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Aqua Restaurant

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Seafood, Tapas, Eclectic, Wine Bar
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114 Middle Lane, Beaufort, NC 28516-2157
252-728-7777
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5:30 pm - 9:00 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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Visitor rating
  • 139
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 7
    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
WOW

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
BeeBobo
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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192 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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
45 helpful votes 45 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
Senior Reviewer
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 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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Oak Ridge, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Great drinks, excellent tapas menu and killer creme brulee! Staff was delightful and helpful in making our dinner choices.

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Stilwell, Kansas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The service, food and ambiance are great. They have small plates so we tried several things and shared. Great wine selection, fresh food, very reasonable pricing - we'll be back!

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Big D
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 via mobile

We stopped in for a bite on our way thru North Carolina. So glad we did. After several tasty martinis (a nightly special), we started with the cast iron crab cake and then for dinner had the local tuna (Asian) and the special sea bass. All of the food was incredible. Unfortunately, too full for dessert. Our server was very... More 

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Beaufort, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Recently went for a celebratory dinner. Clean, comfortable atmosphere. Ordered a mojito--no mint available, ordered a margarita--tasted like cheap OJ, settled for mango like martini--simply not good or worth the $9...Stick to wines or beer. Ordered 4 small plates--scallops and also a crab gratin by far the best, but they need to dress the greens served with the scallops. The... 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, Eclectic, Wine Bar

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?