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Shark Reef Cafe

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West Old Town
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2601 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1615
+1 505-848-7182
09:00 - 17:00
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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203 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw a number of reviews that said the food was not so good but that was definitely not our experience. The half and half (chicken strips and fish) was a good experience. While the chicken was rather average, the fish and French fries were delivery good. The chicken salad in an avocado was huge - two avocado halves each... More 

Thank CJGinFL
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is still a three star place, considering how very few restaurants in the world have a built-in aquarium of this size. Also, I appreciated how we could pay at the counter, pick our own table, and get our own drinks at a soda fountain; it made things faster and more efficient, when their service has always been very slow... More 

Thank ValkyrieSwan .
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we lived in Albuquerque we would go to the Shark Reef cafe at the Biopark Aquarium for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I would friends there for lunch, take business clients there or just hang out with a soda and salad and watch the fish. I especially liked the tank since it's theme is the Gulf of Mexico off the... More 

Thank Sue M L T
rio rancho, nm
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60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Going to Shark Reef was always a treat for us and the view couldn't be beat! We loved taking our out of town friends to show off this little gem in Albuquerque. There have been a few changes over the years that lessened the quality but yesterday's visit will very likely be my last one. I took my manager out... More 

1 Thank ny2nm
Albuquerque, New Mexico
1 review
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Kids have such a great time, and the staff is so friendly. Menu is quite affordable, and we loved the conservation theme!

Thank Joan G
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Food is top rate. Selection is minimal but what they do have is really good. Not too pricy considering the location.

1 Thank yoshi k
Level Contributor
28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Good food from limited selection but it's a perfect way to watch the vast variety of fish, sharks, barracuda, etc. behind the glass which covers one whole wall. They have breakfast and lunch. Burgers are good, and of course they have a New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger. Menu is on their website. Prices are reasonable. We've even gone there when... More 

1 Thank mo19912014
Klamath Falls, Oregon
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78 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

You can’t beat this dining experience! Yes - there’s sinister-looking, beady eyed sharks swimming by! Plus huge sea turtles, polka-dotted puffer fish, & clown-costumed triggerfish with protruding lips outlined in radiant blue stripes. A truly wondrous merry-go-round of all sorts of fish to see! We were also amazed by one gigantic stingray - seemingly “smiling” at us as it pressed... More 

3 Thank kjay855
Carlsbad, New Mexico
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65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed this as part of our day at the Bio-Park... It has good food and they have a very good menu; but this is a park and the food quality drops to "meh" despite their efforts. Great wait staff and venue (you can watch some very large fish, turtles and shark swim while you munch)

1 Thank Kevin H
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

The cafe was even close to capacity, with probably only 1/3 of the available tables occupied, and our party of 7 was by far the largest. We received the menus promptly and our order was taken pretty quickly. However, we waited and waited and waited for our food to arrive. The dishes themselves (salads, burgers, fries, sandwhiches) were tasty and... More 

Thank msm092015

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2601 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1615
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Albuquerque>  > West Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: West Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 505-848-7182

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