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ACQUA - Forest Lake - Permanently Closed

4.6
4.6
1890 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (651) 464-6130

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Forest Lake

  • Cross street

    Inman Ave N

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet parking offered in our private parking lot.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,890 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. LK

    LindstromKen

    Minneapolis

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    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.
  2. u

    uninet

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We'll greatly miss ACQUA - Forest Lake, a favorite restaurant for the past five years.
  3. S

    Shel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New year early dining
  5. AO

    AOlson

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    This used to be an amazing place. After brunch this past Sunday I can see why they are closing. Sad.
  6. MR

    MichaelleR

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great choice for us. I am very sorry to hear you are closing the finest restaurant in Forest Lake.
  7. CQ

    CoffeeQueen

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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.
  8. JP

    JenniferP

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was great, but very disappointed to hear they will be closing at the end of the year.
  9. DD

    DeDe

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    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.
  10. CZ

    CatZeats

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed great food, as always. So sad this location is closing.
  11. S

    Schnubz

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    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.
  12. L

    Lizzie

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  13. SK

    SarahK

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Sorry to hear they are closing this restaurant...
  14. TC

    TerryC

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!!!
  15. A

    Angel

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  16. p

    partyof4or5

    Minneapolis

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wish it were not closing. We usually go to one in White Bear but enjoy an occasional drive to this one.
  17. TT

    TallTimber

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent as usual. So sad to hear they are closing after 1st. Of the year.
  18. B

    Bonkat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  19. N

    Nieceyjo

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good, frequent often
  20. KM

    KerryM

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  21. C

    Chah

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, wonderful food. Sorry too hear you are closing.
  22. MG

    MatthewG

    Minneapolis

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    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.
  23. CF

    CarleaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food & service. So sad to hear they’re closing in Forest Lake. :(
  24. TG

    TimothyG

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Totally disappointed! Worst brunch we have ever had. First time here, and definitely our last!
  25. d

    denisec

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite restaurant...the food is exceptional.....never a disappointment....my daughters wedding was held at acqua and it was awesome!
  26. BB

    BrandonB

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  27. MR

    MichaelR

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    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.
  28. t

    trice01

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  29. MJ

    MarkJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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
  30. LI

    LISAD

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    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.
  31. CB

    CharlieB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good drinks, food and service. Kind of pricey and not a good value. Good thing it was on the expense account.
  32. LJ

    LisaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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
  33. JI

    JIMABEE

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fig and apple pizza was great.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  35. KH

    KeithH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2018

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    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.
  36. KO

    KarenO

    Mobile

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2018

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    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.
  37. WF

    WhitneyFamily

    Minneapolis

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  38. S

    Steve

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  39. MM

    MikeM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    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.
  40. BS

    BethS

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to go for good food and a beautiful lakeside view. Service is always excellent, as well.

FAQs

ACQUA - Forest Lake - Permanently Closed is rated 4.6 stars by 1890 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Inman Ave N

  • Neighborhood

    Forest Lake

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet parking offered in our private parking lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chris Whalen

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (651) 464-6130

  • 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

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