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Aqua Restaurant

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Seafood, Tapas, Wine Bar, Eclectic
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114 Middle Lane, Beaufort, NC 28516-2157
252-728-7777
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Our menu is created to bring you the freshest seasonal items available...
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.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 142
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Love, love, love! Nothing compares!

We always enjoy going to Aqua for Wine-O-Rama. You cannot beat the price - $10 for four generous pours of wine and purchase prices of the bottles are much lower than you would pay in a store (assuming you could even find these wines in our local stores). Kim and her team are fantastic hosts that go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Sur_La_Route_Again
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North Carolina
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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196 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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North Carolina
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We always enjoy going to Aqua for Wine-O-Rama. You cannot beat the price - $10 for four generous pours of wine and purchase prices of the bottles are much lower than you would pay in a store (assuming you could even find these wines in our local stores). Kim and her team are fantastic hosts that go the extra mile... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I can't compare this place to any other, and I eat out a lot! I'll just tell you about a few dishes I ordered. They do "small plates" and large plates as well. We had a Caesar Salad that was a work of art, just great, it looked like two enormous celery sticks smothered with sauce, except it was an... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Great tapas restaurant with an extensive wine list. I had the chicken & waffles and it was wonderful! Everything is very fresh, plated beautifully with great flavor! We will definitely be back!

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Beaufort, NC
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The LAST time we visited Aqua was the last Friday in September 2014. My husband and I have often gone to Aqua over the last ten years. On this evening, we'd taken a business customer to dinner since they have a good wine list, discounts on wine on Friday and it's a generally diverse menu. The food was, as usual,... More 

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Really good food excellent service and to die for martinis. Small plates like tapas grace the menu. Order one or four great concept. We really enjoyed our selves

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Greenville, North Carolina, United States
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I can't say enough about Aqua. Of all the places I have eaten in Beaufort, it is by far the best. The service is excellent and the food standards are very high. Atmosphere is awesome.

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Beaufort, NC
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Aqua is a local gem--tucked away on Middle Lane, it's especially nice and cozy in the winter time. The menu (tapas to large plates) is varied and the food is always delicious. Their tomato pie is to die for. Kim, the hostess, is always welcoming and friendly---so are the other staff members. Brilliant food, brilliant service--always a delight.

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Oriental, NC, USA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My wife and I have dined at Aqua for years, and have never once had anything less than a wonderful experience there. The menu changes, and specials abound. Everyone from the server to the bartender to the chef(s) to the manager(s) do everything they can to make sure your every need is met. And this is such a wonderful contrast... More 

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Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

January is slow in Beaufort and many of the restaurants are closed. Aqua is open and packed. The outside dinning is closed and waiting for spring. Be sure to get a reservation. Aqua has wonderful fresh fish that varies with the catch. They have small plates and large plates. I love their Caesar Salad.

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Beaufort, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

Aqua's side street location is just the tip of the charm iceberg. Inside, we've always found the decor to be simple, but warm and inviting. We really enjoy the menu that changes to highlight locally available ingredients as well as the chef's creativity. After our first visit we found ourselves going on about the wonderful wait staff, and after a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 114 Middle Lane, Beaufort, NC 28516-2157
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Beaufort
  • Phone Number: 252-728-7777

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 28
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Tapas, Wine Bar, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

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.
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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