ACQUA - Forest Lake

4.4
1781 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
  • 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: Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday Dinner: 3:00pm - 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
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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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Gift Card
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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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

This trip to Acqua was average at best. We did do a reservation and state that it was our anniversary which I guess no one even acknowledges anymore. (Then why ask?)
Our food was very average. I had the halibut & risotto which did not have much flavor. The prime rib was very good though. We enjoyed our stay and our server was great.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot outside with an engaging and capable server. However, for $38 I would have expected my fish to not be dry and bland. Additionally, our dessert—a waffle with ice cream—clearly sat for some time before being brought out to us, as it was already melting all over the plate.

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SF
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Iris was the most rude wait person with no personality and did less than minimal service for us. Never asked about another drink, didn’t care if we liked our food was curt and rude. The food was great

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SE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and service with a beautiful view by the lake. The outdoor area is more casual than the interior and I guess it might get pretty hot during summer (we went on the afternoon with a nice breeze).

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M
Minneapolis
27 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We live nearby and have gone to Acqua quite often. Last night was the absolute worst! Our waitress was taking care of tables on both the inside and outside. We came at the conclusion of happy hour so the main focus appeared to be bringing all last minute sets of cheap wine and beer to the happy hour crowd rather than taking care of tables ordering dinner and the regular priced drinks. I can’t believe there are TVs now placed in the dining room area. Is this now a bar and grill? We were given cold bread with no plates for it before our drink order was taken. The special salad was excellent and that is all I can say went well with this dinner. Our food was over cooked and bland. I had to get up and walk to a table with a party that had left to obtain pepper which didn’t help the risotto anyways. We did not bother with dessert as it most likely would have also been a great disappointment. It will be a long time before we return, if we do.

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LK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

the last 3 times we`ve been to Aqua the food has been sub par.We have crossed this restaurant off our list and will not return

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DH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Usually Acqua is very reliable but we caught them on a really bad night. Couldn't seat our 6 pm reservation until 6:30, Couldn't get a drink waiting 20 minutes at the bar. Flies on our dining table, decided to cut our losses and walk after 45 minutes.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Apparently they don't staff correctly for a nice evening on the lake. We had a 6pm reservation and didn't even get seated until 6:45 because their "kitchen was busy". There were open tables everywhere so we were quite confused. To add insult to ingery, my wife can't have gluten for medical reasons and her sad had a big crouton in the middle. We won't be going back here ever again.

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NM
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food!!

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RS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was very good. The restaurant seating area was not very busy on a Sunday evening but they appeared to be understaffed with only 1 waitress in the dinning area. The staff was very friendly just needed more of them. I would recommend going there for the food but be aware that you might be there for awhile.

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a
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us arrived at 11:30 am, great selection for brunch with good flavors; especially loved the lasagna. We ordered Mimosa's and coffee which came promptly and we were checked on often for coffee refills; love their Lavassa brand coffee and raw sugar cubes. Buffet plates were removed as soon as we went back for more. It was a quiet day as it was sunny and warm and the lake was buzzing with activity and fun to watch - great lake views! We will be back!

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KS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made reservations for 4, my friend drove an hour to meet us and when we arrived they said it was closed for a wedding. Very disappointed and a needless drive. We have wanted to go there for a while and have heard good things but you need a better reservation system.

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BK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very pleasant meal and enjoyed the surroundings.

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WB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Just not the same level of attention to detail as we’ve experienced in the past....room temp salad plates instead of cold, store bought salad croutons instead of house made, tablecloths gone, having us retain the silverware after the salad course instead of removing and replacing, 2:30 for dinner on a Tuesday, felt understaffed from a server standpoint. Expect more for a $210 tab.

We really enjoy the food and ambience but it is those little extra touches and thoughtful details around the overall experience that made Acqua stand out. Hope they can find/restore those small touches again.

Will probably be back and will sit in the bar area and have an appetizer, but will probably avoid the dining room seating.

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K
Minneapolis
48 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We had a great meal. However one server was all that was working in our area. Hard for her to keep up. Love the elderflower martini! The salmon dish was perfect. Oh and maple glazed scallop appetizer was really tasty.

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k
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I absolutely recommend this restaurant for the food. I have been to the white bear location and this was my first time at the Forest Lake location.
The food was the best, we had the halibut, the salmon and steak. I usually order my type of fish when I come here and i have always been extremely satisfied. The service was superb!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought guests from Las Vegas Nevada. They loved it

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Group of 6, had a great time and everyone loved their meals. I ordered prime rib for the main course which was good, I especially enjoyed the horseradish sauce it came with. The muscle appetizer is exquisite, the Brussels sprouts and cheese curds were also amazing.
We have been to Acqua in the past and loved the mojito on the drink menu, however it wasn’t as great this time as we’ve had previously.

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JL
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Acqua delivers a great meal. Fish is always fresh and flavorful and the prime rib was also fantastic

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great! The only complaint was the restaurant was too noisy, hard to have a conversation. But I would definitely go back!

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fun

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CO
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday at Aqua on Monday night. 5 family members with 5 different main course orders-all of them were exceptionally good.

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third or fourth year celebrating our wedding anniversary at Aqua. It is always just the perfect experience, great food served Lakeside by friendly and Knowledgeable staff. We love aqua!

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JT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My wifes meal was excellent she had the pork but my meal had three shrimp and three scallops with a few sprinkled potatoes for $40 which I thought was not a very good value.
The service was very average

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were out for our 21st Anniversary and my parent’s 49th Anniversary. Food was fantastic, server fabulous and it was perfect night to eat outside by the lake!

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RM
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent choice! I love coming here for a great meal!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!! Great service!!! Beautiful location!!! 😊

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MN
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous food, service and atmosphere. Love it there!

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ME
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The quality of the food was very good, however they were either very low or out of some things on the buffet (Caesar salad, sauce for the shrimp, and eggs Benedict for example). For the price of this holiday buffet I expect that everything is available all of the time. The noise level was also quite high. The service was very good without exception.

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TG
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This was our first visit to this restaurant. We were celebrating our anniversary and wanted to stay local. The food and service were outstanding (recommend the bruschetta and cheesecake) , and the prices were a bit above average but the meal was worth it. The only downfall to the visit was that the doors to the restaurant were left open and it was a relatively humid day, so we were a bit uncomfortable during our visit. Would definitely recommend!

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TH
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service, good wine, and beautiful view!

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my 88 year Mother she said it was the best Salmon she's has ever had!!!

Awesome food.

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P
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live on the lake and love the restaurant! The food and service is always the best!

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l
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

We have been to Acqua for dinner, food was great.
Brunch was not very good. I know their kitchen staff is MUCH better than what we had for breakfast, bummer.

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LS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our service was outstanding! The food was great, we enjoyed sitting on the patio very much.

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DK
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was tremendous and the service was attentive and courteous. Everything we tried at the brunch was delicious. We are definitely coming back.

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E
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The current non-holiday brunch menu is just ok. They have really scaled it back to a pretty small selection of mediocre food, but also brought the price down to match, so it’s an ok value overall. I left full, but not impressed. The ambiance was nothing special, it was mostly dead, lots of open tables despite the food taking up 1/2 the dining room. Reminded me of a business conference luncheon. Service was fine, neither great nor poor.

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NM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere impeccable food!!

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GL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a family birthday on a Friday night-had a reservation and were seated immediately. The food was outstanding, the server was attentive, personable, and knew the menu. The lakeside view and window table was a bonus. Quietly elegant yet comfortably casual. We will definitely return.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Perfect weather to sit out on the patio and enjoy the great view of the lake. The Pork Shank was so tender and tasty. The special was Chilean Sea Bass in Moscato sauce. It was perfect.

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