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“In the top three! EVER!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Aqua Restaurant

Aqua Restaurant
114 Middle Lane, Beaufort, NC 28516-2157
252-728-7777
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Ranked #3 of 38 Restaurants in Beaufort
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $28
Cuisines: Seafood, Tapas, Wine Bar, Eclectic
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Good for: Bar scene, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
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.
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“In the top three! EVER!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We were charmed by this intimate, eclectically appointed bistro/restaurant one block from the waterfront in downtown Beaufort. The manager and the waitstaff were attentive, not intrusive but highly accommodating, well-informed, and helpful to us throughout our drinks, dinner, and dessert. We have not enjoyed such extraordinarily and imaginatively conceived, prepared and served dishes in years.

First, the Caesar salad (romaine split lengthwise, accompanied by deviled egg on a dollop of tapanade and oven roasted tomato). We followed this with tapas portions of grilled, fresh trigger fish over fig-infused couscous and sautéed Salter Path shrimp (green lentils, kale, shiitake, feta, and herbes de Provence) . For dessert, poached pear flambé was prepared a table. Spectacular, flambed with aged rum and caramel sauce, candied ginger, and vanilla ice cream.

We were so impressed with Friday evening that we made a reservation for the next night BEFORE leaving the restaurant!

Saturday we had an equally delightful evening. We went back to the Caesar salad again! Not disappointed! Our entrees included tomato pie (smoked Gouda, mozzarella, Parmesan, arugula, and balsamic glaze). And the finest grilled pork loin imaginable (with grilled asparagus, red wine pears, balsamic braised cipollini, black fig, and wild rice) Once again, the flavor palettes were subtle, highly creative, and utterly delicious. The chocolate espresso bundt cake (dark chocolate ganache, white chocolate, raspberry compote, and Chambord Chantilly cream) was exceptional.

Aqua features 60-70 wines from around the world, several North Carolina craft beers (among others) and a full bar. Seating is inside or on the private terrace. And gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian selections available.

We can hardly wait to return. Congratulations, Chef Theresa Livingston and the staff at Aqua.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Beaufort, NC
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Good but not consistent...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Good wine list with 33% discount on bottles on Friday! Sometimes this place is great and other times the tapas just don't work. Won't order the tomato pie again. Once it was delicious, once bland and tasteless. A recommended-by-the- waitress duck confit dish on flat bread was also tasteless and made me wish I'd gone with my first inclination which was the duck breast. I've had that before and it was really good. Nevertheless, lively and fun and we will keep taking our chances. The waitresses are always really good.

Visited March 2014
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Columbus, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Darling and Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Lovely little restaurant that is absolutely worth every good review it's earned. Try the crab cakes, or the crab cheese small plate that comes in a little crock with crispy bread squares. Extraordinary quality that sets it at the very top in a town full of great restaurants. I'd imagine this restaurant is extremely hard to get into on the weekends, so do yourself a favor and make a reservation. It's absolutely worth it!

Visited March 2014
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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Delicious tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The fig dish and tomato pie are outstanding - a must try. The other dishes we tried included a ravioli which was tasty buy a tiny bit bland, good breads, and crab cakes. Excellent service.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Charlotte
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“A surprise with every course.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Leave your culinary expectations at the door. This place will surprise you, favorability, at every turn. Don't serve cheese with seafood? Forget about it. Have fun and enjoy.

Visited March 2014
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