AQUA Restaurant and Spa Duck NC AQUA setting in Duck, NC RESTAURANT The most beautiful waterfront


Bar 3 pm
Dinner 4:30 til
Lunch 11 am – 3
Bar 11 am
Dinner 4:30 til

Live Music Daily 6-9 pm, weather permitting
MON  Randy Burton
TUE   Monte Hooker
WED  Graham Outten
THU  Bobby Soto
FRI  Monte Hooker
SAT  Devin Frazier
SUN  Randy Burton

Reservations are highly recommended for our limited capacity indoor seating. Outside seating is available on a first-come basis. We’re following all guidelines including wearing masks and request guests wear one when not seated. We’ve made a well-being commitment with new HVAC air disinfecting UV Lights and an already strict sanitation policy. We look forward to seeing you relaxing at AQUA!

Outside Seating at AQUA Restaurant


Locally Inspired Creations, Exquisite Wines, Hand-crafted cocktails, Year-round
Now in our 13th season, we applaud our outstanding staff for their commitment to providing an exceptional culinary experience in our casual setting you’re sure to be comfortable relaxing in. Gorgeous sunsets, live music, and good times with friends and family make AQUA the place where delicious food and beautiful memories happen.
Our lunch menu has a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, seafood, and more. At dinner, Chef creates exquisite specialty dishes using local-caught fish and seafood, locally farmed ingredients, and all-natural meats. Carefully chosen innovative wine, craft beer, and cocktails perfectly complement Chef’s savory creations. Our yummy desserts are handmade in house from the freshest ingredients.

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  • A+ service, food and atmosphere. Off season able to seat us right away without a reservation. Our server was fantastic- suggested wine pairings, guided entree selections, even offered to move us to a quieter table when a large party came in. Shrimp and grits, mussels, and pork belly special all excellent, but you MUST save room the decadent flourless chocolate cake. Will absolutely come back on our next trip!
    PPS, out of town visitor
  • Absolutely outstanding. Had lunch with family at this wonderful place, the special for lunch was pan fried flounder with grilled vegetables, peppers, mushrooms, etc, with the most wonderful sauces , the flounder was pan seared to perfection, the flavours outstanding, the soup to die for, crab and fresh corn, broth amazing, and the finish of a touch of white truffle oil. a gourmet journey, Thank you Aqua.
    AE, Kincardine, Canada
  • Great service, perfect setting and well prepared and presented food that tastes delicious. Bonus is gorgeous sunsets over Currituck Sound. Filet Mignon was as tender as butter and so tasty. Duck was also delicious. Go here.
    DP, Lancaster, PA
  • This restaurant is very good! We were all happy with our meals. Our waiter was excellent. The service was fantastic all around. The food came out in a timely fashion and was prepared as described in the menu. Good job Aqua from some avid foodies!!!
    MM, Jamesport, NY
  • Beautiful sunset on the deck. We enjoyed a delicious meal on the deck, with the added benefit of a gorgeous sunset. The food was great, the service was excellent, and the sunset view was fantastic.
    WH, Buffalo, NY
  • Great food, great views! First, the restaurant was very accommodating to my wife and I as we did not have reservations upon arrival. They sat us quickly outside on the waterfront. We started off with the bangin shrimp appetizer, which was delicious with the Asian slaw! We went with steak for our entrees, which was also a great choice. The service was superb as we were checked on frequently by our server. Finally, the sunset view from the waterfront was beautiful while we finished off our food and drinks.
    WG, Greenville, NC
  • Exemplary! No warning except GO! Delicious food plus the staff was friendly, engaging and attentive to our every whim. Can't wait to return!
    PC, Gloucester, VA

Cory Bryant

Executive Chef
"I was always passionate about cooking for my family and wanting to pursue a culinary career so my first job was a cook. I gained years of fine dining cooking experience before training in culinary techniques and flavor profiles at the Culinary Institute of Virginia. After graduating in 2013 with management role experience also, I became AQUA's Sous Chef and later Executive Chef. I strengthened my culinary skills further as the Roundsman Chef at the state of the art Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Taproom in Asheville, NC. I learned a vast amount about various culinary styles while there and returned to AQUA with more culinary passion than I've ever felt and with a dedication in creating a unique culinary experience for every AQUA guest."

Judy Fisher

General Manager
"I began managing at AQUA in 2008 and truly love the Town of Duck and the community of people who make it so special. I first worked in restaurants while attending VCU where I received a Bachelors Degree in Business. Loving restaurants' fast paced and fun atmosphere, I moved to Washington, DC in 1990 to become Cafe Heartland's general manager. My fondness for the Outer Banks from vacationing here year after year quickly had me craving beach life, so I moved here to wait tables and manage at Goombays. I then partnered with two friends to open Quagmires in 1996. After a successful 10 years, we each wanted to experience something new, mine to have a child of my own to enjoy the Outer Banks with. I took some time off to just be a mom and when ready to work again found AQUA, the perfect career fit for me."

Shelly Rowles

Restaurant Manager
"I joined AQUA in 2009, bringing a dedicated passion of enjoying wine with food and valuable experience in how they complement one another. Being the daughter of a Graduated Chef of the Culinary Institute of America, I developed an early desire to become specialized in hospitality while working in his restaurant Finely Ron's, an Outer Banks favorite for many years. While attending UNC Chapel Hill and living in Raleigh, I worked at Angus Barn where I gained management experience prior to returning home to work at the Left Bank. Now at AQUA, I join my wine complements food passion to Chef's passion of creating delicious locally inspired cuisine, and with a sincere commitment to a memorable culinary experience for everyone who visits our gorgeous restaurant in this beautiful waterfront location."

Lucy LaFountaine

Bar Manager
"My philosophy is the bar is an extension of my own living room, with good food, wine, drinks, and conversation. It's been wonderful making that happen at the AQUA bar, such a fun place to be while visiting Duck. After bartending for the first time at the age of 18 in a family owned pub in New Jersey, I relocated to the Outer Banks where I became known as an “old school” bartender at Sound Side in Kitty Hawk before liquor was available by the drink. I bartended at Sam & Omie’s, opened J. Fleming Munde’s and then RV’s on the Causeway. I became a local’s favorite bartender at the Whaling Station and then for 13 years at Black Pelican before joining the AQUA team in 2008."