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ACQUA - White Bear Lake
ACQUA - White Bear Lake

ACQUA - White Bear Lake Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.acquawbl.com
  • Phone: (651) 407-7317
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • 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 Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call us for private off-site events.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have three rooms, each available for private and semi-private dining of up to 30 guests with great views of White Bear Lake. Our newly remodeled upstairs private dining room seats 20 and features a fireplace as well as a view over the lake.
  • Private Party Contact: Daron Close (651) 407-7317

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 61 and Highway 96
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available along Lake Street or behind our building.
A word from ACQUA - White Bear Lake
Acqua is comfortably located on the Western shore of White Bear Lake and offers seating in four relaxed dining rooms, two sheltered decks overlooking the marina, a spacious lakeside patio and cozy bar. The menu is Italian driven and Acqua Restaurant always strives to source out the highest quality local ingredients. The restaurant focuses on maintaining a warm, clean and comfortable atmosphere while offering knowledgeable and attentive service that cares.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Always love Acqua and dinner this past Saturday was no exception. Beautiful warm summer evening, exceptional food and service. Wonderful evening."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Always like going to acqua We know we will get great and attentive service excellent food fun cocktails Usually too full for dessert but this time saved for crime brûlée which was outstanding"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We're from WI and were actually were looking into Chicago but the room rates were crazy. Decided on Minneapolis instead. Found Acqua online-what a great find. Atmosphere, food (well the steak was much better than the risotto), service all excellent. Looking forward to coming back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Summer dining includes an outdoor lower deck, an upper deck and a nice patio across the street with a great harbor view. The bar next door had a great blues band going, which made many of the diners tap their toes and groove along. Anyone who wanted a quieter atmosphere could sit indoors, but the band was not too loud. Conversation was not a struggle. Helpful, friendly attentive staff. The food was most excellent. Significant wine list. Not the cheapest place in town. Plan on $100 if you limit your drinking. Plan ahead for parking. Complimentary valet parking in front, but if you try to do it yourself, it is very tight down there with the construction."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We had internationa friends in and were also celebrating both of their birthdays. The food was outstanding, service was wonderful. Our friends loved it.... Thank you."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Aqua is not cheap but you get what you pay for-excellence. Good special occasion spot, especially on a nice evening at an outside table lakeside. My sis & I dine there at least four times a year, would more often if I could afford to. So if I do eat out it has to be worthwhile and reliably good, Aqua is. The staff is efficient, knowledgeable and friendly. The food is nothing short of fabulous. One of us usually gets the special, especially if it is fish or seafood. We have a favorite salad and dessert that we often split, but we do vary it. Everything we have had at Aqua has been excellent. My only "gripe" was being charged for iced tea refills-it is pennies to brew. That's it. An absolute favorite, Aqua never disappoints."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Love, love, love Acqua!!! It is my favorite place to eat for any occasion. Great staff and wonderful food."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Once again a great meal with great service, each diner getting individual attention and exactly what each wanted. Want to share a cocktail? Done. Want the hot peppers on the side? Done. Want one dessert and two long spoons? Done. All the entrees were spectacular: sea bass, chicken, scallops, beef shank. Wherever you are in Minnesota, Acqua is worth the drive."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is the second time in a year that we have eaten at your restaurant for a birthday celebration. It was a great experience both times......food/wine, wait people, and ambience. The valet service was terrific as we had spent one and a half hours getting to your establishment from Bloomington due to various detours everywhere......not your fault. We are looking forward to the completion of the condos/shopping next door so strolling along the lake might be possible and enjoyable. Getting rid of the clutter will be nice. We will be back. Just wish you were closer."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food is always great and the servers are exceptional."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This was our first time at Acqua, everything about it was wonderful. Our table was right on the lake, beautiful day, great food...fantastic way to end a weekend! We will be back."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I ate at Acqua this past weekend and ordered the Shrimp Scampi. It was truly the best Shrimp Scampi I've ever eaten. The flavors were perfectly balanced so I ate every last morsel. This is my second visit to Acqua and it was the same excellent dining experience that I experienced on my first visit. I plan to return again in the not too distant future."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food at Acqua is always on point. I must recommend lobster bisque (in season), bistecca (strip, done no more than med), or any of the fresh fish. Sides always compliment perfectly and the chef is happy to make substitutions if needed. Service is usually good..... Most of the time it's a 10, but can be a 6-7. The place is not cheap - expect to spend $60-80 per person. Parking, especially in summer, can be an issue. They do have valet. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great atmosphere would go again for special occasion. .food was unbelievable good !"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I have had dinner at this restaurant and it has exceded expections every time. I now know how good the food is, and I still can't believe how delicious it is everytime. We brought some friends that had never been there, and they repeatedly complimented the food and service. It didn't hurt that it was a beautiful evening and we sat out on the deck. I recommend Acqua for all adults."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was delicious. We had the walleye and it was full of flavor."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This was my second time at Acqua in White Bear Lake (Forest Lake is amazing, too) and I will keep going to Acqua. The food is unique and heavenly and Melanie our waitperson was knowledgeable, friendly and very attentive. The other waitstaff made sure our water was always filled and tableware, etc. was where it should be. This time we sat on the patio and enjoyed the night air with our dinner and wine. The prices are better than expected because the food is amazing and plenty of it."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I have come here on the Fourth for 3 years with a late night dinner ( 9 PM reservations). We see the fireworks over White Bear Lake along with a great bottle of wine and a wonderful dinner. What more could one ask!?"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Acqua is consistently good. The food is always top-notch and the wait staff are excellent. We were here for the 4th of July and were lucky to get a table out on the deck, just as the fireworks were starting across the lake. It doesn't get any better than this!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The outdoor dining is always a lovely setting. The food is good, often great."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "When we have a special event or are going to dinner with guests Acqua is always tops on our list. The service is impeccable and the food is always unique and fantastic."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Love the food, fancy cocktails, wine, atmosphere and wait staff...."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Acqua has become our favorite restaurant. Great food, excellent staff and the owners work hard to stay active in the business. The menu is small but dekicious and changes to it are made seasonally."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Dinner for 2 to celebrate our wedding anniversary was fabulous. We drank delicious white wine, ate duck and walleye, and finished with the Dreamsicle dessert. All of it was scrumptious! The service was, as always, gracious and attentive. We ended our evening in the rocking chairs facing White Bear Lake. THANK YOU, Acqua, for a lovely evening."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had a very informal Anniversary dinner (2 anniversaries) and enjoyed our 1st time at Acqua. Food was excellent, a little pricy, but very good. Two young children were also well accommodated and the atmosphere was comfortable for everyone."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The restaurant offers good food, service and great view of lake."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Thanks again for another delicious meal served by wonderful staff!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The second floor room is spacious and airy. The tables are spaced so diners are not atop one another. The menu is aimed toward a discerning palate. The server was knowledgable about the wine list and provided good guidance into the extensive wine list. Staff is observant without being obsequious."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We went to Acqua for my bother's 29th birthday and, although we loved the food, we were disappointed in the overall experience. I asked if they do anything special for birthdays and they said (in front of the birthday boy) "not really, we'll give you a candle". So we paid for a dessert and, like our waitress said, they stuck a tiny candle on the plate and dropped it off at the table. Overall, the food and drinks were expensive, but good. The service was average and the ambiance had a feel of an out-dated supper club. I would highly recommend sitting outside! I don't think we'll be back."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had a great dinner on the Patio, service and food great!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I go to this restaurant several times each year, and it's still perfect on everything. It's a rare neighborhood gem north of the city. Keep up the good works!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife and I had an excellent dinner at Acqua White Bear Lake on Saturday, June 21. We were lucky to get one of the outdoor balcony tables with a great view of the lake and the boardwalk! The food (from the Crudo appetizer to the Beet Salad to the Scallop/Lobster dinner) was fanstastic. Service was great. We couldn't have asked for anything more!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was exceptional, atmosphere nice and lake view from the second floor balcony delightful."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended by two coworkers, the both said it was a great place to eat. They were absolutely correct. We can't wait to go back. The service was better than any other place we have ever visited. Thank you for a special night."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Greeted like a good friend, courteous and attentive. Wait staff so polite and knowledgeable. This is a place EVERYONE must try, you'll find yourself coming back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Took my wife to dinner there as we have done the past few years and it was amazing as always!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "All around great place to enjoy a great dinner and drinks."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We've been here several times and enjoyed it every time. The food and presentation was superb. The service was excellent. For a special night out, this is a great experience."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "When the first person in our party arrived, she was given her choice of tables, which I liked. The food was great, the service good. We ordered 2 tasting menus and shared among the 4 of us. The portions were very generous. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My daughter joined us from Long Island. She said several times, "boy do they ever do this right!" I hope they open an Acqua in New York!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014