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Downtown Aquarium at night  - Downtown Aquarium, Houston, TX

Downtown Aquarium

4.6
4.6
2063 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.

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Booked 75 times today

Additional information

  • Area

    Downtown

  • Cross Street

    Memorial Drive

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Public Transit

    METRORail Train: Travel northbound (Fannin North). Exit train at Preston and Main. Walk west on Preston to Bagby.

  • Entertainment

    Aside from our amusement rides, midway games and Aquarium exhibits - guests can enjoy holiday brunch weekends, festivals, live music and events throughout the year. Some of these include Shark Weekend, Smash the Squash Halloween event, Latin Beats, Romance Under the Sea, Easter Brunch, and Breakfast with Santa. Our full calendar of events is on our website.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access

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What 2,063 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    Child Friendly

  • Houston

    Child Friendly

  • Houston

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time there and it was wonderful.for the whole family.

  2. JH

    JohnH

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service we had a great time celebrating my friends birthday

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    It was okay, my reservation was not ready. THEY HAD SAT ME INSIDE, when my reservation was supposed to be outside, I was shivering from the coldness the whole date.. They told us we couldn’t go outside because of no waiter, but then sat people outside right after telling us that.. Date was ruined when we first walked in.. Our server was nice, he was genuine but was unaware of the plans I had set for my date..

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brian, our waiter was excellent! Very friendly and polite! Very attentive. Our food was delicious.

  5. J

    Jarhead

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    This is a great place to dine before a play at the Hobby Center.

  6. S

    Stephanie

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and great service! It was a great experience from start to finish. Watching all the fish was great. I can’t wait to go back!!

  7. SD

    SDimz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I enjoyed every bit of my stay at Houston and my time at the aquarium

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food quality and taste is always excellent here. Wait staff goes out of their way to make your visit great.

  9. NR

    NolanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    good food and service bar a bit slow due to one bartender having to cover whole venue. Jesse did great trying to get them to us in good time

  10. JK

    JamesK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an amazing time! Our waitress Sandra was very welcoming and very attentive!! The food was INCREDIBLE!

  11. R

    Rose

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was a small private birthday celebration for my son, and as always the food is excellent!

  12. BN

    BrookN

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Grandkids in town. What fun!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  14. RW

    RubyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My mom, daughters and myself loved every minute of it

  15. RM

    RicardoM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Went there for mother day when I placed the Perservation I did not know it was gonna be a buffet which and accosting four of us chat over $200 and one of us was a nine-year-old not planning to go back there again

  16. AL

    AsiaLove

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    THIS WAS OUR 1ST TIME ATTENDING A MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH AND IT WAS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE! WE DECIDED BEFORE WE LEFT THE TABLE THAT IT WILL BE OUR CHOICE NEXT YEAR.....6 OF US WITH NO COMPLAINTS

  17. MF

    MrsFields9494

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food1service3ambience5

    They did not list today's menu as BUFFET ONLY, so we went in thinking we were ordering off the regular menu. Disappointed!

  18. N

    Nena

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The kids have a blast every time. You cannot go wrong. Food and service is always great.

  19. EL

    EdmondL

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time for Mother's Day buffet, service was outstanding, food was very good, hope they have Father's Day buffet

  20. DS

    DennisS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Came here for Mother's Day Brunch. Friendly staff, seated immediately. The first thing you notice is the AMAZING view of the water tank no matter where you sit. The fish are HUGE, sharks and stingrays are great to look at, floor to ceiling tank was extremely impressive. We enjoyed the brunch and dessert, it wasn't the best we ever had, but we came for the view and the ambiance which exceeded our expectations. All the wait staff was extremely attentive and quick. I am certainly going to come back and recommend it to everyone!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mothers says experience was beautiful. The food and customer service was wonderful. My kids enjoyed all the diffeeenr breakfast choices.

  22. MD

    MoniqueD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food, large portion, great setting. The kids surrounding us was in awe of the aquarium.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was my birthday it was great but screaming kids was not nice

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It's was our Anniversary night and we wanted to go as a family w/our kids. We were greeted w/ friendly faces and congratulated upon arrival. Luis our waiter gave us good service and made good recommendations. For dessert they decorated our plate neatly which made our special night a great experience. I recommend it. The view of the fish tank is neat. We really enjoyed ourselves. Thank you! Thank

  25. RL

    ReginaL

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Nice and relaxing

  26. e

    ebeb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    good place to go for an usual environment great for the kids

  27. EL

    EdmondL

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Its been a while since I've been here, the menu seems condensed now, which I love. The food is much better than before, service was fantastic!

  28. ER

    EatRamen

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I was shocked at how good the food was. Seevice was great - thanks Mateo! We went with 2 kids under 4 and 4 adults. Classy yet kid friendly vibe. Great bar menu too!

  29. JM

    JasmineM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4

    The service was awesome, the staff was very nice and the atmosphere was enjoyable. The food on the other hand, was just not great. It actually made us very sick. I’d go back for the environment but I would not eat here again.

  30. JB

    JeraldB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have very good experience during our visit. It was our first time visiting and we our looking forward for the next one.

  31. D

    Destinyj

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    Food was cold service was slow. Will not visit the resturant again just attractions

  32. BR

    BRIGITTEA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time and our server was amazing. I will recommend to everyone.

  33. MG

    MissyGZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great expensive but great. Drink was good top shelf alcohol. Atmosphere was nice except for all of the screaming children the entire time we were there. The atmosphere used to be a little more on the high end side but has since gone down to a more family casual restaurant. Kids running around and screaming made it hard to enjoy a date night.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very comfortable dinner for our anniversary.

  35. CS

    ChristineS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We made a reservation for 2pm but wasn't seated til 2:45. There wasn't enough seating area for us. We arrived a bit early (1:45) so basically it's my only complaint is the long wait time. There was guest that had a 1:45 reservation and the also didn't get seated til 2:30.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love making reservations through Open Table! Love, love the Downtown Aquarium and their staff!

  37. LL

    LilyL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    Not witted the price. The food was mediocre, the kind you find on a cafeteria. I won’t recommend it to anybody and will never go again.

  38. MB

    M7Bhavn

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our family took a road trip to Houston from Round Rock this past Easter weekend visiting Lakewood Church on Sunday. To our amazement, the aquarium had a full-scale Easter Brunch buffet. Everything and everyone from the receptionist to the decor was exceptionally outstanding. The buffet was ornately decorated, everything was superbly fresh and all of the staff was just absolutely the best, especially post-COVID. VERY REFRESHINNG. Our kids, ages 21 months and 4 years old, picky eaters they are, practically cleaned their plates. There was a separate buffet just for them with pasta, fries, treats. Also, waffles, omeletes and pasta dishes made right in front of you your way . We all were amazed and entertained with the view of the aquarium tank while we were eating. I cannot say enough about our wonderful experience. We are looking forward to making this a new family tradition. Thank you so very much Houston Aquarium for helping us to share an enjoyable, memorable and very Happy Easter.

  39. TJ

    TJ24

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Attended the Aquarium Easter Brunch. The cost was about $48 pp. The breakfast selections were good and plenty. However, the brunch part was not that good to me or my family. They did not have any fried fish or shrimp items and the baked tilapia, chicken and shrimp were not flavorful but more salty. They had chicken strips and french fries for as "kids sections". Fountain drinks and lemonades were extra. Overall, i would not attend the brunch again but just dine at the restaurant with regular menu. Also please note they automatically add 18% tip. I didnt realize and gave 20% tip. Our servicer was excellent but i did not mean to tip 38%. I have called the resturant many times and of course no one will answer. Will email corporate about this. I always tip but not sure i like adding it in automatically and then still suggesting another 18-25% tip on top of that.

  40. MS

    MikeS

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    I was overcharged twice. Two of my guests were seniors and charged the regular price. Had to ask other waiters for drink refills and bill.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Downtown Aquarium is rated 4.6 stars by 2063 OpenTable diners.

Downtown Aquarium does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 75 times today
Google Map for Downtown Aquarium

410 Bagby St Houston, TX 77002

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Memorial Drive

  • Area

    Downtown

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00–20:00 Fri, Sat 11:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Public Transit

    METRORail Train: Travel northbound (Fannin North). Exit train at Preston and Main. Walk west on Preston to Bagby.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Aside from our amusement rides, midway games and Aquarium exhibits - guests can enjoy holiday brunch weekends, festivals, live music and events throughout the year. Some of these include Shark Weekend, Smash the Squash Halloween event, Latin Beats, Romance Under the Sea, Easter Brunch, and Breakfast with Santa. Our full calendar of events is on our website.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access

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