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Shark Reef Cafe

$$ - $$$
West Old Town
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2601 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1615
+1 505-848-7182
09:00 - 17:00
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good food from limited selection but it's a perfect way to watch the vast variety of fish, sharks, barracuda, etc. behind the glass which covers one whole wall. They have breakfast and lunch. Burgers are good, and of course they have a New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger. Menu is on their website. Prices are reasonable. We've even gone there when... More 

Thank mo19912014
Klamath Falls, Oregon
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69 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

You can’t beat this dining experience! Yes - there’s sinister-looking, beady eyed sharks swimming by! Plus huge sea turtles, polka-dotted puffer fish, & clown-costumed triggerfish with protruding lips outlined in radiant blue stripes. A truly wondrous merry-go-round of all sorts of fish to see! We were also amazed by one gigantic stingray - seemingly “smiling” at us as it pressed... More 

2 Thank kjay855
Carlsbad, New Mexico
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65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed this as part of our day at the Bio-Park... It has good food and they have a very good menu; but this is a park and the food quality drops to "meh" despite their efforts. Great wait staff and venue (you can watch some very large fish, turtles and shark swim while you munch)

Thank Kevin H
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The cafe was even close to capacity, with probably only 1/3 of the available tables occupied, and our party of 7 was by far the largest. We received the menus promptly and our order was taken pretty quickly. However, we waited and waited and waited for our food to arrive. The dishes themselves (salads, burgers, fries, sandwhiches) were tasty and... More 

Thank msm092015
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Expect mediocre food, average service and a big bill at the end of the meal. Save your money and eat outside the aquariium!!!!

Thank c0wgirlm0m
Manassas Park, Virginia
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

We went thru the aquarium pretty quickly because we were hungry. Seated just before noon for lunch and before the biggest crush. Order taken efficiently. But it seemed to take an awful long time to get food. Longer than some other tables who ordered after us. Soup, tuna melt sandwich, fish tacos, turkey sandwich, and salad were all quite tasty... More 

Thank dougar
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

We were there with kids. This was our second time there and the kids love the food. The place is very nice with aquarium inside with sharks!!!!Great service.

Thank deep030975
Baltimore, Maryland
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

We had lunch there on a trip to the Aquarium and enjoyed it very much. The grilled cheese sandwich comes with fried onion and fresh tomato and a choice of chips of salad and was delicious. My son (4) had the mini sliders and they were also very good. The café is set in the aquarium so one has a... More 

Thank MLR531
Waterford, Wisconsin, United States
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191 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

Located near Albuquerque's Old Town and nestled in the Botanical Gardens this very unique restaurant was my choice for a relaxing lunch during a recent business visit. Plenty of seating with easy viewing of the awesome exotic fish tank featuring sharks, barracuda, Yellowfin, Grouper, Stingray and Sea Turtles. Menu was very basic but I had no problem settling on a... More 

Thank Tichiganblues
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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46 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

What an experience! Our kids and us enjoy watching the aquarium while enjoying a good meal. The food selection is good as are the prices. Everything tasted great! The service was also good.

Thank stephandfamily

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2601 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1615
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Albuquerque>  > West Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: West Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 505-848-7182

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?