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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (46)
Waterfront (46)
Good for a Date (44)
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Romantic (38)
Scenic View (37)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Cozy (31)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Worth the Drive (23)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Fun (14)
Authentic (13)
Seasonal (13)
Casual (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Healthy (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Business Meals (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Happy Hour (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great Beer (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Overall everything was great from service to food. I was there with my husband for a date and was seated next to a group who was a bit loud and kind of take away the mood. Overall it was very nice and romantic.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Fun, Scenic View, Romantic
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·Dined 2 days ago

My wife and I love Acqua! Fantastic food, drinks and service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

Reliably excellent. Cocktails are top notch. The menu could use some revitalization.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Lovely evening. Great good!!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

This was our first visit to Acqua and we were impressed. We went there because we had a Groupon for a 4 coarse meal and the food was very good. The only reason for not giving an Outstanding mark on both food and service was this. I had the pork shank and the sweet potato puree was cool with a warm pork shank served on top. Flavor was great, but I prefer my food hot. Our server was excellent, although before we had our wine and cocktails, the first coarse had already been served. We prefer to have a little time to enjoy a glass of wine and a cocktail before beginning the meal. Overall, a very good experience and we will be back.

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 5 days ago

our serverwas very helpful in menu selection and sharing her own thoughts. These selections excellent tasting and ad classy presentation

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Pleasant staff, great service, and food excellent; all as expected

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

It was a Valentine’s Day dinner and it was perfect with great service and food in a quiet setting with a reasonable price considering the occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

The food presentation and quality was amazing also the service was great! I have already recommended Acqua to many of my friends

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Great place with views of White Bear Lake. Service was great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 12, 2018

The food and service is always very high quality and consistent. They have excellent craft cocktails and a very good wine list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent, friendly service and superb food and wine as always!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We had other plans, but they didn’t work out. We decided to try Acqua as we near by and often considered it. It was our way over due date nite, and was perfect. The service, food and cocktails were perfect. We had a great night, including dessert. It was awesome.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Good food and great service. A very unique place to go for dinner and the perfect date place. I highly recommend going to aqua.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My husband and I made a somewhat last minute decision to go out for dinner this past Saturday evening. We were able to secure a 7:30 pm reservation at Acqua White Bear Lake. We arrived a little early and as our table was ready, was escorted upstairs to a table for 2, right by the front windows. It was a beautiful evening (snowing) to be inside and looking out! The food was as wonderful as always, including desert! Our server was equally wonderful!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food, friendly (very) staff, wonderful ambiance. This was our first-ever visit to Acqua, and it certainly won't be our last. Cozy dining rooms means it's not too noisy. And we can't wait for spring/summer to arrive so we can dine outside - with an outstanding the view of the lake. Well done, Acqua.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Service was excellent . Tenderloin was prepared perfectly as ordered . We sat upstairs and it was quite noisy even at a corner table but overall good experience

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We always have an excellent dinner as well as excellent service at Acqua. Love the walleye!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Once again, Acqua made our anniversary celebration wonderful. Fantastic food, great wine and excellent service all added up to a memorable evening.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Been here several times and this was among the best. Each dish was excellent and great service too

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We have been going to the Forest Lake location for the few years, but found a Groupon and went back to the WBL location for the first time in a long time. The food was still a good as it used to be. The meatballs were fantastic, the Caesar salad was OK, my wife had the beat salad and said it was very good, the chicken Marsala was fantastic, the pork shank was OK, and the burdenee dessert was very good. The service was very good (friendly and helpful). The main complaint we have about WBL is the size of the restaurant...... you are right on top of the other guests (including the ones at the bar).

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The meatball appetizer, mushroom soup, and apple-and-Manchego salad were excellent, as was the chocolate souffle; and the salmon entree was exceptional! The only disappointment was the Ossobuco, which was dry and tough and tasted old, despite a delicious sauce.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Aqua is a restaurant for a special occasion. I felt that $14 for a 4 oz glass of wine was definitely too high. Food is very good and gluten free options are available. Service was a little slow. Prices are in the $$$ range for main entree only. Summer is the best time to visit as the views of White Bear Lake and activities on the lakefront make your dining experience special. Honestly we prefer the Aqua in Forest Lake, which is also located on a lake, and probably would not go back to the White Bear Location.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We chose the “date night” menu. Was good, but last years menu had better options

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The service was great, good descriptions of different menu items allowed us to make good choices, responsive to needs and refilled water and drinks without asking. Food was great. Three of us got the scallops and shrimp and not only did it taste wonderful, but it really was filling. Great bread and butter at the table, cozy and not noisy.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My mom’s dinner was so spicy she couldn’t eat it

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 18, 2018

All the Staff is very friendly .
Waiter provided very good services, make you feel very welcome there.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Healthy
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 17, 2018

My wife and I had a very pleasant dinner at Acqua- White Bear Lake. We have been to the Forest Lake location several times and never been disappointed - and the Acqua - WBL continued that tradition. My wife's shrimp pasta entree and my pork shank were both outstanding! The service was also excellent.
We are anticipating a return trip when the lake isn't frozen and the temperature isn't below zero windchill!

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 17, 2018

My husband and I needed a night out. We had a Groupon for the price fixe. Wonderful options. We decided to get the wine pairing instead of choosing just one wine- $25/person. The first glass paired with the meatballs seemed skimpy, but it was more than enough. By the time I got to dessert, I didn't need the port, but it was very good. We talked the entire time and never had to ask for a thing, each course just came out at the perfect time. We took an early reservation so we got a table by the front window where we could see the ice fishing houses and then the headlights of cars out on the lake. Had a great time. Great service.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Comfort Food, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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 5, 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 29, 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 28, 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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 (Minneapolis)·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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 (Minneapolis)·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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 26, 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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