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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

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (44)
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Good for a Date (35)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Worth the Drive (32)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Romantic (23)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Great for Brunch (13)
Fun (13)
Casual (12)
Cozy (12)
Tasting Menu (10)
Healthy (7)
Seasonal (7)
Business Meals (6)
Disabled Access (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Authentic (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Organic (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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·Dined on August 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Excellent all around. Reminded us of a country club, but more intimate. Great atmosphere, food, and wine pAirings. Classy.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Acqua is such a great fine dining option for Forest Lake.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Our Waitress Jackie was very attentive and the Bartender Jen was excellent

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Acqua is my favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities... Certainly worth the drive to experience amazing food and atmosphere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Groups, Organic, Scenic View, Healthy, Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Mediocre food at a high price. Most items seemed like they came on the Cisco truck vs. being made on site.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Fun
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Was our first time to Acqua & we will definitely be back. Terrific food, great waitress, Erin, so friendly & accommodating. We really enjoyed ourselves. The halibut was phenomenal. We all loved our food. Tad bit on the pricey side, but well worth it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Always great as usual! We go there a lot and everything is fantastic.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Acqua never disappoints. Best all around dining in the area. We are very lucky it is on the lake in Forest Lake!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Great for Brunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Always a pleasure dining here. The prime rib is always exceptional. Nice view of the lake.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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