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Aqua Restaurant

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Seafood, International, Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar
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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, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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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
Better than our Meals in Napa Valley!

My husband and I dined at Aqua, our first time, in mid-July just after we had returned from Napa Valley. While in Napa, we ate at several well-known, high-end restaurants such as Bouchon Bistro, Bottega, Redd, and Bistro Jeanty. Well, our meal at Aqua blew us away, unlike any of the meals we had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
JDA95
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North Carolina
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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North Carolina
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

My husband and I dined at Aqua, our first time, in mid-July just after we had returned from Napa Valley. While in Napa, we ate at several well-known, high-end restaurants such as Bouchon Bistro, Bottega, Redd, and Bistro Jeanty. Well, our meal at Aqua blew us away, unlike any of the meals we had in California. From the tapas (spring... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This restaurant started off being a little full of itself but once we all got past that the food was worth it. We had reservations but didn't get seated until 30 minutes after. To me that's a no-no. I had the small pork plate and couldn't have been happier. There were 65 of us and everyone enjoyed what they ordered.

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Raleigh
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Went on Friday Night, was crowded, but was seated fast! Service a little slow but was warned prior, due to a big party just in front of us! Was well worth the wait! Eclectic inside and nice! Food and drinks both excellent! A little pricey... But worth it! Would go back again! Everyone loved the food! People and wait staff... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Wow! I happened to cut down Middle Lane in Beaufort while going to get the car and walked past this restaurant which led to a bit of internet research and a late dinner reservation. What luck. Eclectic, modern and classy atmosphere. Great bar menu and wonderful dishes. Serving sizes, even for small plates were plentiful. Wife, daughter and I had... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We dined here last night for the first time. When we arrived at the restaurant the hostess tried to sit us at a bar table.she was quite rude and we had to argue with her that we had confirmed our reservations online and nothing was said about a bar table. After a five-minute confrontation she finally said us at another... More 

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Mebane, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Fantastic dinner… On Fridays they have one third off bottles of wine…. We sat outside on a very warm night and it was absolutely delightful

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Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We enjoyed a fabulous meal last night at Aqua, a cozy restaurant tucked away on Middle Lane. Inside we found a beautifully decorated culinary gem. Our party of six enjoyed sharing items from the tapas menu. We started with a sundried tomato tart topped with sharp white cheddar cheese and drizzled with balsamic glaze atop a bed of mixed greens!... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Spent a wistful evening here. The only difficulty that evening was locating the restaurant. It is located back on a side street but worth finding. The waitress guided us through an evening of new food from martinis to the dessert trio. The restaurant is on the higher end of dining options for Beaufort. Aqua is in my top three choices... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

There was a two hour wait for a table at Aqua so we opted to eat at a small table in the bar area. I'm so glad we did. The food and service were awesome. Both of our entrees were delicious and well presented. We also enjoyed a 33% discount on our bottle of wine (Friday only) that night. Try... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Lovely to sit outside on a summer evening and eat delicious food. The servers couldn't have been more helpful or kind. They checked on us often and we're really warm and friendly. You must try the tomato tart on the tapas menu. Definitely don't want to miss this restaurant.

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Additional Information about Aqua Restaurant

Address: 114 Middle Lane, Beaufort, NC 28516-2157
Phone Number: 252-728-7777
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Beaufort
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
Average Prices: USD $10 to $28
Cuisine: Seafood, International, Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar

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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 to $28
  • Cuisine: Seafood, International, Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business

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?