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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.
Forest Lake, MN 55025
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
Inman Ave N
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary Valet parking offered in our private parking lot.
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
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
Went to Acqua for a date, and other than delicious food, I was a bit disappointed. Even with a 7:30 reservation, my husband and I spent the whole time saying "what?" to each other, it was so loud. Our waitress even told us her thanksgiving plans but we couldn't hear a word she said. Service was decent, seemed like forever to get our drinks. Left satisfied by great food, and looking forward to trying the WBL location.
We started with a wedge salad, they make their own salad dressing. It was great. I ordered the SEA SALT prime rib, we have been to Sunshine Factory/ Russells in Big lake. This was the best by far.
My wife got the 6 oz lobster tail, she also was very pleased with it. Said the risotto was as good as she has ever had.
We drive in from Champlin, we make this trip every few months and have not been disappointed with anything we have ordered.
It is right on the lake, so nice view in summer!
I keep trying Acqua, hoping that I have a meal that makes me fall in love. My husband enjoys Acqua and I go along the food is just ok. The restaurant itself is amazingly beautiful, quintessential Minnesota lake dining. Good wine and bar selections. But the food is just ok.
This is a lovely place. You will be welcomed by the panoramic view from the wall to wall windows overlooking beautiful Forest Lake sunset. There is first come first serve outdoor seating in the summer. The service was a-one and the food was delicious. The shrimp scampi was the best we have had, so flavorful without being salty. The fillet and beet salad were great also.The vegetable beef soup was amazing, again so flavorful and not salty. It was a memorable dinner in a gorgeous setting. Can't wait to go back!
We were there on a Sunday around 1:00 for a birthday brunch. The dining room inside is lovely and we were seated at a very nice table. The server was extremely courteous with the exception that we never received an apology for how long it took for our meal to come out. It was an extremely long wait and something should have been said. The food missed the mark in execution. The different sorts of hash browns were over browned and were very, very dry - almost like nuggets. The browning looked like they'd been cooked on a dirty grill. The same thing with the "eggs-over easy" they looked dirty and unpalatable. At the time we received our food there were only 2 small tables outside with guests, and 3 inside with guests, so we could only guess that perhaps the regular cook had called in sick. AQUA has so many nice features. If they could only up the quality control on food it could be great. My mother, for whom we went there, said she wouldn't go back. I'd consider tryng it again to see if we were just there when there staff may have called in. So, a mixed bag.
I had made reservations for 8:15pm. We were late so I called ahead to check that we were still okay. The hostess said 8:30 would be fine. the restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived and we felt rushed from the very beginning. We ordered a bottle of wine and our salad appeared immediately afterward--like less than a minute afterward. the waitress must have come by and asked us 4 times if we were still "working on our salads." My friend had ordered the prime rib but specified that she wanted an end. She asked whether an end was available before ordering and was told by the waitress that it was. When my friend's meal came, the waitress said they didn't have an end after all. She should have asked my friend if she wanted to order something else (she would have). We again felt rushed throughout dinner. I finally asked what time they closed and the waitress said they sat until 10pm. It was still before 10 when I asked.
This was a special occasion, my friend's birthday. I had called ahead to ask the restaurant to leave me a message confirming the reservation and also to ask if they could bring out a dessert with a candle as a surprise. I received no call back.
we didn't let it ruin our evening, but I was very disappointed in the nearly rude, very rushed services. Not what you want when you are going out to celebrate a special occasion. Only go here early, because the staff clearly wanted to get out at 10 on the dot and were going to make it happen.
Took my folks here for the first time - they really enjoyed the brunch. Everything was so tasty! They offer items on their Sunday brunch that I wish were on their regular menu - really awesome lasagne and ribs. A very nice dining experience. I noted they are making their own pineapple infused vodka for a special martini. Can't wait to try that.
Stopped by for Sunday Brunch. Was good as always. We were the only ones there for awhile, so no line and fresh food. Think everybody was at the State fair, last weekend at the cabin, Top 10 Weather day and it was Labor Day weekend. The people started to show up about 11:30 so we did pick the right time. Sat out on the patio and watch the boats go by. Very pleasant as always. Have never been disappointed.
Went to Acqua for our anniversary. We both chose the 40.00 dinner option. My wife had the shrimp scampi with the wedge salad and loved it. the shrimp were not very large though. I had the 10 oz. prime rib which was very good. The cheese cake was ok. Service was prompt and we did enjoy ourselves.
Had a great time at Acqua.
Great ambiance. You're surrounded by a lake, what better?!
The service was really great although very busy there.
The patio could be better if closer to lake, but the lake proximity is still very relaxing and enjoyable.
HIGHILY recommend the mussels. Be sure to get bread (free there and amazing) and use the sauce at the bottom of the mussels with it. It's absolutely worthy of the only thing you order. Could easily be all you order with a couple drinks for the night. Really good portion of mussels too.
We also had the ahi tuna, sausage pizza, prime rib and Strip. Steak was okay. Glaze was good but you can do much better for the price. Pizza was excellent. Prime rib was very good but overcooked (we ordered medium rare). It was cooked through and we like a little moo in our steaks. Tuna was very tasty and a good portion. Overall a great time. Not too snoody a place where you can show up as you are and not sweat a bunch of Middle Aged snoody boring plastic women (basically Lake Mtka).
Good beer selection and cocktail menu as well. Wife enjoyed the Limoncello Martini.
Have a great time
Overall it was not a bad place, just not what I expected. I anticipated I little bit more class than was given. I would not recommend this for special occasions. Our server was awkward and not attentive to really anything. But, I do not think that is all their servers because when I looked around it did seem most people were being treated well and having a good time.
Put simply not what I expected but if I am looking for a place to grab a quick bite off the lake it would be good.
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