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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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Corolla, NC
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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

Thank pelican348
Newport News, Virginia, United States
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Lori U
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 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank Magali N
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Ron R
Clearwater, Florida
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33 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

Thank YellowDogCPR
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31 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank ron2you
Ridgetop, Tennessee, United States
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209 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So I know many places in the area are shut down for the season so my expectations are not as high. Everything was way above what I expected and a very pleasant surprise AND the price was fair. The bangin shrimp and crab dip appetizers were very good. I had the grouper that was presented extremely well, the flank steak,... More 

Thank Robby F
Weehawken, New Jersey
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618 reviews
381 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 279 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 

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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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene, 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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