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.
Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm - 900pm Friday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Limited off site catering is available.
Private Party Facilities:
Private party / Banquet facilities available overlooking Taylor's Creek and the Beautiful Beaufort waterfront from the 3rd floor private dining room located in our sister restaurant Clawson's 1905 Restaurant & Pub. Seats up to 69
Private Party Contact:
Kim Kromka: 2527287777x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
Aqua Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Dinner with friends. Great food and serv ...
Dinner with friends. Great food and service. Will definitely be back!
This is a great on the cutting-edge rest ...
This is a great on the cutting-edge restaurant for delicious, beautiful food. Located on a sidestreet with limited parking so arrive early and reservations highly recommended.
Great Food, Excellent Service
We had a great meal at Aqua for a date night while on vacation. Although they were out of the special and it did take awhile for them to inform my husband after he ordered it, the food was superb. The service was outstanding and Sara was so helpful with the menu. The wine discount on Friday nights is an added bonus! Highly recommend this restaurant if you're in Beaufort.
Great service and our server was very he ...
Great service and our server was very helpful with special diet and wine selection
as usual, great food, wonderful tatooed ...
as usual, great food, wonderful tatooed bartender who hooked us on Salty Dogs and Cherry Bombs. we always want Sarah to take care of us, too. Keep it up! every meal here has been super good.
Aqua is a little gem of a restaurant wit ...
Aqua is a little gem of a restaurant with good marks all around. A couple of tapas and 2 small plates are perfect for two people. The value is good too, compared to the other upscale eateries in town.
From arrival to departure, our night was outstanding. Lisa (our server) expertly helped with menu questions, suggested an excellent vintage to go with our meal and just took care of us graciously and attentively. Kim (owner-manager) stopped at our table to ensure all was well more than once (as she seemed to do at every table.) The meal was presented very well, was the correct temperature and was portioned as I would expect. This was an anniversary date and when Lisa found out, our desert was comped, delivered with a candle and we were gifted two personal sized bottles of Prosecco for later. If I could give them six stars, I would.
Innovative Menu & Very Nice Wine List
We had a delightful dining experience at Aqua. My husband and I shared the Duck Confit appetizer, which was wonderful and then split the Italian bread salad. Neither of us has a huge appetite, so the servings were more than adequate. We decided to go with small plates for dinner. I had the Pineapple Crab Napolean. It sounded so intriguing that I had to try it, and I'm so glad I did. It was topped with pimiento cheese and a kiwi garniture -- what a fabulous flavor mix! My husband had a crab cake with white bean and tomato side -- very enjoyable. We would highly recommend Aqua!
This was THE BEST culinary sensation I h ...
This was THE BEST culinary sensation I have had in Beaufort in quite awhile... Also great art, music... Just fabulous! I will return.
We go here often for special occasions. It's great. The hospitality is outstanding and the food is excellent. The service is attentive, without being intrusive. Small and intimate. Inside and outside seating available.
What an Experience
Food was superb, our server Sarah was phenomenal and Kim was as gracious as always. Been there before and will be back again and again and again!
Good food, fair service
My wife and I have enjoyed a number of meals at Aqua. Our latest visit started out fine. The food was good, but service became slow, which is to say, beyond leisurely. It was Saturday, but we arrived early, and a table or two were open the whole time we were there. Other tables turned over twice during our stay. This is not to say our server wasn't friendly, and when I complained about the time it took for our dessert to arrive, he immediately said it was on the house. The hostess also apologized. The good news is that Aqua wants to have happy customers and is ready to compensate for disappointments. But if you're a quiet couple there on a busy night, be ready to flag down your server to get the service you deserve.
Great Special Restaurant
You pay a bit more for creative cooking, fresher ingredients and wonderful wine. It's a great place to get a new dish to share and a couple shared deserts.
Good but not great
They were having an off night - the handoff: hostess to server didnt happen because the hostess was late. Our waiter made a good recovery by taking our table when we said after 15-20 min (and we had a 5:30 reservation) and bringing water etc but it was like we were never quite in the system . The excuse given by the hostess for not having their act together was a private party the night before - no excuse - ya gotta bring it every night! The grouper was grade B - we had eaten at Katherines Bistro on the island the night before and the grouper was exquisite! Aqua's was overcooked and not as fresh. No water view there - you have no view and parking much more of a hassle -... choice is easy... The shrimp and grits was over spiced - shrimp decently fresh. AND the irish coffee came with no whipped cream - really!! We are out - was the excuse - nope - inventory basics and when that fails - send someone to the grocery store - or to neighboring restaurant - an excellent irish coffee would have left a good taste in everyone s mouth - as it was mediocre meal for a high price! I had a great meal here in February. I was a single and got great service - but they double charged me for one item - I wont brng anyone back until you all figure out systems and get quality back! thanks - gsm
Chosen by our Granddaughter
We ate here one other time while in town and the family wanted to return. The manager and wait staff were superb. No better. Good food. Tapas great for sharing. Something for everyone. Wine offered for tasting before decision made on which glass to order. Enclosed outdoor dining super comfortable.
This is my favorite restaurant in Beaufo ...
This is my favorite restaurant in Beaufort! As always their featured fish was perfectly cooked with a different fantastic flavor each time. We always order it and they never disappoint us!
Aqua continues to amaze!
Have dined at Aqua many times over the years, and the restaurant has always been consistently enjoyable and good, with friendly staff, great drinks, a superb wine list, and enjoyable meals. Now, however, Chef Jason Foster keeps raising the bar, making some of the traditional items on the menu better and more flavorful, and bringing new items with amazing combinations of flavors. The tapas style allows plates that fit everyone's appetite, from small plates to great regular size dinners.
Group of friends from Durham [foodies haven] celebrating birthdays at Aqua. The food was absolutely fabulous, [small plates: grilled petite filet, crab cake, seared tuna, shrimp and country ham pasta]. All were clear winners!! The poached pear flame' was excellent for dessert. The wine, Esprit de Grenache was perfect with all the dishes. Excellent value. Server was fun and atmosphere was vibrant, but not noisy. I highly recommend Aqua's...absolutely fabulous! Jason, I enjoyed speaking to you about the bouillabaisse, looking forward to coming back when it's on the menu.
Hot Spot for foodies
A reservation is a must for this foodie heaven. Has a great wine list and special wine events. The menu is small but with special delightful surprises. It has a cool cosmopolitan ambiance and a great bar. If you come to Beaufort it's a must.
Favorite spot in Beaufort
Friendliest staff, great wine list and lots of options for dining with the tapas and small plates!! We all had the triggerfish and it was awesome!!! We'll all be back!!
Getting better all the time (and it started great)
Kim was on vacation so Ami became the exquisite hostess/manager and did a beautiful job in both functions. Chef Jason provided a wonderful shrimp & grits appetizer and a superb triggerfish dish which was served by the ever friendly and personable Andreas. We love everyone who works there to provide a relaxing and wonderful evening experience. I doubt I have ever seen so many couples and friends enjoying themselves so much as I do at Aqua time and time again.
Food was amazing, best lamb chops I have ...
Food was amazing, best lamb chops I have ever eaten! Veggies Au Gratin was delicious as well. Awesome dining experience for our group!
ItookmybestfriendtoAquaforher"special" birthdaycelebration, anditwasawesome. Firstofall, wearrivedearly, actuallyafewminutesbeforetheyopened, andtheygreeteduscourteously, allowingustocomeinandofferingaglassofwine ifwesodesired. There were questions on their wine menu, and our waitress was very thorough and knowledgeable . She was also courteous, professional and quite beautiful! ShetoldusabouttheChefsspecial, whichwetookherup on--trigger fishwithasparugus, artchokes, andmushrooms. Whilewaiting, wehadtheirhomemadeassorted bread, whichmeltedinyourmouth. Andthefoodwasfitforaking, orinourcase-- foodies. Finishingitoffwithahugecreme brulet, complete with Happy Birthday and a really big smile, weleftquitehappy!!! Youreallymustgo!
First time at Aqua and we were so please ...
First time at Aqua and we were so pleased! Please let the chef know what a delight the food was in taste and presentation. We will be back and even my husband said , "Yep!"
They knew it was our anniversary and treated us wonderfully. Excellent care and concern. Wonderful.
Best of the Best!
I always have a great time at Aqua! Wonderful food, amazing staff can't decide which is better! Perfect for a romantic date night or an evening out with friends for drinks and tapas. Would highly recommend!
Packed with locals and I can see why
We decided on Aqua's on the spur of the moment, but did call for a reservation about an hour ahead. We needed it! The place was packed, and this was in February, which is not tourist season! The food was all fantastic, and the wait staff very attentive and knowledgeable.
Perfect place for tapas and small plated.
Have walked by Aquas many times and always saw a crowd. Some friends have mentioned it to us and finally after 13 years tried it. Far exceeded expectations. The oysters Rockefeller while different than some I have had were the best. Service wonderful, knowledgable staff, good wine list as well as a selection of bourbon.
Everything about this restaurant is great: interesting food, friendly service, and appropriate pricing. Especially enjoyed that the entire wine list is available to create your own tasting flight with 1 oz. pours!
The food gets better each time we go! Service is great and staff is always so friendly and helpful!
First time for us at Aqua...
...and we were very pleased with the food and atmosphere. Sarah our server was so sweet...the place was packed with people waiting and we did not feel rushed or hurried, Sarah took great care of us!! We will definitely be back!
Another great dinning experience!
This is the third or fourth time we dinned at Aqua for their Wine-O-Rama. Another great meal with outstanding service (by Katherine). Love the food portion size. Highly recommend attending a Wine event...you'll return often like we do. Enjoy!
Friendly and engaging service. Food sel ...
Friendly and engaging service. Food selections unique and vibrant to taste. Great time, wonderful meal.
This was my 3rd time at Aqua. First two ...
This was my 3rd time at Aqua. First two dinners were more enjoyable. This was a Valentine Dinner. While I like a fun atmosphere, it was so loud you couldn't hear the person across the table. There was a table of about 18 people having a very loud birthday dinner right behind us. I love a good time, but it was so loud there were several tables put off by the group.
Usually a restaurant on Valentines Day is hectic, has a sub standard Prix fix food menu and lousy service, but that was NOT the case with my first visit to Aqua. Although there was a very energetic table of 14 sitting behind us, our server was prompt, very knowledgeable and extremely pleasant. The food was outstanding from beginning to end and we plan on making Aqua our Valentines Day go to for years to come.
We have many wonderful meals at Aqua
We have had many wonderful meals at Aqua, but not tonight. The food was just not up to par. Way over priced for the value. Service was good as always.
I had the small plate filet with smashed ...
I had the small plate filet with smashed potatoes. The beef was perfect but the potatoes could have used some garlic. My wine was a perfect accompaniment, a California Zinfandel. Dessert was a huge crem brûlée for two, very good.
If you like lamb chops, don't miss these! Friday night all bottles of wine are 1/3 off. Wonderful wine list as well. Many locals eat here as well.
Perfect Birthday Celebration
We visited Aqua to celebrate a friend's 60th birthday. We were glad we made a reservation. It was a winter Friday night and the restaurant was full. The service was outstanding. Sara took much time to describe the dishes and they did not disappoint. We ordered a number of small plates to share and everything was beautifully presented and delicious. The creme brule was served in a shallow casserole so that the surface area of crunchy top was huge! It was a wonderful festive experience. We are from out of state but if we make it back to Beaufort, Aqua will be on our list.
This was our third time dining at Aqua. Again it was a great dining experience. Looking forward to the next time when visiting the Beaufort area. Thank you, The Happy Diners
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