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AQUA Restaurant

1174 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949
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Ranked #11 of 29 restaurants in Duck
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $19 - $31
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Route 12 North
Description: Waterfront dining in the Village of Duck, NC. Lunch and dinner with beautiful dynamic sunset views. Award winning wine list, full bar with signature cocktails, regionally inspired cuisine with a children's menu. Family friendly while also being a great place for an intimate dinner. Live music with a seasonal schedule. Events and weddings.
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73% Recommend
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English first
Greenville, North Carolina
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Heard so many great things about this restaurant and thought I would try it. They had $5 tapas night and the menu was very disappointing. You only had a couple of choices for $5 (pimento cheese, potatoe dish, chex mix and nuts, and fish ceviche. Ordered the pimento cheese, ok but little flavor. Also ordered potatoe dish and had to... More

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Judith F, General Manager at AQUA Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm glad that you had heard some many great things about AQUA Restaurant and visited us while you were in Duck. I am sorry to hear that you had an unpleasant experience and would like to reach out to you to help us improve on what went wrong with your meal. We welcome the opportunity to regain your business. Please... More

2 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

My husband and I love the OBX a friend had told us about Aqua so we went at sunset. The view was great and so was the food I had chicken pillard it was tasty, he had a filet that was a special that night it was cooked perfectly. We will definitely return to this restaurant in the near future.

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Duck, North Carolina
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Shelly seated us immediately and made us feel welcome. I ordered salmon with balsamic glaze from the Valentine's Day menu, and had the flourless torte for dessert -- both were terrific. Service was excellent -- one of the best dinners I've had in a long time. My only complaint is that the place was busy, and very noisy -- all... More

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Central Illinois
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We stopped in here for happy hour and they had good food and drink specials. Great location, you can see right out to the water and inside the restaurant was also very nice. We will come back when we visit the next time.

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Greenville, NC
Top Contributor
144 reviews 144 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

This place has a wonderful view of the sound. Quite spacious and the decor is wonderful. Food was only average and service was not what we expected. We waited at the hostess table over 5 minutes. I even went into the restaurant and bar area looking for someone. I noted 3 people sitting a a table in the rear so... More

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ducknc2614110, Manager at AQUA Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the information we received on your experience at Aqua. I want to apologize and say that there is no excuse for what happened. I am the General Manager and during the off season I am the one responsible for covering the door. That day I had a meeting and should have made plans for a hostess to greet... More

Rockville Centre, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Driving around OBX and ended up in Deck. Saw that this restaurant had a nice water view and was hoping to catch a nice sunset. Wasn't disappointed. We had the fish tacos and they were delicious. Staff was very friendly and the view was spectacular.

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ducknc2614110, Manager at AQUA Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your comments and we hope to see you on your next visit to Duck. More

5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

From our table the bar area looks like it might be fun. We'll go there soon as our meal was served before we even had a chance to sort out the wine. The best help I could get from the 'expert' was "that one is good. I like that one,etc. my husband had the beef medallions and liked them. He... More

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Cary, North Carolina
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50 reviews 50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

My husband and I along with my parents came here for our final night in Duck. We were sorely disappointed. It is on the sound so it is a great location and I am sure that that is what attracts a lot of the people. It offers a very limited menu and its pricey. The food itself is okay but... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I had dinner here and had a delicious meal with a fantastic view. The service was great and the pasta I had was plentiful and delicious. Aqua will definitely remain on my dining destinations in Duck. I highly recommend the restaurant to others.

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Richmond, Virginia
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

I'd been to the Aqua for lunch and had enjoyed it, but this year I hit it for dinner and was so pleased I did. The chicken paillard I had was packed with flavor. The chicken was perfectly cooked and lying in a lovely pancetta pan sauce with fried capers scattered atop. I can still remember how it tasted. If... More

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