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Acqua Restaurant & Wine Bar

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Italian, Wine Bar
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4453 Lake Ave S, White Bear Lake, MN 55110 (Highway 61 and Highway 96)
(651) 507-7317
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Acqua is comfortably located on the Western shore of White Bear Lake and...
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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  • 87
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  • 14
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A perfect place for eating at lakeside

Our table was in Acqua's outdoor dining patio right on the lakeshore, maybe 50 feet from the water. The ambiance was terrific as was the seafood, on a perfect summer evening in Minnesota. If not the best, Acqua has to be one of the top 2 places in White Bear Lake.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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MinnesotaUSA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Our table was in Acqua's outdoor dining patio right on the lakeshore, maybe 50 feet from the water. The ambiance was terrific as was the seafood, on a perfect summer evening in Minnesota. If not the best, Acqua has to be one of the top 2 places in White Bear Lake.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We had dinner here with another couple on a week night. We sat indoors to avoid the humidity and insects. We had a limited view of the lake (from one side of the table) on the 3rd floor. The food was great and there was an interesting variety on the menu. I especially liked that they had "small plates" since... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

There were four of us - two couples. We'd been there 3-4 times before, but it was the first visit for our friends. While friendly and helpful, Ryan our waiter, made a number of significant errors. He brought me the wrong drink, and while he thought it was wrong, he never should have taken it off the bar. He told... More 

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Oakdale, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We went out to dinner with friends and we chose Acqua because we had been there once before in the winter and wanted to try out the patio. At both visits I chose the special and the beet salad. They were amazing. If you like whiskey, the Jameson and gingers are terrific! Don't plan on hanging at the bar for... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I have been here a few times and its usually 5 stars. This time was a little different. The waitress was amazing, very attentive. The starters we're not very good. We had muscles and the cheese plate paid a lot of money for both and the cheese plate was way too small and not very good and the muscles were... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We have experienced Acqua as a private birthday party with a private room, a special occassion sitting inside or out, or as sitting at the bar enjoying an appetizer and a drink. The food quality is always outstanding, starting with that bread with a honey butter that is mouth watering. Their bar drinks are top notch and not just poured... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We returned to Acqua to celebrate our son's birthday. He loves the place, describing the filet as the best he's ever had. The mussels appetizer is among the best I've ever had. The cocktails are well made and the service usually spot on. The only problem we've had has been noise - on a couple of occasions we were seated... More 

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Awesome European influenced cuisine. Wine list is great. Service is great. Expensive; but reasonable value.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

After our second visit, I stand by my lower opinion of this restaurant than most everyone else. The chairs are still uncomfortable. The traffic flow is awkward, especially if you arrive before your reserved time- where are you expected to stand, other than in the way of the servers traveling to and from the kitchen? And most importantly, the chef... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We were warmly greeted and promptly seated. Yes, we had made reservations. Our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. My wife and I had the 3 course tasting menu of which there are plenty of choices for salad, main course, and dessert. I had beet salad, osso buco, and banana foster cheesecake. My wife had caesar salad, grilled salmon, and a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4453 Lake Ave S, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
    (Highway 61 and Highway 96)
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  White Bear Lake
  • Phone Number: (651) 507-7317

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 24
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?