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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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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.8

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (42)
Good for a Date (42)
Special Occasion (40)
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Scenic View (38)
Worth the Drive (38)
Waterfront (38)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Romantic (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Cozy (19)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Tasting Menu (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Fun (10)
Seasonal (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Casual (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Healthy (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Authentic (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Business Meals (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Acqua is always a great day experience. Food and drinks are fabulous. Service is fantastic! Thanks!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

We have been here several times and really enjoy the atmosphere. The food is always very good and nicely displayed. I had the blackened walleye which is spiced like Minnesota—mild. Dessert was excellent, I had the waffles. I need to go on a summer day.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 4 days ago

We love this place!
The service is always great, they help each other

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Fabulous as usual!! We love eating dinner at Acqua..

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Scenic View
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Love this restaurant!! Great staff, great food, great ambiance!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This restaurant is a favorite of mine. The restaurant is gorgeous and the view is Forest Lake -- perfect. Every dinner I've had there was great. My birthday brunch was disappointing. The bacon was good and those that had the sausage and biscuits and the eggs benedict were happy (although the hash browns were "chewy"). The hash is not good -- very dry. Two people ordered the hash as their main meal - it came with a sauce that helped with the dryness but they had to watch what they were eating because they kept pulling out big pieces of fat. When they have the Sunday brunch buffet, the food is great. We want to keep going there for regular breakfast because of the setting but the sides need attention. Decent toast selection (not the texas toast, one skinny dry piece of white bread) and good potatoes. At dinner I give Acqua FL an excellent, summer brunch an excellent, winter brunch a fair. Please improve. I love this place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food was fabulous! We came in late with a groupon and was given a window seat overlooking the lake. (Not put in the back because we had a groupon😀)The ambience was outstanding. The waitress we had was so friendly and outgoing, (she had a 10 year old daughter with a sledding birthday the next day) unfortunately cannot remember her name but we will definitely return for the wonderful service!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Absolutely amazing with everything, food, service, cleanliness

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We went there for our anniversary and the food was amazing. We go every year. A little on the spendier side but worth it. The wait staff service is star!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This our first dinner at Acqua at Forest Lake. We have always done the Sunday brunch before. We were pleasantly surprised at the great value of our Groupon meal. We are doing it again! Great food and terrific service!!

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Waitress was horrible. Reservations at 7 and already ran out of prime rib. First time there and wouldn't go back

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

My husband and I had never been there before. We received a Groupon for Christmas and it was excellent from the beginning to the end. Valet at the start, to dessert! Food was exceptional, service was amazing, atmosphere was so welcoming. We will be coming back!!

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food and service!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent food and and service, as always. Menu changes from time-to-time, but never disappoints

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great server and food. Food came out hot..not warm..but hot. Perfect.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food is always excellent. The service was good and so was the seating. We go here for special occasion's. Great place to recommend to other's.

Tags: Waterfront, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The restaurant is very nice, it took quite a long time to get our coffee and then we did get it it was cold and had to be replaced and it took quite a while to get the food and it was not very busy at all in there. I also could not believe you charge $4 for 1 cup of coffee!!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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food3
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Group of 6 got together to celebrate an anniversary- wonderful table on a miserably cold night right in front of the fireplace. The ambiance was perfect, the friends gathered were great, food was great, the server......very unfriendly & rude. Caught her doing the eye rolls a few times. Very uncomfortable. Was too bad especially since the previous time our server was phenomenal.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent food with the 3 course dinner for 2! Fun date night!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great service! Our waitress was the best.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Seriously delicious food... excellent service as well. A lovely place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Have visited this restaurant using a Groupon each time and have found the prefix menu items to be delicious and well presented. This last visit was enhanced by the houses decorated for Christmas on the drive to the restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Have eaten here before and it was good. Christmas Eve day eggs. And hash tasteless, prime rib was half fat and grisly
Ham only marginal

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

The service was great as always and the food was prime! Such a great addition to the local scene!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 21, 2017

There are two Acqua restaurants in the area with similar menus but the Forest Lake location has superior views, a more pleasing interior and is well worth the drive from the Metro. In the summer, the outside dining is particularly enchanting. At our latest visit, my wife had the lobster and I chose the prime rib. These would not be our normal choices but we were interested to see if Acqua excelled in these more prosaic dishes as they have done in more sophisticated offerings. I am pleased to say that these dishes too were both tasty and delicious.
We will return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We ate here on a groupon and had a wonderful time! We met friends here for dinner and it was actually quite enough we could hear each other talk. The atmosphere was very pleasant. We would return here even without a groupon, the service and the food were outstanding:)

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food and ambiance were as good as ever. The only issue I had was that I was expecting a Sunday Brunch buffet rather than a brunch menu selection. The absence of the brunch buffet was not made clear at any time in the reservation process. We really love the brunch buffet!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

It’s a drive for us but Always love having dinner here!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 16, 2017

always love coming here. the passion sour whiskey is to die for and the butterscotch budino

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our experience at Acqua was wonderful!! The place is beautiful!! The service was efficient and friendly!! The food was one of the best in the Twin Cities!! We highly recommend it!!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Staff and service are exceptional, food was great from pork shank to lobster risotto. Soup was OK and salads were good. The butterscotch pudding dessert was a bit heavy on the caarmel sauce but the flourless chocolate cake with a raspberry cream was fabulous. Party of 7 and everyone agreed we will return even with distance nearly 40 minute drive. Best GF bread and made on site.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

We had the tasting menu again and it was wonderful, service was top notch as always. This is our special night destination.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was amazing, probably the best I've eaten in a very long time. The service was prompt, efficient and friendly.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The lack of vegan options left my wife and her mother with only one option, the beet salad. Another vegan option or two would need to be added before we will revisit.

Tags: Waterfront, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Love this restaurant! A real neighborhood gem! Great food, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and only 10 minutes from home!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Casual, Waterfront, Scenic View, Vegan, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Been here several times before and really loved it! This time, half the food was great (beet salad, shrimp and scallops, dessert waffle. The salmon had great flavor, but undercooked a bit and my son who had the prime rib spent more calories than he took in from cutting it. Overall, very good service and scenery!

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent Food and Service as Always. If you have not tried it do so it is the best

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Acqua is a great value with the $40 3 course prix fix dinner option. We elected to take advantage of it and enjoyed our entrees, salads and desserts. The prime rib was very tender and the tiger shrimp with pasta was tasty. Cocktails were excellent as was the service. This restaurant deserves more business as the ambiance is pleasant and relaxing and the prices are reasonable for the quality of the food and service. There are so few fine dining restaurants in the northern suburbs that I certainly hope we don't lose this one.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food, great service. Worth the drive and we will definitely be back soon.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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