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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 - 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, Dessert, Late Night, 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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  • 148
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 10
    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
Relaxing and Inviting

When you walk, you are transform into a VIP. You are quickly greeted by smiling hostess who takes you to your table. The restaurant's atmosphere is very relaxing and calming, especially after a hard day. It didn't hurt that they just so happen to have $5 martini that night. Their warm homemade... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
Janet M
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Morehead City, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Morehead City, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

When you walk, you are transform into a VIP. You are quickly greeted by smiling hostess who takes you to your table. The restaurant's atmosphere is very relaxing and calming, especially after a hard day. It didn't hurt that they just so happen to have $5 martini that night. Their warm homemade bread served with olive oil mix was excellent.... More 

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Oriental, North Carolina
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Ride the ferry over from Pamilco county & enjoy a fresh seafood delight! Tucked in behind Front St is a delightful local restaurant. Enjoy their signature Caesar Salad - and the fresh local catch! Then end up with a homemade desert. Full bar plus great wine selection. A great evening,

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New Bern, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Aqua is a splash of NY amid Beaufort charm. Fun and quirky menu that rates an all around ten. Service impeccable. Must try: the pimento cheese flatbread--even if you think you don't like pimento--you will be raving for weeks. Check out their Wine O Rama…2x per month on Tuesday. You get FOUR very generous 'tastes' for $10!!! A must stop... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

After reading reviews we made reservations to Aqua restaurant only to be disappointed by our meal. The Caesar salad presentation was nice but lacking in taste. The steak was presented with cold potato salad. We were outside on deck with plastic chairs with no view. Un fortunately, I would have to say the price of the meal was large compared... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

There are a lot of good to great restaurants in and around Beaufort, but I think that Aqua may become our new "favorite" restaurant!. I have always felt that the key to a great restaurant was to have a limited menu, prepare each dish with fresh ingredients and do the dishes well. We will be back!

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

First, you have to look hard for this restaurant. It is BEHIND the restaurants that face the popular waterside boardwalk in Beaufort. You know that you're in for something different as you walk up the dark street & see the creative lighting around the entrance. We had no reservations, but the hostess simply smiled, showed us to some bar seats,... More 

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bishops Stortford
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

Totaly recommend this restaurant. The decor is very modern and service was exemplary. We shared sweet potato chips, followed by tuna and pork tenderloin, both of which were excellent. We finished off with chocolate torte and a little chocolate/peanut bread pudding with peanut brittle, which my husband loved. Highly recommend the Shiraz as well. The one small fault was that... More 

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North Carolina
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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
114 reviews 114 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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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: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions

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?