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ACQUA - Forest Lake

4.5
1737 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation


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

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

Sunday Brunch Buffet: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Sunday Lunch: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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

Closed Monday
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Phone number
(651) 464-6130
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chris Whalen
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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.
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Private party contact
JJ Maleitzke: (651) 464-6130
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Inman Ave N
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet parking offered in our private parking lot.
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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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4.0Dined 2 days ago

We go there for every special occasion. This last time it was an Anniversary in the middle of the week, we had specifically asked for a window view of the Lake and didn’t get one and they were not busy. Our Open Table reservation indicated all of the above. Disappointed, they have always accommodated.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We have dined here a few times and we like it very much. It is nice to have this dining option in Forest Lake. Very glad the Acqua group has expanded in the area.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day - beautiful day on the lake. The mussels are excellent! Service was great. This is a very nice spot.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Acqua is a wonderful restaurant. Perfect location, very friendly staff, great service. Well worth the drive from the Twin Cities. The patio is perfect. We will be back again and again!

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Disappointing Mother's Day Brunch at Acqua Forest Lake! We love Acqua and visit White Bear frequently and Forest Lake occasionally. Unfortunately we had quite a few disappointments yesterday. I had made a reservation a couple of months ago and requested a table by the lake - we got a table against the wall with a view of the parking lot. The buffet table was never fully served - I went up twice and both times only half of the items were available. Our server greeted us and gave us water and drinks when we arrived, but never came back with more water or asked if we'd like more drinks. When we got the bill, we were shocked to see a 20% gratuity added - yes, we had a party of 7, but it was a buffet. We did not receive "20% service". We were told gratuity was based on the size of the party, I understand if we are eating off a menu, but definitely not for a buffet. The manager said he could adjust the bill, but we had already paid, so no compensation was made. A disappointing experience/meal.....

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This was our second visit to Acqua I was so excited to bring my family for Mother’s Day Brunch...unfortunately they couldn’t keep up with the food that was needed on the Buffet. The food was very tasty but you had to wait extended periods of time for the food to be replenished. We will return because the management and staff are always so engaging, and the food is amazing!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went for Mother's Day brunch. We had been to Acqua several times for brunch in the past, but this was very disappointing. The price tag was so inflated compared to the normal brunch, which would have been o.k. if it was warranted by an outstanding meal which it was not. We had a 10:30 reservation that I made months in advance, and even at that time there was no plates at first and the food completely needed to be replenished, so many things were empty. Also we ordered bloody mary's and they were terrible...one little skewer with super small pickle,olive and pepper. We have had them before there and they had cheese,beefstick, and celery etc... Not this time, at least not for us- 2 minutes later a waitress walked by with bloody's for someone else that looked right. Not sure why it would be that inconsistent, but it was so obvious when you saw them, the waitress should have said something to the bartender...for $14 they should be fantastic.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We continue to enjoy this great establishment. Always a treat and we are always well cared for by the friendly staff. The waterfront ambiance is one of the best we have seen. I highly recommend this restaurant to anybody!!!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Was advertised as 25.00 was 35.00. Way too much for offerings.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

My family and I recently ate at Acqua in Forest Lake for their Mother's Day brunch. The food was very good and they had enough options for all family members (including some incredibly picky kids) to get their fill. The wait staff was very attentive, helpful and friendly. I've been to Acqua a few times for dinner in the past and have found it to be a similar experience - good food, good cocktails and excellent wait staff. My only slight ding against it was the price. It's not completely unreasonable, but I feel like the price could come down a bit to make it a better value. Either that or perhaps include a complimentary mimosa or flower for the mom of the group; something to enhance the perceived value a bit.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

It was a very pleasant evening. Our waitress knew the menu well and made recommendations that were right on. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great service, view, and food. All in all a wonderful experience

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The family took our mom out for early Mother’s Day. The food was excellent! The service was great - staff all checking on our water, satisfaction and everything. We had an excellent meal!

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

They were very flexible with our reservation that had some last minute changes. We were a larger group and they accommodated us very nicely. Wait staff wasn't friendly and not helpful with questions about menu and cocktails; but they were efficient.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

We had 8 people in our party on celebration of a retirement. The best service ever! Food was plentifil and delicious. Definitely worth the drive to Forest Lake.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

My wife's birthday!! Very nice sitting outside over looking the lake.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I love Acqua but this was our first brunch back and it was a bit disappointing. I know the price dropped but I miss the pasta, bagels with lox and prime rib station. Still good but we had to ask for several things to be refilled when there were only about 10 tables there at 11am.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We were at Aqua with my wife, daughter, son in law and my mother. The brunch buffet was excellent and we left happy. My mother had never been there before and she was quite pleased with the meal.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Delicious food, fantastic service, as always!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

This was our second visit to Acqua and we were very pleased both times. The food was great, the service was attentive, the atmosphere was quite pleasant. Now that spring has finally arrived, it was wonderful to have a view of Forest Lake. We particularly appreciate the complimentary valet parking. We will come back in the future.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Had the shrimp &scallops which was amazing! Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Awesome as always. Love to bring family and friends for special occasions.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Brunch in Forest Lake does not get better. Choices for everyone with beautiful surroundings on the lake with abundant glass to enjoy early spring sunshine. Friendly service. Nice cocktail menu.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Hands down my favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities!

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

For our anniversary, we wanted somewhere special to go. Acqua is always that place. Beautiful view from the dining room. They never make you feel rushed. To start things off, the mint and jalapeño margarita was perfection... followed by an Italian mojita... making for a great happy hour. Our meals were something to write home to Mom about... prime rib was as tender as it gets for the husband and my ahi tuna appetizer and beet salad with fried goat cheese were to die for. Always a pleasurable experience. Can’t wait for the next time!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Food was fantastic as it should be. Pricey but the food was to die for, steak was of very high quality and the lobster was the best I ever tasted.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We went here for a dinner with 6 adults, first meeting in the bar for a cocktail. Everyone really enjoyed their meal and the waiter was very knowledgable and friendly. One person in our party (me) has celiac disease and needs to avoid gluten and the waiter also knew all about that and stated that just about anything on the menu could be prepared GF. I ate the prime rib and parmesan risotto (both very delicious) and had no reaction. The setting is very nice, as it looks out over Forest Lake, although I think it would be much better in the summer. The one sour note was that they have complimentary valet and that was great until the next day when we noticed a few new dings/scratches on our car that we hadn't noticed before...we don't know for certain that this was from the valet, but just something to keep in mind. Other than that though it was a wonderful evening!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

What an outstanding restaurant out in the middle of no where (I guess the locals know where it is). Food was absolutely outstanding. Our server was darling, friendly, funny and all around outstanding. But the most amazing thing was the price. I would have paid 2-3 times my bill in my home town of Charleston, SC. What a hidden gem. Hope I get to return some day!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My husband & I were drivers for kids going to prom so we had two reservations. One for the kids and one for us. Food wonderful as always. It was a bit louder thAn. normal as there were lots of prom goers there for dinner. Prom was cancelled due to snowstorm but the kids had a lovely dinner!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This is our go to restaurant when we can get our whole family together. They happily accommodate vegan requests. The view is amazing, the restaurant is just stunning and the staff are very friendly. The food is delicious, we have loved everything we’ve ordered. We are so happy Acqua is located in our little suburb. It’s a great addition to Forest Lake!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Acqua was a great place to celebrate my birthday. The food was outstanding and the service was stellar.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food and service! How about more steak choices and speciality pastas? Local wines would be nice too!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Everything was exceptional!! The food, Osso buco and walleye, the service, the ambiance!!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food doesn't seem as fresh as it did a couple years ago.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Too loud. Marginal food. Service fine

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It's time to update the menu. Overall the food is ok but there needs to more and/or additional items to chose from. Bread was over baked almost to the point of crouton like. Prime was cooked well not no au jus or seasoning other than the oversalted outside. Chicken Marsala was good. Desserts are good. Very loud. Hard to have a normal converdation.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Best server ever!
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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I cannot say enough great things about ACQUA... the chefs are incredibly talented and the entire group of restaurants that they own are fantastic (3 locations of Meet Market, Pi Pizza in Forest Lake, Mizu in WBL, and both Acqua locations in FL and WBL). We had the tasting menu which you can substitute anything on the menu in for the entree (for an upcharge). I had the special which was a crab crusted halibut. It was GF and the best meal that I've eaten in a long time! They even brought a special GF bread board. The others at the table had Chicken Marsala, Pork Shank (fall off the bone and cooked in a sherry), Lobster, Shrimp Scampi and blackened walleye. Don't miss out on this wonderful experience. Over the top food, impeccable service and adorable ambiance in a cape cod style venue.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Fantastic food. Great setting for an upscale restaurant. Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Always a great experience!

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