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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
  • Email: daron@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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We've eaten here numerous times. The food is always excellent. The service is attentive and friendly. The view of the lake is good. The area around the restaurant is currently under construction. So parking is limited and the street is in poor shape."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Although on the pricier end, was certainly worth the trip. Our server was knowledgable and helpful, and the atmosphere was comfortable and relaxing. All in all, an evening well spent."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Met friends from the East side of the cities here for a saturday night dinner. All four of us were very pleased with our dinners. The apple salad is fantastic - as is the sea bass. Our waiter was probably the best waiter i've ever had. I can't remember his name but he looked like Joaquin Phoenix. He described many of the items on the menu thoroughly and eloquently. He was extremely attentive but not intrusive. Looks like they have a nice outdoor patio, so we will probably go back when it warms up a little. I'm not aware of anywhere else in White Bear Lake that provides this level of food and experience - it is definitely worth the price."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was good, not great. The prices were way too high for just ok food. The service was excellent, cannot say enough good about our server. The kitchen needs to step up its game."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Acqua and both times have been excellent. The food is of wonderful quality and prepared well. It can be pricey, but every bit worth it. I would highly recommend it, especially for special occasions."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We were only alloted so much time and were literally told we had to give-up our table before we could order dessert because the table had been promised at a certain time and those other customers had arrived. We had not even finished the main course when the waiter hadn't us the check and said that if we wanted to stay longer we would have to move to another table! We decided to "part ways" with Acqua and left probably never to return but will certainly share our experience with lots of friends, even if they don't ask!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My family, which included 12 people, dined at Acqua - everything was just wonderful. The food was excellent, the service very good and the complimentary valet parking was so nice especially on a windy, rainy night. Thank you so much for a spectacular night."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great wine, great entrees. The cheese plate at the end for dessert was the icing on the cake. A little pricey for a routine evening out, but a wonderful place for that special occasion and well worth the money spent. It's nice to not have to head into the heart of the Twin Cities for such a great experience."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We frecuent Aqua often. The quality of the food was the worst it has been. The lettuce in the salad was brown and wilted and the shrimp tasted fishy. The price was a little higher than we thought food deserved."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Another great dinner with great service! An extremely consistent restaurant - and it's always great."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Nice table overlooking the lake. Our server did a great job and the food was fantastic 5 stars!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We were a little disappointed. Went there for my wife's birthday and I mentioned that to our server. I wanted to see if there were any birthday specials - she said "happy birthday". Later, I discovered that the birthday special was 1/2 off a bottle of wine! That really made me mad!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We go to Aqua White Bear Lake for special events like Birthdays, anniversaries, etc. And are never disappointed. Great food, service, and atmosphere. We are never disappointed. Roger Bogotty"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening at Acqua in White Bear Lake. Our waitress was wonderful but the atmosphere of the old house was nothing special. Good food and drink but highly overpriced for what you get."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My wife and I visited Acqua for the first time to celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary. The food and service were outstanding and we will be back."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had the halibut special and the king crab encrusted sea bass. Both dishes were perfectly prepared with wonderful flavor. The service was attentive and friendly. We were seated in a lovely, quiet corner on the second floor. Everything about our evening was enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience. A great place to go for special occasions. Food, drinks, and service were outstanding!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Mel our server was very professional and knowledgeable. The dishes were appropriately priced and delicious. If there was a downside, sitting on the lower floor, you were looking out over a patio stacked with chairs. But don't let that stop you from enjoying a wonderful meal."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Great restaurant wish they were open for lunch at least in the summer. Food is good but the service is outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "5 of us ate for $420. Meals ranged from good to excellent. Lamb and polenta were excellent, but I got 4 small lamb chops so was still hungry. Branzino was excellent- cooked well, had excellent seasoning and flavor - but crab in the crust was a little funky - we wondered if it was canned crab meat. The steaks were done nicely, but were not best quality steaks and were under seasoned - so were on the bland side. The béarnaise sauce was not fresh - either made from a mix or frozen and reheated - no strong butter flavor, no tarragon, no vinegar - just disappointing. My daughter got the ribeye with béarnaise and said her potatoes were the best part of the meal. Soufflé was very good. Budino was awesome. Overall very good meal, but not for $420."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Received a gift card from friends for this spot . . . which is a find. Great food. Wonderful service. Good wine selection. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I alway enjoy dining at Acqua's of White Bear Lake...."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We decided on a whim to try Acqua and we are still talking about the experience a week later. The food....was incomprehensibly delicious and my Jameson Ginger drink had real ginger in it, which made it amazing. We were seated in front of the window, overlooking the frozen lake, which was beautiful. Our server was helpful, had a glittering personality and was attentive. We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "...by far. Either location -- WBLK or Forest Lake -- offers simply outstanding dining, drins, and wine list. The Forest Lake location is starting to pull some crafts as well. And this is in mid winter. Add the views of the lakes in the summer, and there is no place in the TCs offering the ambience, food and drink.Valet park as well? Splendid evening."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Took our kids to dinner Friday evening. All eight of us had exceptional drinks, dinner and dessert. Everyone was so welcoming and accommodating. Acqua White bear is a lovely restaurant with top notch service and food."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "great experience- great food and service. employees show genuine care for customer."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Went to Acqua for the first time and was not let down. The food was fantastic and the service was top notch. Was impressed with all areas of the restaurant and have nothing to complain about. Definitely plan to return."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "When the food and service is fantastic and a nice table by a crackling fire place, you just can't beat it. My wife and I loved it and we will be back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Nice ambiance but food is over-rated and over-priced."
    Dined on 4/12/2013
  • "this is not the first time at Acqua, it has become a favorite ! I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a wonderful meal with fabulous service..."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This was not quite as good as usual. It is usually outstanding by all measures."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I was very impressed with the food and service! When I asked about Gluten free items, the waiter immediately offered plain goat cheese vs. breadcrumb encrusted on my salad. He also served me GF toast w/honey butter when the rest were served bread. They had several GF entrees that did not require "going without" or any negotiation. There were also GF desserts! Our entire table of 6 was very impressed. The waiter described and suggested a delicious bottle of wine, and was quite knowledgeable. My husband and I have dined here frequently and have never had anything but excellent food and great service!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We were looking for a nice dinner near an event we were going to in White Bear Lake; a town a good 45 minutes from our home. We were more than happy to have found Acqua (thanks to Open Table!). This Italian based menu is not some suburban red-sauce joint; you'd have a hard time finding this level in most serious cities. Tried the mushroom soup and the osso buco, both if which are on the tasting menu. The $20 wine flight with that was three well paired rounds (and not skimpy portions!); the last round of wine was a mellow tawny port that went great with the butterscotch budino (pudding) with caramel sauce, which alone is worth the drive. I really hope to get back here, hopefully on a warm summer night by the lake!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great as always! On these cold days the Mushroom soup tasted great!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I'll start with the dessert - We had the butterscotch budino with caramel. Fabulous! Just a touch of sea salt - enough to find it if you're looking for it, but not overwhelming. My crab encrusted sea bass was delicious as well. Service: complimentary parking; plenty of attention by wait staff."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We have never been disappointed going to Acqua . Amazing food, fantastic wine and great service! Must try the mussels for the appetizer and scallops for dinner. I am very pleased they added valet parking. Quality food. If you are a foodie Acqua is a must!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We eat out often because our schedule is very busy, and having a neighborhood place with the best food in more then 50 miles, is great. I know they can't remember your name all the time, but they sure act like their your best friend. Very nice..."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The evening we went MN was covered with a huge winter storm and blanket of snow. We were seated in front of a fireplace, which was lovely considering how cold it was outside. The waitstaff were very attentive, but not in a burdensome way. One of us got the 3 course meal, which was an incredible value with wonderful choices. They offered to split the salad on to 2 plates before even bringing it out, which was so kind. The matchstick apple salad is unparalleled! We also shared the chocolate molten lava cake and both left feeling very full but very satisfied. Incredible meal and service!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We have been enjoying date nights here 2 to 3 times a month for a couple years now. The service is always incredibly polite, timely, and knowledgeable about the food. They take great care to be careful with my wife's allergy. The food is always impeccably prepared with good choices for foodies with various tastes. The bar tending is always very good and with a good selection of wines. With several small rooms in this older home type setting it has a very private feel. It's perfect for a date night or a group which we have done as well. In the summer you can sit outside and take in the scenery of White Bear Lake. It's one of only a handful of restaurants in the Twin Cities that qualify to make our highly recommend list."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "My husband and I are frequent diners at Acqua. We had a surprise 21st birthday party for our son Niklas on February 15th, 2014. As usual, everyone did an excellent job. Ryan our server was outstanding as the beautiful, poised Nicole was the mixologist who rocked. Food was excellent and everyone had a great time. thanks so much!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014