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Monterey Bay Aquarium Cafe

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866 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1023
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Liberty, Missouri
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226 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Love this place for its view and location in the aquarium. The food is wonderful and quickly gotten through cafeteria style. I enjoyed a fish dish; the kids, hamburgers.

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Thank GGMaSue19
Clio, California
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148 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The clam chowder was great, very thick and creamy, with pleanty of Clam flavor. We went to luch early and got nice seats next to the windows.

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Thank Dave_in_Clio
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106 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My third visit this year. Seeing the sea life is great but I also love watching the young children scream in wonder at what they see. It is very expensive and is often too crowded togged a good view so know when you are going and research when the feeding and educational programs will be on display.

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Thank gladysc215
Edmonton Canada
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45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Of course the food is a little overpriced but service was quick and food was tasty. We ordered a hamburger, garlic fries and a salad. Everything was well prepared. My only suggestion is to encourage the salad bar staff to be more friendly. It was very busy at lunch time but we found a table near a window. There are... More 

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Turlock, California
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62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I recommend bringing your own lunches and drinks. My husband spent 50 dollars on one slice of pizza, a burrito, and 2 drinks. Thank goodness I had packed a PB&J for my two toddlers :p

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Thank Danielle T
Portland, OR
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357 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

A bit pricey, but actually less than some museum-based cafes I've visited. The food islands were a bit chaotic when more than a few folks gathered because there was no guidance for queueing up. The place has wonderful bay views, and the conveniently located rest rooms were very clean. The fountain sodas are local brands and good, but I could... More 

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Thank GeorgePortland_OR
Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Taking the kids gives thjem a great educational e3xperience let them lead the way and take your time. I hope you get as excited as I did watching the kids be blown away with what the aquarium has to offer - eats a bit pricey plenty of shops to graze out side on the boardwalk

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Thank Craig W
Vancouver Canada
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65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Don't let the expensive admission put you off this extraordinary experience. The Aquarium is a magical environment for children and adults alike. The exhibits are beautifully set up and I learned so much! I particularly loved the Jellies exhibit... event the cafe was excellent. Make sure to allow several hours because there's so much to see. Floor to ceiling tanks... More 

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Sacramento CA
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159 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Was peckish, so worked my way to the Cafe. Had a pizza (single size- $14 including tax) which was kinda thin, but took care of my hunger. Beautiful views of the Bay out large windows

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Thank jonthethird
London, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

The food was of a decent standard and a good choice for children. We were able to get a table by large window overlooking the ocean. However, the food was very expensive when you take into account how much we paid to get into the aquarium.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Soups, Cafe, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 866 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1023
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?