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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 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Benson, North Carolina
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We heard a lot of hype about how nice this place was. Went for lunch. The waiter seemed very knowledgeable of wines and the special of the day. The food came out and the fish was saturated in grease, I mean soggy. The fries were good, long cut with large granular salt. The slaw was very tasty. However, I was... More 

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

We are so sorry to hear your disappointment with AQUA. We strive to provide high quality food through local sourcing of produce and fish. We even have our own garden! We definitely do not want to send out greasy fish and sincerely apologize if your fish was this way. As for the tables, they are free standing and sometimes they... More 

Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sister had been to this restaurant on several other occasions and really liked it. There were 3 in us party and our waitress was friendly and gave us the list of specials for the night. One of our party got the wahoo which we were told was a mild whitefish. As soon as the dish was brought our though... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your AQUA experience. Hopefully, your concerns were addressed the night of your dining with the manager on duty. We understand that we cannot please everyone or avoid mistakes so we try to address issues immediately so we can still provide a good dining experience for... More 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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108 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

AQUA Restaurant its located on the main road through Duck, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Its hard to miss. The restaurant is right on the water, with a deck oceanfront and on the street side. They promised us a beautiful sunset and sure enough, Mother Nature put on a good show! Food and service was excellent. I enjoyed... More 

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

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are glad you enjoyed the experience and that you got to experience one of our amazing sunsets here on the Outer Banks. We will definitely look in to the crab cakes and make sure that we are not using a lot of filling. We try to use very little, if any, filling and... More 

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 4 weeks ago

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.

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 4 weeks ago 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 

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 14 February 2017

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!

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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64 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 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 

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 19 January 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

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 6 January 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 

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 31 December 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.

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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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
US$10 - US$32
American, Seafood, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
View, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
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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