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ACQUA - Forest Lake
ACQUA - Forest Lake

ACQUA - Forest Lake Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.acquafl.com
  • Email: jj@acquafl.com
  • Phone: (651) 464-6130
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm-10:00pm

    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    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 was our Fourth visit. Found it to be consistently good food & great service. I have tried three different entries so far and found all to be very good. Scallops are very good and it is hard to pass them up to try the other great dishes you see coming out of the kitchen. Soups are marvelous, bread subtle, dessert, drinks & coffee all worth indulging in."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Beautiful spot, wonderful food, excellent service!!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "It was a full house so the noise level was a bit on the loud side. I think adding fabric wall absorbing panels through out or white noise might help. Food was very tasty! Will be back for sure. Glad to have a fine dining restaurant in the local area again."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time Easter Sunday. Was a little noisy with the Easter crowd but did not bother me. I liked the energy. Our server was GREAT! We also thought the price was fair. Definitely will come again for dinner out on the patio!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Never had bad service or a bad meal. Always accommodating to your needs. Love that there are always specials that keep me coming back. The everyday menu is great, but new weekly items are a real treat. Love the wine specials. Can't wait for sunny days to spend out on the patio. Thanks JJ for providing such great service. It is worth the drive. Great chef! Innovative and always consistently delicious. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My husband & I went to dinner at Acqua in Forest Lake for our Anniversary. We were very pleased with both the wine list & menu. Our meals were perfect! Everything we ordered was beyond our expectations. The service was top notch as well. I was surprised that there weren't more people there, but I imagine that it will be much busier once the lake opens up and boating begins. They have a large dock & very welcoming outside bar area. I'm thrilled that we found such a nice restaurant in this area. No need to go into the cities now for more upscale dining!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We have been to Acqua for dinner several times but this was our first brunch. The food was excellent (as always!) I want to give a special kudos for how they handled our daughter's food allergy. They brought great substitutes and were incredibly accomodating. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We recently had reservations for 6:30 at Acqua in Forest Lake for my girlfriend's birthday, Easter, and to commemorate our leaving for basic training for the Navy. Our waitress was very personable and helpful and the atmosphere of the lake and sunset were just what we were hoping for. The owner stopped to talk to us about joining the military and a bit about his experience in the army and army reserves. After finishing our meal we were surprised to find out that the owner graciously decided that he would pay for our drinks and dessert. We really appreciated the gesture and look forward to eating dinner at Acqua again once we get leave approved. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "A wonderful experience and view. Food and service was fantastic. Hand crafted drinks and the ribeye was wonderful. The roasted beet salad with goat cheese was perfect as expected. We will be back. Food seemed to be as good as the White Bear location."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We called 2 weeks before and requested a table by window for 8. He said he would note that and try to accommodate. We got there For Sunday brunch and they put us in the back by 2 kitchen doors. I was Not happy! Manager credited the Mimosas but I would rather have a nice table experience. This was our special Easter Brunch! We saw everyone's meals coming out of the kitchen."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Had a wonderful brunch with my in-laws for a birthday, just four adults and a 5 month old. I have been to the White Bear Lake location multiple times. This new location is great! Family friendly, welcoming when you walk in the room. And even had an infant sling for the infant car seat in sit in. Food was wonderful, as well as the staff. We will be back again!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "With all the wonderful meals we've enjoyed at the original Aqua in White Bear I sincerely wish that I could endorse the second location. I cannot. Brunch was my third and last meal their. The main room is not a great place to gave a meal, although the bar, side room and outdoor areas are better. But the really sad part is that the extra location, and it's much larger size, seem to have diluted the talent that was always so evident in White Bear."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Our favorite place to go for brunch and dinner. When thinking of places to go, Acqua is always at the top our our list. Never get tired of the lake view. Staff well versed on the menu and helpful with suggestions. Looking forward to patio dining."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The new brunch menu at Acqua-Forest Lake is great! And the staff is always highly competent."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "All of us thought our food was great. Have to go back after ice out to enjoy the view more."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our last visit to Acqua Forest Lake (FL) was September. We like the pleasant drive to FL and it is easier than WBL to get a reservation. The food is always excellent, but the service has lacked a bit in FL.. No longer! The food was wonderful as usual, and our service was exemplary. It was among the best I've experienced in a very long time (and we've eaten at many 4 & 5 star restaurants). The waiter was friendly, helpful and attentive. Our water was never empty and our bread happily replenished. The cocktails were tasty, the salads ice cold, the entrees were hot and delicious. Two of us had pasta dishes and our wives the sea bass. The waiter inquired if we were in a hurry. We said no and the food was served at a nice leisurely pace."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our first time here. Food was great......but most impressive was the friendly service from everyone."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great service and good food. We were there at noon on a Sunday and the only draw-back was the menu Limited to breakfast and sandwiches. Wish there had been the opportunity for some of the dinner items"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The food was good, but the service is not what I would have expected or hoped for. I liked their Sunday brunch that they had in the past. I'm not crazy about their a la carte menu for brunch now."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We used a Living Social voucher-but the wait staff treated us as an inconvenience .. Slow to wait on us, server never smiled. Our being there seemed like a huge burden for her. Calamari was bland and the sea bass was disappointing. We won't be going back"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We always enjoy dinner at Acqua - either location is awesome (Forest Lake and White Bear Lake). During the summer we boat up for dinner - easy access to their docks. Great food and exceptional service always greets us. We recommend it highly!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was great - our table had the lobster macaroni and cheese, prime rib, sea bass, and the fonduta potatoes... Yum! p.s. Don't forget the butterscotch budino for desert!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We wanted to have a special dinner for our 25th wedding anniversary, Acqua did not disappoint! The Caesar salad was exquisite...the Bolognese was to die for.....and both desserts were scrumptious! What more could we ask for......we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed the entire experience! Love that this location also serves pizza!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The service was excellent beginning at the front door. Our waiter, Brad, had a great sense of humor and was accommodating. The restaurant is beautiful with the dark wood and open layout for natural light. And of course, the food was excellent and the portions were generous. Overall, a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I was impressed that the ambiance was very upscale but it didn't feel stuffy. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was very inviting."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Beautiful ambiance and for a Living social deal the food was wonderful with good choices. House wine that went with our certificate was worthy!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Aqua of Forest Lake is off the beaten path, on winding North Shore Drive that skirts Forest Lake. It is worth the drive. This restaurant is high class all the way, from complimentary valet parking to elegant atmoshere. Like their sister restaurant in White Bear Lake, the food was good, service was excellent. But while WBL has a classic small antique feel, Aqua Forest Lake is classy and modern. It's immacualate and clean decoratiing and has a cape cod feel. Perfect for a special occasion or when you want to be pampered. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The view may be of a snow covered expanse now but soon we will be able to watch boats on the lake and dine on the patio, which we have never done to this point. We like this place because it is on the far north side and we believe it is an up and coming spot for fine dining. The guys running both front and back are young and eager to please. The food is fresh, tasty and well presented. The dining area is clean and attractive. We have not sat at the bar yet because we have not had to wait for a table, but the place was packed on our last visit so we anticipate some wait time in the future."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We have been to Acqua before for both a Sunday brunch and a promotional dinner. This time we brought our neighbors as guests to this wonderful restaurant. We were not disappointed, and they were very pleased. Once again the food and service were excellent. This is a classy restaurant and well worth the two-hour round trip from our home in West St. Paul."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Acqua of Forest Lake. Seated by fireplace & windows w/a view of the lake - just perfect on a chilly March evening. Buzz, dining room manager, made us feel like regulars, waitress attentive and well versed on menu items, made good recommendations. 4 course dinner w/wine. Very nice bottles of both red & white. Mussels are a must - absolutely fabulous. Pistachio dark chocolate dessert delicious; light and satisfying after mussels, lobster bisque, salad & chicken mushroom pasta. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "When we drove in and saw the valet parking we were a bit intimidated - service like that isn't common in Forest Lake (and we were in jeans). But we were warmly greeted and enjoyed a fantastic 4-course meal. The meal and service were both exceptional!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "OUTSTANDING dining experience. It came highly recommended, and wow did it live up to expectations. I usually reserve rating good customer service to retail establishment and rank my restaurants on the food. However, Aqua FL was exceptional at both."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Enjoyed the beautiful location on the lake at our seat by the window. The service was excellent. The food is very good with interesting flavors. We used a Living Social coupon which limited our choices and had a separate menu. I will return without the coupon so I have more choices. Glad they opened this location!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "we've visited the Twin Cities Acqua and had a very enjoyable time. After a short drive we reached Acqua-Forest Lake. Even in ?Spring the view was amazing, the dining room large and light and the staff so very friendly and helpful. the food was good, the wine offered was good, the Butterscotch Budino was great. The entire experience was wonderful. we can't wait to return in the Summer and view the lake from the dining area or patio."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My husband and I have eaten Sunday brunch at Acqua twice this month because it is so delicious! Not only the food, but also the hand-crafted cocktails are wonderful! But to top it off, the service is TOP NOTCH! Our server from the first time recognized us the next time we went, and was super friendly and helpful both times, inviting us back for dinner that night since she could tell we liked it so much. The manager also stops by to ask about your experience, something that seems minor, but really shows that the restaurant cares about the diners' feedback. I appreciate the level of service along with the caliber of food, and we will definitely return!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "A restaurant in the north east outer suburbs on Forest Lake that is worth the drive! Had the best table on Saturday after request on this website. Outstanding ! Gourmet food without arrogance. Atmosphere welcoming to all ( really) but upscale yacht club feel decor. Could be the place to celebrate special occasions or go weekly. First food review I've been moved to write. My family owns successful restaurant for thirty years and this place knows what they are doing!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Very nice atmosphere, great menu. Enjoyed the calamari, lobster bisque, and a new york strip (came a bit underdone - but tasted great nonetheless). Will definitely return to try some more options."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I booked a party of four for early Saturday At 5:30. Our server was Leah H. For two guests this was an introductory evening to the Acqua experience . Acqua entree platings are always very generous!! I had the hanger steak special, others chose the prime rib special, the 3 for $30 eggplant and the 3 for. $30 penne pasta. The chocolate soufflé desert was a tremendous hit! An iPhone notice was sent to friends while we were still eating! One will come back again just to order the choclate soufflé!!! all are planning to come back. This a great special event venue for two to four persons so I take advantage of the VIP prepaid card account offering to get the most dining value for my money. Total cost with wine and beer and Tax was $191."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The restaurant was packed yet our food came out perfectly timed and hot. Dinner was amazing!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014