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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
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent service and food. The restaurant was immaculate and the presentation and taste of the food was fantastic. The wait staff was extremely knowledgeable and courteous. A must see if ever in Duck.

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

Nice! This makes us very proud to hear! We will continue to strive for exceptional service and food quality. Thanks for your kind words. More 

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51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It doesn't get any better than this! My husband and I went in for a early dinner, just a hamburger but what a hamburger! Usually when you order medium well you either get it pink or burned but this one was perfect! Sitting on the deck on the water was very nice. The wait staff was very Pleasant and courteous.... More 

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

Glad you got to sit out on our deck! Its not everyday during the winter that we get to open up the decks. Thank you for your comments. We hope you come back soon! More 

Red Bank, New Jersey
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I travel to the Outer Banks every year, and we normally try a new/different restaurant each year, but the past two years we've come to Aqua because it's great! The food is amazing and it's very family friendly. The view is great, especially if you can catch the sunset!

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Thank kaitlin1285
Judith F, Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

So happy to hear! We hope to continue to provide a great experience for you and your family. See you next year! More 

Clearwater, Florida
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62 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a relaxing massage in the upstairs spa, there is nothing better than an excellent meal in the ground level and sound side restaurant. There is easy parking (not common in Duck) and ample seating space inside or along the deck outside. Cocktails are fantastic, especially the pear martini. Servive is usually excellent, but can be rushed at peak times.... More 

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

Thank you, thank you! We appreciate your kind words and hope you will continue to enjoy all that AQUA has to offer! Enjoy the rest of winter! More 

Corolla, NC
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017 via mobile

One star for the view one for the soups. Went with friends 3x during 2016 season and unless they do a better job at dinner each lunch was disappointing. Chef seems to rely on sauces and presentation rather than taking time to open up the actual flavor of the food

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Thank pelican348
Judith F, Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

We are very sorry to hear that you have not enjoyed the food at AQUA. Our Chefs are very talented and creative and we strive to showcase the fresh ingredients available to us here on the beach. We appreciate your feedback and will pass the critique along to our Chefs in order to continue improving! We hope you will return... More 

Newport News, Virginia, United States
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

Aqua is a beautiful place for lunch or dinner. The food and drinks are excellent and the service is great. The restaurant sits right on the water, so the views are amazing. The menu has a wide selection and vegetarians will find plenty to choose from. The crab and corn chowder and the truffle fries are amazing. A great, relaxing... More 

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

We are so glad to hear that you have enjoyed AQUA! Thanks for your feedback! More 

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

Aqua is a lovely restaurant, the atmosphere is great and also the food and drinks. It is a bit expensive so it's good to check the menu. Try to go during happy hour to the bar and check at what time the sun goes down because the sunset is its what's worth the most.

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

Exactly! Sunsets are the best time to enjoy a cocktail and snack at the bar! We try to offer lighter options on our bar menu and we also offer specials for locals. Check out our website to keep track of our ongoing specials. More 

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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

The service and food were amazingly great. The four of us had a selection of eight different appetizers and main courses. They were all delicious, Great wine list and great 60s folk singer in the bar

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

What a nice compliment! Thank you so much and we are glad you enjoyed yourselves! More 

Clearwater, Florida
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33 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

In the tiny town of Duck, NC there is "an Aqua thing" great Resturant, greater food, greatest water view. The lunch special of pan seared Flounder was the best Flounder we have eaten, Banger Shrimp, Truffle Fries, Pimento jalapeño spread for starter. We will return. Maybe for special New Years menu. Server staff was wonderful and pleasant. It's in your... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

Dining here off-season with a large party. Worked out very nicely, great service but not very busy. Menu selection was not very large, but everything that we enjoyed was well prepared, with excellent ingredients and presentation. Would definitely go here again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $32
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
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
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
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!

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