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Cafe & Restaurant

Need something to eat? We offer a range of options from quick bites and casual meals to relaxing full service dining—all onsite and with incredible views of the Monterey Bay. Whether you're craving a simple snack or a multi-course meal, you'll find something tasty to satisfy your appetite.

The 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.

  • Hours: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Self-service
Coffee bar at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Coffee Bar

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

  • Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Guests enjoy dining in the Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant

The Restaurant

Relax in our beautiful restaurant with spectacular ocean views. It's the perfect spot to sip a glass of wine and savor inspired seasonal dishes. Aquarium admission is required to dine.

  • Hours: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

A trout dish served with a glass of wine and silverware

Sustainable Seafood & Local Ingredients

The fresh, global flavor palette at the Restaurant 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.

Matthew Beaudin

Meet Matthew Beaudin

Executive Chef Matthew Beaudin is an award-winning champion of local, seasonal and sustainable cuisine, an approach he's embraced as a chef in the Caribbean, China, West Indies and Rwanda, as well as across the United States. He's acquired a well-rounded palate, mixing tastes discovered during his global travels with modern American cuisine deeply rooted in farm-to-table principles. Learn more about Matthew Beaudin