Naples newest and finest seafood and steak restaurant, Aqua, is now open. It has a totally redesigned fresh air look with an expanded open air dining area in front.
The main dining room is behind and has almost the same open-air dining feel thanks to the all glass front consisting of 9 ft tall sliding glass doors which stay open most of the time.
The interior is completed by a large two-sided teak and holly bar which is the late night crowd favorite.
Aqua features a mouthwatering Mediterranean style cuisine based largely on fresh wild caught local fish, the finest quality steaks available, and market fresh locally sourced vegetables complemented by an the finest cocktails, an expanded wine list, and a large selection of beers.
Aqua, is upscale and casually elegant; a refreshing restaurant oasis. It’s the newest face on Naples’ Fifth Avenue South, the street formerly known as "the" Naples dining destination. Sadly, in the past few years, it has spawned more inexpensive pizza parlors than finer dining.
Aqua’s presence, nicely populated with diners, is a sign of a welcome change- a recovering economy. Sure, there’s always a market for $3 pizza slices, and I’m happy to nosh on a hot slice.
Problem is, pizza joints are not the attraction that Fifth Avenue merchants need to woo back vacationing families and well-heeled diners from more lively and alluring venues as the dynamic dozen restaurants at Mercato or half dozen along Third Street South.
Aqua is open and welcoming, presenting a good vista of Fifth Avenue South pedestrian life. It’s nicely air conditioned inside-hardly needed in “season.” While casual enough for family dinners with well behaved kids, it’s quite suitable to wow the boss and entertain friends or in-laws.
The décor of the former Cork’s Steakhouse, then Bert’s Seafood & Chowder House is quite aqua- from bright exterior to the furthest recess. This signature pastel is offset by attractive rough-hewn sand-colored marble columns and rectangular-cut stone floor.