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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

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (64)
Waterfront (60)
Good for a Date (55)
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Good for Anniversaries (53)
Fit for Foodies (49)
Special Occasion (46)
Creative Cuisine (37)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Romantic (37)
Cozy (36)
Worth the Drive (36)
Great for Outdoor Dining (31)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Notable Wine List (21)
Tasting Menu (16)
Fun (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Authentic (13)
Business Meals (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Casual (11)
Seasonal (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Healthy (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Great Beer (4)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Organic (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Late-night Find (2)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

I love everything about this restaurant except the pace, every course and especially drinks are 5 to 10 minutes too slow, there are awkward lulls that are really hard to understand. I have tried the prefix 3 times and have had others ala carte at the same tabLe and the timing was noticeably off. Fix that one thing and the place would be perfect.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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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 (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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