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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: 10:30am - 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Excellent food! Great view of the lake and a very accommodating staff who assisted with every special request that we had. Always a great meal and excellent service!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Always good, I had the hanger steak. It was perfectly prepared med rare, The demi-glace is to die for. We shared the beet/goat cheese salad as usual, as we love the contrast. Thanks again to Rachael K. For making our meal memorable."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We went for my partner's birthday (we'd gone to the Acqua in White Bear Lake last year on her birthday) and had a fabulous time. We sat on the patio looking out at the lake, sipping on a wonderful Chianti and enjoying the day's special, a delightful chicken piccata Marsala. We finished the evening with the Butterscotch Budino with Caramel for dessert. The service was impeccable and the entire evening delightful."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My husband and I were very pleased with Acqua. The food was excellent and the lake view was spectaculer. We will definatly be returning to this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Acqua. Friends highly recommended it and now we know why. The service was excellent, great views of the lake, nice wine list and delicious food. I ordered the chicken with fotina, which had a very tasty pan sauce. I told the waitress that I didn't care for asparagus, so she readily offered to sub in broccolini, which was great. My husband had shrimp and scallops, done perfectly. Very nice presentation on both plates. We will definitely go back soon!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We met friends for a half year catch up session. Acqua accommadeted us with great ambience, a lovely view, a quiet table, wonderful food and terrific service"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Awesome spot by the window for a wonderful bithday dinner. 22 OZ Porterhouse, shared by two was perfect!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I have dined at Acqua Forest Lake twice in as many months. The food is excellent, but moreover the attentiveness of the wait-staff, support staff and management alike is second to none!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Wine and drinks over priced. noisy. dinner overall was very good to outstanding. dessert choices were ok. a smore chocolate cake? for the other food items, the desserts did not stand up. The cheese plate was outstanding. The ribeye steak was perfect. We would definitely go there again, as we support local fine dining! Please continue to grow your dining experience for us!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was my first time to Acqua in Forest Lake, dinner was great and the service was top notch! We will for sure be coming back. I will be reccomending this restaurant to all my friends."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A great wait staff, and the usual excellent food of acqua awaits you in forest lake's new dinner by the lake restaurant. Also open for lunch and brunch, it has a great view of the lake, and a dock you can easily access the restaurant from if you wish."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was our first trip to the Forest Lake location and it did NOT disappoint! Our server was exceptional, the food was delicious and the view of the lake was stunning. Great way to celebrate a night out with my husband. We'll be back for sure!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We came to ACQUA because of the Groupon promotion which we made clear as soon as we arrived last Saturday evening. I got the impression that the place was understaffed. It took too long for us to be waited on and when service was provided, it was not well timed. Bread arrived before the wine and was gone before the wine and mussels came leaving us with no bread. Our waitress wasn't very experienced. She was very personable but talked too fast and seemed to be in a hurry. I got the Ragu and my wife ordered the chicken/pasta. Both were OK but hers was too heavy on the butter/cream and mine had the look and texture of canned spaghetti sauce. My beet salad and creme brule were very good but my wife's butterscotch was marginal at best."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have lived just north of North Branch on Goose Lake for years and the area is pretty restaurant challenged. Acqua is simply head and shoulders above any options in or around Forest Lake and up to Pine City. While a bit more pricey than what we are used to in this area, everything about Acqua was well worth the investment! Everything - - simply everything - - was top notch and exceptional. We highly recommend this restaurant! While this weekend was our first visit, it will be the first of MANY. Great job all around - - thank you!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I wasn't sure how much I would like Acqua, but the service was impeccable and the food was great! Great view too. The staff was very accommodating and paid great attention to detail. I would come back. The food was a little pricey, but if you're willing to pay, it is worth it."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This week we dined at Aqua for the first time and look forward to coming back. The menu, food, service and atmosphere was five star. We dined outside on the patio overlooking Forest Lake on a beautiful summer evening. We had the three course dinner and all courses were delicious. The portions are generous and you won't walk away feeling hungry."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This time we dined at acqua with about 10 people the service was still great having a group that large on the patio and also with two kids. The service was still great and accommodated our large group. I do wish that they were open one day during the week for lunch this summer."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great food. Great place to eat on a summer evening!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have dined here so many times and have always enjoyed the food. They can't do anything different as far as I'm concerned. The service is always great and they are so attentive. Love dining there."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We Love this place. Tonight we had the braised pork shank. Unbelievably tender and flavorful. Service is great. We'll be back soon."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have dined at ACQUA-WBL several times and have always been impressed with the food. Not so at ACQUA -Forest Lake. Went with another couple and 2 of the 4 entrees were unacceptable. The pizza was no better than a store bought frozen pie and the eggplant parmesan came with a side of pasta that was overwhelmed with globs of congealed melted cheese. Shrimp scampi and walleye were good. The location, right on Forest Lake, is lovely. A great spot, too bad the food doesn't match the view!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Attentive wait staff, beautiful view, AMAZING food. Would absolutely recommend Acqua to friends (and already have!). It was a beautiful date night ... thank you!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our party of 4 enjoyed the experience immensely. Our food was delicious, service was spot on, wine selection very nice. We will go back again."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Quality food at reasonable prices. Attentive staff. What a lovely setting!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great choices on the menu; nice view of the lake (even from some of the indoor tables); very nice wait staff; terrific tasting food; first time here but I will return; it's not the most convenient to get to (I live in Lino Lakes) but it's worth the 30 minute drive."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Acqua, since I had purchased a coupon through AmazonLocal. I was very impressed. From the moment we entered we were greeted by smiling people who seemed genuinely happy to see us. Actually, even before we entered, as the valets greeted us with friendly joshing. The atmosphere was very comfortable, not hoity-toity at all, as I had been fearing. All service we received was done in a very pleasant manner, and EVERYONE who passed our table had friendly smiles and greetings for us. With so many restaurants I have visited having fallen short in the matter of the restrooms, I was very satisfied and pleased with the condition of the Women's Room. The lilac freshener was so realistic, I looked around for the vase of them!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We went for Sunday brunch. Great food and beautiful view. A little out of the way but nice place for something special. We went with the suggestion of our server to split the crepes along with our savory items. The crepes were heavier than any crepe I have had in the past, kind of tough, almost gritty. The fresh fruit on them was very good and plentiful. Our Prime Rib hash and Prime Rib sandwich were amazing!! They couldn't have been done any better! The prime rib was so tender and flavorful. The hash had the perfect amount of Bearnaise sauce and the eggs on top were done perfectly. The dining room is beautiful, it is noisy but you just hear noise, not like you can hear what the table next to you is saying. Anxious to return!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We went there for brunch and the food was excellent. The service was very good, though our waitress seemed to pass us by for a while there. Other servers there filled the gap. There is a good selection of menu items without being overwhelming. We would like to go there for dinner also and would definitely recommend Acqua to friends."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Because it's such a lovely place, great food and service, we dine there often. Always our first choice."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We took my son and his girlfriend to Aqua for brunch last Sunday. Our first time meeting his girlfriend, so we wanted to go somewhere special. Aqua was the perfect choice. Sitting on the outside patio was lovely, you are very close to the water's edge. The service was top notch. Very friendly and helpful staff. Delicious food at a very affordable price."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Wow is what I say. What a pleasure it is to have such a place in the East Suburbs. Had the short-ribs special, perhaps the best thing I've ever had (well next to the Chicago-style hot dogs at Pappy's on White Bear Avenue). The only problem is that I'll have to wait until they're on the menu again. Others ordered the Sea Bass and the Prime Rib. Great service, amusing bartender (you know who you are). And valet parking kids who held an umbrella so that my princess wife didn't have to brave the elements. This was on a rainy evening. Can only imagine how nice it'll be to have a cocktail lakeside on a sunny day"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Attentive service from all of the friendly staff and exceptionally prepared dishes for all four courses made this dining experience great. You will find the wine list extensive and bar drinks that rival those made in the most noteworthy restaurants in the Twin Cities. Make reservations soon to try this great restaurant."
    Dined on 6/28/2014