AQUA Restaurant Duck NC OBX AQUA setting in Duck, NC RESTAURANT The most beautiful waterfront
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Lunch 11 am – 3 pm
Dinner 4:30 pm
Curbside Pickup for Takeout
Cocktails on the Lawn 4 pm
Live Music Thu – Sun 6 pm


We’ve enhanced our already strict sanitation policy and made a well-being commitment with new UV Lights installed in our HVAC that disinfect the air in our building. We’re wearing MASKS and request our guests do too when inside and not seated. With limited capacity guidelines, reservations are required to dine inside (252) 261-9700. Deck seating is for first come, first serve dining. Our bar provides drinks for dine-in service and outside at our waterfront lawn only. Relax in a chair and someone will be by for your cocktail order.  Live music will soothe our souls when the weather plays nice.  We’re looking forward to seeing you again!


Regionally 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 locally caught fish and seafood, locally farmed seasonal ingredients, and all-natural meats. Carefully chosen innovative wine, craft beer, and cocktail lists perfectly complement Chef’s savory creations. Our yummy desserts are handmade in house from the freshest ingredients, so it’s okay to try all of them!


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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
  • What an awesome experience! The food was OUTSTANDING. I started with a roasted beet salad with toasted pecans. That alone could have been my dinner and I wound up sharing with my husband. My husband ordered a dozen oysters and devoured them quickly. I had the black bean quinoa cakes. Everything was fresh and the flavors meshed beautifully. My husband had the fruit de mer pasta. My husband ate everything and kept raving about how good it was. We finished our meal with sorbet (homemade) and he had a fancy cheesecake. Our server was wonderful--bringing out olive oil instead of butter for the homemade bread. I didn't ask--she was attentive and thoughtful.
    TJ, Cape May, NJ
  • Perfect lunch spot. We were delightfully surprised when we had lunch here. Lovely location with great views of the Currituck Sound. We started with the pimento cheese appetizer which was excellent and gluten free. Our main course was mahi mahi that was very good. The restaurant is a quiet and lovely place with great food and excellent service.
    CL, Mundelein, Illinois
  • Wow o Wow! We went here upon a local person's recommendation. It was absolutely wonderful. The four of us had different items from the menu. One of our favorite items was a Smoked Tomato Bisque with dill. It was so good. Our table had coconut curry shrimp, fish tacos and the special of the day. This would be a good place to celebrate a special occasion.
    SN, Columbia, MS
  • A Very Pleasant Dining Experience. There were very few restaurants open in January in Duck/Corolla; therefore, we were so glad we were able to find the Aqua Restaurant open. The service was friendly, attentive and prompt. The view from our dining table of the swan in the sound was lovely. The hand-cut fries were the best we have eaten! The oysters on the half shell were plump, succulent and tasty. The NC shrimp on the salad were fresh and delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at the Aqua Restaurant and will definitely return.
    LY, Virginia Beach, VA
  • We had not been here in a while, and decided it was such a pretty day, we would enjoy the sound front view and have lunch. wonderful. We sat inside, upper deck, window view, and watched the Ducks and Geese flying south, over Mahi tacos, done traditional and asian. Super. Then we had the flour less chocolate torte with Pistachio ice cream. I really like their menu, the service is on point and friendly. You need to check them out, it's off season, so no crowds, Always lively at night, great bar.
    JB, Southern Shores, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Cory Bryant

Executive Chef
"I was always passionate about cooking for my family and wanting to pursue a culinary career so my first job as a teen was a cook. I gained years of fine dining experience cooking 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. After learning a vast amount about various culinary styles, I missed the coast and AQUA. I returned as Executive Chef 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."