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
Arrived early for our reservation and we ...
Arrived early for our reservation and we greeted by a delightful hostess who seated us immediately on the outdoor porch. Service was fun, knowledgeable and attentive. We started with perfect made-to-order martinis followed by an app, two small plates and a dessert. All perfectly prepared and tasty. Fantastic selections in all categories in broad price ranges. Will definitely return!
I've been going to Aqua since it opened ...
I've been going to Aqua since it opened 13 years ago. It is popular with locals and visitors alike. The food is a notch above in terms of quality and sophistication for what you typically find on the Crystal Coast. This is a Big City restaurant in the Coolest Small Town in America. It's casual enough for guys to wear nice shorts and a polo shirt. The food is creative and tasty. For example, the crab Napoleon was out of this world. Who thought to put all that stuff together? It was dynamite! My date loved the mojito. I didn't have a drink, but know from past experience they have a great wine list, including by the glass. They do have a full bar and good bartenders. All in all, it's a great meal. Now, if they could just turn down the volume a bit as it is a bit loud when it is packed, and they are always packed during the summer season and on weekends.
Has jumped to the top of our favorite re ...
Has jumped to the top of our favorite restaurant list! The staff was so incredibly helpful and friendly. For a wine/tapas place the bar really does cover all the bases. The beer selection was superb. We enjoy Sours - so does the bar manager - so the list is full of them. Many from craft and local breweries. The food was amazing. Served in courses as we did a variety of small plates. DO NOT SKIP DESSERT.
This is the best place to eat in Beaufor ...
This is the best place to eat in Beaufort NC - tucked away on a quiet street (alley) one block behind front street. Always something new and delicious. Fresh local fish, Great bar selection. Their signature Caesar Salad is always a favorite, Too many good things to list. Never had a bad meal! Try it you won't be sorry.
Excellent food! Small and intimate but s ...
Excellent food! Small and intimate but still a good place for a family with children. Again, the food was amazing! Martinis: superb! We had app, small plates, salad and dessert. All were top notch for flavor, complexity, freshness.
Lovely food, delicious and well presente ...
Lovely food, delicious and well presented. The different size options for plates are a welcome feature. We each had something different, and we were all happy: corn chowder, shrimp and grits, a Caesar salad, grouper, and a crab, cheese, and pineapple creation (especially yummy). Oh, yes, and a filet, with a shared s'mores sundae for dessert. Excellent choice of beers, wine, and cocktails. The surrounding Beaufort charm adds to the pleasure.
This is THE restaurant to visit while in ...
This is THE restaurant to visit while in Beaufort. Tucked back on Middle Lane - it makes the other restaurants on Front Street pale in comparison. Reservations - especially on the weekend - are highly recommended.
Get there early. The fish special sells ...
Get there early. The fish special sells out by 9; but the other menu items are so well prepared you will have no problem finding something special.
Waitress was knowledgeable, attentive and fun.
Highly recommend this restaurant.
It was easy to choose to dine at Aqua on ...
It was easy to choose to dine at Aqua on the evening of 7/27/16, even though it is a one hour drive for us. Open Table made for an easy reservation process for a special occasion on this Wednesday evening.
The food was presented well and delicious. The servings were just right. The service was just right. The casual atmosphere was comfortable inside, as it was when outdoors on previous visits. While we are leaving, we are already talking about going back again soon.
I along with my wife, brother and sister ...
I along with my wife, brother and sister in law ate there twice this past week. It was absolutely AMAZING! The atmosphere provided a much needed quiet dinner. Our server on both occasions RESA was excellent. She was warm, friendly, knowledgeable and made our experience very enjoyable. The food prepared by Chef Jayson was OMG delicious! I felt like I was at a 5 star restaurant and enjoyed every course that we were served. The shrimp and country ham pasta was so good and my wife enjoyed the crab and pineapple napoleon! She's from Mobile and knows her seafood!!! The creme brulee and bananas foster capped our evening off perfectly. We will find our way back there on our next trip to Beaufort!
Delicious interesting food / fresh compl ...
Delicious interesting food / fresh complex
Great service good value enjoyed the small plate options
Deep wine list
Looking forward to our next dining experience in Beaufort-we tried a different restaurant each night - Aqua was #1
Great experience from the very beginning ...
Great experience from the very beginning. We were treated like Princesses for my Sister's Bachelorette party. The Manager Kim was very king and our server Reesa was fantastic. I will definitely be back and will recommend to others.
We had a wonderful dinner at Aqua on Jul ...
We had a wonderful dinner at Aqua on July 16. The food was outstanding and the service was great. We had the white bean dip and tomato tart for appetizers - delicious! Then we had the Crab and Pineapple Napoleon and the Cast Iron Seared Crab Cake for dinner - both were fabulous! We would highly recommend Aqua to anyone looking for a great meal in Beaufort.
The dinner we had was fantastic. I have ...
The dinner we had was fantastic. I have celiac disease and was pleased with the great gluten-free options on the menu. This was one of the best meals we had in Beaufort. We will definitely return.
Service was outstanding. I'm so impressed with the composure of each dish.
Aqua never fails to impress. The food w ...
Aqua never fails to impress. The food was delicious, our waitress, Reesa, was top notch, the drinks were perfectly poured and overall our dinner was a truly delightful experience. Added to that, it is such a wonderful value that we can't help but come back time and time again. Aqua is a true gem in the heart of Beaufort; a not-to-be-missed experience!
really good food. from start to finish. ...
really good food. from start to finish. the only disappointment was when we got there, having made our reservation on open table, the hostess tried to seat us at a bar table (high top) with the a.c. blowing down on us. she acted like she did not know there was a table in the dining room in plain sight. maybe she didn't see it. but it made us feel like she was attempting to save it for someone more important. well we asked and got the table. dinner was fabulous. I will go back but will specify next time i make a reservation that i want inside, in the DR, not the bar.
I would love to know how Aqua was, unfor ...
I would love to know how Aqua was, unfortunately, we stood at the hostess stand, along with two other parties, for 15 minutes and no one ever came to greet us. We all had reservations. We were apprehensive to stay and eat after waiting so long just to be greeted, so we left.
Could not have been better for my best f ...
Could not have been better for my best friend and me. Our server, Emily, was outstanding; very helpful with recommendations and answering our questions. Italian Bread Salad and snapper special were delicious and creative. Looking forward to returning very soon!
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