Harbor View Cafe

Harbor View Café

Visitors to the Aquarium are welcome at the Harbor View Café with its floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views of the city skyline and Boston Harbor.

The Harbor View Café offers a variety of burgers, pizzas, deli sandwiches, soups, salads, beverages, and snacks, as well as sustainable seafood. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices are reasonable, with several options for a healthy lunch for a family of four less than $35.

The Harbor View Café is on the second level of the Aquarium and is wheelchair and stroller accessible by elevator.

The Café serves ocean-friendly seafood that supports fishing methods that are highly selective and minimize harm to other animals, like whales, dolphins, seabirds, and sea turtles, and farming methods that use environmentally friendly aquaculture practices.

There are also many other dining options around the Aquarium, including full-service restaurants nearby and refreshment carts on the Aquarium Plaza during the summer.

Outdoor Dining at the Aquarium

Guest enjoying The Reef outdoor restaurant

The Reef, Aquarium Plaza

Open noon – 9 p.m. daily, seasonally

Situated on the Aquarium Plaza with views of the harbor and city of Boston, The Reef has some of the best outdoor seating in town and serves a delicious seasonal menu.

The Reef includes a tempting variety of regional favorites, refreshing snacks, and gourmet takes on family favorites. Selections include luscious, meaty lobster rolls; New England-style Reef clam chowder made from sustainable clams; Margherita flatbread; and many other crowd-pleasers.

Enjoy sea breezes, a fresh seasonal menu, and harbor scenes in this open-air restaurant and bar. The combination of the Central Wharf location and the menu promises to make The Reef the best place to enjoy summer in the city.

Information and Directions

The Reef is located immediately adjacent to the New England Aquarium on Central Wharf. Follow directions and parking instructions for the Aquarium. Contact by phone at 617-973-5200.

Now available for private events!

The Reef is the perfect location for a summer company gathering or family celebration! Please call our Events Department at 617-973-5205, email events@neaq.org, or visit our Events page for more information.

The Aquarium Gift Shop

woman in gift shop holding plush

We offer great gifts and souvenirs through our online gift shop and our gift shop in the Aquarium lobby. All proceeds from our sales of merchandise go directly to support our education, conservation, and research programs.

About the Gift Shop

We carry an assortment of fun and educational products including books, videos, CDs and DVDs, clothes, toys, and plush animals. In addition, $10, $25, and $50 gift certificates are available and are good toward Aquarium and IMAX admission, Whale Watches, and meals in the Aquarium’s Harbor View Café. We also offer special gift shop packs for school field trips and other group visits.

If you don’t see what you are looking for, please call 617-973-5266 or email neaqstore@eventnetwork.com. We will be happy to help you.

The on-site gift shop, located in the lobby of the Aquarium’s West Wing, is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. We are closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.