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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (41)
Scenic View (37)
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Good for a Date (33)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
Worth the Drive (31)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Romantic (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Cozy (15)
Great for Brunch (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Casual (12)
Fun (10)
Disabled Access (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Seasonal (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Healthy (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Business Meals (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Authentic (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was amazing, probably the best I've eaten in a very long time. The service was prompt, efficient and friendly.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 2 days ago

The lack of vegan options left my wife and her mother with only one option, the beet salad. Another vegan option or two would need to be added before we will revisit.

Tags: Waterfront, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

Love this restaurant! A real neighborhood gem! Great food, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and only 10 minutes from home!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Casual, Waterfront, Scenic View, Vegan, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
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·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent Food and Service as Always. If you have not tried it do so it is the best

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Acqua is a great value with the $40 3 course prix fix dinner option. We elected to take advantage of it and enjoyed our entrees, salads and desserts. The prime rib was very tender and the tiger shrimp with pasta was tasty. Cocktails were excellent as was the service. This restaurant deserves more business as the ambiance is pleasant and relaxing and the prices are reasonable for the quality of the food and service. There are so few fine dining restaurants in the northern suburbs that I certainly hope we don't lose this one.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food, great service. Worth the drive and we will definitely be back soon.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Second time we've dined at Acqua in Forest Lake. On the whole, the food is very good. The wedge salad, the creamed shrimp appetizer, the pork shank, the chocolate soufflé -- all fine. However, the portions are too large. My companions ate less than half of their steaks and I ate less than half of my pork shank and sweet potatoes. Entrées are not served with green vegetables - these are extras.
Note to restaurant: for the price, I would have appreciated an amuse-bouche before the entrées were served.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Always a wonderful experience! Thank you for your warm atmosphere, excellent food and wonderful staff!!!❤️👨‍🍳

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Top notch all around. Food was delicious, and service was great. We had Prime Rib and was one of rthe better we have had in some time. the Was dark outside but looks like a great waterfront for summer dining. We will be back for sure.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We have a special group that enjoys trying new dinner spots. We were ecstatic with our time at
Acqua. The Groupon made for an excellent value. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was wonderful! We can't wait to try it in the Summer.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food and great service. We make the 50 mile drive every fall and are never disappointed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Prime rib was fatty. Got wrong dessert. Pretty location.

Tags: Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Our evening was terrific. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Fun, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always a great dinner, great service and a beautiful location.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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!

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This place NEVER disappoints! Outstanding cuisine, fantastic service and an atmosphere that simply can't be beat!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic, Seasonal, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 1, 2017

My boyfriend and I love coming here. The food is great and the service is wonderful. The prices are a little high, but you can always find some great deals in living social and Groupon. I highly recommend this place to all my friends and family.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We are never disappointed with Aqua! Amazing staff, great food and cocktails! What isn't there to like! Thank you for another great meal!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent food! The wait staff were friendly and accomodating.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

I have been to Aqua Forest Lake half dozen times in the past visits the food was over the top wonderful. This time it was average at best.
Service is still incredibly great.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We have never been disappointed when dining at Aqua Forest Lake. Great ambiance and View. The food never disappoints. Signature cocktails are uniquely theirs.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Healthy, Waterfront
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Dinner was outstanding. Best prime rib that I have had. Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This gem is on scenic forest lake with large picture windows and a summer patio. Amazing steaks and seafood, finished with rich deserts and wines.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Ordered breakfast. Eggs for one of our table of four people still had egg whites as uncooked.
Gross and spoiled his appetite. Guest was from California.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Fun, tasty

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was very good but the potatoes are never stove hot enough! Other than that all was wonderful!

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Healthy, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food was absolutely excellent, as was the service. We had the door opened for us and we're immediately greeted. Food was made for us in a timely fashion and was some of the best I've ever had. I highly recommend the chicken marsala!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food was very good with excellent service.

Everyone had a good time

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Fabulous food and view! Great staff and service. Food allergy friendly. Will definately go back!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Romantic, Vegan
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Planned to take granddaughters to brunch but could only order off menu; was great. Best sausage gravy with biscuits we have ever had. Desserts, creme brulee and pudding, were very good. This location is really beautiful, especially the main dining room

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Outstanding! This is a remarkable dining experience every time we attend. Superb cuisine paired with creative cocktails and 5 star service. All of this coupled with a comfortable environment with amazing scenic Forest Lake waterfront views!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Waited about 40 minutes for the food to arrive.I had sirloin, and it was stringe and tough.
Also exspensive for the two off us. Probably never go back - at least for a while. Does not have much class, aand terribly noise.

Tags: People Watching, Waterfront
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Overall disappointing. Scallops on small plate very good. New York strip just average. Beef bites unedible and when we mentioned it to the server she did nothing but take it away. This alone has determined that we will never go back.

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