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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
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We had great service and a great view. Staff are all very friendly and work as a team! Keep up the great job!!!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "My husband orders the same thing and loves it. I love the specials. The tasting menu is awesome!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Went with a group and the service was impeccable! The food was outstanding will definitely return. Loved the location."
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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