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About Aquarium Restaurant - Downtown Denver

Dive into food and fun at the Downtown Aquarium – an underwater adventure! We offer a unique dining experience where you are seated in front of a 150,000 gallon aquarium home to more than 100 species of aquatic life from around the globe. You'll love our mouthwatering menu featuring deliciously fresh seafood, steak, chicken, pasta and decadent desserts. Pay a visit to The Dive Lounge, the perfect setting to unwind with one of our refreshing cocktails. Continue your adventure and explore our Aquarium Adventure Exhibit with over 1,250,000 gallons of water that house over 500 species of marine life, catch a glimpse of the magnificent Sumatran Tigers and immerse yourself in our 4D theater movie experience. Begin your Dining Adventure at Downtown Aquarium today!

700 Water Street
Denver, CO 80211
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 561-4450

Website:
http://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/

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!

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: (303) 561-4459

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Check out our yearly calendar of events on our website to plan your visit! http://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumdenver/calendar.asp#6

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Aquarium Restaurant - Downtown Denver Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

4.3

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4.5

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Kid-friendly (59)
Fun (42)
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Great for Lunch (27)
Scenic View (27)
Casual (27)
Good for a Date (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Worth the Drive (14)
Cozy (12)
Romantic (12)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Authentic (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (5)
People Watching (5)
Seasonal (5)
Waterfront (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Healthy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Business Meals (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 2, 2013

It was great after we got seated. I had a 4:15 reservation walked up at 4 to check in and the lady snapped about coming back at 4:15. Then they seated us 5 minutes later. But other then that the food and the waitress were great! Good view of the aquarium from our seat, even though we sat near the entrance of the restaurant.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 2, 2013

We had a great dinner. The food was good and our waitress was great. We took advantage of the 5280 dinning deal. The food portions were just right and everything tasted great.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 1, 2013

Had a fantastic dinner! Our waitress Jess was awesome! Decided to check it out during 52.80 week but will definately be going back again and will bring friends. Thanks for a great dining experience.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 1, 2013

Everything was great until we got the complimentary glasses home and found they were chipped and unable to be used. We got special drinks in order to have a remembrance of our visit and our remembrance must be thrown away.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 1, 2013

We took part in the Restaurant Week menu offering. The staff was good, however, the service was very slow both in the bar and at the table. It took over 10 minutes at the bar to get one drink and 30 minutes to get an appetizer to us. Our server at the table was good, attentive but not overbearing. Our kids loved the aquarium and we were thankful for the distraction it provided as it took nearly 40 minutes for the food to arrive. The food was a disappointment. The shrimp embrochette was over cooked and lacked flavor. We were expecting much more from a Landry's affiliated restaurant. The aquarium experience was fun but the food was some of the worst we've had. The six adults in our party agreed that none of us will return to this restaurant.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 1, 2013

We went during restaurant week and was surprised to see so many young children running around the restaurant. Our reservation was for 7:30 pm on a Friday night. We could see the fish tank, but our view was constantly obstructed by servers and other patrons in the high traffic area. The calamari was tasteless and the fish greasy. Our server kept forgetting our requests for water. I like the aquarium but not the restaurant.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 1, 2013

Everything was fantastic including our waiter, who was very patient with 4 toddlers. However, the timing of everything was SLOW. And 2 of 7 orders were completely wrong so we did not all eat together. They really needed to staff up for 5280 and clearly did not.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 1, 2013

Went for 5280 week on a Friday night. Very busy evening. The staff did their utmost to keep up and were polite, profesional, and enthusiastic. We went with another couple who had a 2-year old who was thrilled and excited. The food was pretty good, however as someone who lived by the ocean I have had much much better. In short, if you have kids and want a decent seafood meal this could be a good place for you.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 28, 2013

My parents were Stunned at the view. They are habitual Red Lobster fans but loved the food and view more than I can relay. They hate to dribe more than 2 miles nut I'm sure they'll be back again even though it's 10pretty miles away.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 27, 2013

The atmosphere is why you go to the aquarium restaurant...the food is good but way overpriced for the quality and quantity. It was a fun place to experience eating next to the fish tanks...but I don't think we'll be going back anytime soon. I think we could get more, better Seafood at Red Lobster, Pappadeaux, or even Joe's Crab Shack for similar to less money. Also, it was my wife's birthday. The hostess as well as our waiter were aware and they did nothing extra (which good restaurants usually do...whether fancy or not).

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 27, 2013

The fish tank was pretty but they were also cleaning it while we were there so it took away from the atmosphere. The other decor was somewhat cheesy. Great place to bring kids, lots of room for them to run around. We went for 5280, but would not want to go there on any other occasion. I think the food was overpriced for the quality.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 26, 2013

We had been there before. It was a cold, snowy windy night, and there were maybe 7 other tables of customers. The aquarium itself was empty. We said we would like to see the aquarium, and they said it would be 13.99 per person, after we had spent over $150.00 on the so-so dinner. We won't be returning. By the way, the waitress was great.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 26, 2013

It was such a treat to watch all the different fish swim by. We stayed after dinner to try to take pictures of the fish. My mahi mahi was very good. My husband had sirloin, which was tasty but wasn't trimmed and was hard to cut.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 26, 2013

Meh Food was about as expected app was okay sandwiches had soggy bread on the bottom. Certainly more desirable for the atmosphere than the food. Service was adequate the server was friendly and knew how to handle a table with small children. He did take a "smoke break" during our meal and I could smell it on him when he returned with our food eww. But he was very attentive without being obnoxious.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 24, 2013

This restaurant is always fun to take the kids or out of town guests. The floor to ceiling aquarium is nice to look at while you eat. The staff is helpful, but tend to be a bit canned in their aquarium schtick. The food is ok, certainly not upscale. We had requested a table alongside the glass wall when making our reservation 24 hrs before, but were told upon arrival that those tables were taken. This was disappointing.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 23, 2013

I enjoy this very much, food was outstanding!!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 23, 2013

We were not impressed what so ever. The dining portion was fairly empty and yet we couldn't sit next to the fish tank - even thought multiple parties came in after us and asked to sit next to the tank and they were able to. The food is extremely pricey for the quality. We got the Caesar salads to start which was okay (a little too much dressing) but the portion size was large. I got the eggplant paramasean which had absolutely no egg plant - it said lightly crusted but it was pretty much all bread. I don't mean to be harsh but even with the $52.80 we spent $100 (we got 4 drinks) and I would rather have eaten at Olive Garden. The highlight of the meal was the Creme Brûlée. We will not be eating here again.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 23, 2013

The Aquarium Restaurant was enjoyable. I underestimated how many kids would be there. It was not a bad thing per se, but it was not what I had pictured. However, we had a seat right next to the actualy aquarium wall which was really cool.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 23, 2013

felt like a Chuckie Cheese--tacky atmosphere but the food was very good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 23, 2013

this was our first visit to this restaurant and frankly, we were disappointed. the menu did not seem to match the atmosphere. it seems more like they should be serving burgers and fish and chip baskets rather than trying to be a fine dining establishment. this restaurant is confused. while kid-friendly, they either need to focus on being family oriented (mermaids and such) or focus on the food and atmosphere as being something finer than what it is currently. it was decent, but had it not been for the restaurant week menu and pricing, it would have been over priced.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 23, 2013

We, a group of 6 adults, were all surprised at how tasty the food was. It was a 5280 special and they did a good job.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 23, 2013

My husband had the Macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi, the portion size was quite small although the fish was very good. I had the Bacon wrapped grilled Shrimp, the portion size was good but the shrimp was tough and over cooked. The service was terrible. We sat at the table for a long period of time before being acknowledged by the waitstaff. At one point I gave up on the waiter and ask another person for some help and she said she would get the waiter ( I was asking for a box to go). We waited 10 minutes for him to pick up the check. Originally, I wanted a 6 pm table time and there was none available. My reservation was at 4:30. There were several empty tables at 6. The restaraunt was clean and it had a nice atmospher

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 23, 2013

We ate here for our wedding anniversary. It was wonderful...romantic and fun and our waitress was great!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 23, 2013

Most of the food was excellent but there where a couple of food items that was so so. We still really enjoyed dinning there and eating the food :)

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 21, 2013

Fun place to go. Food is okay and very over priced.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 20, 2013

Great service and food and staff.
Asked for special accommodations and were given without asking again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 18, 2013

We could not have picked a better anniversary spot. The aquarium itself was spectacular, and since it was a weeknight the crowds were not terrible. We were not able to see the mermaid show because it was President's Day - this was a disappointment, but it made sense and the rest of the experience easily made up for it. We finished our tour of the aquarium a bit earlier than we expected, and they had no problem moving up our reservation. As many others have said, be sure to ask to sit in the Water Room if you are on a date - it is much quieter and more romantic than the main restaurant, and you have an excellent and private view of the tank. Food was amazing (glad they had options besides seafood!) and the service was friendly. We recommend!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 18, 2013

We had reservations and we were seated promptly. The menu was very reasonably priced and the food was delicious.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 18, 2013

Our lunch was very good....we had 6 children. It was especially helpful that we could make reservations.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 18, 2013

Food was very good. Very kid friendly which is obviously important after a long day traveling through the Aquarium. Nice that they have the entertainment (the mermaids and the fish tanks). The noise level was also good. It was great to have the reservations and not have to wait in line as they were telling others the wait time was up to 45 minutes!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 17, 2013

The place is incredible. The food is excelent! but the service specially can do some training how to be more friendly and show the costumer it will be a wonderful evening. it was a surprise birthday gift for my husband and when we got there to check in the front desk lady is a snob and with attitude like why we are there..They should hire someone willing to put a happy friendly face whatever their issueis. for like us that is first time customer, our first impression is poor. Yes i will recommend the place maybe for food but if their customer service is like that , prolly not. people go there to have fun, enjoy a meal after a long day of adventure ,. so snobby and attitude towards customer is not acceptable.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 17, 2013

The food was not that great considering the price but the view was nice.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 16, 2013

Great food, and always a great view at the aquarium. Genuinely friendly servers. Macadamia-crusted trout and blackened salmon were delicious and tasted very fresh.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 15, 2013

Very good for special occasions.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 15, 2013

I am a member of your Select Club and purchased Valentines Day dinner package for my two nephews with their wife and fiance. ($240+) They enjoyed dinner and were seated next to aquarium. Part of the package purchased was to include a photo; however, they were not given opportunity to take their photos. They were disappointed; and it would have made a nice memory. They did enjoy their seating, however, and the overall experience was nice.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 15, 2013

The restaurant was very accomodating when we wanted to be seated 1/2 hour early from our scheduled reservation time. Our choice of table was great... right by the tank and the mermaid show. Food was excellent quality and taste. Would definitely recommend.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 15, 2013

I loved the ambience of the place, but the service was extremely slow. we got sat at 12 and didn't leave until 2, with 3 children it made it hard. Drinks and food took a lifetime to arrive. The food was mediocre at best, but the aquarium views and catching up with old friends made it worth it, but the service was terrible. Our server was training so one would think that the service would be spot on, so not the case. We asked for our check. After about 8 minutes our server finally came back with our souvenir glasses, but NO check. I had texted my husband saying we were getting our check and going into the aquarium. It was 45 minutes later that we finally got our checks and paid. I would give it another try and hope for faster service.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 14, 2013

Valentine's dinner was very romantic. The menu was great. Everyone was very friendly.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 14, 2013

Had a wonderful experience and loved to walk through the aquarium as well.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2013

I did see a couple get turned away. It was 3:00 on Valentine's Day. I realize it is a busy night but the restaurant was very quiet the entire hour and a half we were there. However, the manager said they would not seat them without a reservation. They could have eaten and been out before the crowd came. When we were there, maybe 5 tables were filled. I felt bad for them. You might have lost potential future customers.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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