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Aqua Restaurant

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Seafood, American, Contemporary
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1174 Duck Road, Lower Level, Duck, NC 27949 (Route 12 North)
+1 252-261-9700
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Description: The most beautiful restaurant in Duck, North Carolina, AQUA Restaurant...
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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  • 227
    Excellent
  • 139
    Very good
  • 64
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Beautiful View

Great water view and delicious food. I took my husband here for father's day on the final day of our vacation. The food was great.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
Khalalily
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Bridgeport, West Virginia
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For such a lovely place, I was very disappointed in both the service, and the food. The sangria that I ordered as my cocktail was tasteless and watered down. The pimento cheese appetizer was a let-down. The cheese was in huge chunks and not very palatable because of this. The seafood dishes, three of them, that were ordered, were not... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review AQUA Restaurant. Both positive and negative feedback are essential to the growth and development of our establishment. It was very disappointing to hear that we fell short of your expectations and hope you will join us during your next visit to Duck and experience the improvements inspired by your input. For any... More 

Chester, Maryland
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friendly service awaits with amazing views of the sound. The outdoor deck is the place to be, although seating for parties of 4 or more is tight in some areas, so get there early. Lovely tasting food. I will go back, when we head back to Duck!

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Judith F, Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and we look forward to creating another great dining experience for you in the future. More 

Norfolk, Virginia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food and the service was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant and I would drive there to eat another great dinner.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great meal and super service from Emily. Had the Salmon which was wonderful and a cheese plate that was also great. Very nice selection of wine and beer as well. Highly recommend this spot!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Great water view and delicious food. I took my husband here for father's day on the final day of our vacation. The food was great.

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Thank Khalalily
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160 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Aqua serves up a very nice dining experience. The wait staff have command of the menu and offer helpful insight about entrees. Our party of 9 enjoyed engaging conversation which included how perfectly the chef cooked each main course selection. I had Cobia for the first time and it was wonderful. Aqua attempts formal and sophisticated dining but falls just... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

The Aqua Restaurant was a good experience. The food was well prepared and we enjoyed our meal very much. The restaurant has a great view of the sound. Recommend this restaurant!

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Thank Wanda M
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50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

My Mom and I discovered Aqua, through Trip Advisor, a few years ago. We make at least one reservation during each week we're there. We've never had a meal we didn't enjoy. When we were there in October, I should have gotten the name of our server, because she was wonderful. She had strawberry blonde hair, if that helps. We... More 

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Thank Egreaves
Williamsburg, Virginia
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

We were a party of ten for dinner on Saturday, November 14. First, let me say the service was excellent and the wait-staff highly professionnal. Kudos to Shannon and our head waiter whose name, unfortunately, I do not recall. The food was another story. My husband ordered the catch of the day and I ordered the Airline Chicken. Both were... More 

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Thank kaefte
Beaufort, South Carolina
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65 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

We were recently in Duck and visited this restaurant. It was very quiet - we were only one of two couples - which was great! Our server was excellent! The soup of the day was wonderful - my husband wanted to go back the next night for more. We ordered appetizers for dinner. The shrimp, while spicy hot, was delicious.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1174 Duck Road, Lower Level, Duck, NC 27949
    (Route 12 North)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Duck
  • Phone Number: +1 252-261-9700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 32
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

Description

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!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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