Tapas • Based on the traditional Spanish idea, our small, snack size plates of food, meant to be passed around, appetizer style. Tapas items are able to be enjoyed in a just a few bites and are perfect for exploring new flavors.
Small Plates • Larger than tapas and designed to be shared at the table, Aqua’s small plates enable diners to experience different kinds of flavors without feeling overfull.
Big Plates • The size of a typical entree, and the perfect size for one — not that they can’t be shared as well!
Jon McGregor, Executive Chef Aqua Restaurant
Jon began his restaurant experience at 16 working as a humble busboy at the Charter Restaurant in Morehead City. After attending West Carteret High School, he went on to attend and graduate from the Johnson and Wales College of Culinary Arts in Charleston SC. Jon worked at several Renaissance hotels in Charleston and Charlotte.
His love of seafood and the coast brought him back to Carteret County where he became Chef de Cuisine for Aqua Restaurant in Beaufort and eventually Executive Chef of both Aqua and Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub. Jon loves using local ingredients such as Carteret county seafood and produce. He has partnered with Merrell farms, HWY 101 Beaufort, to bring fresh seasonally available local vegetables to both menus. When Jon is not cooking, he loves fishing and is also a talented musician.
Hannah Minter, Chef de Cuisine
Hannah began her promising culinary career working in chain restaurants and eventually found her way to our sister restaurant Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub. While at Clawson’s Hannah enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program at Carteret Community College and is at the top of her class. Hannah is very precise and articulate and we are very proud to see Hannah’s giftings blooming under Chef Jon as she serves at Aqua.