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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
  • "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
  • "Great atmosphere would go again for special occasion. .food was unbelievable good !"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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
  • "The food was delicious. We had the walleye and it was full of flavor."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Thanks again for another delicious meal served by wonderful staff!"
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food was exceptional, atmosphere nice and lake view from the second floor balcony delightful."
    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
  • "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
  • "All around great place to enjoy a great dinner and drinks."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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
  • "We were dining on 6/15 not just because of Father's Day but also our wedding anniversary. Acqua accommodated my request for an upstairs table with a view of the lake. The food was tremendously creative and wonderful in taste. While this is not a "cheap eats" place I feel the value/portions for the food is excellent."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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
  • "Once again, we thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Acqua! Whether it's the two of us or a party of eight, we've always left feeling happy & pleasantly satisfied!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I have never had such a wonderful scallop meal and I've eaten many a scallop. This was above and beyond any dining experience I have ever had. Fantastic."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Amazing food. Stellar serivice. Fabulous atmosphere. Can't ask for more!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I dined with cousins from UK. We all ordered from the Tasting Menu, and were they impressed! Food was perfectly cooked and presented, with excellent attentive service. Definitely a quality location."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This restaurant has the best to offer for dining. Fabulous is the word for food, local, and especially service. Sophisticated and current food selections. The staff is busy and attentive to your every need. Perfect with a group or just two."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Great find in White Bear Lake! Cozy inside or great outside. Excellent food!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This restaurant is a gem in White Bear Lake. The food is marvelous every time we have eaten there! This restaurant is somewhat expensive, but you will not be disappointed. I highly recommend the cucumber margarita for your drink choice! All the food is exquisite as I have sampled what my friends and family are eating as well. :)"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I reserved a table for three so my wife and I could celebrate with my daughter after she directed a play with 35 4th and 5th graders. Four of my daughter's friends came across town to see the play. They showed up at Acqua at the same time we did. Acqua quickly adapted to our new requirements. It was an unusually mild night in late May so we chose to sit outside. Lots of laughing and talking about the play, and the service was efficient and unobtrusive. Since outdoor seating is across the street from the restaurant, I was impressed that four servers carried the trays across the street so that we could all be served at the same time. Our food was prepared to everyone's liking, and we had a great evening."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We had a reservation but decided to sit at the bar. Great decision! The food, drink and service was fabulous! Met great people. We have tried for several weeks to get a reservation and then tried Open Table and finally got a reservation."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was delicious and presentation was gorgeous. Our waitress had an enthusiasm in her menu descriptions that was absolutely warranted. Unfortunately I chose Acqua for a small reunion with my sisters after over a year and two friends. I could only hear the people directly next to me, it was so loud! Perhaps the wood floors could use rugs or a sound absorbing panel added to the ceiling in the upstairs dining room."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The perfect evening! The weather cooperated and the mosquitoes stayed away. Noting like eating right on the water!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014