Monterey Restaurants near Monterey Bay Aquarium

Our list of the best food near Monterey Bay Aquarium. Our top pick: Scheid Vineyards.
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  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    886 Cannery Row
    May 29-Sept 6 and all holidays 9:30AM-6PM, Summer weekends 9:30AM-8PM, winter 10AM-5PM, other dates 10AM-6PM. This large aquarium specializes in exhibiting local sea life in typical local habitat displays, and has many spectacular exhibits. It is particularly known for its Kelp Forest exhibit, three stories high, filled with several varieties of giant kelp and a wide variety of marine animal species, and also for its million-gallon Open Sea exhibit with large blue fin and yellow fin tunas, mahi-mahis, sharks (including an occasional Great White Shark as a very temporary visitor, before being released back to the ocean), ocean sunfish (mola-molas) and sea turtles. The best exhibits include a large tank of silver sardines that swim around and around above one's head, and one of rescued sea otters deemed unreturnable to the wild and therefore kept at the aquarium. (The Aquarium has rescued and released back to the wild over 500 sea otters.) Feedings of the various tanks are scheduled throughout the day and are fascinating, particularly the Open Sea exhibit feeding at 11:00 a.m. each morning, and feedings in the Kelp Forest exhibit during which a diver in full dive gear enters the exhibit's water, feeds the fish, and talks to the Aquarium's visitors from inside the exhibit. $34.95 adults, $31.95 seniors and students, $21.95 children and disabled. Quite expensive, but for a good cause (the Aquarium is privately funded, and much of the money goes for conservation research), and most visitors will consider a visit well worth the charge.
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  • Scheid Vineyards

    751 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
    A tasting room with a swank wine-bar atmosphere, Scheid Vineyards sells wine, wine-related items, and locally produced cheeses and charcuterie.
  • Wave Street Studios

    774 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940
    Both an intimate live venue and a recording studio, Wave Street Studios is a great place to see a show.
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