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About ACQUA - White Bear Lake

Acqua is comfortably located on the Western shore of White Bear Lake and offers seating in four relaxed dining rooms, two sheltered decks overlooking the marina, a spacious lakeside patio and cozy bar. The menu is Italian driven and Acqua Restaurant always strives to source out the highest quality local ingredients. The restaurant focuses on maintaining a warm, clean and comfortable atmosphere while offering knowledgeable and attentive service that cares.

4453 Lake Ave South
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Sunday: 4:00pm-8:00pm. Closed Mondays

Cross Street:
Highway 61 and Highway 96

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(651) 407-7317

Website:
http://www.acquawbl.com/

Catering:
Please call us for private off-site events.

Parking Details:
Parking is available along Lake Street or behind our building.

Executive Chef:
Chris Whalen

Private Party Facilities:
We have three rooms, each available for private and semi-private dining of up to 30 guests with great views of White Bear Lake. Our newly remodeled upstairs private dining room seats 20 and features a fireplace as well as a view over the lake.

Private Party Contact:
Daron Close: (651) 407-7317

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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ACQUA - White Bear Lake Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (67)
Good for a Date (64)
Waterfront (63)
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Good for Anniversaries (60)
Fit for Foodies (57)
Special Occasion (53)
Neighborhood Gem (43)
Romantic (43)
Worth the Drive (41)
Cozy (40)
Great for Outdoor Dining (40)
Creative Cuisine (37)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Tasting Menu (21)
Fun (20)
Notable Wine List (18)
Authentic (16)
Business Meals (15)
Casual (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Healthy (12)
Seasonal (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
People Watching (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Happy Hour (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (4)
Organic (3)
Vegan (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Music (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

As usual, we had a great time and delicious meal. Jenna was great! Gave us plenty of time between courses for laughs and conversation.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

We have long wanted to try Acqua and we were not disappointed in the food, which was crafted with true expertise. We will be back.

Tags: Seasonal, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 9, 2017

4 of us dined on Nov 8th. Great steak, very friendly service and tasty cocktails. We are 2 for 2 at Acqua and cant wait to make it 3 for 3.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Acqua is a favorite restaurant for my husband and I. We love the seasonal menu and the weekly specials. I've eaten some of my all-time best meals at Acqua! The staff is professional and everyone is happy to be working under such exceptional management. My husband and I have eaten at Acqua too many times to count and we've never had a bad or disappointing meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We are SO lucky to have such an amazing restaurant in White Bear! For special occasions and date nite, we rarely stray from Acqua, as the food is ALWAYS delish, the drinks amazing and different than you can get anywhere else. Our service has always been spot-on, too. We'll be back!

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We love this neighborhood restaurant. They have a delicious menu (just updated for fall/winter), a great wine list and delicious cocktails. Now that's it's cold out, we sit indoors, but the several dining areas are very pleasant. My husband and I took my mom there and the three of us had a really lovely dinner. It's just always consistently good--food, service, ambience, etc. I highly recommend Acqua in White Bear Lake.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

We went for my husbands birthday and we really enjoyed dinner. Very nice restaurant, great food, awesome service.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My wife and I had a date night at Acqua in Forest Lake. Loved it! It was a great experience from arrival to departure. The manager on duty, our wait staff ... everyone was friendly, inviting, and knowledge. In my experience ... it is rare for a restaurant to be great in all areas of a dining experience. Most will do well in at least one area. Acqua in Forest Lake is unusual in that they hit high marks in every area ... it's a special place. We'll be back!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fun, Disabled Access, Romantic, Cozy, Healthy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 28, 2017

All was very nice - we were seated near a couple of noisy groups! Otherwise was great!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Outstanding as always! Favorites: Italian Basil Mojito small plates Mais/Scallops with Pancetta = - absolutely delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Superb lamb special!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We can always count on getting great food and service at Acqua. This was a special occasion, a Birthday which was mentioned to the staff but never acknowledged. A little disappointing.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Superb halibut special.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The woman who served us and the gentleman behind the bar before we were seated were all incredibly friendly and knowledgeable!! Our new favorite place for sure. Everything we ate was delicious and fresh!Can't wait to go back and will look for many reasons to do so.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Sam was very attentive and made our experience very pleasant. At first we weren't sure how things would play out since we arrived 10 min early and were left standing at the hosts station...a bit awkward. Especially so when another couple came and also stated they had a 7pm reservation and were immediately seated🤔 But Sam saved it and we will be back👍🏽

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Love this place. Great for special occasions. Great food, ambiance, and service. Never disappointed

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Cozy
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We were seated promptly but our table was not ideal, it was in the middle of the restaurant close to the stairs and bus station. Throughout our entire meal we heard dishes being dumped into bins.

Our server was great and took great care of us.

Food was nicely prepared and ample portions.
Beat salad and mushroom soup were enjoyable. For dinner we had the pork shank, salmon and lobster. And finished with a delicious chocolate dessert.

Be warned the seats are quite uncomfortable as they are basically outdoor metal seats with worn out cushions.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This was a get together dinner with some friends. They have not been to Acqua for a while. We love the food, always wonderful! They were impressed with the food too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Food was amazing and place was nice. Would have rated a 5 but.........It was wierd to be told that me and my soon-to-be fiance was given a 1.5 hr time limit to eat. We didnt even get to our dessert yet and the Host came and told us to hurry up and they would pack our dessert to go because of a waiting group. Even the waitress was shocked to hear. I don’t remember seeing a time limit when I reserved our table.
Lets just say, the proposal was during the walk around the lake and not at the dinner table.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great as usual. Sam is a good waiter. Always think the white bear location is far better than forest lake.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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food4
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

I travel to the eastern US for business & visit more than a few high end restaurants - Aqua was of the top three dining experiences I've had in the last 20+ years. The food was incredible & our waiter Edwardo made the entire dinning experience an absolute pleasure. We'll be back often & will bring friends!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We love the small plate choices and each ordered 2. The only disappointment was the calamari which was spicier than we would have liked. I am sure other people love the spiciness. My favorites are the scallops and the asparagus, which is served with an egg on top. We will be back soon.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Disappointing service; food was very good but a few selections were unavailable due to poor inventory management.
Many smaller dining rooms instead of one big seating area made it ideal for conversation. Quite intimate.
A slight musty odor lingered in our dining area.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Brick patio next to the lake was very peaceful. Food was so great but we should have shared a dessert. It was to much goodness.

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Birthday dinner rocked. My fiancé and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Melanie is an all star.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We had a great time on our anniversary! A beautiful dining experience from the upper deck!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Excellent food, stupendous food, capable friendly service

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Sat out on the deck,Great food, great service, great view!

Tags: Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Appreciated the complimentary Prosecco to celebrate our 59th wedding anniversary. As always, the walleye was delicious - the best walleye in the Twin Cities. Our guests, who drove down from Canada, were very impressed, especially with the buddino and crème caramel desserts.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 12, 2017

I don't like what often passes for gourmet food, which to me means small servings with a drizzle of colorful sauce from a bottle. Luckily, none of that was evident at Acqua...The food was really fantastic and plentiful, without any of that pretense.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 12, 2017

We introduced our friends to Acqua and now you have two more customers! All of our meals were wonderful, the wine list was great, and our server was terrific!!!

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great food at Aqua tonight and the server was very helpful. The seating upstairs at the back felt very formal and very quiet...did not have the comfort of other sections of the restaurant.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We had a great Anniversary dinner! Both entrees were fantastic! Lovely view of the lake. The service was great too!

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The two reasons we keep coming back to Acqua is the food and the service!! The food is always so fresh and flavorful, unique and delicious! The staff are always friendly, knowledgeable and efficient! Our daughter has Celiac Disease and the staff have always been very understanding amd informed. She has never had an issue which we appreciate, so kudos to the chefs and staff for meeting the needs of someone with a special
diet request!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Cozy, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We always go to Acqua with the expectation of great food along with great service and again were not disappointed!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We have friends from California that visit every year. They always say this is the best food they have eaten. We go to several restaurants while they are here and Aqua is their favorite!

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 6, 2017

The food was excellent, as always. I always reserve a table on the second floor overlooking the lake - has great views and the room is cozy with nice lighting. It's a great place to go with a few friends or for a romantic evening for date night. The service was great also. It was a perfect evening!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Waterfront, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 6, 2017

I had recommended to my sister and we were able to get a table with a lake view (with Full Moon!) with short notice (Day after holiday, first day of school, so we lucked out) and we were extremely pleased with the food, service, and ambiance. We could talk and hear each other easily and had lots of oohing and ahing over our 3 courses off the tasters menu and bottle of Chianti. Memorable night!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Always good. Especially the apple salad and salmon!

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Best seafood we have had in a long time! The sea bass and the walleye entrees were fantastic.

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