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Aqua Restaurant

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1174 Duck Rd, Lower Level, Duck, NC 27949-4542 (Route 12 North)
+1 252-261-9700
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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North Carolina
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice restaurant in Duck. Lovely to walk along the boardwalk and end up there! Great Seafood and lovely views!

Thank AmyNorthCarolina
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91 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I are visiting and stopped by for lunch. We sat on the deck overlooking the water. I had the mahi tacos and my wife had the shrimp tacos we had the fries and a couple of drinks. Food was excellent. Highly recommend it. The only negative was that the guy at the next table was smoking. Very... More 

Thank Richard R
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want an outstanding view and be the water this is the perfect place. Our lunch was delicious, our waiter was friendly and attentive. This was the perfect place and we took a great walk after on the boardwalk.

Thank Donnaahren65
Easton, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch here on a beautiful mid-September day. Outside dining available on the sound side of Duck. Can walk the extensive boardwalk network from the restaurant. Nice array of typical lunch items and "small plates" to delight any palate. Very friendly wait staff and they take reservations!

Thank j3tripper
Clayton, North Carolina
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I cannot say enough about the high quality of food at Aqua. We had fish and chips. The fish was perfect. The service was great

Thank inequity
Management response:

So wonderful to hear! Thanks for your comments. More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I have close birthdays. Our children took us here for dinner to celebrate during our vacation. Tip - Reservations are important and allow some time for the different courses to be served. Everything from the 'before dinner' bread to the dessert were spectacular. Crab dip, mussels, filet mignon, steak, crab bisque...all dishes were enjoyed by all. Flourless... More 

Thank TravelingGranny_11
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I dined at Aqua while staying in Southern Shores a week after Easter. The food, atmosphere, service was excellent. We returned a second evening for a repeat and not disappointed. I highly recommend trying this restaurant while vacationing at Outer Banks! The sunset view from our table was amazing. I look forward to returning for more fresh... More 

Thank jayricks
Moseley, Virginia
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were celebrating a combination of birthdays and an anniversary the evening we were at Aqua. There were nine in our party. As laid back and casual as the Outer Banks is we weren't sure what to expect. This restaurant was exceptional. We arrived just before sunset over the sound. We were well taken care of from the moment we... More 

Thank Paul W
Management response:

So nice to hear you had a memorable experience! Thanks for sharing and we hope to see you again. More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a large group of 11 and the service was great! Since we had a large group tried many items off menu and food was all excellent!!

Thank hetherington533
Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed a delicious dinner on September 25, upon arriving at the Outer Banks earlier in the day. We dined inside as it was getting dark, but we were able to enjoy a view of the sound before sunset. We were surprised with a window table despite being told on making our reservation that window seating would... More 

Thank Lynette R
Management response:

We are so happy to have made your first night at the Outer Banks a special one! Thank you for your feedback and we hope the rest of your vacation was just as enjoyable. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $32
American, Seafood, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1174 Duck Rd, Lower Level, Duck, NC 27949-4542
    (Route 12 North)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Duck
  • Phone Number: +1 252-261-9700
The most beautiful restaurant in Duck, North Carolina, AQUA Restaurant offers fresh regional cuisine, exquisite wines and casual dining in an elegant waterfront setting on the Outer Banks. Enjoy a memorable meal, excellent service, great company, live music, amazing sunsets and superb waterfront views. It's a AQUA thing!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?