The only odd thing about the restaurant was that they do not offer a selection of salad dressings. As a matter of fact, the only one offered is a strawberry vinaigrette-to which I happen to be allergic. The tomato tart is AMAZING
I've been to Aqua a few times since they've opened over the years and I've noticed the portions have gotten smaller and smaller. A "small plate" runs about 15$ and is about half of a meal. The deserts on the other hand have the opposite size problem, they are HUGE. For example I had the crab cake which was about 15$ and the size was a 2 inch diameter patty with some sprinkle of corn. Be prepared to order 2 small plates to fill anything over the smallest of appetites. Service was very attentive but not too bothersome. Wish they had emphasized how small the small plates were or had more larger plate options.
Aqua is our favorite spot to enjoy wonderful food, service, wine and fun! It's a gem and we're so lucky to have such an exceptional restaurant that always provides and exceptional experience!!!
Aqua is simply outstanding. Kim has the staff performing at the highest level. The food quality is the best in the area. Always a delight.
This restaurant is the heart beat of the town of BEAUFORT, NC!
Great 'Wine O Rama' Tuesdays with great wine and creative menu offerings. Lot of local fish presented creatively. The place to be this summer!
We went for the Wine-A-Rama on a Tuesday evening. This is always a great bargain, just $10 to sample 4 very nice wines. We always have dinner as well because the food is fresh and creatively prepared. The staff is unfailingly friendly and attentive. I recommend Aqua to anyone visiting Beaufort, especially anyone who appreciates fine wine selections.
Enjoyed it, every aspect in fact except I enjoyed everything so much when it came to the food it just didn’t hold up to the standard of everything else
We sat on the screened in porch with a view of middle lane. Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive. Outstanding!
long wait but worth it ... delicious food and warm , kind , friendly service ... they happily worked with my carb free diet
Dinner was fabulous as always and Resa, our server, was very charming and attentive. I always get the "local catch" special and am always amazed at how the chef transforms an ordinary piece of fish. The specialty martinis are fun and not too sweet and we discovered a new wine we really enjoyed. Don't miss this gem of a restaurant!
As always delicious!! Totally forgot about the amazing kids menu.
Creative food in an inviting setting. Professional and attentive service. Very good overall
We have always enjoyed meals at Aqua, but the most recent meal was the best we have had here. Love the new menu!
Always a unique experience alone or with friends. It's the place to be in Beaufort: great wine, great food!
Been going here every year during vacation and I have to be honest we were less than thrilled with the last visit. Main reasons were the place was very loud, some of the popular menu items no longer available or changed, and the main course portions seemed significantly smaller.
The food was good but we did not feel like the value was there anymore honestly. If Im going to drop $100 on a dinner for two I dont want to leave hungry.
A wonderful evening of amazing food & service!
This is an ultimate dining experience in Beaufort, Kim & her team do a fabulous job of consistent fine dining !
Must taste the shrimp & grits, lamb chops & Caesar salad..the desert trio is fabulous too !
We haven't had a bad meal at Aqua. It's very busy, quite bustling, especially on Memorial Day weekend. Friday night wine specials are an attractive lure but the food is the star. Took us a while to discover Aqua in Beaufort but it is now a 'must' during our visits.
This was a disappointing visit. Two years ago we had a sublime evening- every bite was a delight. From presentation to taste to service everything was exquisite. This time everything tasted good but nothing stood out. And our server was really clueless. So disappointing, as this was supposed to be our “nice dinner out” during our week at the beach. I don’t think we will return.
Wonderful food and service as usual. Perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or just a wonderful meal. The best restaurant in Beaufort in my opinion. Hidden gem off the main road. A must place to eat.
Sitting on the patio was really nice. It’s very quaint. The service was a little lacking, it took awhile to be greeted and the server ignored some requests to hold items from dishes.
Kim and her staff including the chef and staff were over the top with service, wines and exceptional food!
excellent service fresh local seafood. Great craft beers. This is the best place to eat in Beaufort
Food wise this is 3 star at best along with the service. Not what I had expected for a high end restaurant. There are much better restaurants in the area at half the cost
Never had a bad meal here but I must say we finally tried the shrimp and grits appetizer and they were awesome. Also I had the scallop entree which was the special for Thursday and I’m so hoping Kim will have it available more often because it was the best I’ve ever had!!
It was our anniversary and they gave us a great time along with the best meal ever
Our server Nadia was very knowledgeable on the menu. We really appreciate the fact that they buy local what’s available and their chef makes things homemade. The quality of the food definitely is fresh n homemade! Great job ! We celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary and they also sent a small bottle of bubblys home with us nice gesture. Our experience was great!
Always wonderful, friendly staff and exceptional service. One of my most favorite places to eat in Beaufort! 💕
Very laid back yet refined dining experience. Nadya was an exceptional server. My wife enjoyed a cup of the corn chowder followed by the scallops special. I had the medjool dates appetizer and the local littleneck clams entree. All of the dishes were unique and phenomenally delicious. I enjoyed two nice bourbons but I heard others raving about the martini’s and old fashioned’s. They also have 33% off wine on Friday’s. Overall an excellent experience and we will be back.
Trigger fish was perfectly done and presented on a different bed—pasta. Excellent.
Great, intimate restaurant, friendly staff and service. Very good food, smaller portions but enough
Aqua is one of our favorite dining spots on the Crystal Coast! Excellent food, drinks, and service!
My wife and I were very pleased. Nice ambiance, great wine selections and creative tapas and small plates. We will definitely dine at Aqua again.
Aqua is an outstanding restaurant and it was a delightful dining experience. The food was excellent, but the service provided by Liza really made the night a special occasion. My wife and I highly recommend Aqua for a great dining experience in Beaufort, NC.
Everything was wonderful!
Excellent food and great service. Highly recommend!
Fresh catch small plate is always delicious. The manager, Kim, is the best!
We love Aqua. The small plates are just right for us. The tomato tart is my favorite appetizer.
Outstanding dinner. I had wonderful service. My chowder with crab, corn and a crispy pork belly was outstanding. My main course was a small plate sea bass with wild mushrooms, artichokes and a wonderful blue cheese sauce. Wish I had room for the bananas foster.
Aqua Restaurant in Beaufort, North Carolina was our choice for dinner one evening when my husband and I were vacationing in North Carolina. What a great choice! The restaurant is in downtown Beaufort and within walking distance of our bed and Breakfast. We each ordered the Petit Filet Mignon with Mashed Potatoes. The meal was excellent! This was a weekday night so the restaurant was quiet and pleasant. Our server was very attentive.
This was our second visit to Aqua and it very good again. It's cozy and fun. The service was impeccable and the server was very friendly and efficient. Highly recommend Aqua for any occasion or just a nice evening out.