Permanently Closed - ACQUA - Forest Lake

4.6
1890 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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: 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
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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.
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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LK
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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u
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We'll greatly miss ACQUA - Forest Lake, a favorite restaurant for the past five years.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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

New year early dining

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AO
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

This used to be an amazing place. After brunch this past Sunday I can see why they are closing. Sad.

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MR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great choice for us. I am very sorry to hear you are closing the finest restaurant in Forest Lake.

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CQ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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JP
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was great, but very disappointed to hear they will be closing at the end of the year.

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DD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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CZ
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed great food, as always. So sad this location is closing.

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S
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

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.

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L
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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SK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Sorry to hear they are closing this restaurant...

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TC
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

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A
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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p
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wish it were not closing. We usually go to one in White Bear but enjoy an occasional drive to this one.

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TT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as usual. So sad to hear they are closing after 1st. Of the year.

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B
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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N
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good, frequent often

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KM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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C
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, wonderful food. Sorry too hear you are closing.

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MG
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

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CF
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food & service. So sad to hear they’re closing in Forest Lake. :(

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TG
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Totally disappointed! Worst brunch we have ever had. First time here, and definitely our last!

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d
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant...the food is exceptional.....never a disappointment....my daughters wedding was held at acqua and it was awesome!

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BB
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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t
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LI
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good drinks, food and service. Kind of pricey and not a good value. Good thing it was on the expense account.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JI
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fig and apple pizza was great.

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OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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KH
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

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.

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KO
Mobile
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

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.

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WF
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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S
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

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BS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go for good food and a beautiful lakeside view. Service is always excellent, as well.

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