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About 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.

8241 North Shore Trail N
Forest Lake, MN 55025
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Wednesday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday & Saturday Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday Happy Hour: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Sunday Dinner: 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Closed Monday & Tuesday

Cross Street:
Inman Ave N

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(651) 464-6130

Website:
http://www.acquafl.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet parking offered in our private parking lot.

Executive Chef:
Chris Whalen

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: (651) 464-6130

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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ACQUA - Forest Lake Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.8

value

4.3

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Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (55)
Waterfront (54)
Special Occasion (52)
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Good for a Date (52)
Good for Anniversaries (51)
Worth the Drive (42)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Romantic (31)
Quiet Conversation (30)
Cozy (26)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Tasting Menu (16)
Fun (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Casual (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Great for Brunch (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Authentic (9)
Disabled Access (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Seasonal (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Business Meals (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Price does not match with quality. Would be interested in trying again. Maybe find something else I enjoy.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

This is our 3rd trip to Acqua and we would still go back again! Very gluten free friendly. Great service, great food. The only reason I gave 4 starts was this time our waitress got super deflated as soon as we mentioned our Groupon and there were a couple of small mix ups with my food (gluten free) Last time we had no issue and the waitress even asked if we were using the Groupon. She still treated us like we were royalty and was super conscientious of my gluten free requests. Overall, I would not hesitate to go back!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 4 days ago

They made our 30th anniversary very special. My friend from out of state ordered champagne etc and manager and staff executed her surprised eloquently—made our evening spectacular

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fun, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 5 days ago

Would prefer scallops served broiled/baked. Too many ingredients mixed together and seasoning overpowered dish. Cesar salad was dressed heavily and although dressing had good flavor, salad not crisp or fresh. Service was excellent.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Great place on Forest Lake. Food was excellent, well prepared to our liking. Waite staff was very attentive and very effective. The only complaint was the background music - Duran Duran's "Hungry Like A Wolf" didn't quite make it for me. Other than that I would go there again and recommend it to others.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food. Great service. Great ambiance. Great fun!!!

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·Dined 6 days ago

No tap beer?
If I had known, I would have canceled the reservation.
How about a discount on the bottled stuff for the inconvenience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

It was our first Valentine’s Day together we both enjoyed the experience and would will return sometime .

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a great time for Valentines day. Food was awesome service was second to none. valet was perfect. thanks for making our day awesome

Tags: Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Loved it all.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

My boyfriend and I always love to go to Acqua. Tonight we went for Valentine’s Day and it was great.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

The new walleye recipe is fabulous! Both my wife and I had it, and loved it, outstanding!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

The Maple Glazed Scallops were wonderful, as was the salmon and walleye.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 11, 2018

My parents and boyfriend and I got the 3 course Groupon option and it was absolutely fantastic! The prime rib was perfectly done and the fresh horseradish that our server brought out was an amazing addition. The ambiance was beautiful and cozy and we loved the fire place! Heidi made us wonderful cocktails and her bright and friendly personality is always the best! Our server seemed to pay little attention to us once we told her we had the groupon, but overall her service was good. Food came out paced perfectly and she was very attentative to fill coffees at the end of the meal. Wonderful experience and highly recommended!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Romantic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food, service was outstanding. Will rerurn!

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Wonderful experience. Extraordinary food, and service and staff were exceptional. Highly recommend!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Waterfront, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 4, 2018

First time there and had a wonderful experience with the staff, food and scenery it’s located in.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fun, Great for Brunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Fantastic time.Great food. Friendly waitress. 1st date in 30 years, recommended by son. Close to fireplace, Az girl so that was essential... Can't wait to see it in the summer...

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Fantastic experience!!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Exceptional service and ambiance. Our food was delicious and served soon after we ordered.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Awesome food and awesome service!! The pork was the best I’ve ever had!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful setting overlooking Forest Lake. Great food and cocktails. Excellent service and ambiance. Tasty deserts. It’s the total package and you will not be disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Meal would be almost too pricy without Groupon. Just a fabulous experience. Will highly recommend the restaurant.

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Wonderful meal with great friends.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent breakfast. Will return soon.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were greeted right away, and were seated even before our scheduled reservation ( and it was very busy). The waitress was excellent, and very funny. The food was great. There were 4 of us, 2 had prime rib and they were very happy with that, one had the pork shank, & I had lobster tail on risotto everything was very good. It is expensive, and the amount is not huge. Things one aka cart. I like the atmosphere and the food, so I think it’s worth the amount of money. It is enough food, so you don’t end up over eating

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

All was great! We would definitely have dinner, lunch or breakfast there again.

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It’s a beautiful view of the lake and excellent food. The service was quick and friendly-professional. I would recommend it. We will go again.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The staff were so friendly and efficient! Nice place and good ambiance!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food and view of the lake. We had our 18 month grandson with us and waitress was very accommodating.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I celebrated my birthday here, and everything was perfect! The beet salad was wonderful with those crispy /melty cheese bites! The pork shoulder and sweet potato purée.... so so good! Took half home, because the portion was so large. My delicious butterscotch budino was delivered with a birthday candle! Thanks for making my birthday extra special.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 19, 2018

My husband and I were there at 5:00 pm on Friday, January 19th in the main dining area. Our waitress was exceptional (very personable, smiled, eye contact and so helpful). She had dark hair. She seated us in the best spot of the room with two windowed views. Please give her kudo's.

The French Onion soup was awesome. I will come back just for that!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Acqua is always a great day experience. Food and drinks are fabulous. Service is fantastic! Thanks!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great fine dining experience. Wait staff, food and presentation - all great.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We have been here several times and really enjoy the atmosphere. The food is always very good and nicely displayed. I had the blackened walleye which is spiced like Minnesota—mild. Dessert was excellent, I had the waffles. I need to go on a summer day.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We love this place!
The service is always great, they help each other

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 11, 2018

I like this location because it's more scenic than the WBL location, but the food and service isn't as good as it used to be. We had a Groupon, which was nice. I ordered the roasted red pepper soup, and it was okay. There was no dressing on my friend's salad at all. Main course was good. WBL has better food, hands down. I'm not sure if we will visit again or not.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Fabulous as usual!! We love eating dinner at Acqua..

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Love this restaurant!! Great staff, great food, great ambiance!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This restaurant is a favorite of mine. The restaurant is gorgeous and the view is Forest Lake -- perfect. Every dinner I've had there was great. My birthday brunch was disappointing. The bacon was good and those that had the sausage and biscuits and the eggs benedict were happy (although the hash browns were "chewy"). The hash is not good -- very dry. Two people ordered the hash as their main meal - it came with a sauce that helped with the dryness but they had to watch what they were eating because they kept pulling out big pieces of fat. When they have the Sunday brunch buffet, the food is great. We want to keep going there for regular breakfast because of the setting but the sides need attention. Decent toast selection (not the texas toast, one skinny dry piece of white bread) and good potatoes. At dinner I give Acqua FL an excellent, summer brunch an excellent, winter brunch a fair. Please improve. I love this place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront
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