About Aqua Restaurant
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.
Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm - 900pm Friday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Limited off site catering is available.
Private Party Facilities:
Private party / Banquet facilities available overlooking Taylor's Creek and the Beautiful Beaufort waterfront from the 3rd floor private dining room located in our sister restaurant Clawson's 1905 Restaurant & Pub. Seats up to 69
Private Party Contact:
Kim Kromka: 2527287777x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
Aqua Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Great Special Restaurant
You pay a bit more for creative cooking, fresher ingredients and wonderful wine. It's a great place to get a new dish to share and a couple shared deserts.
Chosen by our Granddaughter
We ate here one other time while in town and the family wanted to return. The manager and wait staff were superb. No better. Good food. Tapas great for sharing. Something for everyone. Wine offered for tasting before decision made on which glass to order. Enclosed outdoor dining super comfortable.
Aqua continues to amaze!
Have dined at Aqua many times over the years, and the restaurant has always been consistently enjoyable and good, with friendly staff, great drinks, a superb wine list, and enjoyable meals. Now, however, Chef Jason Foster keeps raising the bar, making some of the traditional items on the menu better and more flavorful, and bringing new items with amazing combinations of flavors. The tapas style allows plates that fit everyone's appetite, from small plates to great regular size dinners.
Group of friends from Durham [foodies haven] celebrating birthdays at Aqua. The food was absolutely fabulous, [small plates: grilled petite filet, crab cake, seared tuna, shrimp and country ham pasta]. All were clear winners!! The poached pear flame' was excellent for dessert. The wine, Esprit de Grenache was perfect with all the dishes. Excellent value. Server was fun and atmosphere was vibrant, but not noisy. I highly recommend Aqua's...absolutely fabulous! Jason, I enjoyed speaking to you about the bouillabaisse, looking forward to coming back when it's on the menu.
Hot Spot for foodies
A reservation is a must for this foodie heaven. Has a great wine list and special wine events. The menu is small but with special delightful surprises. It has a cool cosmopolitan ambiance and a great bar. If you come to Beaufort it's a must.
Favorite spot in Beaufort
Friendliest staff, great wine list and lots of options for dining with the tapas and small plates!! We all had the triggerfish and it was awesome!!! We'll all be back!!
Getting better all the time (and it started great)
Kim was on vacation so Ami became the exquisite hostess/manager and did a beautiful job in both functions. Chef Jason provided a wonderful shrimp & grits appetizer and a superb triggerfish dish which was served by the ever friendly and personable Andreas. We love everyone who works there to provide a relaxing and wonderful evening experience. I doubt I have ever seen so many couples and friends enjoying themselves so much as I do at Aqua time and time again.
Food was amazing, best lamb chops I have ...
Food was amazing, best lamb chops I have ever eaten! Veggies Au Gratin was delicious as well. Awesome dining experience for our group!
ItookmybestfriendtoAquaforher"special" birthdaycelebration, anditwasawesome. Firstofall, wearrivedearly, actuallyafewminutesbeforetheyopened, andtheygreeteduscourteously, allowingustocomeinandofferingaglassofwine ifwesodesired. There were questions on their wine menu, and our waitress was very thorough and knowledgeable . She was also courteous, professional and quite beautiful! ShetoldusabouttheChefsspecial, whichwetookherup on--trigger fishwithasparugus, artchokes, andmushrooms. Whilewaiting, wehadtheirhomemadeassorted bread, whichmeltedinyourmouth. Andthefoodwasfitforaking, orinourcase-- foodies. Finishingitoffwithahugecreme brulet, complete with Happy Birthday and a really big smile, weleftquitehappy!!! Youreallymustgo!
First time at Aqua and we were so please ...
First time at Aqua and we were so pleased! Please let the chef know what a delight the food was in taste and presentation. We will be back and even my husband said , "Yep!"
They knew it was our anniversary and treated us wonderfully. Excellent care and concern. Wonderful.
Best of the Best!
I always have a great time at Aqua! Wonderful food, amazing staff can't decide which is better! Perfect for a romantic date night or an evening out with friends for drinks and tapas. Would highly recommend!
Packed with locals and I can see why
We decided on Aqua's on the spur of the moment, but did call for a reservation about an hour ahead. We needed it! The place was packed, and this was in February, which is not tourist season! The food was all fantastic, and the wait staff very attentive and knowledgeable.
Perfect place for tapas and small plated.
Have walked by Aquas many times and always saw a crowd. Some friends have mentioned it to us and finally after 13 years tried it. Far exceeded expectations. The oysters Rockefeller while different than some I have had were the best. Service wonderful, knowledgable staff, good wine list as well as a selection of bourbon.
Everything about this restaurant is great: interesting food, friendly service, and appropriate pricing. Especially enjoyed that the entire wine list is available to create your own tasting flight with 1 oz. pours!
The food gets better each time we go! Service is great and staff is always so friendly and helpful!
First time for us at Aqua...
...and we were very pleased with the food and atmosphere. Sarah our server was so sweet...the place was packed with people waiting and we did not feel rushed or hurried, Sarah took great care of us!! We will definitely be back!
Another great dinning experience!
This is the third or fourth time we dinned at Aqua for their Wine-O-Rama. Another great meal with outstanding service (by Katherine). Love the food portion size. Highly recommend attending a Wine event...you'll return often like we do. Enjoy!
Friendly and engaging service. Food sel ...
Friendly and engaging service. Food selections unique and vibrant to taste. Great time, wonderful meal.
This was my 3rd time at Aqua. First two ...
This was my 3rd time at Aqua. First two dinners were more enjoyable. This was a Valentine Dinner. While I like a fun atmosphere, it was so loud you couldn't hear the person across the table. There was a table of about 18 people having a very loud birthday dinner right behind us. I love a good time, but it was so loud there were several tables put off by the group.
Usually a restaurant on Valentines Day is hectic, has a sub standard Prix fix food menu and lousy service, but that was NOT the case with my first visit to Aqua. Although there was a very energetic table of 14 sitting behind us, our server was prompt, very knowledgeable and extremely pleasant. The food was outstanding from beginning to end and we plan on making Aqua our Valentines Day go to for years to come.
We have many wonderful meals at Aqua
We have had many wonderful meals at Aqua, but not tonight. The food was just not up to par. Way over priced for the value. Service was good as always.
I had the small plate filet with smashed ...
I had the small plate filet with smashed potatoes. The beef was perfect but the potatoes could have used some garlic. My wine was a perfect accompaniment, a California Zinfandel. Dessert was a huge crem brûlée for two, very good.
If you like lamb chops, don't miss these! Friday night all bottles of wine are 1/3 off. Wonderful wine list as well. Many locals eat here as well.
Perfect Birthday Celebration
We visited Aqua to celebrate a friend's 60th birthday. We were glad we made a reservation. It was a winter Friday night and the restaurant was full. The service was outstanding. Sara took much time to describe the dishes and they did not disappoint. We ordered a number of small plates to share and everything was beautifully presented and delicious. The creme brule was served in a shallow casserole so that the surface area of crunchy top was huge! It was a wonderful festive experience. We are from out of state but if we make it back to Beaufort, Aqua will be on our list.
This was our third time dining at Aqua. Again it was a great dining experience. Looking forward to the next time when visiting the Beaufort area. Thank you, The Happy Diners
Beautiful ambience and delightful cuisine.
Always a favourite, Aqua serves elegance on the plate and in the room.
When my wife and I wish to celebrate a s ...
When my wife and I wish to celebrate a special occasion, one of the first places we think of is Aqua! Service is always outstanding - food is great - staff is very attentive. Wife requires gluten free - they are very good about assisting with menu choices to avoid gluten. I highly recommend Aqua, even if it isn't a special occasion - hmmmm, it will become a special occasion if you eat there!!!!!
Great hidden find
Aqua is my new favorite restaurant in Beaufort. Food and service was amazing
We eat here frequently and are never disappointed. Be sure to talk with one of the staff when making wine choices. They are very knowledgeable and often have great suggestions. We never fail to discover new and delicious wine choices. Also, the chef if very cognizant of eating preferences and does not have a problem with substitutions and they have gluten-free options as well as options for dairy free and vegetarian. The menu is not huge but there are options to be had.
A wonderful night out
The two of us have enjoyed Aqua several times before and each dining experience seems to get better. After subtly delicious chai tea and green apple martinis, we had sea bass over rice with spinach and scallops with pancetta. Each plate was perfectly prepared and delicious. The poached pear dessert was great. Our server, Sarah, was attentive, friendly, and quite helpful. We look forward to our next trip to the Crystal Coast and Aqua!
Fine dining New Year's Eve
One first time at Aqua. It will not be the last. The reservation handling, welcome greeting, server's professionalism, extraordinary hospitality were all at the highest standards possible. We selected the Rack of Lamb special from a great selections of seafoods, steaks, etc . The oysters Rockafella, wine, deserts added made the eveing our best dining experience ever. The flavors were amazing and left no doubt about the chef's and team deserve all awrds possible. Thank you AQUA. You helped us get the new year started in fine dining fashion. We'll be back as soon as possible. Steve and Norma, Dunn, NC
This place is brilliant!
Loved the experience! From the time we entered the restaurant the staff were all friendly and professional. So warm and welcoming. The menu is limited. It includes small plates and regular sized entrees. The filet absolutely melted in my mouth. They also had a wonderful rack of lamb- perfectly cooked and seasoned. Excellent wine choices. We finished with creme brûlée for two.
Pick and choose carefully
The chef here obviously has definite ideas on how to prepare and season dishes and those ideas may not be to your taste. The tendency is a bit on the over-spiced side, and sometimes too far in the direction of pairing things just to be odd or daring. Some work; some don't. The overall experience was good; it might take several visits to find your favorite dishes. A very knowledgeable and helpful waiter offered good advice but even then I found the grilled pineapple with crab meat and some sort of sauce to be just not very good. The amuse offered was terrible; a black bean and corn salsa that did nothing to cleanse the palette. The ginger and carrot soup was good but did not really need the coconut shavings sprinkled on top. The tomato tart was very very good. The pork loin was very salty, which the waiter stated correctly it would be, but still had good flavor. Overall, it is a good place for a special outing with friends and a relaxed dinner setting. Your sense of adventure might be rewarded.
Delicious dinner st Aqua
Excellent food, ambiance and service at Aqua. I have never been disappointed in many years of eating there with friends and family.
Excellent menu with wonderful choices! ...
Excellent menu with wonderful choices! Wonderful service...skilled, attentive, and knowledgeable! One of our favorite restaurants.
Just one thing
Great food as always. Waitress was fine. My only complaint would be that when we asked to be moved to a booth, we were told they were being saved for larger groups. A few minutes later there were couples seated there. Our food was good but the lie left a bad taste in my mouth. Should have been handled differently.
Aqua è un meraviglioso ristorante
On our 3rd or 4th visit , we brought a new couple. We all had a marvelous time (although we did miss seeing Lisa, who has been a gem of a server). The service was, as usual, excellent, and the food likewise. We especially enjoyed the Creme Brule for desert. Keep up the great job, and we'll see you again.
Best meal we have had in Beaufort.
One word to describe dinner - "Wow". My wife and I had the grouper special that night. The fish was tender, the pumpkin sauce was a nice touch. Add a nice bottle of wine, outside on a warm November evening and the experience was complete. The best time we've had in the 19 plus years of dinning in Beaufort.
My favorite place...
Love this place. Portions are not huge but the food is fantastic!
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