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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great food. Great place to eat on a summer evening!"
    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
  • "I found Acqua by passing a billboard in the area we recently moved to. I was pleasantly surprised when we pulled up to complimentary valet service! The restaurant is beautiful, the view is wonderful and the atmosphere was vibrant and upbeat. Our staff was attentive and the food was exceptional! I think we found our new "fancy" restaurant close to home!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Quality food at reasonable prices. Attentive staff. What a lovely setting!"
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Because it's such a lovely place, great food and service, we dine there often. Always our first choice."
    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
  • "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
  • "AMAZING, MORE ATTENTION TO DETAIL THAN ANY OTHER OF THE BEST AROUND."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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
  • "This was our first time at Acqua in Forest Lake after multiple visits to their White Bear Lake restaurant. My wife is both gluten and dairy free so ordering at some restaurants can be a challenge. When my wife told the server about her needs, the manager came over and discussed some great options which were delivered wonderfully. The food was delicious and our table had a great view of Forest Lake. This location is so different from the White Bear Lake in that the WBL location is in an old house with very narrow and intimate tables. The Forest Lake location provides a very different feel, but is just as delightful."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food is very good but the service is awesome. We sat on the patio and it was beautiful. It was just a wonderful evening and we recommend Acqua to everyone."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Service here is amazing -- don't know how many people they have working (host, wait, bus, etc.), but there seem to be six pepople around at any time making sure all is well. We had a bit of a wait between salad and entree, and the host came over to apologize. Food is always good here, but I did notice this time, just a few missteps. The eggplant parmesan was on the burnt side and the pasta was cold and stuck together (made several hours before?). Just small observations, but overall, still a great choice. Don't miss the flat bread -- we had it for the first time and could have made that our entire meal! We miss the pistachio semifreddo, that should be a permanent addition to the desert menu!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Went on a Sunday morning and enjoyed the outdoor patio. Service was good. The food excellent! This was our first time for breakfast."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This is a restaurant that focuses on providing really good food and really good service. We so enjoyed our meals and highly recommend Acqua Forest Lake! One of us is Celiac and they more-than-ably served a meal that was excellent."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I have been to the White Bear location twice and both times the food was fantastic. Decided to try Forest Lake and had a different experience. My wife's order came out wrong, no big deal but when it came back it was loaded with dark meat chicken and was not good at all. My steak was just so-so (NY Strip, normally a good amount of flavor in that cut). More disturbing was that the sides that come with the order (grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes) were almost ice cold. The setting and view are excellent, if they can get the food right like they do in White Bear this would have been 5 stars. Service was good, but again not as good as our experience in WBL."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This was our second trip to Acqua in Forest Lake. The first experience was right after they opened and service was extremely slow but the food was very good. On this second visit the service had improved tremendously. The staff was attentive and we didn't have to wait too long between courses. The quality of the food was very good, just like the first time but this time we were unpleasantly surprised that the expensive food had become even more expensive, like 25% more. As much as we love the food at Acqua the prices are just too high for what you get so it might be quite awhile before we go again. We eat out at a lot of places and this just seems pricier than comparable restaurants in the metro area."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We went to Acqua Forest Lake to celebrate our anniversary. The patio seating featured beautiful views of Forest Lake. The food was excellent and we had a great time."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had family members with us who have enjoyed dinners at Acqua WBL, but hadn't been to Acqua Forest Lake until last Sunday. They thought the ambience was nice and the lakeside setting beautiful. Each of us had various entrees, which were delicious and each course arrived promptly by our servers. Our waitress, Rachel, did a great job and has such a nice personality."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We love ACQUA for Sunday Brunch - they have a great selection of savory and sweet, wonderful cocktails and the service is always excellent."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food and service always consistently great. First time on patio - beautiful lake view. Wonderful place to go for any occasion."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I was very excited to find a place to eat outside on a lake for my Birthday. I decided to order the berry salad and asked to have some chicken added to it. Our server told me he didnt know how much they would charge, but never expected to be charged $10. The server should have been more knowledgeable about this. Could of ordered an entire meal for not much more, so not very happy."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We have eaten at ACQUA a few times & each time we are always impressed. This time we did the tasting menu with wine pairing. It was wonderful. Very much worth the cost."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The service is always top notch. I have always been able to get a reservation, even on short notice. This staff is always accommodating. I highly recommend Acqua, and have sent many others there to try the food, and they have always said how much they enjoyed it"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Wonderful 49th wedding anniversary dinner. Our new favorite place from the friendly welcome at the desk to the best table in the house to the outstanding food. We look forward to returning."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Fantastic food and service for a special night out, with a beautiful view of Forest Lake."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This was probably our sixth time dining at Acqua and as always, our experience was top notch. From the great window table to the tasty cocktails and delicious food, our party of four had an enjoyable experience. We appreciated the prix fix dinner which two of us chose as it is a great value. The restaurant is a bit noisy but no more so than many restaurants these days. The consistently tasty food and pleasant location means we will be back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was FANTASTIC, Really enjoyed the lobster mac and Ragu Bolognese in particular. The service was great at the beginning with few in the restaurant, but then our server forgot about us as it got busier. Needed to check back, needed to remove food plates -- a seriously long time in front of us, and nothing is worse than waiting for your bill. Won't stop me from coming back to give another try, but it took the edge off what would otherwise have been an awesome experience."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I was very pleased with my dinner experience at Acqua. Everyone was friendly, curious and made for a dining experience that was memorable. My wife and I both loved our food, She had the pork shank and I had sea bass, that were both fantastic."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Lovely dinner with family. Accommodated 13-year old's liminted palate. Outdoors would have been nice if chairs didn't look so uncomfortable. Will go back with cushion."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I love this restaurant ~ it is so nice to have a restaurant of this caliber! Absolutely wonderful food, awesome cocktails and excellent service! I can't wait to go back...it's worth the drive!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Brunch was very good. Our second time visiting Acqua for brunch in 3 months. It was a busy Sunday, but we had reservations and were seated on time. We did have to wait for quite a while till our server came to our table to greet us, but once she did, she was very competent and pleasant. Drinks were tasty and food was very good - not remarkable, but very good."
    Dined on 6/8/2014