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NC Coast’s open kitchen, snazzy concrete bar and upscale coastal decor create a vibrant, hip atmosphere for gathering with family and friends over drinks, snacks, shareable plates and meals right at the water’s edge.
Outdoor seating is available on a first come basis.
The most beautiful waterfront restaurant in Duck on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, offering fresh regional cuisine in a casual yet elegant setting. Now in our 13th season, we applaud our outstanding staff for their commitment to providing an exceptional experience for every AQUA guest.
Our Chef creates exquisite specialty dishes using locally caught fish and seafood, locally farmed seasonal ingredients, and all-natural meats. Carefully chosen innovative wine, craft beer, and cocktail lists perfectly complement Chef’s savory creations. Our desserts are made in house from the freshest ingredients, so it’s okay to try all of them!
Gorgeous sunsets, live music, and good times with friends and family make AQUA the place where delicious food and beautiful memories happen.
Spotlighting Certified Angus Beef, freshly caught local seafood and oysters, the restaurant creates a great dining experience with an upscale coastal casual environment. Enjoy fresh seafood dishes, pasta, and hand-cut steaks accompanied by an extensive Wine Spectator recognized wine and champagne list.
"Resort Casual"– Come as you are to dine in our refined setting overlooking the Currituck Sound. We recommend pants or shorts with a collared shirt for the gentlemen and comparable resort wear for the ladies.
Please contact the restaurant directly for parties of 6 or more.
The menu changes seasonally, and specials feature the freshest of the day’s catch. This season’s highlights are Shrimp and Grits, Crab Stuffed Flounder or Pan Seared Duck Breast. Since the restaurant's inception in 1985, the Sanderling Blue Crab Chowder has been a favorite.
The Lifesaving Station maintains an impressive wine list. At the newly renovated No 5 Bar now located on the first level, local North Carolina breweries are featured on tap while specialty cocktails include “Keeper’s Watch” . A new No 5 bar food menu is available all day.
- CLCLHPGreater Boston •5 reviews5.0Dined 4 days agoWe enjoyed dinner here for my husband’s birthday and the food was excellent. The server was attentive and knowledgeable. It was quite crowded for February (one of the few restaurants open on a Monday night). The floor plan is open, so not a ton of ambiance and it is definitely loud, but it is well decorated. We weren’t able to enjoy the view as it was dark when we arrived. Only big downside was the limited dessert menu (beignets are the only option).More infoNC Coast Grill & Bar$$$$Price: Moderate• Seafood• Duck•4.9
- OTOpenTable DinerWashington, D.C. Area •4 reviews5.0Dined 6 days agoThe place was lovely, service was great. The only thing that was off was the filet mignon was way too salty on the outside. It just about ruined a great cut of meat. I had to trim off the outer layer. Everything else was most enjoyable.More infoThe Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort$$$$Price: Moderate• American• Duck•4.4
- MMurphvipWashington, D.C. Area •21 reviews5.0Dined 7 days agoGreat food and live music - we were well taken care of ! We had a 5 adults and a baby - very co for table seatingMore infoAqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC$$$$Price: Moderate• Contemporary American• Duck•4.7
- SSeniordiner25Virginia •8 reviews5.0Dined on Jan 26, 2024Great food and great service. The noise level was higher than I prefer but that is the only possible negative.More infoSteamers$$$$Price: Moderate• Seafood• Kitty Hawk•4.9
- JLJohnLCoastal North Carolina •2 reviews5.0Dined on Dec 27, 2023We dined at Kimball's during the week between Christmas and New Year's, and had an early reservation, so the restaurant was not busy yet. The host and hostess were very gracious and friendly. We were a party of 2, with one of us having a food allergy. Our server was also extremely pleasant and knowledgeable, and alerted the kitchen staff of our allergy. The menu wasn't huge, but it did cover all the bases - and ALL the options sounded amazing! We made our choices - the seared halibut and a chef special of short ribs and blue cheese risotto. The food didn't take much time to prepare at all. Since one of our meals had to be modified to accommodate the allergy, the chef sent out a few alternative sauces. The food was absolutely delicious and plated perfectly. Portion sizes were also larger than expected. Throughout, our server was attentive without being overbearing. The chef also made a couple of turns around the dining room checking on all of the tables to see if everything had been prepared well. That was a very nice touch! After dinner was cleared, dessert was offered. We decided on a warm brioche bread pudding with apples. We had an excellent time at Kimball's. The staff and food are truly wonderful.More infoKimball's Kitchen$$$$Price: Very Expensive• Contemporary American• Duck•4.3
Duck is a quaint, residential town that is situated along North Carolina's spectacular Outer Banks. With its gorgeous beaches, beautiful homes and excellent food scene, it's easy to see why Duck is a perfect tourist destination. Being surrounded by water, seafood restaurants abound, and you can find everything from crab cakes to fried clams to fish tacos. The charming downtown is a walkable area that boasts a range of dining options. You can enjoy a slice of pizza, some barbecue or a glass of wine at one of the waterfront raw bars. End the day with a stroll along the boardwalk for a chance to watch the sunset and satisfy your sweet tooth at one of the delicious ice cream or donut shops.