ACQUA - Forest Lake

4.4
1838 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
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.
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
What 1838 People Are Saying
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DF
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Never tried their brunch before, food was terrific for the price.

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NL
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience on the patio overlooking the lake. Great service and attention. Food was fantastic as always. Haven’t had a bad experience.

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting for our 27 wedding anniversary. Love the area so much we are planning on building a house close by.

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HW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to meet a date for Happy Hour. It was a 90 degree day in September. Was nice to sit outside and soak in the last days of summer.

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MG
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place great food!! I love going here for brunch. Great selection and the view is awesome. Highly recommend.

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DM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to Acqua and we weren’t disappointed. We had a drink on the beautiful patio then ate inside since it was a bit on the cool side as the sun was setting. We had the filet mignon and walleye, both were excellent, especially the filet. We split a chocolate sofflet for desert and it was delicious. Service was very good as well. All in all a great dinner experience and I would gladly return.

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BI
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed Aqua after a show at the Orpheum. We chose the restaurant as it was on our way home and had a good recommendation from a friend. Our food was delicious and came quickly. It was quite loud as it was crowded and the tables are close together. The view is pretty and though we sat inside as it was windy, I would maybe try sitting outside as it might be quieter. The prices are fairly high for their entrees, but the food we had was very good and there are less expensive options such as burgers, salads, etc.

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MH
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had heard about ACQUA from a few friends, and thought we should try it. It was AMAZING!!!!

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DT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best wedge salad anywhere!
Our favorite local restaurant with beautiful lakeside patio

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a
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

food was good, had a great view of the lake. but the best part was there servers all lovely friendly and courteous. well attentive to table and needs of the guests

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was Great, service was great, timing of the appetizers and dinner was perfect. The only bad thing was the number of flies.

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PH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Our server’s section got oversat and the kitchen was behind and we paid the price by incorrect food provided at varying times. We decided we were going to get desserts “to go” and waited even longer to put our order in.

Our main entree, prime rib, was very good, but we paid $237 with tip for a disappointing dining experience for two.

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LV
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome!!! Not only was the setting gorgeous (on the lake) but the food was simply wonderful!!! Tom the manager and Jen our server were both the best. It was a wonderful birthday experience for my mom!! We even bought a gift certificate for my sister and her husband before we left and we will absolutely return! Kudos to all!

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GR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Acqua of Forest Lake and even though we have been going there since it first opened it once again exceeded our expectations. The service, attention, food selection and ability to split courses all worked to making this a memorable evening out. We recommend Acqua all the time and never get there often enough.

BTW make sure to ask for a discount on the wine for your special anniversary.

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RK
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We docked a boat there after a few hours on the water
Very convenient

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KL
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

I thought the food was very good we had the pork shank and ahi tuna. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. The out door patio was super crowded and had way to many tables jammed into it so we opted to eat inside which was nice and quiet. Over all Aqua is a nice place but I don't think the value is there as the prices of entrees are in my opinion a bit high. We will go back but wait for a groupon deal next time.

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SG
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came by pontoon yesterday for lunch with friends. Nice dock with slips for boats. We got there at 11 Saturday so it had just opened and wasn’t busy yet. Ambience, food, drinks all good. Two of us had the seafood roll with fries which was excellent! Two had chicken sandwich and liked those also. One had a salad which she enjoyed. Service was very good. Attentive and friendly. We have been there for Sunday brunch buffet also with friends and really enjoyed that too. Recommend reservations for Sunday brunch. It’s always been busy when we were there for Sunday brunch because it’s good!

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CK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was perfection. My husband had prime rib and called it the best he’d had in a long time. They cut their own steaks here and are rightly proud. My tiger shrimp scampi has me wanting to return and order it again. I recommend their version of a S’more with chocolate soufflé and Izzy’s graham cracker ice cream.

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S
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, a great dinner at Acqua on our anniversary. Thanks JJ and crew.

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WL
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 47th anniversary, requested lakeside window seat. It was waiting for us. Food and service very good. Perfect evening.

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A
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Acqua with family friends. Our party of 8 included a 9 month old infant. Service was phenomenal - they anticipated our needs, were very conscious of the baby being passed around the table and were quick to ask if they could get anything for the baby. They were attentive without being intrusive. And, the food was phenomenal! So was the view - even though it was raining, the rolling waves on the lake made a beautiful backdrop. Can't wait to go back when there is snow on the ground and a big fire in the fireplace in the dining room!

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MS
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch! High quality ingredients with options superior to brunch anywhere else. We are already planning our return.

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K
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Attended Sunday brunch for the first time. Eggs were dry; bacon was dripping with grease with a pool of grease on bottom of pan; roast beef was dry; sausage gravy was barely warm; salad bar was not impressive and the containers didn't fit well so they would fall over. Waited almost 10 minutes for refill on coffee. Ordered Virgin Mary which was priced high for area and was served spilling out of glass. Had to wipe it off myself. The white table linens and napkins we're all red. It was embarrassing. To top it off we were charged and extra buffet and had to wait 10 minutes because server was nowhere in sight. I have been to buffets with better food at scrappy diners.

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A
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was so sweet, and willing to help us with everything. All of the staff were smiling and so polite to everyone. This is a great place to eat! The food is outstanding, and it's got a great view of the lake!

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S
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stop in on a regular basis... its one of our favorites!
Always greeted at entrance door and very attentive staff, don't forget the great views

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AL
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ashley was amazing!

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DS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We sat outside and the table was rusty. Our server was not overly helpful and we waited a VERY long time for our food. The tortillas on my shrimp tacos were soggy on the bottom and very hard on the top. It was not worth the cost and we don’t plan to return

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AC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate our anniversary. First time we've been to Acqua. Our server Michelle (?) was WONDERFUL. Very attentive and helpful. We had drinks (happy hour prices!) Both chose the 3 course tasting menu. I had the wedge salad (after waitress said it was a favorite of hers -- YUM!) and my husband had the ceasar salad (he said it was o.k.). The smashed red potatoes were very good. My husband's prime rib was salty (and he didn't eat the edge). I really liked mine and he tasted mine and said mine was better. For dessert he had the smores combo -- the ice cream tasted like graham crackers! I had the creme brulee (one of my favorite desserts -- but I wouldn't get it again.) My husband and I agreed we'd come back for happy hour and/or come back and try other dishes (heard fish is very good there).

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M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We return to Acqua in Forest Lake year around with various friends. No one in our groups have ever been disappointed with their food. There are always great specials offered along with the standard menu, which is awesome by itself. The service can be a little slow at times, but we are rarely in a hurry while there, but the wait is worth it.

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CS
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time until the mosquitoes came out! Great food.

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MN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was wonderful as well as efficient! Great atmosphere, right on the lake, complimentary valet and amazing food!

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DN
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our first visit to Acqua and it was to celebrate our anniversary. It was a great meal and affordable too. We had the prime rib and risotto and the s'mores dessert. Well worth it! Service was good, food was timely, everything was great on a Saturday evening.

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PH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place for dinner with family. The food was delicious and the service was great. We'll be back.

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KW
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat out side on the porch, beautiful evening, great sunset, food was excellent. My wife had the fresh made gnocchi, our guest had the scallops, and I had the salmon over spinach and potatoes, everyone loved their dinners. We finished it off with their chocolate soufflé with graham cracker ice cream and melted marshmallow, perfecto! Service was excellent. Thank you Acqua team!

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j
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful, service was friendly and attentive, but not overly so. Very enjoyable.

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TR
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Acqua and truly enjoyed the evening!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and our server was fabulous. Everything was perfect for our evening celebrating my husband’s birthday.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

I had the crab legs wasn’t the easiest to eat and difficult to remove meat(over cooked possibly)where as my wife’s were perfect.....

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother Daughters Dinner

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B
Minneapolis
42 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Small portions on appetizer for the price. Food was excellent and atmosphere on the patio was great.

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