ACQUA - White Bear Lake

4.8
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3154 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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LS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, ambience and waiter.

JM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good atmosphere, very good food. a bit pricey, very good service, front room second floor best for sound

MJ
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had just closed on a remodel deal for our house and felt the need to celebrate. We love Aqua. The food is always excellent and the service beyond expectations. Thank you for a very special delicious evening. And thanks to Patty. She was charming. (I almost forgot to mention that my husband needed a heart healthy meal and Patty saw to it even noticing that the potatoes should be changed from mashed to roasted. We’ve noticed, since he has had this heart condition, that restaurants are usually reluctant to accommodate.)
So, thank you.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

NH
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Acqua on White Bear Lake is one of the Twin Cities primo dining experiences!

HG
Minneapolis
67 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Started with beet salad which they split for us. Delicious—two types of beets. Lightly dressed (perfect). One of us had the pasta carbonara special, the trifecta of pork. Enjoyed it very much. The other person had the salmon. Cooked perfectly and the pasta was so tender, the right match for the salmon. Thanks to Brian for the great service

RM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NEVER had a bad experience with food or service @ Aqua on White Bear Lake.
5 STARS for FOOD...SERVICE....and, STAFF!!!!
DickM....

e
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally found a great place to dine in MN. There are tons of places to eat in White Bear / St Paul area. Most are mediocre at best compared to other cities.

DD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very good food and ambience. Went with a Groupon and very pleased with the four course meal.

KA
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service! One of our favorites!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

f
Minneapolis
40 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scallops were perfectly prepared and delicious. Service was timed well too based on our request

R
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Sunday brunch at Acqua on a beautiful spring day in White Bear Lake, MN. The service was cheery and knowledgable. The menu had wonderful variety of tempting meals and our choices were perfectly prepared.

Looking out at White Bear Lake dotted with ice fishing houses was beautiful scenery.

EC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brunch was delicious! Exceptional hollandaise sauce.

LC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the MOST delicious Brunch! The prime rib hash was out of the world. Acqua never disappoints and they definitely know how to throw a 5 Star brunch! Thanks!

s
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the walleye and my wife had the risotto. Both were delicious.

K
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and craft cocktails!

OT
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful!!! Had a couple drinks and the server recommended the perfect wine pairings for my food selections.

JB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely wonderful dinner. The food was amazing, the service was spot on, and the ambience was relaxing.

N
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just simply THE BEST. Feels like home except with a personal chef, sommelier and friends.

TH
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, nice location, easy parking excellent service.

R
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our special occasion "go to" spot. Being waited on by the owner Daron was a real treat. He's at a different level as it relates to ingredients, prep, wine... One of us had the tasting menu, and the other, one of the night's specials. Acqua always delivers...

a
Minneapolis
73 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such good food. Service is always friendly, informed and responsive. When I left the East Coast to live in the midwest, I gave up ordering linguini with clams. Too often it was canned clams, soggy noodles and way too much salt and/or red pepper flakes. But I trust the Acqua kitchen and the dish was the special the night we were there. Pefect: plump, fresh clams in the their shells, perfect noodles, and just enough red pepper flakes to get your attention. A perfect dish. You must try this kitchen.

GD
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter’s birthday.

CA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Love this place, such a special night out for a special occasion!

AE
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely setting looking out over the lake, great service throughout. Especially love the wild mushroom soup!

BZ
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Filet and Lobster was the best meal I've ever had at Aqua. Jeff is always impressive. Thank you for a great evening. Nicole still makes the best lemon drops in the city.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

JP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

a
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

E
Minneapolis
128 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
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.