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AQUA Restaurant

1174 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949
+1 252-261-9700
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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
New Bern, North Carolina
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120 reviews 120 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Spent a great romantic evening with my wife and decided to try this establishment based on TripAdvisor reviews. Not disappointed at all. This restaurant has a fantastic waterfront location and outstanding food. Very romantic setting and quieter than many other romantic setting restaurants. The staff are exceptional especially our server Erin. We had our Beagle Puppy Baxter in the car... More

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Maryland, USA
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124 reviews 124 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Hmmm I wanted to love it. Gorgeous restaurant, fabulous views, but....ok so, the food was just ok for the price and portions were small. Drinks were awesome but 10$ a piece should have been and also small for the price. The crab soup was sweet,,,,, why? Waiter did not offer fresh ground pepper. My girlfriend got up and grabbed it.... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The only sour note was arriving for our reservation only to be seated in the back row of tables when there were many tables at the window free. I asked and was told those tables were reserved by people who asked for a window table. Shouldn't they assume everyone wants a window? It was particularly annoying that at least 2... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The food was amazingly prepared and quickly made, the setting was gorgeous, and it was the best meal I had on the OBX.

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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
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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
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148 reviews 148 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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

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