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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
ACQUA - Forest Lake reviews from OpenTable diners
292 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (258)special occasion (217)great for outdoor dining (207)romantic (156)fit for foodies (152)neighborhood gem (126)notable wine list (86)great for brunch (81)good for groups (78)hot spot (48)great for lunch (43)kid-friendly (24)vibrant bar scene (17)late-night find (13)Show More
  • 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.
  • Fantastic Brunch Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
    Zatzpa
    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.
  • Worth the drive to Forest Lake!
    jlarson
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Acqua Forest Lake is a wonderful spot on the lake! The beautifully decorated restaurant is welcoming in every way! The staff is always excellent...in their service and the food is always great!! Well worth the drive to Forest Lake!!
    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
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as described
    pagunner
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I made a brunch menu choice (prime rib hash) based 100% on the waiter's recommendation. It was very disappointing -- dried out meat that could have been anything; it wasn't recognizable as prime rib. My brunch partner had the brioche french toast and it was very good. A little less expansive, gourmet description would have been appreciated -- especially since the food doesn't deserve it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A_Z Mom
    lovey54
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My son and I enjoyed a great Sunday brunch - food is fantastic, view is incredible, service is outstanding! We drive 30 miles each way to enjoy Acqua!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expectations Not Met
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We went for our first time to Acqua Restaurant Brunch on Sunday. The service was slower than I expected and never was offered or refilled our sodas the entire meal and we were empty before the meal was finished. The burgers were good from what my wife had ordered, but I had ordered the Prime Rib Hash. The potatoes and the prime rib were Cold and the sauce and eggs were only slightly warm and very bland overall needed more seasoning. The waiter at no time during the meal had ever returned to see how our meal was or ask us how we were doing. I expected much more from a higher end restaurant then to have slow service(took a long time as well to retrieve our payment to process) and serve cold food to customers.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • diner
    diner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Easy, convenient way to make reservations and to receive a confirmation number.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scooter98
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We got to the restaurant Saturday before 5pm and the guy at the front desk invited us in as we were about to go for a walk. That was nice. The waitress( blonde, pony tail, about 45 years old) was outstanding. I had the rib special which was delicious. My wife loved the beat salad. The only thing that could have been better was the chicken was good , but not great. The linguini and musroom part of that meal was terrific. The lobster bisque soup and butterscotch desert were top notch. Thanks for a great night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    One of the best services ever! We had great service, great food I would definitely suggest Acqua to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit.
    kelly
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Good food. Good views. Relaxing and romantic atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit and Miss
    Susanwj5
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My family went to Acqua for the first time to celebrate a birthday. My meal of scallops and shrimp was excellent but the calamari was flavorless and the salads over dressed. We'll try Acqua again though.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I visited Aqua with a friend this past Sunday for brunch. We were celebrating my birthday:) The"young doorman"who greeted us was very polite, sincere, and quite a "gentleman". The host was cheerful, and once again we were welcomed to Aqua! After confirming our reservation he escorted us to our table in addition to pulling out the chair for me. It made us feel special! The waitress was very accomodating and kind. My friend & I had decided on sharing a few items on the menu and the waitress made it work for us. She went that extra mile....overall it was a delightful experience! We also enjoyed the fall colors along our scenic drive as well.
    Special Features:
    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 LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a wonderful time!
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food was scrumptious, the service was excellent and if you like Margaritas their Cucumber Margarita was wonderful, it was a great experience and would definitely go back again!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diner47
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food and service were excellent. Brunch choices were varied enough for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LovestodineVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great place for after church on Sunday . Enjoyed it once again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 57chev
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    First time visit did not visit did not leave a great impression, only a fair impression.. Setting is beautiful, facility is beautiful. Needs more wait staff, it was a busy evening and only a few people were working. We had to wait a long time for service. The prices are higher than I thought they'd be and the noise level was so high we could not discuss the engagement we were there to celebrate. I'd come again, but only with 4 people or less. Maybe I'll try their brunch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Amazing!
    JBEHRVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I have been eating here for years and Acqua never disappoints -EVER! The food and service are excellent. They offer an ever changing menu with a few delicious staples.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place, Great Food
    DinnerDoctor
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Let's get the bad out of the way first. It's not super accessible. It's in a great spot on the lake, but it's the opposite side of the lake from town. That said, everything about that place is great. They probably don't need the valet parking, but it it's convenient on a busy night. The staff is friendly from the moment you walk in. The atmosphere is great. The place is beautiful and the food it's great. Everyone should definitely give this place a shot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aqua - Forest Lake
    AULUSA
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Always a fun dining experience with great food in a very nice setting. Food is always top-notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is one of our families favorite places. The food outstanding. The pizza was right up there with Burch and our serve Jessie did a great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Acqua Forest Lake
    DiningEX
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The ambience including the views, the lake, the lovely grounds, etc. was perfect. The service was excellent; the food choices were overwhelming. The food was good but not excellent and the prices indicate that it "should" be excellent." However, in fairness this was the only time we've eaten at Acqua so we will try it again. I would recommend the restaurant because of the ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Predictably Great!
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    As usual, the food was fantastic! It was a beautiful evening, and the patio was full, but not noisy at all. We usually done at WBL location, but this was definitely worth the extra drive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good eats on the lake!
    Foodtastic
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We enjoyed our dinning as the food was fantastic. It is a little on the upper scale side for evey day dinning for us but for a special occation it was very nice. I also like that they offer some items on the litter side so if you choose you could stop by for a burger and make it easier on the budget.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    blondie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I took a friend to Acqua for a birthday dinner and could not have been more pleased. We were seated immediately and had a wonderful table by the window. Our server (Nathan) was very cordial and helpful with suggestions from the menu. (They do have smaller portions for some of the menu items which is great if you do not have a large appetite.) I would consider it a Special Occasion destination as the prices are a little high but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tried something new
    Spiker1aVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Tonight My wife and I split the Peppercorn Blue Burger, it was excellent. We expected more gorgonzola flavor but were pleasantly surprised with the subtle balance. I normally prefer my fries naked with a bit of salt, but the Malt Vinegar Fries also had a perfect balance and didn't overpower. Our waitress Zoë was excellent and very attentive, and Buzz the manager was very gracious and ensured everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner at the White Bear location and a great lunch last year at Forest Lake. Brunch however, was a major disappointment. Each of the entress we ordered were actually bad. I would not go back for brunch. The staff and service were wonderful. Too bad the food quality was poor.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a wonderful experience.
    Magical
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    From the complimentary valet to the excellent service and outside to the view on the lake. Acqua is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy delicious food in great company.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and great service
    Willy1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The sea bass was amazing! My wife is allergic to gluten and they offered her gluten-free bread and were able to make almost everything on the menu gluten free. The atmosphere and service were incredible. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Martha
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Wonderful meal.....their special was their version of lasagna....great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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