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Aqua Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
American, Seafood, Contemporary
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1174 Duck Road, Lower Level, Duck, NC 27949 (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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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Overall good service, nice decor, beautiful views of the water. Only complaint is odors of nail salon drifting from spa upstairs. Food was good but nothing spectacular.

Thank cjgso
Wilmington, Delaware
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Decided to eat out one night on our vacation, and rolled the dice a bit since there were 11 of us including two young kids. Didn't have a reservation but showed up at 5pm and Aqua was able to seat us outside on the deck at the front of the restaurant. It was perfect. Our server, JR was superb. All... More 

Fredericksburg, Virginia
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited Aqua restaurant for a mid week lunch while staying at the OBX for a vacation. It was pretty quiet - probably only saw about 4 other tables of diners while we were there around 1pm. We ordered fish and chips, veggie bean burger and tuna melt. There was a reasonable selection of veggie options which is unusual for... More 

Thank SarahSallyCat
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We called for a reservation the day of for 7 people on a Friday and were pleasantly surprised that they could accommodate. We got a great table, wonderful waiter, had a really tasty meal and watched the sunset from our table. Great experience. Highly recommend it for a upscale dinner in Duck.

Thank Nicolesjam
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The best meal I've had in quite a while. Despite being packed, the restaurant delivered delicious, creative local dishes with friendly, attentive staffing. Kent, our waiter was great. Good attention to detail, and consistent service. One of my top 3 in OBX.

Thank Sally M
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We sat outside on the deck and had a beautiful view of the sunset. Drinks, dinner and out waiter Kent were all wonderful. Definitely a must stop in Duck.

Thank ljsm27
Louisville, Kentucky
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mahi Mahi Lunch special was superb. The chef made an art out of the dish which was almost too lovely too eat! But - I did and it was delicious! Wonderful place to relax for lunch on the Sound of the Outer Banks. It also has evening music - which I will have to try time I'm in the... More 

Thank kygal2016
Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for apps and drinks - great staff and menu. View is legit. Can get a bit pricey, but for the atmosphere, it was expected. Food was very good. No complaints, would go again. No reservation bar...which in Duck can be a plus, especially considering the view.

Thank jockoflocko
Charlottesville, Virginia
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went with a party of 13 (5 of which were kids). We sat outside and had an awesome waiter. He brought crayons and coloring books for the kids. After taking our order we were very happy to see they brought the kids' food out first. The kids food was served on a frisbee which they took out into the... More 

Thank Christopher R
New Jersey
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the most perfect lunch while visiting friends in OBX! The restaurant has an indoor space and an outdoor space for dining. We chose to sit outside harbor-side and had a perfect table along the railing. Per our friend's recommendations we ordered the shrimp tacos - unbelievably delicious! I have to say hands down one of the best I've ever... More 

Thank NewJerseySunandfun

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $32
American, Seafood, Contemporary
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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Scenic view, 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 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
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?