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ACQUA - Forest Lake
ACQUA - Forest Lake

ACQUA - Forest Lake Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.acquafl.com
  • Phone: (651) 464-6130
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Friday: 5:00pm-10:00pm

    Saturday Afternoon: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

    Saturday Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm

    Sunday Afternoon: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

    Sunday Dinner: 5:00 - 9:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Chris Whalen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: 2 Large Party Rooms holding 120 and 80. Both have beautiful views of Forest Lake. Entire Facility available for groups of up to 200.
  • Private Party Contact: JJ Maleitzke (651) 464-6130

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Inman Ave N
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet parking offered in our private parking lot.
A word from ACQUA - Forest Lake
Comfortably located on Forest Lake's Northern shore, Acqua offers a warm dining experience with gorgeous lakeside views and unique Italian dishes. With a spacious lakeside patio, elegant bar, and two cozy dining rooms, Acqua provides an ideal setting for family, holiday and business get togethers. Acqua combines fresh, high quality, local ingredients, a contemporary culinary sensibility, and a caring, knowledgeable staff to create an elegant evening of dining.

Here at Acqua Forest Lake, we love sharing our passion for fine Italian cuisine and are truly grateful for the opportunity to welcome you into our beautiful lakeside restaurant.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a fabulous dinner,great service, food was excellent and the outdoor dining area was perfect."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "I have eaten at Aqua Forest Lake now six times, all but one time there was an error regarding our food. Re-fired table for over cooking a steak, sent out over cooked steak to our table, raw burger, extremely salty risotto, and undercooked pizza app. I feel the chef may be too inexperienced for the price of the dishes. Luckly the owners are very charming and have been able to make up for chefs errors. I will however refrain from ordering a steak from Aqua for awhile, the town has a few other restaurants that can cook one better at half the price."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Food was outstanding! Staff was extremely knowledgeable. Overall it made the night completely enjoyable!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We have dined at Acqua a few times, but have to say this was the best yet. The sweet corn was bold and delightful with it's peppery finish. The beet salad was excellent with the fried goat cheese being like a golden nugget. All the main courses were excellent as well as were the desserts. We really enjoy the chef's menu option which gives you a choice of one salad, entree and dessert for $40. Best of all though, was the excellent service of our waiter, Nathan. He really knew about the food and wine and check in just the right amount of times throughout the meal. A credit to the team there."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I've been here several times and just noticed Sea Bass on their menu (new item?) I love Sea Bass but my favorite restaurant in Montreal sets the bar high for preparing it. I was extremely pleased to find out that its neck to neck, might even exceed the place in Montreal. Highly recommend that dish if you like fish."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Incredible and delicious food. Unmatched service from beginning to end. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The service was spectacular and very attentive, but not at all intrusive. The water glasses were filled continuously by different servers, and the ONLY other place we have received such outstanding service was in Palm Springs, California."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Acqua at Forest Lake did it again! My wife and I had dinner at Acqua as a special night for her birthday. We had the sea bass entrée, caprese salad, and creme brulee, with elderberry martinis. The taste and quality of the food was excellent. For a great night out, we highly recommend Acqua."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Very disappointing. Had to ask for dressing on our salad, chef "forgot". Steak ordered med rare it was cold and raw. Waitress broke cork of in our wine bottle. We noted on our reservation we are celebrating an event and it was never mentioned once after our arrival."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Our first time to Acqua in Forest Lake for a birthday. Great food, wine and service, not to mention the view of the lake. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This was our first dining experience at Acqua ForestLake. We have been to the White Bear location 5-7 times already,but will definitely be returning to the Forest Lake location for the beautiful view, friendly staff and easy parking! It was also a beautiful drive up Manning Ave from Stillwater. Heidi,our wautress was very attentive and really took the time to listen to what we each might enjoy inthe way of wine, dessert, entree,etc! She is veryskilled and gracious. Also,when it was raining when we left, the valet went to bring up our car with a smile!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Every time we go, everything is outstanding! Managers are on top of every function in the restaurant at all times."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "First time at the Forest Lake Acqua was a great experience! Location is a bit out of the way, but it was sure worth the drive. Service and food was wonderful, and the view of the lake was the "cherry on the sundae.""
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Our service was outstanding. Our food was memorably delicious and well presented. We enjoyed trying the 3 course meals, along with the flights of wine that went along with each of our courses were a great addition to our meal."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Food beautifully presented and very tasty! Love the view and the building is beautiful from the outside as well as the decor inside. Very inviting. The wait staff and receptionists are very friendly and helpful! We love to come out for special occasions as well as dinner for 2, or Easter brunch. There is always a good reason or occasion to come to the restaurant. Finally an outstanding upscale place in Forest Lake."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The menu was well balanced and the specialty cocktail menu was interesting. Wonderful atmosphere on the lake. The menu is a bit expensive for entrees but less expensive options on the menu are available."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Employees abound to tend to your every need. Maitre D's in suits--and there were 3 of them running around. Although a little noisy, we were sitting on a packed patio, so that comes with the territory. I had the Pizza Formaggio, which was delicioius and a good bang for your buck. Hubby had the walleye, which was a nice chunk of fish (not a flat anemic one) with a light delightful lemony sauce. Each menu item is familiar, but has a little twist to it to make it different and tasty. A lot of fish, and I'm not a fish lover, but had no problem finding choices. Linen napkins topped it off. If you want patio seating, you need to get their early--it was empty at 5 and full by 5:20 on a Friday. It is a little spendy, but well worth it."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Acqua is the most wonderful restaurant, everything about our visit was top shelf! The staff was excellent very attentive and friendly. The food was some of the best we have had."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We were able to sit outside and enjoy delicious food. Acqua does not disappoint."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "After an inaugural visit in the winter, and finding the food OK but the inside ambiance noisy, we returned in July to try the patio experience. This was a more pleasing outing. Nice setting, much less noisy so conversation was comfortable, great service and very good food (found the walleye disappointing). We will return in warm weather."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Our group of four met for brunch. We all ordered something different and sampled each others choices. My quiche Lorraine was delicious and I shared the beet salad with another. The beet salad was as tasty as dessert, even though the dessert was Budino which was better than Bar LaGrassa's. The others' choices were also very tasty but the prime beef hash was enough to feed at least two people. Way too big unless you are a lumberjack. We sat outdoors - lots of shade which is my criteria of a good outdoor patio. Our server was attentive yet discreet. We are looking forward to returning for dinner."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The location and scenery is beautiful and the restaurant itself feels very special. The service was very good - attentive but not intrusive. The food on the other hand was decent, but nothing special. Prime rib sandwich was bland and the fries were ordinary. I wouldn't go back for the food alone."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Since there are so few "better" restaurants in the North Eastern suburbs Acqua Forest Lake has become our "go to" place when we want a good meal in pleasant surroundings. We are never disappointed and this occasion was no exception. We had the 3 course tasting menu which is a very good value. I had a Caprese salad as a starter which was rather skimpy on the tomatoes in proportion to the cheese but still tasty and the Shrimp Scampi entrée was excellent. Our server was new to the restaurant and lacked familiarity with the wine list so wasn't able to make a wine recommendation; however she got the manager to make one (a Sancerre) which was a good choice. We consider ourselves regulars now and will definitely return soon."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had dinner to celebrate our 10th anniversary. The food was fantastic, and the staff very attentive. Can't wait to go back!!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This was our first time at Acqua Forest Lake...Loved it! Just a nice, quiet find on the lake:)"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "It is my absolute favorite place to go! LOVE everything about this place!!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We chose this for our anniversary dinner at the last minute. We had experienced an exceptional meal at the Acqua location in White Bear last year. Food choices were delightful and there were surprising twists in the drink menu, appetizer and entrée selection. The coffee suggested by the waiter was superb. We sat outside near the building so that the view of the lake was obstructed by tables four deep on the patio during most of the meal. The mosquitos were a problem around nine o'clock and we had to cut our visit a little short. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The food was AMAZING, will definetely be going back. We had the best server ever, very friendly"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The two Acqua restaurants are among the best in the Twin Cities. Everything is suberb!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Three of the four of us had the Grilled Hawaiian Mahi-Mahi special and it was fabulous. Lovely outdoor patio overlooking the lake. Waitress and all employees very friendly and professional. Saturday night dinner out with good friends could not have been better. Indoor dining area is also lovely."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • " The perfect summer evening out on the patio. We all had fish. The Walley & Mahi Mahi (the special) were great and the presentation very pretty. Our only disappointment was the raw tuna appetizer was served with nacho chips instead of crostini . When we mentioned it to the staff they said they ran out but then eventually brought us the crostini. We definitely plan to go back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "There was a bit of a delay before our waitress was assigned and further delay to get drinks. We loved the outside seating on such a nice evening. Awesome bruschetta! The best I tasted. The mix of cheeses was very tasty. Food presentation was good. We liked the parade of servers from the kitchen as all food arrived at the same time. Your front desk staff and the valet guys are awesome."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Our first visit. We will be back! We even bought a gift certificate on the way out for a good friend. We can't wait to hear about her Acqua experience."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Flavor of food was spectacular, compliments to the chef! The bar is cool and lake views are beautiful. Very nice place for forest lake. Pasta portion was very small for the price. Made anniversary reservation on a Sunday night and requested a nice table; we were sat in center of dining room, clearly no table was held for our reservation and no thought given to table placement for special occasion. Overall a nice experience."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "were very good. Maybe a little overpriced but not terrible either. The staff was very good and engaging. The host staff was a little over the top but better than not being attentive. We would definitely go to dinner there again."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Everyone at Acqua welcomes and thanks you. Attentive service, great food."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The service was energetic, but erratic. Our server was very friendly and tried to be helpful, but when the table next to us orders 5 min after us and has their food 15 mins before us - you wonder. Twice we were asked if we wanted more bread but none was ever delivered. The appetizers and salad were awesome as well as the accompaniments. I ordered the halibut and my wife the salmon. While the halibut had good seasoning - it was extremely dry - probably the worst I've ever had. We took some left over salmon home and my daughter said it tasted like tuna fish - not good. We did mention the condition of the food to the manager and he offered to replace them, but since we were nearly finished, we passed. Next time - pizza or burgers."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Amazing service and attentiveness. Perhaps a little too attentive at times as our water was refilled almost every single time we took one sip. It was great to have a full water glass at all times, however, I felt like we were constantly having to stop our conversation to say 'thank you'! Food came a little too quick, but it was delicious. Would like a few more vegetarian options, but can't always expect that. Definitely appreciate the two size options for pasta. I would also note that it was very refreshing to receive excellent patio service as some places tend to fall short in service outside."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was wonderful and so was the service. The chicken was tender, and shrimp was out of this world."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great food in a beautiful environment. The patio by the lake is an outstanding view (weather permitting!)"
    Dined on 7/18/2014