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Portola Cafe - CLOSED

886 Cannery Row, in the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA 93940-1023
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good23%
  • Average15%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
29 Jul 2013
“Good place to eat while at the aquarium”
22 Jul 2012
“Super experience and a tasty lunch”
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886 Cannery Row, in the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA 93940-1023
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Good spot to sit and relax for a while while visiting the Aquarium. Good bar with beer on tap and you can order food from the bar. If the Aquarium is crowded, the Portola Cafe will be, too, so plan your eating experience ahead of...More

Thank Bartholomew2
Reviewed 22 July 2012

Raher than wait in the very long line for the self serve cafe I decided to eat at the restaurant. The cheaper items are about $14.50 and go up from there. I sat at the bar and had the pleasure of being served by Ray...More

Thank kttravel08
Reviewed 16 May 2012

This is really above average food at a "tourist attraction". The menu is varied and the food is delicious.

1  Thank Dan M
Reviewed 20 February 2012

This was our third visit to this café and we love it. After spending the morning in the aquarium with all the hustle and bustle this is such a wonderful retreat to enjoy lunch. The food and service is excellent. The soups are always delicious,...More

1  Thank michbren
Reviewed 12 January 2012

Good food. Good vlaue. Caters events at the Aquarium and customers are always satisfied.

Thank Local93921
Reviewed 11 November 2011

Yes the fish is sustainable and tasty, but the fish and chips for $19 consisted of just two small pieces of fish, some slaw and a load of cafe-style fries. We had a nice view and the service was great. The problem is too many...More

1  Thank moonslice
Reviewed 31 October 2011

We were told by a local to walk through the casual restaurant and request a seat at the bar by the windows. As there were only 2 of us we were seated immediately, bypassing a rather long line. Asked the waiter at the bar what...More

Thank daveandlindab
Reviewed 11 September 2011

We made a reservation for 11:30, and just beat the crowd. They won't guarantee a window seat but we got one, and the binoculars at each table are a nice touch, there were seals sunning on the rocks. The food was fantastic. We had the...More

Thank Denise T
Reviewed 17 June 2011

My wife and I spent two weeks traveling in California, and i have to say, this is the best meal we had. I ordered the clams and linguine and was overwhelmed with how many clams I got...and they were outstanding!. My wife ordered the Arctic...More

Thank manddo
Reviewed 24 October 2010

We had good sandwiches here and could sit and watch the seals on the rocks below the aquarium. there is a formal restaurant ans wella s the cafeteria style which does hot food as well as sandwiches

Thank Sybil_Fawlty
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Restaurant Details

Open Hours
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 886 Cannery Row, in the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA 93940-1023
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
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