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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: Late Night, Dinner, 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 July 30, 2013

Tucked away on a side street in Beaufort, this resto is a real treat, great décor, attentive and knowledgeable staff, the biggest problem is what to choose from the menu, it all sounds so tempting! We decided to select as much variety as we could from the Tapas, small plate and big plate menus and we were not disappointed, the food was truly outstanding, some of the highlights were the tomato pie, braised beef bruschetta and the shrimp and grits all from the Tapas list. The mushroom filo from the small plate list and the cast iron chicken breast from the big plate list. We followed that up with a desert sampler of Bananas flambé, Lemon curd and a mint choc brownie.
All of our selections were delicious in particular the Tomato pie, cast iron chicken breast and the lemon curd were all fabulous!!!
The evening was one of my most memorable culinary experiences in the US, it is a must do night out if you are in the area looking for a great meal and a nice glass of something to wash it down with.

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Thank Anthonyo12
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We had an amazing dinner. Fresh seafood was excellent and flavors were interesting and delicious. Great martini's and atmosphere with attentive service. Can't wait to come back.

Thank Samantha M
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

We walked to dinner from our hotel, as the sun was setting and warm summer breeze was blowing. Aqua was buzzing with laughter and conversation and we settled into our booth, eager to join. The wine list is amazing (we hadn't found a bottle of Groth in quite a while), as is the menu. Our server, Ivey, was very attentive and friendly. It was a perfect experience all around!

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Thank baileyofthetrent
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

The food choices were all sensational, and we sampled a wide variety. And the wine specials were equally fantastic--we come to Atlantic Beach/Beaufort for one week every year, and have been doing so since 2002. And we ALWAYS come to Aqua--the food and wine combination there are fanstastic, and we compare them to the top-of-the-line offerings in Washington, DC, and Aqua trumps them all. We will continue to head there every year we're at the beach--they are, without a doubt, the best of the best on the Crystal Coast!
--Mark and Donna Clodfelter, Alexandria, VA

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Thank Clodheels
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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!!

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Thank Theresa S
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