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“Great atmosphere here, food is mediocre, overall great hang out” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Aquarium Restaurant

Aquarium Restaurant
410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002-1510 (Downtown)
(713) 223-3474
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Ranked #371 of 7,487 Restaurants in Houston
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
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“Great atmosphere here, food is mediocre, overall great hang out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2008

Great atmosphere here, food is mediocre, overall great hang out

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“WAAAAYYY overpriced. The tank is a great environment for dinner though.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2008

WAAAAYYY overpriced. The tank is a great environment for dinner though.

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“Never been able to go :(”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2008

Never been able to go :(

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“Good food but pricey. You pay for the atmosphere not the food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2008

Good food but pricey. You pay for the atmosphere not the food

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“Good for kids but very expensive”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2008

This is a unique restaurant in downtown Houston. It is more of a carnival attraction than fine dining. The restaurant is part of large aquatic themed "experience" that includes an outside theme park complete with Ferris wheel. It is very expensive. The self-parking alone was $6--and you didn't get any cut in price by eating at the restaurant. The restaurant is really pretty cheesy--the walls are made to look like an undersea grotto with little fish hanging from the ceiling. The lighting is dark and moody. The room centers on an enormous aquarium that is fun to look at while you dine.

The entire feeling is of a children's museum. There were plenty of families with young children there the evening we visited. But the family-friendly attitude stops with the prices. There wasn't a meal for under $25 and the appetizers all were about $10. I think that's too much to sit in a dark "underwater" cave.

Worst of all, I thought the food was bad to average. Very heavy, lots of fried and creamy food. I picked the sea bass, which is probably the lightest item on the menu. It was truely horrible. Swimming in an odd broth that was extremely salty.

Service was very, very slow. The group next to us was celebrating a birthday (the birthday girl was wearing a crown) and they were ignored for about 20 minutes before they even got their water.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend this to any of my friends except rich ones with kids to entertain.

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