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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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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a great lunch at Aqua. The food was delicious. We always order the seafood dishes at the coast and we were not disappointed. Deck dining was beautiful and peaceful. Deck dining is pet friendly.

Thank Thomas U
Greenwood, South Carolina
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Last minute decision to go. Typically requires a reservation on a Friday night but was told outdoor dining does not require it but on a first-come-first serve basis. Took a chance and we were seated pretty quickly. Had an attentive waiter which is always a plus. Good selection of food. No long wait for our meal. Looks like a lot... More 

Thank LibbbsPT
South Charleston, West Virginia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My first trip to the Outer Banks with 4 girlfriends resulted in 2 trips to Aqua. The first was for lunch after a morning of shopping along the boardwalk. We sat outside by the water, and all enjoyed the variety of offerings that Aqua provided. If fact, we liked it so much that we returned for dinner 2 days later.... More 

Thank sallyp525
Olean, NY
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66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Aqua serves up the perfect meal, in comfortable surroundings, with servers who are genuine, knowledgeable and personable. On a recent visit, we had the Grouper special--delicious-- and the seafood puttanesca, an ample portion which was equally delectable. Caesar salad, tuna, a lovely soup and french fries were excellent starters, and dessert did not disappoint either, whether a beautifully presented peanut... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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109 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After a lovely walk in the Duck boardwalk we were ready for a relaxing lunch. We picked Aqua for its view of the water and it turned out to have inventive menu of items made with local ingredients. The food was delicious and the service was great. It wasn't very busy but I think in prime season you might need... More 

Thank Lori C
East Sandwich, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Reading other review, I ordered the mussels for an appetizer and the king mushrooms for dinner. I was not disappointed. Everything was wonderful. My husband had the shrimp and grits which were very good. Our Waitress was very nice and helpful.

Thank Linda C
Blacksburg, Virginia
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155 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Finally tried Aqua for a date night during our recent vacation and I'm mad at myself for never trying them before! We had an excellent meal-I had fabulous shrimp and grits and my husband had the grouper special. We shared the chocolate torte for dessert and we couldn't have been happier. Make reservations, they fill up quick and we were... More 

Thank noodle1976
Akron, Ohio
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I dined here twice during our six day stay. Who knows, we may go back again. The food and drink were excellent, ( although the menu is limited) and the view of the sound is lovely. My only complaint is the lack of a dinner salad with the entree.

Thank Allen H
Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Another reviewer had commented that you shouldn't bother letting them know if you aren't going to be able to make your reservation and they were right. I made a reservation and then cancelled it about 45 minutes later when we decided to go elsewhere. I was chastised for my efforts. Glad we didn't go there with such an unfriendly attitude... More 

Thank ChesterfieldJane
Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a beautiful spot in the middle of a beautiful spot (Duck, NC) My wife ordered a mixed drink, Hooked on Quack, and it was ON POINT!!! We had the fresh bread with butter as an app! My wife had the meatballs w/o pasta -- it was the best we've ever had! Absolutely incredible flavor! I had the shrimp and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?