ACQUA - White Bear Lake

4.7
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3125 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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JP
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great server (Bryant), even the busses and all other staff were super friendly!!

a
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Wife and I had scallops and shrimp. We had these before and they were great. This time someone decided to blacken the dish with an extreme amount of spice. Seafood had no taste due to the spice. expense for a bad meal.Large expense for

AN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was AMAZING! And out server Erin was outstanding. Can't wait to go back.

E
Minneapolis
126 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent meal: mussels, matchstick apple salad, halibut, duck and BUDINO!
Patricia, our server, was great. Handled the whole room professionally and efficiently.
Love sitting by the fireplace.
Only criticism is that we didn't get seated until 1/2 hour after our reservation (mid-week). We understand it is difficult to know when a table might get cleared, but when it is definitely going to be prolonged, more communication/choices/etc would be nice (vs hostess constantly checking computer and running up/down stairs and we are not in the know).
We will be back: multiple times!

JW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It was ok. Not worth the money spent. Steak was good but everything else was average at best.

SO
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful time at Acqua. Our whole family went out to dine there and the food was incredible. The server and staff worked together to make our experience one to remember for years to come. Their attention to detail was impeccable. We will definitely return sometime in the near future.

SM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome service food is above average delicious!!!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Acqua never disappoints and this visit was no exception. Walleye dinner was awesome and Ragu Bolognese seemed even more delicious than its usual exceptional deliciousness. Service was also up to its usual high standards, from the moment you walk in the door until you walk out the door. Love Acqua!

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our hostess, Patricia was wonderful and delightfully helpful in helping us through the menu and wine selections. The food as usual was marvelous and very favorable. Can’t wait to go back again.

KH
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and wine list are always top shelf. We have tried just about everything on the menu and Acqua never disappoints. It's a bit pricy but well worth it.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Though we had made a reservation and had a table available we chose to sit at the bar as we enjoy Nicole’s company (bartender and owner). My husband gave Nicole creative license to make an Old Fashioned of her own design. He enjoyed it a great deal. Service is always great and the food is as specified. I would simply like more options in the salad category.

T
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, efficient & friendly service and one of the very few restaurants that are quiet!

RM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a FAVORITE for us. FOOD & SERVICE....5 Stars!!!!!!

BB
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host was the best! I have no idea what his name is but I am so very thankful for his astute and professional demeanor. We made a reservarion for 3 and my daughter drove from Chicago ro surprise us for my birthaday. She checked in with him and he knew she was there. Later, when we checked in, he confirmed it was for three people, keeping the secret! He changed the reservation to four people and seated us! It was a mom's best birthday! I am so thankful! The food was delicious and the wait staff was very knowledgable and accommodating. Thank you for the perfect birthday Aqua staff! When you go, be sure to ask for the Jameson and fresh ginger from the bartender because she is a cocktail artist behind the bar!!!

SW
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We love Acqua. We dine there at least 8 times a year, and have done so for more than a decade. The food and drinks are terrific. Tonight the service was very slow and not attentive. That is very unusual. We typically have a flawless experience. I recommend the black cherry Tom Collins, calamari, pork shank, Caesar salad and sea bass. The specials are usually really good too!

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible fish preparations; loved the 3-course option; terrific and attentative service. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service!

B
Minneapolis
133 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent butternut squash soup, striped bass, and rissoto

a
Minneapolis
71 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a variety of reasons, we had not been to Acqua for awhile. We had forgotten just how very good it is. The mussels were perfect. The matchstick salad was, well, perfect. And the grilled shrimp on the risotto was too. My daughter, who requires a gluten free diet, was attended to with grace, humor and wonderful food. My son-in-law reported his steak was, well here we go again, perfect. This was a wintry night on the lake but by the time we left the place was pretty much filled up.

s
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was so delicious. Only hiccup was over a half hour wait between salad and main course. Over all the service and attention was superb.

J
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quiet and relaxed energy. Really great food. Would definitely go back again!!

LC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couples night was lovely with delicious food and yummy wine!

JD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is amazing! Highly recommended.

b
Minneapolis
197 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, it's elegant but not stuffy. Servers are efficient and friendly, they don't rush you. Food is fabulous, try the apple matchstick salad and the chicken fettuccine. Very special experience.

AM
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I’ve had the shrimp scampi several times but on this occasion the noodles were very dry and hard. My husbands steak was done perfectly and he said very delicious.

OT
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone is always so friendly and helpful. Always a great experience.

BH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was top notch! So was the service!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed when we come! This is our go to spot!

H
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Halibut was excellent. Great place. Even better in the summer

PL
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've never been to Acqua during the winter season before. In the summer, eating over the water has always been a special treat. Indoors in the winter really allows you to focus on the service and the food. Both were fantastic, a real treat. And, a shout out to Rachel as she did an especially marvelous job!

BE
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting old friends

DW
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. 1111111111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

S
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were three of us....we all ordered different items and everything was really good.

BZ
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mushroom soup was fantastic. Lemon drop Martinis are the best in the TC. Aqua is a hidden gem. Staff is top notch!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was the bomb! ❤❤❤
Service impeccable...
This is one of our favorite places.

C
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant surprise! The Thanksgiving menu was awesome. We will have to try the regular menu. Could be our new favorite spot.

HD
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and quality of the food. Our server was helpful and we enjoyed having good wine offerings.

PS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Mixed on the food, you can definitely get better steaks somewhere else. Seafood dishes were good.