Open daily: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (Hours may vary)
Sample menu (PDF)

Cafe at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Enjoy casual food that's perfect for the whole family including brick-oven pizzas, made-to-order burgers, fresh-tossed salads and mouthwatering desserts. All of our dishes feature the freshest, local ingredients sourced from Monterey Bay and the Central Valley.

Coffee Bar

Open daily: 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Take a break and recharge in our centrally located coffee bar. Choose from an assortment of refreshing beverages, organic coffee drinks, pastries and desserts.

Cindy's Waterfront

Open daily: 11 a.m.–3 p.m. (Hours may vary)
Full-service restaurant
Sample menu (PDF)   Kids menu (PDF)

Cindy's Waterfront at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Relax in our beautiful restaurant with spectacular ocean views. It's the perfect spot to sip a glass of wine and savor Cindy Pawlcyn's inspired seasonal dishes with selections such as Pacific Rockfish Tacos and Cindy's Curried Chicken Salad. Please note window seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To make a reservation, call (831) 648-4870 or book online at

Local ingredients

Sustainable Seafood & Local Ingredients

The fresh, global flavor palette at Cindy's Waterfront includes sustainable seafood rated "Best Choice" by the Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. Our menus highlight sustainable and organic producers in the Monterey Bay region and Central California.
Cindy Pawlcyn

Meet Cindy Pawlcyn

The James Beard Award-winning creator of Mustards Grill in Napa Valley and more than a dozen other critically acclaimed farm-to-table restaurants, Cindy has earned a reputation over the past 30 years as one of California's top chefs. She's been the Aquarium's culinary partner since 2010. At Cindy's Waterfront restaurant, Cindy and Executive Chef Matthew Beaudin have crafted a menu comprised of dishes featuring fresh interpretations of her well-loved seasonal California "comfort food."
Learn more about Cindy Pawlcyn

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