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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 am - 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, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view
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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  • 96
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
"Cozy and Classy"

I like this restaurant as it's close to home yet it stands w/the best that our Twin Cities dining scene has to offer. On this trip my wife and I simply wanted to relax w/drinks and a small side after enjoying a show. We had no reservation but were seated promptly at the bar and ordered after a bit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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North Oaks, Minnesota
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North Oaks, Minnesota
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I like this restaurant as it's close to home yet it stands w/the best that our Twin Cities dining scene has to offer. On this trip my wife and I simply wanted to relax w/drinks and a small side after enjoying a show. We had no reservation but were seated promptly at the bar and ordered after a bit. Our... More 

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Thank shaved1
Minnesota, USA
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love this restaurant for a few reasons. They have a small menu and everything on it is done with care and consideration. One fish: one lamb: one beef entree, etc. The wine menu is chosen with care as well, and the cocktails are hand crafted. I like their outdoor seating on the lake in the summer as well. The... More 

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Thank AlainaMRZ
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I each had the three course meal. The braised pork shank and the salmon were both excellent as were the starter soups and desserts. Definitely would recommend Acqua, especially for a special occasion. It is a small restaraunts with good atmosphere and service.

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Thank Larry W
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, good service, not great dollar value. The upstairs dining room is boring, if you go sit downstairs by the bar for a lake view.

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Thank Rick K
Mankato
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Get a reservation and enjoy. We had the three course meal. Pork shank was unbelievable. My wife says the Salmon was wonderful. Make sure to try the lobster bisque soup. Deserts left our taste buds begging for more. The waiting staff (I think Eric was our primary waiter) was beyond exceptional. We live 90 miles south of this restaurant; but,... More 

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Thank Toddsgang
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

We were celebrating an anniversary so this location was a good choice as it has small rooms and has a romantic feel to it. They were very accommodating as we did not have a reservation. Very good food overall. The 3 course dinner for $40 is a great deal. Lots of options to choose from. I had the butternut squash... More 

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Thank Kelly S
North Oaks
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

The food is great and very high class and innovative. The view of White Bear Lake is wonderful and, when weather allows, a wonderful full service patio is right on the water. The waitstaff is also efficient and personal. We love this place.

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Thank Warren R
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful food and my favorite cocktail in world; Elderflower Martini. Beautiful setting on White Bear Lake.

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Thank Parisdocwb
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

It was early- 5 oclock on a Sunday afternoon and we were the first party seated upstairs in the back room. The music was really loud (had to ask twice to turn it down), but otherwise our experience was wonderful. They were offering several different specials and tasting menus. Almost everyone had something different and all enjoyed their meal.

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Thank Shelley P
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Very good fine dining with great service and atmosphere. Difficult to get to, but well worth the effort.

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Thank Tom M

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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
  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?