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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.
Beaufort, NC 28516
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.
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Aqua Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Second visit. Food very good & fresh. Staff is super. Based on 2 visits there my recommendation is: dress very warmly (or request outside) - like long sleeves, pants, gloves! So cold both times that it made the dining experience less enjoyable - and I though I had dressed more warmly on the 2nd visit. Luckily, Hosts has fleece blankets for fibers!!!
Although I have been to Aqua many times in the past, I thought I would try it again. The red drum small plate was fresh and succulent. We started with the Bento Box. Two of us got the salad and one got the shrimp and grits. All were good. We ended with the red drum and crab cake. Dessert was the creme brûlée and bananas foster. The service was attentive but not overly so. A great experience!
We chose the small plate special: red drum with rice, zucchini, mushrooms,
and roasted tomatoes in a light cream sauce. It was one of the best meals I've ever eaten in a restaurant! Even though the restaurant was crowded, the host did his best to find us a table that was not too noisy. The manager came by to check on us within 5 minutes of our being seated. We've been to Aqua 3 times now, and we like it better each time!
Aqua is Absolutely Wonderful! This is one of our very favorite places to eat and to celebrate special occasions. The menu is creative and the food is always delicious. Dishes feature local ingredients regardless of the season. The ambience is delightful and upbeat. The Wine list is extensive with Wine Tastings featured twice monthly as well as Wine Specials on Friday nights. Specialty Martini's are also a favorite. It is usually quite crowded, so reservations are highly recommended. I would not recommend this restaurant for small children.
When we visit from out of state Aqua is always on our must do list of restaurants. It is a favorite of locals and it never disappoints. Food is always excellent. Menu is not huge which is a plus since items on menu are thoughtfully prepared. The grouper special was amazing. Thanks, Aqua, see you next year.
The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating. The menu has tapas, small plates and big plates so regardless of appetite there is something for everyone. They try to feature local foods and offered fresh trigger fish as their nightly special which was delicious. The tomato pie is a must on the tapas section. It's one of their noteworthy dishes. We also tried the tuna and the lamb which were cooked to perfection. Twice monthly they offer wine tastings on Tuesdays and those nights are very busy, cost is $10 for 4 wines. Other nights include drink specials and the night we were there, a Wednesday you could design your own flight of wines. We have the bartender pick 4 (1 oz.pours) for each of us based on what we ordered and the selections were fabulous. Of all the places we ate while visiting Beaufort this was the best. Too full to eat dessert so can't even comment on that.
We own a B&B and send guests to Aqua daily! They are never disappointed by Chef Jayson's cuisine or the care and attention Kim gives them the moment they walk in the door! Lindsey is a phenomenal bar keep and is very attentive with ensuring patrons have a great time and a great drink in hand. Tuesday Night's twice a month are the Wine O Rama selections and it's an evening not to be missed... Thanks for ensuring the guests at the Inn on Turner always feel special!
Second time in 10 days driving all the way from Raleigh in. The Greatest restaurant experience for my wife and I is the comfort of home, the quality of fine dining all in a casual atmosphere. We always enjoy thinking about different things that go together well on their menu. This time we tried the roast chicken, zucchini cakes and a caprese salad. We shared that combination and it was more than enough food and truly amazing.
Aqua has very good food, nicely presented. Like most good restaurants out of of metropolitan areas, they clear dishes while others are eating but maybe most people want this but I feel like they want to turn the table over as quickly as possible
Excellent martini at 9$ each
Let the Owner just be the Owner!
We have eaten here before and enjoyed outside and at the bar. This evening we had an early dinner reservation for four and were seated in the dining room by the lady owner with short hair and glasses. Our server was excellent in every way, attentive informative and pleasant - Resa W. The food was mostly good, but everything did not need to come on greens and with Edible flowers.
The gazpacho was spicy and tasty and the tomato tart - delicious - with good crust and gooey cheese. The zucchini cakes were good, but again too much greens and flowers. Two got the caprese which was tasty with watermelon. The crab cake was yummy and the lamb, presented nicely and the chicken wings decent.
The problem was that the owner was very anxious, clearing tables, actually messing up the one with a table cloth and just overall acting like a nervous nelly. It was not good for the mood in the restaurant and I'll admit, dropping a check on a table with dirty dishes is a pet peeve, so it ended on a less than professional note.
Hire a busser and let the owner just touch tables, prohibiting her customers from viewing her stress out just because they were busy - it was a Friday night after all...
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