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
300 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (269)great for outdoor dining (231)special occasion (227)fit for foodies (157)romantic (153)neighborhood gem (128)notable wine list (89)great for brunch (82)good for groups (78)hot spot (43)great for lunch (38)kid-friendly (25)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (13)Show More
  • Diner47
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food and service were excellent. Brunch choices were varied enough for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    First time visit did not visit did not leave a great impression, only a fair impression.. Setting is beautiful, facility is beautiful. Needs more wait staff, it was a busy evening and only a few people were working. We had to wait a long time for service. The prices are higher than I thought they'd be and the noise level was so high we could not discuss the engagement we were there to celebrate. I'd come again, but only with 4 people or less. Maybe I'll try their brunch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place, Great Food
    DinnerDoctor
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Let's get the bad out of the way first. It's not super accessible. It's in a great spot on the lake, but it's the opposite side of the lake from town. That said, everything about that place is great. They probably don't need the valet parking, but it it's convenient on a busy night. The staff is friendly from the moment you walk in. The atmosphere is great. The place is beautiful and the food it's great. Everyone should definitely give this place a shot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aqua - Forest Lake
    AULUSA
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Always a fun dining experience with great food in a very nice setting. Food is always top-notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is one of our families favorite places. The food outstanding. The pizza was right up there with Burch and our serve Jessie did a great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Acqua Forest Lake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The ambience including the views, the lake, the lovely grounds, etc. was perfect. The service was excellent; the food choices were overwhelming. The food was good but not excellent and the prices indicate that it "should" be excellent." However, in fairness this was the only time we've eaten at Acqua so we will try it again. I would recommend the restaurant because of the ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Predictably Great!
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    As usual, the food was fantastic! It was a beautiful evening, and the patio was full, but not noisy at all. We usually done at WBL location, but this was definitely worth the extra drive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good eats on the lake!
    Foodtastic
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We enjoyed our dinning as the food was fantastic. It is a little on the upper scale side for evey day dinning for us but for a special occation it was very nice. I also like that they offer some items on the litter side so if you choose you could stop by for a burger and make it easier on the budget.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    blondie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I took a friend to Acqua for a birthday dinner and could not have been more pleased. We were seated immediately and had a wonderful table by the window. Our server (Nathan) was very cordial and helpful with suggestions from the menu. (They do have smaller portions for some of the menu items which is great if you do not have a large appetite.) I would consider it a Special Occasion destination as the prices are a little high but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tried something new
    Spiker1aVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Tonight My wife and I split the Peppercorn Blue Burger, it was excellent. We expected more gorgonzola flavor but were pleasantly surprised with the subtle balance. I normally prefer my fries naked with a bit of salt, but the Malt Vinegar Fries also had a perfect balance and didn't overpower. Our waitress Zoë was excellent and very attentive, and Buzz the manager was very gracious and ensured everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner at the White Bear location and a great lunch last year at Forest Lake. Brunch however, was a major disappointment. Each of the entress we ordered were actually bad. I would not go back for brunch. The staff and service were wonderful. Too bad the food quality was poor.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a wonderful experience.
    Magical
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    From the complimentary valet to the excellent service and outside to the view on the lake. Acqua is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy delicious food in great company.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and great service
    Willy1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The sea bass was amazing! My wife is allergic to gluten and they offered her gluten-free bread and were able to make almost everything on the menu gluten free. The atmosphere and service were incredible. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Martha
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Wonderful meal.....their special was their version of lasagna....great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous
    malo
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was only the 2nd time that we were at Acqua, the service was fantastic as so was the food. All of the employees make you feel special & appreciated. Can't wait to go back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Value BRUNCH!!!
    fruitloopVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My wife and I found this on Living Social and thought we would try it. So surprised when we got there and it turned out to be our new best Brunch place. The whole experience was amazing from the beautiful room and view,service attention and of course the menu. My wife had the Prime Rib Hash and I had the New York Strip/Demi Glaze and we were blown away by the quality and value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Noise
    Estupendo
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    High noise level But not unbearable for us senior citizens
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfect for a Special night out!!
    Mustang85
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Friends have been recommending Acqua for months and we were finally able to get to the Forest Lake site and it was a perfect way to Celebrate our 13th Wedding Anniversary!! The food, each course was sensational and the service was beyond excellent! Now I know why so many of our friends call it their favorite place!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    MDLMH
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We've visited Acqua a few times and Friday night was by far the best. We shared a 3 course meal that was great, although the pork shank was not that good - expected more I guess. We also had carpaccio as an appetizer with our salad that opened MY eyes to something different than calamari or the similar go to app. Heidi was above great for a server and will request her everytime we go. We hope this restaurant continues to succeed in this location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I'll be back
    Plaen
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Outstanding food. Outstanding service. Nice view. Top 5 restaurant in the Twin Cities. Try the weekly special you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommend!
    lovey54
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was fantastic - view is terrific - great cocktails. Prime rib sandwich was worth driving 30 miles for:)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service, incredible view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We came here for the first time with a living social voucher. The view was outstanding and the service was excellent. We came for brunch and the food was OK however it was quite bland. With proper seasoning and fresh herbs, the food would go from OK to great. I had the Quiche Lorraine and the crust was borderline burnt, and did not have much flavor. The potatoes were the best part,and my husband had the prime rib hash; again it was ok but flavorless except for the seasoning on the fried potatoes.Don't be afraid to add seasonings and herbs! Service:top notch. I think her name was Heidi. We will be back, hoping for better flavors during dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Momx5
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We love Acqua! The food is always delicious and fresh with the perfect flavor balance. I would especially recommend the scallops and the sea bass, they're phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    gene
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    food is great, love the prime rib special, nothing was bad. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome hidden treasure
    cmfrantzmn
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Who knew there is a restaurant in the otherside of forest lake. Very nice place. Food was awesome. Also the service was awesome. I will definitely go again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and drink!
    Muskies
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Acqua provides a delicious meal and impeccable service. The special drink menu selection is fun to try. Great please for wonderful food and drink. Try the halibut or pork shank. Two of my favorites. Really a treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Accomdating
    ScullerVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The staff at Acqua are always very accommodating to our needs to have a wheel chair at the table and helping us get into the restaurant. Parking staff are always very helpful in getting people out of the vehicles and parking them.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    DinnerDoctor
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It's spendy for the average person but worth every dime. I'm more satisfied leaving Acqua than any other restaurant I've ever been to. Wonderful staff, amazing food. Fresh seafood. I wish I could go every day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    Neighbor
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Very welcoming staff, very knowledgable wait staff, very clean and neat, beautiful view, delicious food very nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special night out
    bkayser
    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
  • Forest Lake has a dining Gem!
    candy2
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    While on a trip back to Forest Lake, from Scottsdale, AZ, we spent an evening here with local family members, and were so happy we made this choice! From the personal approach of the confirmation of our reservation, to the entire dining experience, we are sooo glad we decided to try ACQUA in Forest Lake, rather than heading into the Twin Cities for our usual "tried and true" options. A must do, when considering a greater Forest Lake area dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Will
    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.