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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: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Sunday: 4:00pm-8:00pm

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

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (50)
Waterfront (45)
Scenic View (43)
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Good for Anniversaries (40)
Special Occasion (39)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Romantic (33)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Cozy (25)
Worth the Drive (24)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Notable Wine List (15)
Authentic (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Business Meals (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Fun (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Seasonal (8)
Healthy (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Casual (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Great Beer (3)
Disabled Access (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

We enjoyed the Sunday date night menu. Great selection of food. I have never been disappointed with food or service, always exceptional.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great Beer, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

Loved the place! Great food!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The food was absolutely magnificent; both my wife and I said they were as good or better than anything similar we've ever had. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the tall gentleman (whom I learned later has been working for the manager for eight years), but he was working the lower-level front room, with the view of the lake. He gets 10 stars!

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Wonderful as always

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The service was great! I liked that the server gave the price of the special. Everything we ordered was perfect. The special sauces made each dish unique and delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful food, great staff, very accommodating.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was one of the best meals we have had. We went with another couple and between the four courses we ordered, not one complaint. Everything was fabulous and full of flavors. This was our first time and it will not be our last. Impeccable service!

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Overall experience was disappointing. I have previously dined at Acqua and had great experiences, however, this visit did not measure up. Not sure if I'll be back.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

This place was absolutely fabulous! Great food and great service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Good stuff. Been there several times. I am a food snob and always enjoy this place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Amazing food, but bring your own condiments. They don't have ANY ketchup, cocktail sauce or any option for a salad dressing other than Caesar.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food was good except for the mushrooms soup. Not good! Overall a nice evening with a big price tag. Without the Groupon I would not go here for what I got serving size and over all almost worth the price but just not quite there in terms of food flavor. At that price I want the food to wow me. Not just say yah it was good.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Superb food!! Lobster bisque was delicious and risotto was too!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas with family

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Outstanding cioppino!

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Service is always excellent and the food was fantastic. Great place for special occasion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Perfect! Staff, Food & Ambience!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We’ve eaten here for special occasions and the food has always been wonderful. Tonight was especially good as well. Got seated immediately. Service was OK. Overall a great place to go for a special meal.

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Family ugly Christmas party

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Went to Acqua for a birthday dinner with my fiancé. We had been here last fall and were very impressed with the Chicken Picatta and Salmon dishes then. This time I had a New York strip ad she had Chicken Marsala. Again, the dishes were prepared very well. The steak was very good. We plan to take a trip to Acqua again in the near future. Very satisfying experience each time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Love the food at this restaurant. I’ve eaten here four time and it never disappoints. The service is fabulous.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 11, 2017

The food was outstanding! Brought some friends for the first time—they loved it!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I love Auqua! We discovered this neighborhood gem through Groupon and have been back twice! The four course meal is an incredible value, especially when you consider the amount and quality of the fine dining meal. It is worth the drive from the southern Twin Cities to its location in White Bear Lake. We have ordered their pork shank, tiger shrimp, salmon and filet entrees, all of which would gladly be ordered again. Our service by Patricia was stellar with personality and professionalism. This restaurant is a quaint atmosphere on the waterfront with an entire upstairs of seating. We will definitely return!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

As always a terrific dining experience. First time customers in our group loved it

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always a great experience. Staff is superb! Food - excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 8, 2017

San, our server, was great! Took great care of us. Knowledgeable about the menu . Food was outstanding. Great view of WBL.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Have you ever been here? It’s easily the best restaurant in White Bear Lake. Every single bite is amazing every time.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The special duck a l'orange was not orange enough, perhaps because it was paired with a very savory cheese ravioli(prepared well, but not a good juxtaposition).

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner upstairs next to the fireplace. There was a full moon sparkling over the lake for a perfect view. The food was fabulous. I had the chicken with mushroom sauce, spinach salad, and creme brulet. My husbands steak was done perfectly, and he loved the corn chowder soup. Our waitress was pleasant and kind. The only issue was I ordered a wine flight. She misunderstood and only brought the first glass of wine. by the end of dinner I inquired about the next flight. Then she felt bad, brought the 2nd glass for free in compensation, but i missed out on the dessert flight. Acqua is our favorite place and we would still recommend it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The back room upstairs was sooooo loud that we could barely hear each other talk. Other areas of the restaurant seemed fine. Not this wonderful restaurants fault, there was a very loud party of 4. People, please police your own volume levels

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food and drinks are always delicious. The noise level in the upper dining room was way too loud and my friends and I had to practically yell to be heard.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Acqua always serves up delicious meals and the presentation is always outstanding! When we want to impress out of town guests, we bring them here.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Not one of our better visits. Have been dining here many times over the years. One meal was sent back. Replacement not much better.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My date was awesome.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great service and delicious food. The dining room was pretty full for a Wednesday night but I could still easily hold a conversation at normal volume. I just had one small gripe; our server made it sound as though soup was included with our meal, but it ended up costing $10 each for two cups of soup. Shame on me for not clarifying, but $10 is pretty ridiculous for a cup of soup. A little more transparency would've been better, but overall it was a good dining experience and I would go again.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We often dine at Acqua, and we have never been disappointed with the food. Consistently very good and Service is great also.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We have been to Aquca several times and this place never fails to amaze with its rotating menu, creative desserts, and outstanding service. The full bar menu and hand crafted drinks are worth the wait with the deft hands of the bartenders.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Waterfront, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

When I made reservations they ask if is a special occasion , I replied it was our 57th anniversary. I thought possibile free desert, but nothing. I don't know why they ask the Question.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wonderful seasonal soup, parsnip and squash creamed soup. The special dinner was barramundi with pea puree which was also fantastic.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was the second time we celebrated an anniversary there. Food was outstanding, wine very good and service perfect. Needs a little updating, but I realize they have limited space. It is one of our favorite restaurants and will recommend to friends

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