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“nice people and service is good.”
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Aqua Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 41 Restaurants in Beaufort
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $28
Cuisines: Seafood, Wine Bar
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Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Our menu is created to bring you the freshest seasonal items available presented with a creative touch. Aqua’s small plates offer you an exciting array of tastes in ‘just right” portions ideal for passing around the table or enjoying two or three as a full meal. Aqua’s Big Plates feature "North Carolina seafood served stylishly" with the freshest local seafood and Choice Beef Filet, as well as local produce when it’s seasonally available. Aqua prides itself on offering fresh, local products and supporting our local fisherman and farmers.
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Love the fact that the menu changes periodically.The delightful atmosphere and the food is worth the price and wait . The outdoor seating area and bar are a wonderful addition to the awsome food and service.

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Reviewed May 25, 2013

The atmosphere at this casual fine dining restaurant is amazing. Everyone is very helpful and welcoming. We dined on the closed in patio and the food was amazing. They have tapas, small plates, large plates, salads, and desserts. We had the duck ravioli and shrimp and grits tapas and the filet mignon, crab cakes, and exotic mushroom filo small plates. They were all well presented and very tasty. Then we finished with the huge creme brulee. It really is huge. This was way more than enough food for two. Aqua also has a wine special every day of $3.99 per glass; your choice of red or white. The service is great and the food is amazing. A must do when you are in the area.

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Thank Dessari
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tamccune, Public Relations Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2013

Thank you for the wonderful words, and for helping us kick off summer!

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Reviewed May 13, 2013

We were invited here by friends who live locally and soon understood why.

The menu includes an excellent choice of small tapa dishes as well as larger plates. We tried and shared several and found them all to be delicious and also enjoyed the good selection of Cotes du Rhone wines.

Although busy for dinner during the Music Festival, the service was excellent.

Thank buenvino
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

This is a nicely designed restaurant with pale aqua walls, warm wood trim, shimmery art glass and bold Miro prints -- an upscale, slightly mod ambiance with a nice hopping energy. I always like a glimpse into the kitchen, too. The dishes were imaginative and well executed and presented.

We started with the grilled oysters on the half shell. Like oysters Rockefeller, the gorgonzola, caramelized onions and spinach somewhat overpowered the delicacy of the oysters, but the flavors were delicious. Next up was the pork belly bruschetta with wild mushrooms, brie ad truffle oil. Beautiful balance of flavors, and the pork belly was perfect in texture. The delicate broth of the oven-baked scallops on the half shell was the highlight of my evening. The little scallop shells acted as perfect reservoirs for the broth from the scallops, artichoke heart, pork belly and lemon caper beurre blanc. Delish! The avocado foam on top of the black truffle and oyster mushroom risotto was another highlight. Clean, light essence of avocado with just a hint of warm truffle. Mmmm. (The risotto was might tasty as well.)

Our server was a tad slow on the beverages and a little over-proud, but knowledgeable and friendly. The wine list was quite nice, and Fridays are 33% off bottles, My Manhattan was well-prepared (minus points for cherry from a jar).

Bananas Foster capped the meal with a tabletop flambe. Flavors were good, but the banana could have been a touch riper. Our server brought our ticket as we were finishing dessert which, despite her encouragement to linger, was a little off-putting.

All in all, this was a lovely dining experience, and we will eagerly return to Aqua our next visit to Beaufort.

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Thank KellyMcB1
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Aqua is a sophisticated take on a small bistro, and probably has the most imaginative menu in Beaufort. The room itself is lovely and you feel like you have entered a modern upscale restaurant in a larger city. But best of all is the food! We have been here twice when visiting Beaufort, and the food is good enough to make a special road trip just to eat at Aqua. The menu consists of tapas, salads and soups, small plates, large plates, and wonderful desserts. We ordered 2 tapas as appetizers, and deciding which 2 from the 6 offered was very difficult. We each then ordered a small plate (my husband had the small filet mignonette and I had the fish special--both were just the perfect size). A shared dessert of peach cobbler and cappuccino and espresso and we were more than satisfied. This place is a gem!

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Thank mayfield63
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