ACQUA - Forest Lake
ACQUA - Forest Lake

ACQUA - Forest Lake

  • 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 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
ACQUA - Forest Lake reviews from OpenTable diners
273 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (238)special occasion (214)great for outdoor dining (169)romantic (153)fit for foodies (150)neighborhood gem (124)good for groups (79)notable wine list (77)great for brunch (75)great for lunch (39)hot spot (38)kid-friendly (26)vibrant bar scene (20)late-night find (12)Show More
  • Tasting Menu an Overlooked Gem
    Diner47
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We had the Living Social voucher for the Tasting Menu. We have been to Acqua many times and not tried that menu in quite a while. It was wonderful. The Ahi tuna and the spinach salad were particularly good and the Budino a much enjoyed overindulgence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch spot!
    Momx5
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Acqua does a wonderful job with brunch! The service is spot on, and the kitchen is fabulous! The kitchen was happy to make adjustments to a dish for a picky eater. You can tell that Acqua is locally owned, and run by the owners. They take a lot of pride in their restaurant...and well they should!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding staff
    Repeatcustomer
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Dined for brunch with our two children. Room was beautiful and bright and server, Rachael, Was very helpful and friendly. Food was very good. When my daughter's steak was overdone a manager came by (not by our request or the servers request) and made it right without question. It took about an hour and a half to dine which is longer that I expected but with a new steak having to be made it was reasonable. The only thing I would change is to have more breakfast type items on the brunch menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    MaverickVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    This was our first brunch at Acqua and it was wonderful! We like that it is not a buffet and there were both breakfast and lunch options. Great and attentive service. Lovely mimosas! Fabulous food! The biscuits and gravy were the best I had ever had. The crepes and french toast also fantastic! We can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Burgers were pretty darn good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Cant really afford this kind of place, so we had burgers. They were good, had better, but they were good. Wouldn't go back for the burger, but will go back with our living social coupon and try the 3 course. Nice place, great staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly enjoyable dining experience
    Stacy
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This is our go to place to celebrate special occasions or take out of town guests. We have never been disappointed. The food is exceptional and the staff very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Complementary valet service was very nice, especially with a small parking lot. Greeted right away by owner and host. Very friendly staff with excellent service. Food was very good and the portions were just right. Next time we will go during the day to see the view of the lake!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    2376EBRK
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We enjoyed a Thursday evening dinner at ACQUA, which was very nice. Service was excellent and friendly, the food was well prepared and presented, and facility itself was well kept.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food usally prepared and presented beautfiully.
    Regular
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Our server was knowledgable and friendly. We enjoyed our visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acqua is Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My husband is in a wheelchair and all of the Acqua staff were most accommodating! From the moment we entered the parking lot, we felt welcome. We also were redeeming Living Social coupons, and because the "fine print" indicated that there would be "one coupon allowed per table," we were prepared to have to sit at a different table apart from the other couple we were with (that also had a coupon). When we mentioned the situation, the hosts and wait staff said it wouldn't NOT be a problem for the four of us to sit together and still redeem the coupons. THANK YOU. We will DEFINITELY be returning customers (withOUT coupons) and will be recommending your exceptional food, service, and atmosphere to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jflame90
    Jflame
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Sunday brunch couldn't be more tasty or enjoyable. A delightful variety of choices for both the breakfast eater and the lunch or dinner type. It was refreshing to see the menu avoided the standard "2 eggs, hash browns or pancakes, toast, meat all covered with a ladle of melted butter". Unique combinations made it difficult to choose. The staff is outstanding, from the complimentary valet, maitre d', server, bussers--all very polite, friendly and showed a willingness to make ure the meal was enjoyable. Can't wait to return and try some more brunch delights. And for those who care, you could actually taste the vodka in the Bloody Mary's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic
    jbug50VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I love this place! The food is fantastic and the service superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent restaurant
    Foodie
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great drinks, food and lake scene. Love the Vallet parking and guys at the door. The staff is so kind
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, 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, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place
    Birthdaygirl
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Loved everything except the Tuna. Would recommend everything else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LindaP1535
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    dissapointed with the lack of friendly service. This was our first trip. I would love to come back and dine here during the summer. The menu was very limited for selections. I chose the "special" was ok at best. My hubby's fish was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always comes thru
    FridleyLarsons
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This is one of our fav's..... Service is always amazing (both forest lake and white bear) and food is top notch... We always go with another couple and 2 of us get the special, while the other 2 go for some classic favorites... but everytime its perfect! Sea bass is excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful birthday dinner!
    jmloislane
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    It was a bit expensive, but it was the best meal we've had in a long time!! So, so good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting menu
    kityv
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The wait staff was amazing. That was the highlight of the meal. The food really was not up to the standard I would have expected. The Caesar salad was limp and nearly tasteless. The ravioli was far too sweet for an entree. The eggplant tasted deep fried which is disappointing because it could have been anything, you couldn't tell it was eggplant. The restaurant is a lovely atmosphere, with a lovely view of the lake. I think they need to rethink some of their recipes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice!
    Jakethecat
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Very nice place. Great service, really good food. Menu wasn't too extensive, but what we had was delicious! Would definitely go back again. Perfect for a special date.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely worth the drive
    StCroixDad
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had heard good things about Acqua - both the White Bear Lake and the Forest Lake locations - and made time on a Friday night to dine at the Forest Lake location. The food was simply outstanding. Both of us ordered from the three-course meal, and there wasn't a misstep in anything we ordered. The entrees were well executed, and the flavors of all we had that night were outstanding. The portions were surprisingly generous - not always the case when ordering a multi-course meal. The only demerit was for our server, who was a little inattentive; that was disappointing as our section of the restaurant was not overly busy the night of our dinner. If I could give 4.5 stars, I would.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    clfdine
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Aqua in Forest Lake has great food and a beautiful view! Inside the restaurant was cozy and not very crowded because it was Halloween night. We have eaten at Aqua in White Bear Lake several times and I have never been disappointed with the food. Looks like it will be the same for Forest Lake Aqua!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    DorothyVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We enjoyed everything about Acqua--Forest Lake...the drive out to this fantastic view, excellent food & service. The parking was very spacious and convenient...much appreciated!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for a speacial occasion
    Cassie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great staff, beautiful place, food was excellent, specialty drinks were a tad overpriced.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Was this reservation added to my total reservations through Open Table? I have made reservations at this restaurant three times + a restaurant or two in Florida. This reservations system is easy to use and gives available times to reserve.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice.
    Jackie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Generally we go to Mpls for our birthday celebrations but decided to go to Aqua in Forest Lake instead. I was glad we did. The quality of food and service was wonderful and their drink menu was excellent. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another top notch meal at Acqua!
    gentillylady
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    My group selected the tasting menu that included a wide variety of choices to please everyone. The food was delicious and visually pleasing. All plates came out hot and were served to us simultaneously by the wait staff. The service was attentive and flawless. We will definitely continue to patronize this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just So-So
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We ran around 5 minutes late to our reservation & then got hung up parking in the small & packed lot. I was a bit put off when the host made a point of mentioning we were late. We were then seated and then waited for over 10 minutes before even being given water or having a server reach out to us. Afterwards our service was fine. The food was good, but nothing to rave over. The restaurant is beautiful and the views of the lake are nice.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Went for brunch with friends. Good food, great view and quiet enough for conversation. Enjoyable. Would come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Brunch Time
    Partytime4u
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    From the Valet service to all the staff for welcoming us , table selection, & service , all of us felt like true guests in a beautiful setting. There was no rush to order or finish our meal. Nathan did a great job checking to see if we needed anything. A definite place to bring friends you want to impress.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KV02
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great food and great service. We highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    chowhound
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Nedd more healthy veg options. Potatoes were cold on brunch entry.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Sunday Brunch
    TasteofJon
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My wife & I frequent Aqua FL for lunch & dinner, but, this was our first time for Brunch. The Brunch menu is limited & does not boast the the usual fare, but, we very much enjoyed what we had. We both started with the Prime Rib Hash. The potatoes were perfectly cooked & seasoned, the prime rib tender, and the Bearnaise sauce delish. We finished with an order of the Banana Foster Crepes. The caramel sauce was a bit cool, but, the dish was a perfect ending to our Brunch ~ delicious! Aqua FL has a well trained warm & friendly staff and the ambiance, decor & locale are a must to visit. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I am always pleased when I dine at Aqua in either Forest Lake or the White Bear location. BOTH have excellent service and food. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovers
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband & I enjoyed our dining on a Saturday nite. Service & Food was excellent. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable.
    Laura
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband and I had a gift certificate for the restaurant. Everything was delicious and the staff was very friendly and competent.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eveningdining
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very nice place to dine. We're always looking for a semi classy restaurant for special events like anniversaries and the like. Also it gave me an idea on a place for my son to live seeing as he's just returning from Afghanistan and is a pilot just getting out of the Air Force. Know of any good jobs at Delta?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A is for Acqua
    kasotasharon
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    If you are looking for good food with carefully tended sauces and excellent service in a beautiful venue with a gorgeous lake view, Acqua is for you. Osso Buco, duck, walleye in a buttery lemon/wine sauce, lobster bisque, carpaccio, chocolate tart with toasted marshmallows Izzy's graham cracker ice cream all were excellent. Our cucumber cocktails were well prepared and refreshing, good wine and beer choices. Best of all it was quiet enough to encourage conversation, a rarity in today's restaurant scene. Lots of places have trendy food choices prepared with care, but with a noise level that is not comfortable for me, I prefer Acqua's softer ambiance. Wish they offered lunch; maybe they do in the summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Acqua - hands down favorite
    ZatzpaVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Best restaurant north of 694 for sure and one of our favorite spots anywhere. We eat here 2-3 times per month and love it. My usual favorites are beef carpaccio (horseradish spread is addicting), beet salad, passion chili sour (my fave cocktail w/ dark liquor & jalapeño) and the Budino (butterscotch & caramel you won't be able to forget). Last night I had the special duck and gnocchi entrée and it was terrific. Service is impressive and the ambiance is warm and cozy even though the place is spacious. Hughly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • whereareurose
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My Husband loved the view and Lobster Bisque and quickly stated "this is my new favorite restaurant!" If he's happy, I'm happy! Great service and excellent lake views. The walleye was fantastic. Fun place for boaters and snowmobilers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PERFECT IN EVERY WAY!
    foodforthought
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary here (and drove nearly an hour - absolutely WORTH IT) ~ from the moment we walked in the door until we left ~ it was all perfect. Hostess was very friendly and welcoming ~ wait staff was knowledgable about all items on the menu ~ wine was amazing ~ meal was exceptional ~ and the lake view was absolutely gorgeous as the sun was setting. Couldn't have picked a more ideal place to celebrate such a special day. We'll definitely be back as often as possible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.