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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%
Travelers talk about
“fish and chips” (17 reviews)
“trout” (2 reviews)
“clam chowder” (11 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
886 Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA 93940-1023
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Reviewed yesterday 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

Thank WineEng
Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank CrisKo5
MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Terri O
MBARestaurant, Public Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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 August 2, 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

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

Thank gemonthego
MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 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 June 18, 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

Thank Mike M
MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 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 June 17, 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

Thank Don9992
MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 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 May 25, 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

Thank traveller154910
MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 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 May 13, 2018

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

Thank triplejg
MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 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

Reviewed April 11, 2018

I suggest you go into this restaurant with an open mind to try something new. It has some unfamiliar things on the menu which are worth the try. Both of us had seafood dishes we really liked. Taking kids here is probably a waste, use...More

Thank DERTUR
MBARestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2018

Dertur, Thank you for your recent visit and review of the Restaurant. We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal. We take pride in our seasonal and organic menu which highlights producers in the Monterey Bay region, as well as seafood that follows the...More

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triplejg
April 9, 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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Bruddah D
February 5, 2018|
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Response from MBARestaurant | Property representative |
Hi Bruddah, I apologize for the late reply. We do not have a public space that is available for daytime meetings. If you are interested in an event after hours please call the Event Sales Department at 831-648-4928. Have... More
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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
Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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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