ACQUA - Forest Lake
ACQUA - Forest Lake

ACQUA - Forest Lake

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.acquafl.com/
  • Phone: 6514646130x
  • Hours of Operation:


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

    Friday: 5:00pm-10:00pm

    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: Seafood, Italian, 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 6514646130x

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
ACQUA - Forest Lake reviews from OpenTable diners
324 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (289)great for outdoor dining (249)special occasion (240)fit for foodies (164)romantic (160)neighborhood gem (133)great for brunch (99)notable wine list (93)good for groups (77)hot spot (45)great for lunch (37)kid-friendly (28)late-night find (16)vibrant bar scene (11)Show More
  • special night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    service is outstanding and we all (6) of us thoroughly enjoyed our food. We had a cheese platter and pizza to start and finished with dessert. Our appetizers were done perfectly. Not a complaint in the bunch. It can be fine dining but if you prefer to just have a burger or pizza that works too. We thought the prices where reasonable for what we got. Had we ate downtown it would have been much higher.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very positive experience
    Northcountrywoman1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Lovely setting overlooking the lake, drinks on the deck (margaritas were fantastic). The food is exceptionally good, I love the beet salad, which they will divide. My eggplant parmesan was delicious, and my dinner companions, who had pork and prime rib, enjoyed their meals. The coffee was hot and the butterscotch pudding dessert and creme brulee very tasty. Since it is quite expensive (we spent $125 for two people), we come here only on special occasions. The noise level is high, with lots of hard surfaces, and because of this, diners have to almost shout to be heard. I wish it were quieter, this would improve the dining experience. We will return, however.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The restaurant is very good. Perfect for special occasions. Professional and friendly staff and food is very delicious. The prices are perhaps a bit pricey and the location a bit hidden, but other than that I will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on the lake
    SnowgirlVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We go out to Acqua in Forest Lake for special evenings. The view is great, the food is excellent, service is very good. I had the shrimp scampi. the kind where want to sop up the sauce with your bread. My husband tried the special, which was a pork porterhouse with a walnut sauce, yum. Nice cocktail list. Because of its location, this is a destination restaurant, rather than a ploace you drive past accidentally. Too bad, because it is well worth stopping. Oh yes, they also have pizza, burgers, etc., if you don't want to do a larger dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Acqua Adventure
    MCP56
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Going to Acqua the day before my husband returned to school was perfect. He thanked me multiple times after we left. If two days later. The food was wonderful and our waiter went beyond to make our time memoriable. We had a great view of the lake and the inside decor was fabulous. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service & Great Food
    ShellyVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I took my son and 5yr old autistic grandson for Sunday Brunch. We sat on the patio- very pleasant. My grandson will eat only a few items. There was nothing on the menu that he would eat so I asked if we could get a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich for him. The waitress went back and asked the chef who gave us choices of bread, jam- apricot or strawberry, crust or crustless- far more attention to a special request than I expected and then offered sides (french fries, bacon). My son and I were able to enjoy our wonderful breakfasts. My son said his biscuits and gravy were very good- the biscuit was actually more of a brioche. I had the Prime Rib Hash- large portion and yummy. We ordered crepes but had to take them home- too full!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The chef accommodated my special dietary restrictions on one of their food pairing menu items. It was delicious and made for a VIP dining experience. We love this place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had great service and a great view. Staff are all very friendly and work as a team! Keep up the great job!!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the first visit!
    trellis
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband orders the same thing and loves it. I love the specials. The tasting menu is awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couldn't be better
    Mardi
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went with a group and the service was impeccable! The food was outstanding will definitely return. Loved the location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    DinnerGuestVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    An hour drive but so worth it. Our second dining experience was even better than the first. And the employees are happy!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    Chellie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I tried out Acqua for the first time this last Friday. It was a much needed date night and such a perfect place to go for a date night! The food was AMAZING!!! The service was very good. The only thing that would limit my husband and I from going back often is the price of the food and drinks. Definitely worth the money since the food and drinks are wonderful, but probably a place we will only go on very special occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Alyc
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner,great service, food was excellent and the outdoor dining area was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall good experience
    LoveForestLake
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aussiefamily
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Food was outstanding! Staff was extremely knowledgeable. Overall it made the night completely enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service and great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Sea Bass
    CDNgirl
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding as always!
    KatieK
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Incredible and delicious food. Unmatched service from beginning to end. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Service!
    JujuBee
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding dinning experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great setting...
    Seahunt
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great staff, great lake view, and fantastic food. The sea scallops were perfectly prepared. I am definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    dinergirl
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent!
    Fabulous
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch delight!
    Casey
    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."
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Acqua in Forest Lake
    FLAcqua55025
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Lakefront Location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant but casual
    Jflame
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Top Shelf Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Summer Dining at its finest
    SteelCurtain
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We were able to sit outside and enjoy delicious food. Acqua does not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patio Dining
    Grant
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful location
    lovinlife
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently enjoyable
    DrMarg
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss this place!
    casualdiners
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Find, Great Find
    grammaj44
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our first time at Acqua Forest Lake...Loved it! Just a nice, quiet find on the lake:)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It is my absolute favorite place to go! LOVE everything about this place!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant surprise
    Beenthereatethat
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic