The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

4.2
70 Reviews
$30 and under
American
With the health and safety of our employees, volunteers and guests top of mind, and as a precautionary measure following the governor’s executive order cancelling large gatherings to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Monterey Bay Aquarium is temporarily closing as of 5 p.m., PST March 12, 2020. The Aquarium will remain closed to visitors through at least March 27.
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vipCindyR
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view of bay with delicious cuisine and outstanding service. Make a point of enjoying lunch almost every trip to the aquarium.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you so much for your recent visit and review. We are so honored that you choose to dine with us during your visits. We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit.

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CarolynM
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited the Aquarium for my birthday and was seated at a perfect table overlooking the bay. Great food and service !

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on March 5, 2020

We are so honored that you chose to spend your special day with us! We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal while also enjoying the views. We look forward to welcoming you again - hopefully sooner than your next birthday!

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Grizmom
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server had great personality and knowledge of the dishes being served. The roasted Brussel sprouts were amazing and everyone in our party enjoyed their orders. It’s a bit pricey but supports the aquarium so we didn’t mind paying a bit more.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on March 5, 2020

Our servers and waitstaff would like to thank you for your comments. We are so happy you enjoyed the Crispy Brussels Sprouts - they are certainly a fan-favorite! We take pride in our seasonal and organic menu and look forward to welcoming you again soon!

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IanC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience and definitely a highlight during our trip. We saw otters, seals and even Risso dolphins while dining. Our server Ray was great and the scallops and grits might have been the best ive ever had! Thank you!

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on February 25, 2020

Thank you for your recent visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and for leaving a review of your dining experience. We are so happy that you enjoyed your meal while also enjoying the views. We take pride in our seasonal and organic menu that follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I used to love this more upscale restaurant in the aquarium, but apparently the chef has changed. The menu provided average selection with a disappointing offering of fish and seafood. My poke bowl was nothing special with pre-made seaweed salad and avocado over rice. They should do better.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on March 5, 2020

We would like to thank you for sharing your feedback regarding the menu selections. We take pride in our organic and seasonal menu which highlights producers in the Monterey Bay region, as well as seafood that follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. The menu changes with the seasons and we look forward to welcoming you again soon!

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ChristinaN
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Blown away by food options, ideas, quality and taste. My request for bay window seating also provided.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on February 21, 2020

We appreciate your recent visit and review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your meal while also enjoying the view. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon to try something new off of the seasonal, local and organic menu.

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mmamma
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The waiter did not get 3 of our 4 meals ordered correctly. But he was prompt to set it right. My burger ordered medium was raw inside.

The dining room is very ordinary except except for the views out the wind of the Monteray Bay which makes it worth going to.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank you for your recent visit and review. We are so sorry to hear that your meal did not meet your expectations. We take pride in our seasonal and organic menu which highlights producers in the Monterey Bay region. Your feedback helps is to reevaluate procedures to ensure that we continue to strive for the highest standards of customer service. We look forward to welcoming you back again!

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StephenW
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The ocean views were spectacular and the restaurant was a lot quieter than the Cafe. A lot of school children were eating in the Cafe. The service was very good and the food was good. It was fairly expensive for lunch which we had, but you do get a 10% discount if you are a aquarium member.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank you for your recent visit and review. We take pride in our local, seasonal and organic menu and we are so happy that you enjoyed your meal while also enjoying the views. Thank you for being a member! We look forward to welcoming you again soon!

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Wendie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome view....nice quiet respite from the crowds. Great service, great food. Not cheap but worth every penny. The brussel sprouts were THE BEST I ever had.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you for your recent visit and review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your meal while also enjoying the views. The Crispy Brussels Sprouts are certainly a fan (and staff!) favorite! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Ender
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great location inside of the Monterey Bay Aquarium with beautiful views of the bay. Good service and wonderful food. A very nice place to relax after touring the aquarium.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on January 27, 2020

Thank you for your recent visit and leaving a review of your dining experience at the Restaurant. We take pride in our seasonal and organic menu that also follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. The menu changes with the seasons and we hope to welcome you again soon when we have new menu with more exciting dishes to try.

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KathrynR
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall the place is amazing.
The host was very friendly and helpful he sat us right next to the window. The server was also very friendly and made sure we got everything we needed. We had a toddler with us and our server was able to get his food out very fast and bring the kid drink in a kid cup.
The food was also very good, nothing incredibly special about it. But the service is so amazing and spectacular that will definitely be going again.
Overall I’d say the aquarium and the restaurant hire and train the staff so incredibly well the they are generally happy to do their job.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on January 27, 2020

Thank you for your recent visit and leaving a review of the Restaurant. We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal while also enjoying the views! Our chefs and wait staff would like to thank you for your comments and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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LynnM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just lovely!!! The food was delicious and the atmosphere, even on a rainy day, was 5 star!!!

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on January 20, 2020

We are so glad that you enjoyed your time here at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We take pride in our sustainable, organic and local menu which highlights producers in the Monterey Bay area as well as showcase seafood that follows our Seafood Watch guidelines. The menu changes with the seasons so it is always fresh and new. Thank you for your visit and your comments and we hope to see you again soon!

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vipTheresaT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious, clean food with a spectacular view. Love the small hidden atmosphere and will be back.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thank you for visiting and leaving a review of your dining experience. We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal while also enjoying the views! We take pride in our seasonal and organic menu which highlights producers in the Monterey Bay region as well as seafood that follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. We look forward to welcoming you again soon - perhaps for dessert next time!

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Roncanine
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a special treat to have lunch at the Restaurant!

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thank you for visiting and leaving a review of your dining experience. 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. The menu changes with the seasons so we look forward to welcoming you again soon!

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Merelymel
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We may have gone into the meal still thinking it was Cindy’s Restaurant. We realized there were less fresh fish and avant-garde options. We still ordered heavily for two - two starters, a salad, two entrees with plans for two desserts. Starters and salad came at same time. Table full of dishes. Starters for four people it seemed. But good. Then 30 minutes in server started to consolidate plates because ‘entrees were on way out. We were still eating starters so it felt rushed. Granted, we were thinking two hour meal at Cindy’s but they could have waited to fire entrees til we had starters done. We could not eat all but still surprised server by ordering dessert. Overall - food was good and we will still make reservations here when we next make it to aquarium, the din of the cafe was stronger than before...a sharp roar. Granted it seemed there was less restaurant space and the lower prices meant most of the restaurant tables had young kids. Who were themselves screaming.

I did really miss the fine dining experience with heavy inspiration on sustainable and creative menu items and seafood variety.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for your visit and leaving a review of your dining experience. Executive Chef Matt Beaudin has been with us since 2015 and his style of food is focused on local, seasonal and organic items, as well as seafood that follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal. The menu is seasonal and changes with the seasons so we look forward to welcoming you again!

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vipLaurent
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The restaurant is definitely nicer than the cafe, with a small reserved area which is quieter with table service.
Unfortunately, the kitchen seems to be the same...
Every dish was mediocre.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you for your visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and leaving a review of your dining experience. Our staff would like to thank you for sharing your feedback as it allows us to ensure that we continue to strive for the highest standards of customer service. 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 and memorable experience for all our guests. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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PBReader
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The host will text you when your table is ready--love it. It's nice to be able to walk around and not have to wait for a table. Also love the 10% member discount. There were many entrees that were gluten free and/or vegan, a real plus. And one desert that was gluten free and delicious. We will definitely go back.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you for visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and leaving a review of your dining experience. We are so glad that you enjoyed the Vegan and Made without Gluten menu and that the selections met your expectations. We take pride in our seasonal and organic menu that highlights local producers. Thank you again for visiting, and for being a Member! We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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vipEdenHensleySilverstein
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We’ve dined here twice now. Both times we ate when it opened: 11am. The benefit is that the noise level is lower than when the cafe next door is full.

We absolutely love the binoculars on every table. Our daughter spends most of the meal searching the bay for sea birds and animals. (Pro Tip: If you want a table directly next to the window choose an early dining time and book as soon as you know you’re going to be visiting the aquarium.)

We started with the deviled eggs trio appetizer. We thought all three would have Dungeness Crab from the description. Instead one had Dungeness Crab, one had a traditional chive topping, and one had a bruschetta style topping. (We thought the eggs were going to be topped with crab, chives, and bruschetta.) The egg filling was delicious. The toppings by themselves felt lacking. My favorite was the bruschetta surprisingly. I liked the crab but felt it needed a little seasoning.

I opted for a bowl of clam chowder for my lunch. The size was a little smaller than most bowls. The chowder itself was filling. It was flavorful with chunks of potato, salmon, and clam.

We’d definitely eat here again but we’d confirm what we’d be served.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on December 30, 2019

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 while also enjoying the views! We appreciate your comments on the Deviled Eggs Trio and Clam Chowder. 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 follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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TeddyL
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining area and amazing food. Really enjoyed the view and the service.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on December 20, 2019

Thank you for visiting and leaving a review of your experience. We are so happy that you enjoyed your meal while also enjoying the views. Our chefs and wait staff would like to thank you for your kind words and we hope to welcome you again soon!

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PBReader
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The entree we chose was excellent. We both had the scallops with grits and arugula. It would have been nice to have bread to go with it. Table was ok, we asked for a window table but was told the one available was for a VIP and only VIPs can reserve them, for the rest, it is the luck of the draw. I asked for sparkling lemonade; both sparkling water and lemonade are available but apparently they are unable to mix them together. I had an Arnold Palmer instead (lemonade and iced tea mixed together) and no refill was offered. A straw is also not offered but will be given upon request. An ok experience, it is a small room and we were scrunched between a party of 5 seated at a table for 4 and a party of six. People go for the view so the seating and service can skate by on the outstanding view.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on December 20, 2019

Thank you for your recent visit and leaving a review of your dining experience. The Pan-Seared Scallops are certainly a fan favorite and we are so glad that you enjoyed them! Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding the seating arrangements as it allows us to reevaluate our procedures to ensure that we continue to strive for the highest standards of customer service. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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epicure
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I visited the Aquarium during a locals' promotion when entrance is free. I was looking forward to spending my savings in the restaurant because the menu was very attractive, a big reason I made the visit. The beet salad was uninteresting and the scallop dish was ruin by burying it under a huge handful of undressed arugula. The experience was a classic case of good ideas deflated by lackluster execution.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on December 20, 2019

Thank you for your recent visit and your review. The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean and we strive to share that message by providing a memorable experience for all of our guests. We look forward to welcoming you again soon to try new and exciting dishes off the local, organic and seasonal menu.

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ilsec
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a great experience. Our server, Danny, went above and beyond and took great care of us. We were celebrating my daughter's first birthday and not only did he make us feel that our baby was welcome, but he brought her a water and, later on, a birthday cake! We had a great meal and a great day. Highly recommend the Korean steak bowl!

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on December 20, 2019

Thank you for your recent visit and choosing to celebrate your daughter's first birthday with us here at the Monterey Bay Aquarium! We feel so honored to have been included! Our chefs and wait staff would like to thank you for your comments and we hope that you will visit us again soon to try new and exciting dishes off the local, organic and seasonal menu.

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PrincessM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Obsessed with this restaurant! I’d always been curious about what it would be like to eat here, and I finally did! The food and views were amazing, the service was friendly and attentive, and I LOVE that the online menu shows the sustainable seafood’s journey from the ocean to your plate! I have a morning ritual where every morning, I exclaim, “Good morning! Good morning! Exciting day! Exciting day!” and when I exclaimed it from the outdoor deck of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I just knew a part of my exciting day would be eating at the restaurant, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was a wonderful experience!

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on December 20, 2019

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Restaurant! We take pride in our seasonal, local and organic menu which highlights producers in the Monterey Bay region and Central California, as well as seafood that follows the Aquarium's Seafood Waatch guidelines. Thank you again for visiting and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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Kris
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had different servers through the meal (lunch), which was odd. It didn’t affect the quality of service negatively. - it was great. Our window seat was spectacular. What a view!

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and leaving a review on your dining experience. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal while also enjoying the view! 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 follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. Thank you again for visiting and we look forward to welcoming you again soon!

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bethr
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best kept secret when visiting the aquarium. Away from the crowds, great ocean side views. Innovative menu, nice appetizer selection, ok wine menu. Very attentive wait staff. A lovely way to spend 1-1.5 hours.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and leaving a review on your dining experience. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal while also enjoying the view! We take pride in our seasonal, sustainable and organic menu which highlights producers in the Monterey Bay region and Central California, as well as seafood that follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. We hope to see you again soon!

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MichelleS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was excellent...the service could have been better...the view amazing...hidden inside the Monterey Bay Aquarium...it’s not to be missed...

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and leaving a review on your dining experience. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal while also enjoying the view! We take pride in our seasonal, sustainable and organic menu which highlights producers in the Monterey Bay region and Central California, as well as seafood that follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. Thank you again for visiting and we look forward to welcoming you again soon!

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Ender
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The best thing about The Restaurant (once known as Cindy’s Waterfront) is its location: Right inside the Monterey Bay Aquarium hidden and partitioned off from the aquarium’s cafeteria. You sit at beautiful large windows right over the water with a spectacular view of the bay. From this vantage, you can see an abundance of wildlife including harbor seals, sea otters, dolphins, the occasional whale, and all kinds of aquatic birds. It’s truly a wonderful place to sit, enjoy your meal, and enjoy the view. Speaking of meal, the food is usually very good; however, the menu can be somewhat limited (although changed frequently) and you may opt to eat in their aquarium’s excellent cafeteria instead. Still, eating at The Restaurant is a special experience that’s not to be missed, especially if you just want to get away from the crowd and noise generated by visitors, and just want to relax with a good meal and a glass of wine.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and leaving a review on your dining experience. We take pride in our seasonal, sustainable and organic menu which highlights producers in the Monterey Bay region and Central California, as well as seafood that follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean, and we strive to share that message by providing a memorable experience for all of our guests. See you soon!

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Lunch
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I had been here before before their remodel. Liked it better. My food was wonderful. My husband hated the menu and what he ordered. It was fish and chips. The fish was mushy inside as was the batter. I had the Charcuterie which I loved! Need to have more items on the menu.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and leaving a review on your dining experience. We take pride in our seasonal, organic and sustainable menu and your comments on the Fish and Chips and your overall experience helps us to continue to strive for the highest standards of guest experience. Thank you again for visiting and we look forward to welcoming you again soon!

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KittyMom
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With a reservation, we whisked past the waiting people and had a lovely table by the window, with binoculars. The food was excellent and service perfect.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thank you so much for your recent visit and your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal! Our chefs and wait staff would like to thank you for your comments food and overall experience. We take pride in our sustainable and organic menu which highlights producers in the Monterey Bay region and Central California as well as fresh seafood that follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. Thank you again for visiting and we hope to welcome you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The scene was great. The food wasn’t good. Had the fish and chips. The cost wasn’t fresh. Couldn’t even eat it.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thank you so much for your recent visit and your review. Our chefs and wait staff would like to thank you for your comments on the Fish and Chips and on your overall experience. We take pride in our sustainable and organic menu which highlights producers in the Monterey Bay region and Central California as well as fresh seafood that follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. Thank you again for visiting and we hope to welcome you again soon!

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DeborahM
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The good was outrageous so good not to be believed. I got the scallops with grits. Don’t know when I had better scallops and the grits were the best. Would definitely recommend. I think they need to make the place look a little nicer though. The view is beautiful

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thank you so much for your recent visit and your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal! Our chefs and wait staff would like to thank you for your comments on the Pan-Seared Scallops and on your overall experience. 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 follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. Thank you again for visiting and we hope to welcome you again soon!

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youqiand
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

nice view and good quality of foods! I would recommend friends to this restaurant!

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you so much for your recent visit and your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal while also enjoying the view! 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 follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. Thank you again for visiting and we hope to welcome you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The Food was fantastic! We took our 4 year old grandson. Being at the fussy eater age we were surprised when he ate so much he almost burst. Tasty chicken nuggets fries and a large bowl of berries and fruit. And then they brought a lovely vanilla ice cream we shared. We were seated in a side alley portion of the restaurant which I wouldn’t recommend for ambience. But for a small child it has a great view of the ocean. We also had gluten free requirements that they were able to meet. I lovely meal at the Aquarium.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you so much for your recent visit and your review. We are so 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 follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. Thank you again for visiting and we hope to welcome you again soon!

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JeanM
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Both scallops and fish undercooked. Very loud. Nice setting, very good service

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on October 16, 2019

Thank you so much for your recent visit and your review. We thank you for your feedback as it allows us to continue to strive for the highest standards of customer service. 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 follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. Thank you again for visiting and we hope to welcome you again soon!

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Phoenix
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not a good value for the money. Only the view is worth it.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on September 13, 2019

Thank you so much for your recent visit and your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed 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 follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. Thank you again for visiting and we hope to welcome you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to the aquarium and the restaurant did not disappoint. The service was excellent as was the food and the view.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you so much for your recent visit and your review. We are so 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 follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. Thank you again for visiting and we hope to welcome you again soon!

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ParisTraveler
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is always a treat. Even more so is breaking up the visit with lunch at the restaurant. The view is spectacular and the cuisine inventive. I would change my selection every time because the menu is creative, but I seem to be addicted to the scallops and grits, filled with great little vegetable treats. Excellent!

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you so much for your recent visit and your review. We are so 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 follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. Thank you again for visiting and we hope to welcome you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overlooking the bay a wonderful experience in one the worlds great aquaria

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you so much for your recent visit and your review. We are so 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 follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. Thank you again for visiting and we hope to welcome you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I wanted to give top marks but no matter how much I tried to like it, things were just a bit off. First, one thing to know is that you have to check in at the desk in front of the buffet. Don’t go directly to the restaurant. The dining room’s best tables were filled with staff having business lunches. It hurt the ambiance to be away from work and see people going over files. They took the window tables so the only way to enjoy the view was to look through their seating area. On the good side, the Brussels Sprouts were phenomenal. They were fried BS leaves not the whole head so they were crispy and flavorful. Sadly that was the end of the good. The fish tacos were so bad that my friend couldn’t get the fish smell out of their mouth. It was more like bait. Yuck!! Ended up leaving the aquarium to buy mouthwash just to get the smell/flavor out. Hoping they don’t get sick.
Service seemed a bit rushed. We barely sat down and she wanted our order. When I told her I needed more time she went to my friend and asked for their order saying I should be able to make up my mind by the time she got back around to me.

All in all, I’m hopeful mine was a one-off experience so I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt.

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on September 1, 2019

Thank you so much for your recent visit and your review. We thank you so much for sharing your observations as it helps us to reevaluate our procedures to ensure that we continue to strive for the highest standards of customer service. 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 follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. Thank you again for visiting and we hope to see you again soon!

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eatingout
Sacramento
30 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food and extraordinary view

The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Responded on September 1, 2019

Thank you so much for your recent visit and your review. We are so 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 follows the Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines. Thank you again for visiting and we hope to welcome you again soon!

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The Restaurant at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is rated 4.2 stars by 70 OpenTable diners.

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