Permanently Closed - ACQUA - Forest Lake
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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.
Friday Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday All Day 11:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch Buffet: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday Lunch: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday Dinner: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
I wouldn't recommend the Forest Lake Acqua to a friend because the meal we were served on New Years Eve was the last one we will be able to get there. I may recommend the White Bear location because I really enjoy the restaurant, but it is considerably further to drive for us as we are coming from the north.
Best wishes to the staff from Forest Lake though ... we have really enjoyed having you in the neighborhood and will miss Acqua terribly.
We'll greatly miss ACQUA - Forest Lake, a favorite restaurant for the past five years.
The brusshetta was the best I have ever had. Yummy!
The service was outstanding!
It was just a great atmosphere to enjoy a relaxing night out.
New year early dining
This used to be an amazing place. After brunch this past Sunday I can see why they are closing. Sad.
This was a great choice for us. I am very sorry to hear you are closing the finest restaurant in Forest Lake.
I took my 2 teenage daughters and we all enjoyed Sunday Brunch. I have been trying to lose a few pounds and found really great options for healthy choices. We visited during December so we did not have a warm summer view but I have to say there was still entertainment on the lake with the hockey players and ice fishing! I believe I would really enjoy a visit when the leaves are in full color.
The food was great, but very disappointed to hear they will be closing at the end of the year.
We really enjoyed going through the menu but felt the prices were high.
The prime rib was disappointing, there was no flavor and tough to chew. I did not share this with the waitress, not sure what she could have done and we were dining with friends.
Enjoyed great food, as always. So sad this location is closing.
My husband and I came here for my birthday dinner. I ordered the NY strip for $38, came with mashed potatoes and Cabernet demiglace sauce. Food was under seasoned and sauce didn’t taste like much. Cook on steak was perfect tho. My husband ordered the French dip for $18. It had very little flavor so he didn’t finish it. Fries were good and crispy. Buffalo chicken wings were basic. Service was great. The ambiance was very nice. We probably won’t be back. Would rather spend this amount of money downtown mpls for some place with better food.
We love this restaurant! The food is great and the service was terrific. It also has a good wine list. It was nicely decorated for the holidays. I prefer this ACQUA location over its sister location in WBL and I live in White Bear Lake!
Sorry to hear they are closing this restaurant...
We really enjoyed our visit. The ambiance is great, romantic. The view of the lake is awsome. The food is excellent and the service fantastic!!!
We love coming to Acqua. We had great service and fantastic food I had the hallibut. The Irish whisky with ginger was amazing. We are sad to hear it it was closing.
Wish it were not closing. We usually go to one in White Bear but enjoy an occasional drive to this one.
Excellent as usual. So sad to hear they are closing after 1st. Of the year.
Food was a little slow I think but it was delicious!! We were having a good time talking so it didn’t ruin the mood of the evening!!! Waiter was awesome and funny!
Always good, frequent often
This is the gem of the lake and it is soon to be gone. You can eat on the cheap with a burger or live it up with pheasant - we were in the live it up crowd and the food was yummy, the presentation was appealing and the atmosphere was nice. Our only wonderment was why they seated all of the patrons on one end so we were all close together when more than half the restaurant was empty. It was fine though and you couldn't really tune in to others conversations so it worked.
Great service, wonderful food. Sorry too hear you are closing.
I used to go to Sunday brunch on monthly but the last couple of months the food quality on the Sunday brunch has really gone down. I used to need a reservation and the last couple times there has been plenty of seating.
Dinner menu is still as great as usual.
Wonderful food & service. So sad to hear they’re closing in Forest Lake. :(
Totally disappointed! Worst brunch we have ever had. First time here, and definitely our last!
This is my favorite restaurant...the food is exceptional.....never a disappointment....my daughters wedding was held at acqua and it was awesome!
Acqua is a very consistent experience. Eaten there many times, always a great experience. It's a real shame that this location will be closing at the end of 2018, but the good news is that the White Bear Lake location will remain open.
Nice brunch with a lovely view! We were disappointed that they had a number of items listed on their Sunday brunch buffet menu online but there were not on the buffet.
Very good selection of brunch items- traditional breakfast, salads, sweets, desserts. Table service was friendly and attentive. Dining room very attractive with lovely lake view. Highly recommend.
excellent food, excellent service
when the food is that good and the service is that good
i consider the prices to be a great value
I had never been here before. Was pleasantly surprised with the ambiance. We had the chicken...done to perfection. One of the best I have tasted in s long time. Server was very attentive and efficient. Will go again.
Good drinks, food and service. Kind of pricey and not a good value. Good thing it was on the expense account.
Very nice atmosphere and staff are very friendly. I had the salmon dinner my husband had prime. We savored our dinners. We were celebrating my husbands .50th birthday. Desert was on the waitress
Fig and apple pizza was great.
As always, the food was fabulous!! Enjoyed a wonderful bottle of wine that they upgraded for us because the regular type on the menu was not available. And our server was perfect - provided us with just the right amount of “attention”. Another great evening at Acqua!
ACQUA is a favorite for my wife and I, so it seemed appropriate for a birthday dinner gift for her on this occasion. We ordered mussels, a common appetizer we order here and they were wonderful as always. My wife ordered Shrimp Scampi and I ordered the Prime Rib. Both dishes were very flavorful- my compliments to the Chef. I had the Beet Salad which is very yummy. My reservations asked for a seat next to the fireplace for this occasion, but quickly noticed when the hostess sat us, this request was overlooked. I informed her of the oversight and she promptly sat us in front of it after our waitress stated she would get it turned on for us. Good thing there were only 4 other tables with quests in this area at the time and it was available. The fire place never got turned on, so I asked the waitress again if she could turn it on as my wife had wore a dress for this occasion and the waitress said she would. The fireplace never got turned on and instead of asking for a manager and bringing negativity to our night I decided to let it go. However, my wife being a little chili after our wine and appetizer, asked the waitress again to please turn on the fireplace. My wife stated to me that she figured I was not going to ask again and if I did I would be upset. I also noticed the waitress had a greeny hanging from her nose, although this was not her fault, I did inform her of this as I did not want my wife to notice. My wife has a weak stomach. This waitress was very good at explaining the menu and knew it, knew here job well, however, did it in a very monotone way and obviously did not do anything extra. Nobody said happy B-day to my wife after they had received the reservation and I told them when we got there. The waitress did finally say happy B-day after we paid and were exiting the restaurant. Overall, even though there was some things that went wrong, my wife and I had a good time together, the food and atmosphere were such that this was still a good outing.
They did not have a big selection for their brunch. I was disappointed as the last time I was there they had a larger selection.
As always, enjoyed a lovely meal with my out-of-town adult children at Acqua. Special was lamb which my son throughly enjoyed. I had the 10 oz prime rib, cooked to medium rare. My daughter enjoyed her lobster and my husband loved the maple glazed scallops.
Food was excellent and the service was right on the spot. Prices are a bit higher but a very good value for a nice place and talented people.
The meat and the potatoes were cold. The sauce that was laid over the pork shank was crusted over when it arrived at my table.
Great place to go for good food and a beautiful lakeside view. Service is always excellent, as well.