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Acqua Restaurant & 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: Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant

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  • 82
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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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
Most recent review
Wonderful food, Excellent service

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
bicyclemark
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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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East Greenbush, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We didn't just happen upon White Bear Lake, Minnesota - our daughter from Manhattan was training for work on a campus in White Bear Lake. As obligated parents we went to visit expecting bitter cold and lousy food. Boy were we surprised. The hotel recommended Acqua Restaurant to us (knowing we are from New York) and I can say it... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Everything about this visit was amazing. Even in the middle of winter, the lakeside view and atmosphere were wonderful. Be sure to make a reservation unless you are willing to wait for a spot at the full service bar (which is a wonderful place to sit as well). The drink menu was creative and the food menu had a good... More 

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Shoreview, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I've been here several times and always have great food and service. We both had the three course tasting menu. All of the courses were excellent. I had the pork shank and it was so tender. My wife had the butternut squash ravioli and had great flavor. We also had the wine flights to accompany each course. The bartender picked... More 

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Mankato, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We dined at Acqua on Jan. 3, 2015. It was a blustery, snowy night. Complementary valet parking is available...thankfully, as they do not have a parking lot. Our table was near the window on the main floor overlooking White Bear Lake. I'm sure it is beautiful...in July. Our reservation was early and, unfortunately, it was quite chilly in that part... More 

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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

My wife and I had the surf and turf on NYE and it was nothing short of spectacular. The lobster was perfect and the filet was just how I ordered it, med rare. WOW very very nice. We enjoyed a 2007 Cyrus from the Alexander Valley Estates, perfect flavor. Finished with a bundino dessert and a port. Great night with... More 

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Twin Cities
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We met another couple for dinner. It was their recommendation. What a fantastic meal and service. Julia was an awesome server and we found the bartender (after dinner drinks) to be quite witty and fun. Being the other couple had dined there before they had their favorites: the Beet Salad, the three course meal special and a double plate of... More 

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Love this place, great wait staff, great wine and great food. Tasting menu is a great value. Valet parking is free. In good weather there is outdoor seating. This visit was just the two of us but great for a group too. We will be back.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We've been to Acqua more than 10 times. Quite simply, every time, it's been a delight. My husband loves the Ossobuco, but often tries the special of the day. For me, it's a struggle to choose between the Branzino (Chilean Sea Bass) or the Seared Scallops. They have a great selection of desserts, but I wouldn't be able to tell... More 

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Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Acqua was highly recommended by a local business owner. That opinion was was over all true for this solo diner. I had two small plates, a salad & wine. The seared scallops were text book perfect with a wonderful crust and sweet flavor. The surprise was the accompanying creamed corn - so sublime. Certainly it was creamed corn of the... 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

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?