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“Outstanding” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Aqua Restaurant

Aqua Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 38 Restaurants in Beaufort
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $28
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Wine Bar, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
New Bern, North Carolina, United States
1 review
“Outstanding”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

Our first experience at Aqua left us in awe.This is a tapas style restaurant if you have never had the pleasure of eating here before. The menu lists the ingredients used in each dish, but nothing and I mean nothing, can describe the taste sensations you will experience. The Crab Rangoon Gratin is excellent. It is very rich and can easily serve 3 people. Just when your palate tastes the sweetness of the cheese, the peppers kick in. The Jicama and Tomatillo slaw withe the Local Catch Tostada was to die for. The stone ground grits in the Shrimp and Grits was creamy and firm. Shrimp was done perfectly. This is not the traditional South Carolina recipe dripping in butter.Most excellent! The biggest OMG moment was the Creme Brulee. Folks I am here to tell you that if you ever had a "tastes like more" experience with Creme Brulee elsewhere.. prepare yourself !. They serve theirs in a serving dish here. Literally. The chef (Tracy Livingston) has done a superb job creating this menu and these dishes. Our waiter (Andreas) was very helpful and knowledgeable and perfectly attentive. We will be going back, hopefully soon and with friends as they will think we have exaggerated our kudos. Great selection of wines and specialty Martini's complemented our evening. Four thumbs up from Bob and Theresa!!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Theresa S
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“Very nice dinner in creative atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Well worth the walk around Beaufort's main waterfront street to a small, stylish place with indoor/outdoor seating options. Expansive Martini list, attentive service, creative food. A nice experience all the way around. We had Tapas and small plate (appetizer) selections and enjoyed each one. Very pleased.

Visited July 2013
Helpful?
Thank Edward S
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Swansboro, North Carolina, United States
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“wonderfull evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

This was our first visit to this restaurant and they really made it special. The waitres ,Kelly was very helpfull and friendly along with the whole staff. The food was excellant and service was great, wonderful atmosphere also.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Brenda F
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“Fabulous Food!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

What a great find!! The food was really delicious and creative! The service is excellent. Everyone was friendly, nice and very knowledgable. One of the best restaurants in the area!! Do go if you get the chance.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Cindy S
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“Special occasion restaurant--but go anytime!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

I have selected Aqua as my birthday treat restaurant two years in a row--and I have to drive 3.5 hours to get to it! Food is great. A wide range of plate sizes and prices. Each item made with obvious care.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jkline11
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