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Aqua Restaurant

4.9
1233 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 2 days ago

Kim and her staff including the chef and staff were over the top with service, wines and exceptional food!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

excellent service fresh local seafood. Great craft beers. This is the best place to eat in Beaufort

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Always wonderful, friendly staff and exceptional service. One of my most favorite places to eat in Beaufort! 💕

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Trigger fish was perfectly done and presented on a different bed—pasta. Excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great, intimate restaurant, friendly staff and service. Very good food, smaller portions but enough

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Aqua is one of our favorite dining spots on the Crystal Coast! Excellent food, drinks, and service!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Everything was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Excellent food and great service. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Fresh catch small plate is always delicious. The manager, Kim, is the best!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We love Aqua. The small plates are just right for us. The tomato tart is my favorite appetizer.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Outstanding food and service! Wonderful setting in great location. Everything we had was delicious and dessert was incredible. Highly recommended. Can’t wait to come back.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

This is my new favorite Restaurant ....it is an hour round trip but the staff and the wonderful tasty food makes it so worth it. the sauce are to die for ...Thanks to everyone that works there.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Amazing! Came to the beach with our eight year old while Mom stayed back with number three our fifteen year old for ice hockey tryouts. Seated promptly for a five thirty Saturday night reservation with a choice of seats which I thought was pretty classy to let an eight year old choose between a booth or a table.
Knowlegable engaging server Kirsten took us through the menu. We started with the Seared Ahi Tuna and the Watermeoln jalapeño Gazpacho. Both wonderfully prepared and wonderfully presented. I had the lamb chops and our son had the Filet. Both Delicious and much larger servings than we were expecting. If those are the small plates our son wants to experience a large plate : ). The manager owner ? was delightful. Stopped to check on us twice and thanked us for stopping by on the way out. She has a tough job managing expectations at such a popular restaurant and seemed to do so effortlessly. We will be back with the rest of the family soon enough. Thank you Aqua

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We were treated like royalty, the food was delicious, the service impeccable and the atmosphere terrific. We made a reservation for 8 - four couples celebrating anniversaries. We arrived on a Friday night to a festive atmosphere of mainly locals as is is still off season. Our server was attentive without being overbearing. I had a sea bass special that was terrific and others at the table enjoyed their food. One lamb chop was slightly done for my friends liking and was quickly swapped out for a scallop special that she really enjoyed. The food was artfully presented and reasonably priced. The restaurant is well lit with tasteful decor. It is not too big and not too small. Each couple was given a very generous gift at the end and the wine and cocktails were awesome. We returned the next evening after a disappointing meal at another location. The Aqua staff kept the bar open an extra hour and seated us at a table for drinks (Kirtcjnen was closed) - Bartender Charlie(?) was awesome and served us wonderful drinks and gave the table a taste of a special garnish. I can’t say enough about this place. Awesome - go - we will be back!!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Off the main street but such a great place. We saw a huge line and were thankful we had reservations but it turned out the line was to a food truck next door. Lots of the locals seemed to know each other so that means that the food and atmosphere have tk be good! We loved that wine was 1/2 price on Friday night. No water view but no problem!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

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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