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All reviews fish and chips roasted cauliflower salad sit down restaurant monterey bay window seat great view sea lions binoculars wildlife kelp seal ocean
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Reviewed March 1, 2020

My husband and I booked a reservation at the restaurant for their Members Night. We had originally wanted 6:15, but settled for 6:30 since the member night began at 7:00. We had never had dinner at the aquarium despite being charter members since 1984! We...were not disappointed! The service, the ambiance and the food were wonderful! We enjoyed our dinner surrounded by the sights of the Monterey Bay. My husband order the I possible Burger, a plant based burger. He said it was delicious! I ordered the poke bowl, which reminded me of our days on Maui. Our service was quick, efficient and friendly. We had a wonderful dinner in the aquarium! We will return!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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MBARestaurant, Other at Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2020

Thank you for your recent visit and for being Members! We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal. We take pride in our local and organic menu that changes with the seasons. The next Member Night is on March 21 and we hope to...More

Reviewed February 26, 2020

If you are spending a long day at the aquarium, this is just the place to go for some relative quiet and a wonderful view of the bay. Even better if you get a window seat but all seats have a view because it's a...small dining area with windows on 2 sides. Why haven't I mentioned the food? Because I hardly remember what I ate. Nothing remarkable.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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MBARestaurant, Public Relations Manager at Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2020

Thank you for your review and visit. We are sorry that your meal was disappointing - that is certainly not something that we like to hear! Our menu is seasonal and changes throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming you back in the spring...More

Reviewed January 5, 2020

The best meal I had in Monterey Bay! This is at the sit-down restaurant, not the cafe. The gluten free items are clearly marked, and although my server did not seem sure when i asked about the starch choices with the main dishes, she checked...on them with the kitchen for us. I had salmon poke and also the deviled eggs. The food was flavorful, healthy and interesting. Getting to watch sea otters, sea lions, and a diving seal was just extra (and gluten free as well)!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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MBARestaurant, Owner at Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2020

Thank you for visiting the Aquarium and leaving a review of your dining experience at the Restaurant. We are so glad that you enjoyed the made-without-gluten menu as well as the views! We take pride in our seasonal and organic menu that highlights producers in...More

Reviewed November 30, 2019

Wide choice of food, good salads. friendly staff. Lovely views of the bay. Suitable for a coffee only or full meal

Date of visit: November 2019
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MBARestaurant, Owner at Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 20, 2019

Thank you for your recent visit and your comments. We take pride in our sustainable and organic menu that features seafood that follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Reviewed November 28, 2019

East-West fusion cuisine. Reservations are a must. Wine menu is just ok. Very friendly staff. A great way to stare out at the bay and enjoy your lunch.

Date of visit: November 2019
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MBARestaurant, Owner at Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 20, 2019

Thank you for your recent visit and your comments. We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal while also enjoying the views of the Bay. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Reviewed November 22, 2019 via mobile

After being seated at a table with a view of pigeon's and piles of pigeon excrement we quickly lost our appetite and asked to be seated in a different location. Our server became irritated at our request and kept coming back to our table to...demand we give him our order and stay put. We proceed to give him out drink order and tell him that we will wait for a different table to become available. He proceeded to argue with us and act agressive. So we paid for our drinks and left to dine at the neighoring ocean view restaurant where we had an amazing meal along with an even more spectacular panoramic ocean view. We will NEVER come back to the Monterey Bay Aquariums restaurant ever again. Worst experience ever!!!!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2019

Thank you for visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and for leaving a review of your time in The Restaurant. The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean and we strive to share that message by providing a positive memorable...More

Reviewed September 26, 2019

All of the aquarium is a must see. From the outdoor ventures with binoculars you can see sea lions and otters in the kelp. Multiple outdoor viewing decks on various levels are a must. Staff knowledgeable and answers any questions. Exhibits are spread through out...the aquarium on different floors and by type of marine life. The jelly fish exhibit is so special and vidid you have to see it. We were there for 6 hours. Time was taken by the otter feeding, educational lectures in the auditorium too. We had a pepperoni pizza and pretty good too, good casual restaurant overlooking the Bay. Also, great science lesson of the marine life and how we effect it.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2019

Thank you for visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and leaving a review of your dining experience at the Restaurant. Our chefs would like to thank you for your comments on the menu items. We take pride in our seasonal and organic menu which highlights producers...More

Reviewed September 23, 2019

The diner at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is quite nice and has a good selection to choose from. We were able to get a fresh caprese sandwich, which was delicious. Seating is also good because the view is out over the bayMore

Date of visit: September 2019
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MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2019

Thank you for visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and leaving a review of your dining experience at the Restaurant. Our chefs would like to thank you for your comments on the menu items. We take pride in our seasonal and organic menu which highlights producers...More

Reviewed May 26, 2019

I have been to this sit down restaurant many times over the years. This time I found the food to be not as good as I remembered.. While the view is spectacular and service adequate, the menu selection was somewhat limited. I ordered a salad...with beets and mandarins since their fish selection was very limited. The chopped beets in the salad might of been from a can - not sure, but overall the salad was not what I was expecting.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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MBARestaurant, Public Relations Manager at Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2019

Thank you for your recent visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and leaving a review of the Restaurant. While we are happy to hear you enjoyed the view and service we are disappointed to hear that you did not find your salad to be satisfactory....More

Reviewed April 13, 2019

We loved being able to look out with the provided binoculars and watch the animals on the rocks and in the ocean right below the restaurant. But the food was less than thrilling. Best thing we got was the fish and chips. Pad Thai was...ok but lacked a bit of oomph. Roasted cauliflower had a strange and somewhat gooey sauce. It is more relaxing than trying to eat at the cafe which was very crowded. But much more expensive and IMO not worth the price.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2019

Tracy K, Thank you for your recent visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and leaving a review of your dining experience at The Restaurant. We are so glad that you enjoyed the views of Monterey Bay! We take pride in our sustainable and organic menu...More

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helmerphud
September 29, 2018|
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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
September 28, 2018|
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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
April 9, 2018|
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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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