Aquarium Restaurant - Downtown Denver
Aquarium Restaurant - Downtown Denver

Aquarium Restaurant - Downtown Denver

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 3035614450
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: James Roller
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties are welcome & can reserve our Nautilus Ballroom, special picnic area, Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge & Exhibit areas for your functions.
  • Private Party Contact: Sales Department 3035614459
  • Entertainment: Aquarium Adventure Exhibit is over one million gallons of family fun! Discover how much fun & mystery lurks in the depths of our planet's aquatic systems. Observe swimming tigers & a variety of aquatic life such as sharks, otters & a vast array of fish from all water around the world. Don't miss out on the opportunity to Snorkel or Dive with the fish & sharks!
    Call or visit our website to see the latest events & festivals being held on the weekends. There's always fun & adventure at the Downtown Aquarium!

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Aquarium Restaurant - Downtown Denver
Dive into food & fun at the Downtown Aquarium – an underwater adventure! We offer a unique dining experience where you are seated in front of 150,000 gallon aquarium centerpiece tank as you dine amongst the fish & coral. You'll love our mouthwatering menu items such as Grilled Mahi & Shrimp, Macadamia Crusted Trout, Bayou Shrimp Pasta, Fried & Broiled Seafood Platters, Sauteed Snapper, Stuffed Flounder, plus Beef, Chicken, Pasta dishes & delectable desserts. Before or after dinner, you can also enjoy cocktails, like our Redfish Rita, in our eclectic Dive Lounge. Continue your adventure & explore our Aquarium Adventure Exhibit with over 1,250,000 gallons of water that house over 500 species of marine life. Sumatran Tigers, Sand Tiger Sharks, Otters, Stingrays, Giant Pacific Octopus, Jellyfish, Sea Turtles, Barracuda & other fascinating sea creatures await. Begin your Dining Adventure at Downtown Aquarium today!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Aquarium Restaurant - Downtown Denver reviews from OpenTable diners
213 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (164)special occasion (106)scenic view (103)great for lunch (66)good for groups (57)romantic (32)great for brunch (24)fit for foodies (24)neighborhood gem (12)hot spot (10)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (7)notable wine list (5)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • Aquarium
    sluna15
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Being My First time going to the aquarium it was amazing I liked the mermaids and the fishes.I will totally come back to eat and to see the Exibit.But My Parents loved it because it was Theyre anniversary and I took them there since they like the sea and they were so happy but I loved it but I recommend this more for like families that have kids they will enjoy it but if you go you will enjoy it especially the desserts
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food, meh. Environment, wonderful!
    dmor
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Don't come here for the food, but your kids will absolutely LOVE it!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pease
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Great customer service. Nice and hellpfull personal
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    It is beautiful arrangement for dinners and parties! I would like to be back and will recommend ither people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not our best experience.
    Jazzerkelly
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had dined at the Aquarium many times before with no problems. This time was completely awful. Our server was as sweet as could be but he seemed to be lost in what he was doing. We had to ask multiple times for the same thing and noticed the tables next to us were doing the same. It seemed the menu had gotten smaller with a lot let choices. What we did choose was not good. One would not expect a chicken breast sandwich to be diced up chicken on a bun. The chicken tortilla rollup was pretty much just the tortilla. And the lobster tower was nothing special (and definitely not worth the price). Overall, it was not a good dining experience and we do not plan on returning to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Experience
    WadeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Good food and superior service, for a special birthday occasion.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I found the service to be the Achilles heel of this restaurant. While the fish tacos I got and the tilapia my date got were good, the sides were not good. My rice was hard, and when I pointed this out it took 10 minutes for the waitress to offer a replacement. When I did ask for green beans she came back from the kitchen, said they didn't have green beans, and took it upon herself to give me an alternate side I did not ask for. The beans also seemed like they were from a can. Also, it took 10 minutes to put in a drink order and overall the service was sub-par for a restaurant with the type of menu they have. I got the impression that management sits in a room and gives orders. The scenery is very fun.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful ambiance/ slow kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We enjoyed the setting but waited nearly 45 minutes to be served. We had 3 young children and 7 adults. The wait tarnished our dining experience. The food was good but some of our food was missing the ingredients advertised on the menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic dinner.
    DigitalMonster
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My wife and I were in town for our honeymoon. We decided to give the Aquarium restaurant a try. The atmosphere was wonderful. We were seated in front of the giant aquarium where we enjoyed a great view of the fish that lived in it. The service from our waiter was excellent. The food was delicious. The only complaint we had was that the food was overpriced. The quantity/quality of the food did not match the prices that they were sold for. Other than that, we had a great experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Shari
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great staff & food, rude guests
    bethh
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I made reservations so we would be able to watch the mermaid show, it was perfect we were seated right next to one of the main windows. During the show we had people surrounding our table, which made it very uncomfortable for us. I understand that kids and parents want to see the show, but be curtious to people around you. Our food was already on our table. After the show, while we're eating, we were asked by a family and staff to move so a family could take a picture in front of the aquarium window where our table was. My daughter had to stop eating and stand up and move until that family was done taking their pictures, before she could finish her meal. It would be nice if the resturant would keep things like this from happening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere BUT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The atmosphere is great but the food and service was very dissapointing..... We waited 10 minutes before our drink orders were taken, we didn't get the bread and butter until the meals were already brought out, no silverware was on the table. My husbands meal was cold and had to be sent back, so by the time he received his new meal I was already done eating. We had to flag other servers, etc. down to get refills and pay our tab. The manager did take off my husband's meal and gave us passes to the exhibit, so we appreciated that, but we were very dissapointed with the experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • thank you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Thanks Aquarium for treating my family with such great service. My girls loved it. It was our first time eating at your restaurant. Our food was phenomenal. Food came out fast and waitress was super.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for kids.
    MermaidDad
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We called two weeks prior to our reservation to ask for a tank side table for the mermaid show. We were told no other reservations had been made so this wouldn't be a problem. Upon arrival however we weren't seated tank side, and were told all those tables were taken. Our waitress did a great job. However, my sons dish (mac n cheese) didn't arrive with our order and had to be brought later. My wife enjoyed her coconut shrimp a lot. I ordered a cheeseburger with fries. I asked for it medium, but it was overcooked. It was a preformed patty and wasn't very tasty anyway. Since I had promised my daughter I'd take her to a meet and great I didn't have time to send it back. My daughter loved the mermaids so I can't be upset.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • justin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Justin was an excellent server, he made certain that my fiance's birthday was nice and smooth. great recommendations and great personality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Time!
    ahads
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I had a great experience at The Aquarium Restaurant. Our food was excellent and you definitely get your money's worth with the portion sizes. Also, our server was very kind and attentive. We will recommend not only the restaurant, but the aquarium, overall.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Johnson's
    Rancher
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We only had dessert. Orders three 2 came out and last one we were told would take 4-5 mins. 15 mins later it came. Now, they did bring a dessert on the house. Had to ask for refills on drinks. Server was friendly. Overheard 2 other table with complaints, both on there food. I read the reviews prior to going, very happy I did not spend the money for a full meal but I wanted the children to experience the setting. 3 desserts and water was over $50.00.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and good food
    FoodieSMY
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was a first time visit to the restaurant and we were pleasantly surprised. The food was good and watching the fish in the tank is really fun! We also got to see the mermaid show which was nice also.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We decided to try dining here for the experience. We were very pleasantly surprised how wonderful the food and wine lists were and will recommend this to all!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We really enjoyed our lunch. Pew had grilled captains platter, which was our favorite item, fish and chips, tilapia with shrimp kabobs, fish and chips, pasta salad, and seafood gumbo. The only item we didn't care for was the gumbo, which was mostly rice and was not seasoned very well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mikeconnie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Everything was great--- except-- even though the waiter was n ice he seemed tierd and didnt quite ask if we wanted drink refills..also my plate was later than the rest of the tables.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Was ok. Was disappointed overall. Bass Pro Shop has a nicer & better view. Food was good but very over priced for small view of Aq. Would not reccomened for an evening dinner out.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun, but excruciatingly slow
    Nicster
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We really like going to the aquarium, but it never fails: the service is sooooo slow! The waiter was very nice, but it took us 2.5 hours for dinner. We keep going back for the setting, with the hopes of the service improving, to no avail. Food is decent. A bit expensive, but the atmosphere is what you are truly paying for.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for kids but over-priced
    BringinHomeTheBacon
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We enjoyed the kid atmosphere and $1.99 Friday night kids meals but the adult meals weren't very good and over-priced. They are a tourist trap trying to charge ridiculous amounts for alcohol and nickel & dimming you for every upsell they can. Our bill was extremely high for disappointing food. Might try it for lunch just because the kids enjoyed it so much.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for the mermaid show
    mags
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We only went to the aquarium resaurant because our granddaughter wanted to see the mermaid show. We asked for a seat that would give us a good vantage point and they gave us a great table. Unfortunately, the show only lasted 8 minutes and there were so many children standing against the glass right in front of our table that we were almost crowded out. Thankfully I had my gd standing near me by the glass, so she did get to see the short show. She was very happy! The food was good, the prices reasonable, and the decor very appropriate for the aquarium. Our waiter, Richard, was excellent! Overall we had a very good time there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for kids!!
    Idaho5
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Employee knowledge of the fish is very knowledgable:-) great entertainment for children
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool Atmosphere
    DEEMVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The huge aquarium and vibe was neat but the food was mediocre.. A sweet place for a change of scenery and to take the family.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kid-friendly with 5 star entrees
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The decor at the restaurant was interesting and fun. It was nice to be able to watch the fish swim by as your eating dinner. Lots of families with children and couples without children as well. Food quality was great - steak was cooked perfectly, green beans were tasty, and the calamari is awesome. The creme brulee was not a "real" creme brulee and tasted more like a pudding and something made out of a box (pre-packaged). Service was attentive and food time was appropriate.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • At least once
    Berta
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This is a nice restaurant for the family. The atmosphere is great for kids - they have live mermaids come into the aquarium tank every so often and the kids are thrilled. The fish are lovely to watch. It's a bit pricey, but the portions are huge. I'd be happier if I ordered some kind of grilled fish because what I ordered was very rich and deep fried. Had a great waitress, very friendly. Overall a good experience that should be tried at least once.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SPECIFIC SPECIAL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    No .other place like it. Fantastic aquarium and the mermaids were an additional plus. Food was above and beyond. Hard to find a better place to take your children. We are an older couple dining alone sitting next to the aquarium so when the mermaids started swimming and the parents le their kids run loose up to the aquarium class susrronding our table while we were eating it wasn't so great. We have children and grandchildren so we are children tolerant. This was just to much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good 1st impression
    Sharondines
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Parked at the lot across the street , were told the fee was $7 which would be returned after we provided our dinner receipt with ticket. Of course, the parking attendent closed up when we were done with dinner. Later found out our friends that we dined with were not charged for parking in the same lot. Maybe we just looked like suckers. Restaurant was beautiful, waiters were good. I ordered the Shrimp Fresca with shrimp and crab. when my dish arrived the crab was not in the dish at all, instead I got Shrimp, tasteless pasta with a piece of plastic in it. I did let the waiter know and it was taken off our bill. Too bad, it was a beautiful restaurant anyway.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blah
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I looked ahead of time at the menu to make sure that my brother, who was joining us, could afford it, turns out it was the during the week lunch menu that was on the website and the weekend lunch menu was minimum $16 a plate. The food was really not good at all on top of being extremely over priced. I also made reservations ahead of time with notes asking to be close to the tank and with a high chair. When we got there the hostess was rude and said that the tables that were next to the tank were for other people. I had to argue with her and finally got her to let us sit next to the tank. The server was extremely nice and polite, the highlight to the visit. I dont think I will be going back to eat however, any time soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor food in a fun place for kids
    Busymama
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food in this place is terrible. Awful. But, one wall is a giant fish tank so the kids love it. I've been there twice now. The first time the service was decent, the second time it was as bad as the food. But, the kids had a ball. They are begging to go back. Kids don't really care about food quality or the ridiculous amount of money they charge for bad food. If you don't have kids, I wouldn't waste my time. It's noisy, the food is bad and it's over priced. If you do have kids, it's probably worth a stop once just so you can be the hero for letting them dine with fish. But, this was our last time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Husbands 75th Birthday Party
    LeeBirthday
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We were a group of 12 people. We had very good service. We sat next to the fish so the children with us were very entertained seeing them swim around. The food was very good. We would go back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK food, great atmosphere
    CindyL
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food is just ok, but the fish tanks are spectacular. This is a great dining choice for kids who like to look at fish. They had both big game fish and tropical fish. The waiter encouraged the children to get up, walk around, and see the different types of fish. The food was basic American. Nothing special. The prices were fair considering the maintenance of the tanks.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful experience
    Ladyred
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My little girl and I enjoyed ourselves so much. She's still talking about the mermaids. The food was fabulous! Waiter was very attentive & friendly. Thank you for making our first time not be our last!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The service was very poor. We waited 15 mins to be greeted, and another 20-25 mins to get back to us with drinks. The restaurant was not busy either so I do not see an excuse. I would love to come back with better service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service with mediocre food
    Jdogbarkn2
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We sat at our table for almost 5 mins. before being greeted. We were told the specials, then the server left without asking if we wanted any drinks. He came back about 3 mins. later to take our drink order. He dropped off our drinks a few mins. later and left again without asking if we were ready to order. About 5 mins. passed and he came back to take our food order. We enjoyed watching the fish while waiting for our food. The food came out and it seemed to not be very hot or cooked enough. One of the dishes had bacon wrapped shrimp with cheese and jalapenos and the cheese was still a solid brick. Only a few bites in our server comes back with dessert tray. A little later a hostess noticed we needed refills and came by to help us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Good Food But Slow
    amberlinap
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a party of 10, including 2 toddlers. Maybe our waitress was new? She didn't know the prices, couldn't answer about dishes, and had never opened a bottle of wine. We were the first. For the price ($100 for 3 meals, 2 appetizers, and 2 desserts) some of our party seemed offended that she wasn't more "with it". For example, we had no silverware and no plates for appetizers, two dinners were brought out completely cold (not on purpose) and the bills were messed up. That being said, the food was excellent, delicious! The kids loved the mermaid show in the dining room (tables adjacent to a HUGE fish tank), and the waitress was stellar under pressure. She handled our "picky" folks with care and tact. We loved it, despite the hiccups.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Under the Sea fun
    YoungFamily
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    If you time it just right, you and your family can enjoy watching as mermaids swim by while you eat you meals. The prices are comparable, the service professional, and the atmosphere utterly enchanting. It is the perfect place to take the whole family out to enjoy a nice meal. The kids are sure to jump with glee as fish, mermaids, and divers swim by. Be sure to get a table ahead of time, as it will cut the wait down. One bonus to this restaurant is that they give you little devices that will work throughout the entire aquarium, so you don't have to worry about staying close to the receptionists desk. ;)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate