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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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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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  • 13
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  • 6
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  • 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
Fabulous! Just Fabulous!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
Bockenbuddygirl
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Oakdale, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
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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East Greenbush, New York
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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Additional Information about Acqua Restaurant & Wine Bar

Address: 4453 Lake Ave S, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phone Number: (651) 507-7317
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  White Bear Lake
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
Average Prices: USD 16 - 24
Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?