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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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  • 85
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    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
Great for a private party or special occassion - or just a night out.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
karcha2001
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Minneapolis, MN
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Minneapolis, MN
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 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 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
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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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
10 helpful votes 10 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
19 helpful votes 19 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
Senior Reviewer
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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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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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?