ACQUA - White Bear Lake

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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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OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Consistently interesting dishes, prepared with care with excellent results

SC
Minneapolis
58 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Beautiful location and above average food, nice for a special occasion. I was a little disappointed in the service that she asked what the birthday person wanted for dessert but then we were still charged for it. Small thing but it would have meant a lot when it was almost $300 for 2 people.

JN
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a beautiful evening with three generations of our family celebrating my wife’s birthday. Service was excellent - Brent T couldn’t have been nicer. We sat out next to the lake with a beautiful view. Food was spectacular- my son loved the bone-in pork chop special, my wife enjoyed the salmon, my daughter’s chicken picada was fantastic and my walleye was cooked to perfection. My wife and mother-in-law loved the beet salad. Overall was just and excellent evening.

HC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was perfect for my Mother's birthday dinner! The food and drinks were great and matched the prices. Excellent grilled asparagus! It was so nice to be able to enjoy the weather and dine outside by the harbor. Our waiter was terrific and our dinner was wonderful. Thank you!

BZ
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience as usual. Darrin and Patricia are terrific. Love Acqua. Our go to place.

BC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved overlooking the lake but atmosphere went sour when a couple of gentleman came and opened the sliding doors and went out and blocked our view. Food very tasty and well presented. Service impeccable prices on the high side. Will be back to try other dishes.

m
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All diners were very happy with their meal. Choices were great - corn was excellent and everyone enjoyed the special preparation. We dined early so there was not alot of competition for service. We will return to enjoy another great experience.

AM
London
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Oil used for frying calamari may have been stake? Otherwise excellent food

TG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time at WBL Acqua, everything was great. Will go there again for sure.

KH
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Too loud and tables so close you get hit in the head by bar patrons. Moved to window but table so close next to us that we had to listen to their entire conversations. Food was below expectations. Seafood way overcooked. Forgot part of serving on plate which had to be delivered separately. Would not want to entertain friends there if you want any conversation. People confused coming in by way of patio made things very uncomfortable. Perhaps this is a place for summer when you can eat outdoors.

MR
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Acqua for many years.
Food is always fresh and delicious
Love the bread!
The lemon cheesecake was superb!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeted warmly by Darren and Nicole. Service by Pam was excellent, just the right amount of attention. Special of the night was well liked by my husband - a paella with seafood and my favorite bruschetta and beet salad always satisfy.

OT
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, the attention to detail in helping us select menu options was really helpful! The drinks were all their own & food was outstanding!

BF
Greece
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Heard great things about Aqua and think most are true. However, I ordered rack of lamb and it was not good.
Ambience on lake was great, service OK though he was loquacious. I will go again.

DW
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We started at Acqua White Bear; celebrated the closer-to-home Forest Lake; returned to White Bear. We are rarely disappointed.

C
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit pricy for the average person, especially the drinks and appetizers.

LB
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Our waiter was not smooth. He had a difficult time explaining the specials, came back to take our entree order after we had already had our salad, brought our wine halfway through our meal, etc. sometimes attentive, sometimes not so much. Sort of off putting.

KR
Montana
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening lakeside with family. Bruschetta was a fresh, flavorful start, followed by the Heirloom tomato caprese salad. Wife had the slivered apple and manchego salad which was the envy of the table! We all had the panko crusted Walleye with was also delicious. Great evening, excellent food.

k
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated right on time and had our table on the outside patio across the street. Our server Tom was fantastic and saw to our every need. We will definitely be back again!

J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Exquisite meal. We had bruschetta (omg I need to go back for more now), walleye, halibut, lamb and Caesar salads. All agreed food is some of the best around.

It was our 2nd time there and this time the service was a bit of a disappointment. Nothing horrible, just extremely slow, neglected to clear plates and refill drinks until waved down. We were loving our drinks and would have had at least one more but it was so slow we moved on. Definitely won’t stop us from going back!

Highest compliments to the chef. And also the host, who probably doesn’t get enough credit but really is the first to set the tone for the evening. Attentive and warm, welcoming nature. He was great both nights we were there.

Go for the food. Go back for more of the food! And don’t forget to order dessert because it was amazing. Cheesecake - YES. Espresso thingy - YES. Smore yummy thing - YES YES YES. Butterscotch deal - least favorite of our group.

OT
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful evening with delicious food and drink! Very enjoyable as always!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were able to sit where we wanted and the server made our shared items possible.

DT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went to Acqua for our 25th Anniversary. As always the food was very good and the service was excellent. My wife had the walleye while I had the halibut. The walleye portion was huge. Shannon, our waitress, was engaging, attentive and very professional. Shannon was supported by a team of busboys who were also very good. It was a very nice evening.

JL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best meal I have had since...the last time I was there!

P
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Started with the maple glazed scallops and they were excellent as usual. Then had the Cesar salad and finished with the scallop and shrimp entree. Everything was very good and the service was attentive and excellent

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seared on one of two upper balcony outdoor tables for two. It was beautiful and private.

SK
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tasting menus. There was a great variety to choose from. The rest of my party enjoyed this also. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I will look forward to making a return visit.

h
Minneapolis
100 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my in-laws here. We all did the tasting menu. From drinks (Passion Chili Sours), to apps (Apple Manchego, Beet Salad!), to entree (Salmon, Shrimp Scampi, Pork Shank!), to dessert (Butterscotch Budino!!!!) -- we love this restaurant and now they do, too. Thanks for a cozy, great meal!

OT
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is a real gem. All the food is great and there are a many items that you will not find anywhere else. Service from Rachel is fantastic and so is all the other staff. A top notch restaurant experience.

JH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Just wish Tally's next door would not have had such loud outside live music going on. But we have been coming many years, and plan to come many more years.

MA
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, and our server (Rachel) did a fantastic job. A great night for a family celebration!

RA
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very pleasant experience with good food. Service was quick and professional. There was a short computer outage that caused a delay in our desert. Desert was great!

DC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I like Acqua and have been there for dinners, business meetings, cocktails and special occassions like my 20 year anniversay last week. I would have appreciated the courtesy of honoring my reservation request of an outside seat for our occasion. Why take reservations if you are not going to work with the patron to give them the experience they are looking for? Service was great, food great, just was not the experience I was hoping to deliver my wife on our special day.

O
Minneapolis
38 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place to dine out! Always great food, staff & service!

HY
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. The Sunday “date night” special is a great deal!

DW
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came with friends, their first time. They were very impressed with food, service, location, everything.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, service, patio, band next door. Gorgeous night and view of the lake. We’ll definitely return!

GL
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful to overlook the lake

l
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It could not have been a more lovely evening on the patio! As always the food was great and service impeccable. Thanks Tom for the wonderful service.

There was live music nextdoor and the guy in the water space suit was entertaining us from the lake. All in all a memorable summer evening.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

As a long time customer, I can not tell you how extremely disappointed I was in our experience. Requested outdoor seating for an evening anniversary dinner (very detailed note asking to sit anywhere outside) for them to say it’s over an hour wait for seating outdoors WITH RESERVATIONS well in advance. Seriously?!!! In today’s day and age, expect more in terms of making basic reservations.

ACQUA - White Bear Lake
Responded on August 21, 2019

Matthew, due to our restaurant size, weather and personal preferences for comfort, it has been always been our policy since we opened 2009 to not accept reservations or requests for outdoor dining. We do our best to make every guest aware with notes on our website, Opentable and phone calls. I hope this experience doesn't discourage you from visiting again as you have in the past. We promise to continue to do our best everyday to ensure the best possible dining experience. Daron Close

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