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
315 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (284)great for outdoor dining (246)special occasion (232)fit for foodies (157)romantic (153)neighborhood gem (129)notable wine list (91)great for brunch (89)good for groups (76)hot spot (42)great for lunch (38)kid-friendly (24)late-night find (14)vibrant bar scene (13)Show More
  • 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.
  • Perfection
    DinnerGuestVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    Chellie
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Alyc
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner,great service, food was excellent and the outdoor dining area was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall good experience
    LoveForestLake
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aussiefamily
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Food was outstanding! Staff was extremely knowledgeable. Overall it made the night completely enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service and great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Sea Bass
    CDNgirl
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, 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 LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding as always!
    KatieK
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Incredible and delicious food. Unmatched service from beginning to end. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Service!
    JujuBee
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding dinning experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great setting...
    Seahunt
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pvgeats
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great staff, great lake view, and fantastic food. The sea scallops were perfectly prepared. I am definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    dinergirl
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.