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Aqua Restaurant

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1210 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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 6 days ago

Great Restaurant offering a unique and delectable Menu, an extensive yet affordable Wine List, Super friendly Staff hosting a Cozy and Intimate Atmosphere. Never, Ever had a bad experience here at Aqua!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Menu clearly labeled identifiying dairy-free and gluten-free items and the staff is willing to modify selections to meet requirements for those individuals with food allergies. The salads and seafood were excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The service was excellent as was the food. The three of us each had different menu selections and each was superb.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This was our second time dining at Aqua, and it was awesome! The menu had recently been updated for spring 2018 so we were excited to try some of the chef’s new creations. We began with the corn chowder which featured crab meat and a nice chunk of pork belly on top. My only regret was that I had a cup instead of a bowl - it was delicious! My wife ordered the filet small plate while I ordered the featured seafood small plate, grilled grouper. Don’t let the term “small” confuse you, the small plate portions are the perfect size entree when paired with a soup or salad starter, and leave you full but not stuffed. Both entries were prepared perfectly and were absolutely mouth watering. Our waiter, Joey, was fantastic and helped offer suggestions for cocktails and food choices. We were very impressed with the service, food, and atmosphere, and will definitely be regulars from now on. Great job Aqua!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Most enjoyable!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Excellent food and service! Our favorite restaurant!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Our daughter, a local, suggested Aqua. She had enjoyd with her girlfriends. I agree. We loved the taste, size of servings, creative menu and service. Great spot.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Celebrated my wife’s birthday and had an excellent meal with excellent service. Would highly recommend Aqua.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Always a fantastic experience !

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Always a great experience

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Even though it was a special occassion, Aqua is always creative food with exceptional service. Great tastes!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Aqua always pleases from the moment Miss Kim greets you at the door, to the attentive service, to Chef Jayson Foster's creative menus... Don't EVER miss an opportunity to enjoy the "Aqua Experience"!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Awesome meal! Best ever and excellent service as well!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great place. We will be back. Food was absolutely wonderful, service was great. Had a fun night.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

My husband and I have eaten here a number of times and each time has never disappointed us. This was a Friday evening and a last-minute visit so we considered ourselves fortunate to be able to secure a table. The food choices are great and they will accommodate gluten-free diners. Service is always perfect and we are never rushed.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Excellent in every way.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

My husband and I have resided in Morehead City, NC, for the past 2.5 years, have tried many of the local restaurants, and FINALLY made it to Aqua. We visited on a Thursday evening and were warmly greeted by hostess Kim. It was early, and we were the first diners there. We then had the pleasure of meeting Nadia, our server, who delighted us with her sincere personality and her extensive knowledge of the menu. Listening to her explain the food offerings was like listening to a poem! The drink feature that evening were two special martinis, which we ordered and absolutely loved. My husband decided to try the Watermelon/Crab Gazpacho soup, a very tasty treat, perfectly spiced. I enjoyed the Tomato Tart appetizer which was absolutely flaky and delicious, filled with sharp cheddar cheese and grape tomatoes, served over mesclun greens atop a balsamic glaze We then moved on to the Petit Filet for my husband, approximately 4 oz of perfectly seared steak, cooked to perfection. It was accompanied by smashed red potatoes infused with asiago cheese and spices over a veal demi glaze and truffle oil. I chose a special for the night, a small plate of crab cake, topped with micro greens, shaved radishes and carrot sticks atop a lovely aioli. What a treat! We could not leave without trying a desert, and so we opted for coffee (which was freshly brewed and just wonderful) and the crème brûlée, a vanilla custard topped with a thin and crisp caramel crust. It was rich and deliciously satisfying, but we only managed to devour half of it. The entire dining experience was a pleasure, from the warm ambience, smooth background music, to the staff and finally the food choices, perfectly spaced. We appreciate the fact that the restaurant offers different size plates for varying appetites. Aqua is definitely a gem, and we thus far rate it as the best dining experience we have had down here on the Crystal Coast.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

A wonderful, creative meal - great food, great ambiance, and great service. We would definitely dine there again next time we are fortunate enough to visit the area. Very fond memories of the crab-corn chowder and the crab cake small plate! Too bad coastal NC is so very far from Texas!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Hadn't been to Aqua in a long time (I've been working out of state). Kim and the staff immediately recognized us and welcomed us back. It was wineOrama night, featuring really excellent Spanish wines. We had a great time and will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Great good, great staff, great wine. ‘ Nuff said.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Tuesday Wineorama..awesome! The 4 wine tastings were delightful and the food excellent. Top notch service!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

This is certainly one of the best restaurants in the area, if not the best. Creative chef comes up with some of the tastiest dishes around, and they are served by a consistently friendly and knowledgeable staff. Save room for desert!!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

I live in upstate New York and I find it hard to find interesting menus in the area. Especially selections that aren't deep fried. I also like to see small plates on the menu which leads to tasting more variety. This has been the 3rd. time I've vacationed in the area and make a point to always eat here. Shrimp and grits were exceptional.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

One of the best restaurants in North Carolina. Truly a treat.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

As Innkeepers in Beaufort we ALWAYS send guests for the "Aqua Experience"! From the warm welcome they receive upon arrival, to the creative foods they enjoy...it's always a delicious night out. We also support fresh, local and sustainable and Chef Jayson Foster has been raising the bar with his seasonal menus that are sourced in Carteret County with beautiful presentation. Run do not walk to experience dining at Aqua!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Aqua is indeed an experience! Delightful and delicious every.single.time.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Cute place. Unfortunately, the vegetarian options are limited if you're dairy free. The Caesar was very good. The stuffed mushrooms were a bit overcooked and there were only five, not enough for a meal. It was a busy evening due, in part, to Beaufort Mardi Gras, but we had a reservation so we had no issues getting seated and our server was great. Add a vegan option to the Big Plates (pasta or risotto), and I'd definitely return.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Well run restaurant with great staff. The kitchen gets great food out in a timely manner. They have a great wine program also. We ate here a few times and always had a great meal

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

what a fun experience. Great food and the best deserts

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Always a pleasure to dine here. We drive ninety miles and it is well worth it. Service is great. Food choices are balanced. The bar is well stocked. Don't miss out on this Beaufort gem!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

This restaurant is the best in Eastern North Carolina!! Service, Food, Ambiance is all well above awesome. I have never had a bad meal in this restaurant. I have never felt over dressed or under dressed wearing whatever I felt like wearing that day. 5 Stars without a doubt!!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

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

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