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Aqua Restaurant

4.7
1179 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
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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Mark 
5.0  Dined 3 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.

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KeithR (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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!

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OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
5.0  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.

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HeatherG (Wilmington)
5.0  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+++

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OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
5.0  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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CarolB (Wilmington)
5.0  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.

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rosie (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
5.0  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

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  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!!

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OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve extremely busy but excellent service!

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JohnP (Wilmington)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
5.0  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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Comingback (Wilmington)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  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!

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gingame (Raleigh)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
4.0  Dined on November 21, 2017

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

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