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The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant

886 Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA 93940-1023
+1 831-648-4800
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Overview
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good38%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“fish and chips” (17 reviews)
“trout” (2 reviews)
“caesar salad” (6 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
€€ - €€€
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886 Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA 93940-1023
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Reviewed 23 October 2018

You can't sit outside as the aquarium is eco-friendly and restricting any eating indoors: tables are cleared and cleaned immediately, there's a good selection of tasty meals and snacks and everything is fresh. Not cheap but we enjoyed the tacos and coffee.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Cathy S
MBARestaurant, Public Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2018

Cathy, Thank you for visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and leaving a review on your dining experience. We are very glad that you enjoyed your meal while also enjoying our views. We take pride in our sustainable and organic menu which highlights producers in the...More

Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Rather than do the cattle thing in the cafeteria, pay a tiny bit more and have a nice sit down dinner in a private dining area with table service and fabulous views. Service is excellent, the food pretty good, and the views outstanding. They even...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank WineEng
MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

WineEng, Thank you for your visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Restaurant. We are so glad that you enjoyed the service and food while also enjoying our views. We take pride in our sustainable and organic menu which highlights producers in the Monterey Bay...More

Reviewed 16 September 2018

Worth the splurge! Book your table at the sit dfor en restaurant at the aquarium to break up your visit. Relax and enjoy!More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank CrisKo5
MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2018

CrisKo5, Thank you for your review. We are very glad that you enjoyed your meal while also enjoying the views! We take pride in our sustainable and organic menu which highlights producers in the Monterey Bay region and Central California, as well as seafood that...More

Reviewed 26 August 2018

They had great breakfast burritos and much appreciated coffee. There were tables looking out on the bay. A little expensive for a family attraction, but worth not having to leave.More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Terri O
MBARestaurant, Public Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

Terri, Thank you for your review. It sounds like you ate in the Cafe and we are very glad that you enjoyed your meal while also enjoying the views! We take pride in our sustainable and organic menu which highlights producers in the Monterey Bay...More

Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

The choice in this restaurant is great. The usual free refills apply and the range of food from fresh salads to pizza to grill to sandwiches and of course cookies and puddings is very good. It’s always busy but somehow you get through quickly. The...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank JILLOLAI
MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2018

JILLOLAI, Thank you for your review of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Cafe. I am so glad that you found the choice of items to your liking. Next time I hope you are able to dine in our full service restaurant. The menus feature sustainable and...More

Reviewed 3 July 2018

This aquarium is outstanding. Lots of sea life to view, interactive play areas for children and a nice show/play of the history of Monterey. My 6 year old son loves watching Octonauts (children's show about sea life and sea creatures) and was able to recognize...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank gemonthego
MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Gemonthego, I am so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. On your next visit I hope you are able to dine in our Restaurant. The menu features sustainable and organic items which highlight producers in the Monterey Bay region and...More

Reviewed 18 June 2018

If you want to sit down to eat and be waited on, this is the place inside the aquarium. The menu is a little limited but we found enough to make us happy.More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Mike M
MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Thank you for visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Restaurant. We are very glad that you enjoyed your meal while you were also enjoying our views! We take pride in our sustainable and organic menu which highlights producers in Monterey Bay region and Central...More

Reviewed 17 June 2018

Outstanding, high-quality food with great wine and beer lists. The meal comes with lessons on sustainability of the sea's food supply but there's nothing wrong with that.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2018

Thank you for visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and leaving a review of your dining experience. We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal and that the beverage selection met your expectations. We take pride in our sustainable and organic menu which highlights producers...More

Reviewed 25 May 2018

Lovely food - the menu is a bit esoteric, but even my picky son managed to find something he liked with the crispy chicken sandwich. The view was fabulous - the mussels were delicious & the clam chowder was some of the best I've ever...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank traveller154910
MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Traveller154910, Thank you for visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and leaving a review on your dining experience at the Restaurant! We are very glad that you enjoyed your meals while also enjoying our views! We take pride in our sustainable and organic menuu which highlights...More

Reviewed 13 May 2018

Great views of Monterey Bay, away from the crowds at the aquarium. Definitely make reservations, fairly priced, but not cheap.More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank triplejg
MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Triplejg, Thank you for your visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your meal while also enjoying the views! Right now is a perfect time of year to see dolphins and humpback whales and we hope...More

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Questions & Answers
helmerphud
30 September 2018|
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Response from MBARestaurant | Property representative |
Helmerphud, Thank you for your question. The Monterey Bay Aquarium does not have any public parking. City or private parking lots are close by. I would recommend visiting The City of Monterey's website for more information... More
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helmerphud
29 September 2018|
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Response from MBARestaurant | Property representative |
Helmerphud, Thank you for your question. The entire Aquarium is wheelchair accessible, including the Restaurant. We only accept same day reservations. We hope you enjoy your visit!
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triplejg
10 April 2018|
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Response from MBARestaurant | Property representative |
Triplejg, Thank you for your question. Guests wishing to visit the Restaurant will need to purchase admission tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium as there is not a separate entrance or exit. We hope you enjoy your visit!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 15:00
Monday
11:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 15:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 15:00
Thursday
11:00 - 15:00
Friday
11:00 - 15:00
Saturday
11:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA 93940-1023
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-648-4800
Description
Relax in our beautiful restaurant with spectacular ocean views. It's the perfect spot to sip a glass of wine and savor inspired seasonal dishes with selections such as Roasted Trout and Crispy Chicken sandwich. Please note seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis and guests must purchase admission tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to enter the Restaurant.
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