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Monterey Bay Aquarium Cafe

866 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1023
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good40%
  • Average23%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“salads” (9 reviews)
“soup” (6 reviews)
“pizza” (7 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Soups, Cafe, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
866 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1023
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1 - 10 of 93 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

The food is mediocre and expensive. Self service cafeteria style restaurant. The only thing going for it, is it's location. If you are at the aquarium for the day (as we were) this is the only choice.

Thank Angela C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with my family, needed to feed three kids. We spent $80 for horrible food. The kids wouldn't even eat macaroni and cheese, it was cold and gooey. Our lunch wasn't much better!

Thank Nancy W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Seems like a complaint, but it's not. It's just hard when you're faced with choosing among such selections as: BBQ chicken pizza, make your own salad, shrimp and grits, mac and cheese, chicken pot pie, and tuna poke over fresh rice (the last one won...More

Thank kcdenman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was great for a tourist attraction, but just okay for a restaurant. The poke bowl was filling, and the tuna tasty, but there was not a lot of tuna in it for the price. Still, if you can snag a window table, the...More

Thank Hongdemao
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took a little break and had some dessert. I enjoyed their Turkish Coffee Ice cream was delicious. Others in my party had chocolate cake and brownie. Cafe was busy, staff kept area tidy & serviced.

Thank Brandee Y
Reviewed 15 May 2017

I would say the food was decent for this type of attraction. They had a nice variety of things to choose from with some good gluten free options, Was quick and easy, about average cost for this type of cafe.

Thank 4Bug-a-Boos
Reviewed 4 May 2017

A day required food, and this was acceptable, and not terribly overpriced. Grand-kids enjoyed the fries, and we enjoyed the relaxation of having everyone sitting together.

Thank TJC80401
Reviewed 19 April 2017

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.

Thank GGMaSue19
Reviewed 11 April 2017

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.

Thank Dave_in_Clio
Reviewed 31 March 2017

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...More

Thank gladysc215
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Restaurant Details

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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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