Downtown Aquarium

4.4
1523 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Aquarium Restaurant offers guests an exciting and unique dining experience in an extraordinary setting. Your underwater adventure begins as you are seated around the 150,000 gallon aquarium with excellent views of giant groupers, reticulated rays, majestic sawfish, and other fascinating creatures as they swim right by your table. The Aquarium is not only a feast for the eyes, but also for the palate. Make a splash with deliciously fresh seafood, steak, chicken and decadent desserts all served in an unbelievable underwater setting.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1523 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.5
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4.6
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4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Katherine
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience our server was amazing ♥️

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Mother’s Day

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Disappointed
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Seating was fast, drinks came quickly, and food came at a good time. Everyone ran out of drinks before our meal was done and didn’t get refills till after we were done eating. Desserts were very limited 3 to choose from. Waiter checked on us once, just after the meal was served, but had to call him to the table to get refills and dessert order. 2 people in our party got sick from the food. For the price we payed, I don’t think we’ll be back. Very disappointing and very poor service.

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IselaR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

May favorite place for family events and holidays

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Kateyes
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I absolutely love Downtown Aquarium restaurant. It is absolutely beautiful and the food and drinks are incredible 😍

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RosaR
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, service and food were amazing!! Definitely I would go back.

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CharlieR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Everything was great especially the service.

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CotyS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a sight to see the fish were a fun attraction and tasty to 😬

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LucyT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing experience can’t wait to come back!

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MarkM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent before I knew it, $500! The tickets offered a lot of rides with the bands but the bands didnt include the other things too... and there really wasn’t a lot of rides. So not really worth the value cause the rides weren’t too exciting anyway. I’d like to see something that gave a special for the other activities and/or rides and petting area. Great with customer service but terrible for your pockets.

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WillW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Family friendly and staff knowledge about fish in aquarium.

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davidh
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and restaurant were good. Parking was chaotic.

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Visit2Atlanta
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Was definitely for small children. Wouldn't recommend for older children or adults only. The restaurant food was good but highly overpriced. Cost $200 for 6 of us to eat and 4 people had hamburgers.

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Tash
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I feel like they could do a better job with the food they provide. Most of that food i can get for $8 at a regular seafood restaurant. The fried shrimp was salty and the gumbo was not good. The atmosphere and the tanks are beautiful. That part i loved about the restaurant. I would redo the menu if I was the Chef.

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BrandiM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Our server was very nice and helpful on trying to figure out what we wanted to eat. The food was just ok. The fried food tasted either frozen or the oil was old. The food definitely was over priced. I understand that we were there for the experience but way over priced. I would recommend the aquarium so you could have the experience but not the food!

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ChristopherC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and friendly staff. Great food and Atmosphere!!

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to my celebrate my birthday. Food was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was great, we bought tickets for the aquarium and then went to restaurant afterwards. I had no issues with check in. I was happy with the seating we got. Actually the seat was so great!! It was just me and my husband and they gave us a big booth! I normally do not like the regular tables but didn’t request anything specific in the notes, so that was so perfect! The plate I ordered was good overall just there was a stuffed shrimp that I did not care for at all it was too mushy. It came with shrimp, tilapia, scallops, pico de Gallo avocado, green beans. It was so much food that we could have just shared that plate as we are small eaters, but we wanted to try a bit of things. Our favorite thing was the bacon wrapped shrimp. Which is called shrimp kisses. We ordered a gumbo soup which was ok but I would not order it again I felt it was a a bit plain maybe if the sausage was roasted before they put it in the soup it would give it a kick. I also had ordered a virgin margarita, and my husband got a non alcoholic beer we were happy with them having those options because we no longer drink. Overall the experience was wonderful and we had a great time. I think I would go back but I don’t think I will order from the entree menu just because the portions were so much for me again that is just us, that is a good thing! Because this means they give a great amount of food that is worth your money. I would be satisfied with eating the appetizers so I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a fun place to eat with a hint of elegance. They were all so friendly and the experience is something you will never forget, please do not hesitate on going. They have prices for everyone on the menu. Plan in advance and make a trip your family or children will thank you later and it will forever be a beautiful memory that you guys will always remember. Thank you so much to the staff for making our date night a wonderful experience. I will never forget it.

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JenniferE
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved the whole experience. We are new to Texas and this placed helped my kids feel happy to be here .

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CommaneshiaF
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I honestly had the best time of my life with my family with that being my first time at any aquarium I enjoyed myself and I hope to be back very soon thank you all.

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Michael
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Server was a dick. Neverless, I had to remind him it was my wife's birthday. And he said, ohh I they just told me. General Manager gave my wife a 25.00 gift card then came and said ohh wrong person. What is wrong with these people. I guess Covid, got them on something else. I felt not being serve or treated as a guest. Won't even go back or recommend family or friends. Go else where!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent.. Lobster tail and steak a little small, Other then that it was great..

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Julie
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone claim to be the best concerning the taste of there signature dishes. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the delicious taste of the food.The waiting staff was very professional and attentive to our needs.... The getting staff was also professional and inviting..coupled with the overall accomodations of the aquarium, thank you for making my family's experience a memorable experience.

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Pacotoral01
Mexico City
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy lindo, puedes ver todo tipo de peces desde tu mesa, la decoración fantástica, los baños muy cómodos. En general el lugar es ideal para estar con tu familia y disfrutar de una tarde increíble

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JessicaM
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my family’s first time visiting the Houston Aquarium and we knew we wanted to eat at the restaurant also so I booked reservations for a party of 7. Booking online was fast and easy, we were seated exactly at our reserved time. The service and food were great!

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Birthday36
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a very good time it was my daughter's birthday and the waitress was very nice and brought us and cake and sing happy birthday for her we really enjoyed it

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AntB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. We have always wanted to visit , but there was always a long wait. No complaints here!!! Definetly will be returning.

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BrendaT
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Waiter wasn’t the best took very long to take our order and hardly came to our table to check up at one moment she stated that she had just gone to bathroom

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KimberlyS
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Downtown aquarium highly recommended !! Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was s amazing and the kids had. A great time

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AndrewT
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food a little bit too expensive for the type of food but that’s ok

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RebeccaS
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my kiddos out for a special treat. We enjoyed it! Thanks!

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TerraceM
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice establishment. Great experience and the staff was welcoming. Great place to take your kids.

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ShaniceW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visitors from Detroit, MI. We loved everything. Waiter was very welcoming. Our experience was great. We will definitely be returning.

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TantianaT
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place and wonderful service can't wait to go back

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TyanaM
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant amazing food and amazing staff. Our server was nice and friendly, I would rate this a 10 out of 10

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GranyeliF
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the energy at the restaurant very beautiful inside and out ! Highly recommended for others to go !

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AbbyS
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really yummy and the lady took great care of us :)

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JPearson
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I feel like the dining experience is better than the overall aquarium. I would not buy a ticket to the aquarium, but I would definitely go back to the restaurant. The service was fantastic! The food was yummy and being able to see the tank was nice.

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SusanP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and great food! Really enjoyed our dining experience!

FAQs

Downtown Aquarium offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 315-5126.

Downtown Aquarium is rated 4.4 stars by 1523 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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