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Aqua Restaurant

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114 Middle Ln, Beaufort, NC 28516-2157
+1 252-728-7777
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We love tapas style restaurants and this one dos it best. Very popular with locals and tourists, for good reason. Super busy in the summer but worth the wait.

Thank Tennisgal81
Boone, North Carolina
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72 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While listening to an outdoor concert next door we became hungry and stopped in for dinner in the bar. We dined from the small plate menu and enjoyed the tomato tart, lamb chops, shrimp and grits and Asian wings. Great atmosphere and service. This place can be dressy or casual. A really great Beaufort treat!

Thank drleo2
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had a reservation to the place and got seated almost immediately, they were very busy. We ordered the white bean dip which was really good. Then we had their Caesar salad which was different. I forgot to take a picture but it was a piece of toast that had the middle cut out of it and through that cut... More 

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North Carolina
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2017

Aqua has always been awesome everytime we have visited Beaufort. Huge crowd on that Valantines Day night......rowdy locals too. It was ok, but was looking for a quiet romantic place for 2 and it was far from it. Food was ok. I had the bento box. I remeber having thr bento box the last time we were there several years... More 

Thank JumboCoNC
Beaufort, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

My Husband And I Love Aqua! From the moment you step in the door, you feel like you are in a special place. The menu is different and interesting, the wine list is fabulous, and the staff are most attentive. The ever changing menu is wonderful for a small venue, and they are often able to customize the order to... More 

Thank Pattidav
Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2017

Dined at Aqua with family for my wife's birthday. The atmosphere and service was very good. The consensus of our group was that the food was an overall 6.5 on a scale of 10. The food however was quite different than other restaurants on the Crystal Coast. The entrees were unique and creative. We'll probably go back.

Thank Gene C
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

Thanks to bartender, Lindsey, we had the best birthday celebration...amazing food, drinks, and conversation! This was our first visit, but it won't be our last!

Thank Holly C
North Carolina
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

Aqua is hands-down our favorite restaurant in the Eastern NC area. The food, service, and atmosphere are "big city" in nature (i.e. top notch) but the vibe is relaxed and welcoming. My absolute "go to" meal that is always on their rotating menu is the Petite Filet - the steak, mashed potatoes, reduction sauce, and truffle oil all come together... More 

Thank Sur_La_Route_Again
Reidsville, North Carolina
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154 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

The food was fabulous as it has been in the past however my 3 star review is due to a lack of service. It started great with a lovely welcome by the hostess. Our server was sweet and started us out well but then disappeared. Other servers seeing us waiting time after time (refills, dessert , check) took pity on... More 

Thank Sandra G
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13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016 via mobile

Went during the holiday weekend. Nice service and beautifully decorated. Caesar salad was wonderful and whimsical served with a deviled egg and kalamata tapenade. Great but enough for 2, ask them to split so you can share. Triggerfish special and crab Napolean outstanding. Bento box big disappointment. No garnish, peanut sauce like peanut butter, and pork fried rice all peas.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $28
American, Seafood, Wine Bar, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 114 Middle Ln, Beaufort, NC 28516-2157
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Beaufort
  • Phone Number: +1 252-728-7777
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?