ACQUA - White Bear Lake
ACQUA - White Bear Lake

ACQUA - White Bear Lake

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.acquawbl.com/
  • Phone: 6514077317x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Sunday: 5:00pm-9:00pm. Closed Mondays
  • 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 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 6514077317x

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
ACQUA - White Bear Lake reviews from OpenTable diners
230 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (172)scenic view (171)great for outdoor dining (162)fit for foodies (151)neighborhood gem (140)romantic (125)notable wine list (74)good for groups (27)hot spot (25)late-night find (17)vibrant bar scene (8)great for brunch (8)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Wonderful restaurant, great ambiance, service and food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Aqua is one of my favorite restaurants....I can count on it to be Excellent Experience each time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Tradgirl
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Always a delightful dining experience. Delicious food and very good wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Great
    Lynna
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Love having such a good restaurant close by. Always good, interesting food with great wine and cocktail list. Isn't on the menu often enough, but their eggplant parmesan is the best. We go there often. Perfect table next to the front window last time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as aways
    MdineexpVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Aqua is our place for a special evening. The food and service is always outstanding at the White Bear Lake location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Good Service, but....
    practicalmomma
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    It felt like a revolving door of servers. It would have been helpful to know so many would be serving us or who our primary server was, and perhaps a heads up on the service chaos. I just didn't even know the rules, like who I could ask etc. Prices are OUTRAGEOUS and really not justifiable. You need to lower them by 25% AT LEAST, including alcohol. I was expecting a much nicer setup inside, something a little fancier say comparable to WA Frost. We were right under an air conditioner on the second floor across from a buffet and right nex to it there was a eyesore of an open spot. The environment was so choppy it almost felt like you were on a narrow boat on the water. Our servers didn't really seem very interested in us, but distracted.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday celebrations
    PKENMAR
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    As always, food & wine, drinks were great! It was however, the 1st time in all of our visits that we were not very happy with our main server who seemed distant & preoccupied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, 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.
  • Acqua Dining Experience
    Bluesman
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The overall dining experience was wonderful. While the server was a bit late to our table and to offer our first cocktail, the service throughout the evening was light but attentive. Perfect for what we needed. The appetizer, salad, entree and dessert were all terrific and it was stunningly beautiful night for a walk by the lake after dinner, despite all the road construction. The dining pace was slow, but again perfect for the type of night we were looking for. We will look forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, but Too Noisy
    drew03030
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food, but the noise level in the upper side room was way too loud. They either need to open that room up more, or fix the acoustics to make it enjoyable. My fiance and I could hardly talk over the other 3 groups and they weren't even being super loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    First time at Acqua with friends that live in the area. Was really impressed with the service, and the food was fantastic. Everyone really enjoyed their meals and dessert. The craft cocktails were fun too. Appreciate the complementary valet, especially with all the construction and parking issues right now.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place
    Lucy
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Feels like a renovated house that you are in, probably was. Small menu, but had good choices. Would go back. This place is not for kids. Did get really noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I take business colleagues here often and for dinner with friends/family. It's always consistent and the $40 tasting menu and options/portions is a nice value. Take advantage of the deck or patin seating during this beautiful fall weather ... don't close it yet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect anniversary dinner.
    blondegoat
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Celebrated our anniversary at Acqua on Sept. 16. Sat on the deck, delicious Prosecco,very good cheese appetizer, I ordered the Walleye dinner with an excellent buttery/wine sauce & potatoes. My husband had a tenderloin that was excellent. The portions were perfect. Our dessert was one we've had before, a butterscotch/carmely pudding. Good Chardonnay. Excellent meal! Our server was well informed & never hovered . Lovely view of the lake, on the balcony. The only downside, the constant vehicle traffic driving by. Sounds like that won't change when the building next door is completed.Anyone crossing to lakeside patio must dodge traffic ! That needs to change !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulicious
    timetodine
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    ALWAYS remarkable. Hoppin' on a Thursday night; great cocktails; exquisite lobster tail and osso bucco. Great view of late summer moon over the lake and marina. Personable staff. Another home run!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food
    Jupiter
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food was fabulous. Outstanding service / incredibly attentive staff. This is a type of restaurant one expects to find in downtown MPLS or Chicago, not White Bear Lake, MN. Definitely a gem in the suburbs.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday/Anniversary
    Cathy
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Celebrating my birthday and 36th wedding anniversary. We both had the walleye and it was delicious. And the butterscotch dessert was wonderful. Service was also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steve
    Steve
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Outstanding as always. Great service and great food. Our server Melanie is always cheerful, even though we had some guests at our table that were coming and going. My rib eye was awesome. And superb martinis!
    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
  • Upscale dining, relaxed atmosphere
    JaqeC
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was flavorful and nicely presented. We loved the Caramel Budino for dessert ! Our dining experience made our anniversary really special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection!
    IMGirlVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We are long time patrons of Acqua - White Bear Lake and can't say enough about the food, staff, and ambiance. We decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather on Saturday and dine lakeside. Our server, Jessie, was enthusiastic yet unfailingly polite and demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the menu. Decided to try the new shrimp appetizer and it was outstanding. White wine, garlic, and just the right amount of cayenne to give it a little kick. Also enjoyed the cheese plate which is always a delight. When told that there was a 5-6 oz. lobster tail as an add-on, we decided to share a tenderloin and the lobster tail for dinner. The onions and wine reduction on the steak made our mouths water. Finished with the smore dessert! YUM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Delicious food and great service! Fun for special occasions! Nice view of white bear lake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Impressed
    wannabfoodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We'd heard nothing but great things about Acqua and we were not let down. The service was top notch, everyone was very polite and knowledgable about the menu. The food and drinks were delicious!! It was a little chilly so we opted to sit inside but were seated upstairs and still had a great view of the lake. We will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time
    Kruzer
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I had never been, but heard excellent things from other people. they were correct. We were lucky enough to eat outside on a perfect evening. food was wonderful, service was excellent Can't wait to go back I love that it was an old house. Much cozier
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rave Reviews!
    Illy
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Darrin & Nicole as the owners truly know what they are doing from the incredible menu items they serve, the staff the have, the special touches they offer! I've gone to Aqua for over 7 years and brought guests there and am never disappointed! Nicole makes the best Long Island iced tea with fresh juice in it. Their food will leave you craving it until the next time you go. Bravo!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, 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.
  • Excellence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food and service were excellent, so much so that we made another reservation and brought friends the next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening at Aqua
    MLandDA
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary by having dinner at Aqua in White Bear Lake, and the experience was excellent!! We requested to be inside and upstairs. Our table was perfect and with the sound of live music coming from Tally's Dockside, we enjoyed our dinner & wine (bottle of Malbec which was very nice!) and the excellent service. Thank you for the wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Dining Spot
    Wetter1
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Acqua is the restaurant my wife and I select when we want to experience a superior dining experience. Beverages and food of the highest quality are served by an exceptional wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annual event
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We have came here at least once a year . Enjoy the atmosphere and setting. Sad that they built that ugly building next to you. Presentation of food was very nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our First Visit
    AlbarinoWineGreatVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were very pleased with the food, service, and wine. Lovely setting for a restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved Acqua!
    Farmgirl
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Acqua never disappoints! We have taken several couples there and everyone has loved the food, view, & service! We have not been to the Forest Lake location but it is on our list!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good option for outdoor dining
    pick4me
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Took prospective employee from out of town here to introduce the area. good range of dishes with lake view for wonderful atmosphere. Salads are unique and one of their best things.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in town
    foodfan
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is the best restaurant for miles around and competes well with any in the metro area. The mussels and the beet salad are outstanding. Have never had anything less than wonderful in many visits---food or service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It Lived Up to Its Reputation
    Rudy
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We got a great table by the lake so the view was wonderful on a summer night. Service was very considerate of our wishes and very friendly. The wine was excellent and the food was special on each plate and the five of us ordered a variety. As the evening went on we were not rushed. I do recommend bringing a sweater or shawl if you are later in the evening and are outside and the wind picks up off the lake, but we were fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Seven of us ate on the porch overlooking the lake. It was great, food was excellent
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible food and wine choices
    honestabe
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The ambiance was wonderful , next time I'd like to try and get a table lakeside! And while there is construction going on near by, the free valet service makes finding parking a non issue. I loved the variety of food choices - and all 4 of our choices were delicious! And they have great wine choices, wines you don't get anywhere else. But just be prepared, great food and ambiance does come at a price...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have eaten at Acqua so many times I have lost count. We live in the neighborhood so it's easy to get to. My only comment is I would like the chef to get more imaginative with the sides served. They seem to serve a lot of potatoes (if it's not a pasta dish of course). Maybe some rice, polenta or quinoa now and them would be a refreshing change?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beebe
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    loved it. We all did!!! One of the best restaurants in the Twin cities. Especially like the fact that it is on this side o the Miss. river.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Missed a chance
    Melkeillor
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Next time we will wait for the patio. It would of made an average dining experience superior.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another splendid evening at Acqua
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I always leave Acqua thinking it could not have been better, however there was outdoor seating available on their porch, and a perfect August evening, so it was even better. We enjoyed the calamari, mussels, walleye and -- of course -- their salted caramel mousse. Everything was perfectly prepared. Our waiter was very knowledgeable regarding the wine list and provided excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can't beat the patio
    TiffyJo7
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    One of my favorite places in the summertime. The staff are always very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Good Place To Celebrate
    eating2live
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This was our first time at Acqua. The waiter made us feel at home and explained what we could expect from items on the menu. The table out by the lake was very nice. We were celebrating a big event in our lives, and we wanted a very special meal. The food exceeded our expectations. The special taste offering was a good value.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet