive service. Very good overall

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

We have always enjoyed meals at Aqua, but the most recent meal was the best we have had here. Love the new menu!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Always a unique experience alone or with friends. It's the place to be in Beaufort: great wine, great food!

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Been going here every year during vacation and I have to be honest we were less than thrilled with the last visit. Main reasons were the place was very loud, some of the popular menu items no longer available or changed, and the main course portions seemed significantly smaller.
The food was good but we did not feel like the value was there anymore honestly. If Im going to drop $100 on a dinner for two I dont want to leave hungry.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

A wonderful evening of amazing food & service!
This is an ultimate dining experience in Beaufort, Kim & her team do a fabulous job of consistent fine dining !
Must taste the shrimp & grits, lamb chops & Caesar salad..the desert trio is fabulous too !

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We haven't had a bad meal at Aqua. It's very busy, quite bustling, especially on Memorial Day weekend. Friday night wine specials are an attractive lure but the food is the star. Took us a while to discover Aqua in Beaufort but it is now a 'must' during our visits.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

This was a disappointing visit. Two years ago we had a sublime evening- every bite was a delight. From presentation to taste to service everything was exquisite. This time everything tasted good but nothing stood out. And our server was really clueless. So disappointing, as this was supposed to be our “nice dinner out” during our week at the beach. I don’t think we will return.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Wonderful food and service as usual. Perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or just a wonderful meal. The best restaurant in Beaufort in my opinion. Hidden gem off the main road. A must place to eat.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Sitting on the patio was really nice. It’s very quaint. The service was a little lacking, it took awhile to be greeted and the server ignored some requests to hold items from dishes.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Kim and her staff including the chef and staff were over the top with service, wines and exceptional food!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

excellent service fresh local seafood. Great craft beers. This is the best place to eat in Beaufort

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Food wise this is 3 star at best along with the service. Not what I had expected for a high end restaurant. There are much better restaurants in the area at half the cost

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Never had a bad meal here but I must say we finally tried the shrimp and grits appetizer and they were awesome. Also I had the scallop entree which was the special for Thursday and I’m so hoping Kim will have it available more often because it was the best I’ve ever had!!
It was our anniversary and they gave us a great time along with the best meal ever

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Our server Nadia was very knowledgeable on the menu. We really appreciate the fact that they buy local what’s available and their chef makes things homemade. The quality of the food definitely is fresh n homemade! Great job ! We celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary and they also sent a small bottle of bubblys home with us nice gesture. Our experience was great!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Always wonderful, friendly staff and exceptional service. One of my most favorite places to eat in Beaufort! 💕

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Very laid back yet refined dining experience. Nadya was an exceptional server. My wife enjoyed a cup of the corn chowder followed by the scallops special. I had the medjool dates appetizer and the local littleneck clams entree. All of the dishes were unique and phenomenally delicious. I enjoyed two nice bourbons but I heard others raving about the martini’s and old fashioned’s. They also have 33% off wine on Friday’s. Overall an excellent experience and we will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Trigger fish was perfectly done and presented on a different bed—pasta. Excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great, intimate restaurant, friendly staff and service. Very good food, smaller portions but enough

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Aqua is one of our favorite dining spots on the Crystal Coast! Excellent food, drinks, and service!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

My wife and I were very pleased. Nice ambiance, great wine selections and creative tapas and small plates. We will definitely dine at Aqua again.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Aqua is an outstanding restaurant and it was a delightful dining experience. The food was excellent, but the service provided by Liza really made the night a special occasion. My wife and I highly recommend Aqua for a great dining experience in Beaufort, NC.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Everything was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Excellent food and great service. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Fresh catch small plate is always delicious. The manager, Kim, is the best!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We love Aqua. The small plates are just right for us. The tomato tart is my favorite appetizer.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Outstanding dinner. I had wonderful service. My chowder with crab, corn and a crispy pork belly was outstanding. My main course was a small plate sea bass with wild mushrooms, artichokes and a wonderful blue cheese sauce. Wish I had room for the bananas foster.

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