Downtown Aquarium

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Dive into food and fun at the Downtown Aquarium – an underwater adventure! Enjoy our one-of-a-kind Aquarium Restaurant and make a splash with deliciously fresh seafood, steak, chicken, pasta and decadent desserts all served in a spectacular underwater setting. You'll be seated around an elaborate 150,000 gallon aquarium home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. 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, touch and feed deep-water dwellers at Stingray Reef, catch a glimpse of the magnificent White Tigers of the Maharaja's Temple and play the day away with exciting midway games and amusement rides. Begin your Dining Adventure at Downtown Aquarium today!
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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service was excellent. Food was great. Wish they would have placed us in a more quiet area. Placing adults only party with parties with kids when there were plenty of tables isn’t the most pleasant experience. There is nothing wrong with kids being present but when you are trying to have a romantic dinner, being placed between several tables with kids when there were other tables available is not the most logical. Aside from that, the food really was excellent as well as the attentiveness of the waiter.

AR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst service ever, took 18 minutes to get a server. Than it took 25 minutes to get one glass of wine; overall wouldn’t recommend as the wait time is ridiculous ESPECIALLY when there were only 7 other families there. Very slow.

ES
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went to celebrate a belated Valentines. Food was excellent with new items on the menu that provided additional choices/tastes. There was an issue with cleanliness. Previous diners had left a lot of spilled food on the surrounding floor. Staff quickly removed when we advised and apologized.

KB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It wasn't a bad experience, just not what I was expecting. Fish tank is cool, but it's just one tank in the middle. For the $120 we spent, I wouldn't do it a second time. My husband had the gator tacos- and loved them. I had fettuccini and it was just ok. My kids could have split their meals! I can't say anything BAD about the experience, just wouldn't go a second time for the amount spent.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Took a day trip to the aquarium. The restaurant ambiance is amazing! The service was good and the staff were very polite.

TJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is breathtakingly beautiful and made my Valentine's day dinner the best.

JR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I made reservations a week early, still had to wait a half hour. Our waiter was slow and lazy. No straws, no plates for our bread, or for our appetizers. The food is ok. The presentation of the plate could be better appealing. I think it's just overrated.

N
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Gorgeous as always! I just wish they would have had our appetizer out before our food.

AA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great food and drinks. Worth the money and price.

TR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Took a long time to get service. Then placed drink order. No utensils at table when appetizer delivered and took another 20 mins to come back for entree order. Forgot 1 of 3 entrees 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 1 year anniversary and it was so great i had put special occasion on open table and when we got there the staff said happy 1 year it was so cute and sweet that they said that!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, maybe a tad pricey but atmosphere was excellent so that makes up for it. Service was good as well. Being able to visit the aquarium itself afterward was very nice.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine's Dinner Was Amazing. It Was Kind Of Packed Due To Everyone Having Reservations But It Was Amazing. The Chef Was Wonderful, I Have A Peanut Allergy And He Took Very Good Care Of Me. The Waiter Was Also Amazing.

J
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. I have a gluten intolerance so the chef came out and spoke with me about how he could prepare gluten free coconut shrimp for me. He delivered it himself when it was ready, and it was delicious! We loved being surrounded by the huge thank and watching the fish. Our friends from Kentucky loved it too. It was a great evening.

Y
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience1

Valentines Day at Romance Under the Sea, not quite. Food was really good and a great value. Service was awesome I think his name was Monty very attentive. The only thing that was not so "romantic" is the fact that there are children and families everywhere which did not make the atmosphere ideal for a Valentines Day dinner. Since they do have multiple floors maybe they should accommodate couples in one place and families in another. I would not return for a "romantic" dinner but I would go for another occasion.

BC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jesus Christ is the forgiveness of sins. He loves you so much that he sacrificed his life so we could live. God bless you all

ER
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came her for the Valentine's Special Dinner and it was nothing short of "fabfrigentastic"!

KM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AMAZING!!! Very delicious. Our server was very nice and educated us with information about the fishes in the aquarium. We are definitely coming back.

JE
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service
manager very attentive and friendly
server was very courteous and knowledgeable
food was delicious and reasonably priced

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Aquarium is amazing! Tremendous ambiance with the awesome fish in the tank and the bacon wrapped shrimp and gator tacos are superb! Definitely coming back again!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

My husband and I were celebrating Valentines last night, although the atmosphere was outstanding, they sat a man with a small child next to us that kept crying while I assume her dad was on the phone. The food was good, but not the outstanding food that we were anticipating since we have never been there before

P
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was exquisite!! Definitely worth the value/cost. The service however was sub par - the service did not even remotely match the quality of food that was served.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Birthday dinner

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food4service5ambience1

Half of the restaurant was empty and you could clearly tell that we were on a date. The hostess sat us next to two large groups of kids having birthday parties. If I were with my kids, that would be one thing (the youngest is 18) but come on. We were on a date and literally surrounded by screaming 5 to 7 year olds. It was loud, screeching, and miserable! The waiter was great but completely NOT worth it. Looking around, the rest of the restaurant was nothing but adults and quiet families. My husband made the remark that we had literally been put at the children’s table. I don’t mind spending $100 for two dinners but we were miserable!

RB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time going. Great services and food was outstanding.

k
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Expensive, food was slow to come. Waitress did little to assist. Food did not seem fresh.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my 3 year old sons birthday. Waiter went above and beyond!! We always enjoy coming to The Aquarium great food great staff!!! And the manager personally came to our table to say hello and to say Happy birthday to my son!!!! Thanks team!!!!!

AP
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. My server was excellent. The manager was welcoming and very helpful. The food was really good and my view of the aquatic life was the best part

LA
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everyone was supper nice. My waiter was very attentive and recommended good food! I had a reservation for 5:00 but they were able to get in an hour earlier !! And we had fun

KT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service, there was a loud family behind us but we knew it wasn’t the restaurant’s fault. Still a very nice evening.

CF
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Come for the atmosphere and to see the fish. Don't come for the food. The food is only moderately average, but compared to the price it lowers the value. Skip the fried food. The breading they use is cheap and not tasty. The fish is previously frozen and does not taste fresh.
The service was excellent. Our waiter, Andrew McBride was probably the most polite and friendliest waiter I have ever had. He is so humble and modest, you would not be able to tell that he is a quarterback for the University of Houston.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Best experience ever!!! So fun and I loved the whole vibe of the place. Best date night ever, will definitely be going back during the day!

MV
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The food was ok. The calamari was bland and no flavor whatsoever. It's the aquarium lots of kids so the noise level is high but for a parent or people who don't mind kids it's a good spot. Definitely not a place to go for a romantic dinner.

MK
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was excellent . However the beverages created quite an issue for me. we had two dr. Peppers and I tea each beverage was $4.00. you add that up it's $12.00, then you add tax and tip (18%) on top of that. That's called padding bill. it's an exorbitant amount of money to pay for 1 glass of tea and 2 dr. Peppers. I don't like a restraunt adding the tip to the bill (18%). 15% is reasonable and customary. You took away my right to determine the quality of the service I received from the wait staff. The waiter/waitress could have been crappy and y'all want to reward that. Y'all also want to with hold income tax and report it to IRS. That's not treating your staff with respect. Then you had the nerve to put on the bill "additional tip". My bill was $186.00. You people can forget about me coming back or recommending anyone I know coming there.

TH
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We normally have great food and service but last time we went, my wife’s fish tacos were prepared too spicy and service for water took too long. Hopefully this was just an off night.

JR
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Will definitely go back!!!

TR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

From the moment I pulled up I had difficulty valet parking, then once inside it was so chaotic. Our server (Corey) was horrible. He bought my sisters coffee with no spoon or sugar and then when we asked he dismissed her and told her he will get it "after" he took our order. He didnt bring everyone water, he didnt clean our table once we were done eating appetizers. We literally had to ask for everything we needed (sugar, spoon, napkins, drink refills, etc). He brought the food out sporadically, and he brought the bread and butter out about 15-20 mins after we were already seated. All of our food came out at different times. I was so disappointed b/c it was our first time and our birthday dinner. On a positive note: The food was amazing and the overall atmosphere was great. I will try this place one more time only b/c I'v heard so many good things int he past.

l
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere was okay. The food was overpriced and not well done.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother in law birthday

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service 10/10 from Mike food was phenomenal and a great experience.

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