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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

Local Ingredients (32)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
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Tapas (25)
Good for a Date (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Special Occasion (21)
Notable Wine List (20)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Casual (15)
Fun (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Cozy (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Romantic (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Authentic (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Healthy (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Seasonal (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Business Meals (3)
Organic (3)
Spicy (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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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·Dined on December 29, 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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 29, 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 26, 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 18, 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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·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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·Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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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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