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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
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Weehawken, New Jersey
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563 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

While my wife, Mom and mother-in-law were getting massages at the Aqua Spa, my young son and I went for a walk on the Duck Boardwalk. It was hot, we were sweaty and we were looking forward to lunch. As soon as we sat down I told the waiter that we were really thirsty. Almost instantly he had 2 lemonades... More 

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

Awesome! We strive very hard to make guests feel welcome and have a memorable experience at Aqua. Friendly and attentive service are what we aim for and I'm very glad to hear we hit our mark. Thank you for sharing with us and we hope to see you again soon. More 

Washington, DC
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

We visit Aqua ever year (2016 was our 3rd year) after our annual girl SPA visit at the adjacent AQUA SPA. The food and drinks are high quality and wit staff is very friendly. They have a long (and skinny) deck on the sound which offers gorgeous views. Large umbrellas provide enough shade even during lunch time on a hot... More 

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

Wow! Three years in a row! You have discovered the blissfulness of an AQUA experience... we like to say, "It's an AQUA thing!" ;) More 

Pacifica, California
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81 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We were there for a wedding rehearsal dinner, which actually made a lot of people unhappy, since we closed the place down. Regardless, we didn't care. The drinks and food were delicious, the service was great, and the sunset view was incredible. If you're in the area and can afford it (it's expensive by Outer Banks standards, but not by... More 

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

We are so thrilled to make your rehearsal dinner a memorable one! Come see us again soon More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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155 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

We had a quiet dinner for two watching the sun set over the Sound. It was really gorgeous. Dinner was pretty good too. One of us had the steak and proclaimed it delicious. The shrimp N grits were okay, I like my recipe better. The waiter was excellent and suggested a delicious wine that went with both. It was a... More 

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

We appreciate your comments. Sorry you didn't enjoy the Shrimp N Grits. Our chef has tried to put a creative twist on them so they definitely are a little different than traditional style. We are constantly taking feedback on the food and have recently changed our menu! Give 'em another try when you return! More 

North Carolina
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

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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101 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 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
Judith F, Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Very sorry about the other guest smoking on our deck! We try to only allow that when no other guests are around... we should have caught that. Thank you for the feedback on the tacos, we think they are pretty good as well ;) More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 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 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

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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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

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 October 12, 2016

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 

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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
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?