New England Aquarium Dining options are currently closed.

Culinary Partner

We have partnered with Patina Restaurant Group for all our food service offerings. Patina is dedicated to providing guests with the very finest quality cuisine, exceptional service, and genuine hospitality at extraordinary landmark locations and award-winning restaurants around the country.

Sustainable Sourcing

Our menus proudly showcase ocean-friendly seafood! We choose only the best products from sources that support highly selective fishing methods that minimize harm to other animals while utilizing environmentally friendly farming methods and aquaculture practices.

The tables in the Harborview Cafe

Harbor View Café


September through June
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, and holidays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

July and August
Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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 menu features a variety of sandwiches, soups, and salads; kid’s combo meals; fresh juices and smoothies; snacks; and hot and cold breakfast offerings. Showcasing fresh and healthy fare at reasonable prices and in a casual counter-service setting, the Harbor View Café is an easy option for visiting families looking for a quick breakfast or lunch option.

The Harbor View Café is on Level 2 of the Aquarium and is wheelchair and stroller accessible by elevator.

Lobster, shrimp, and oysters from the raw bar at the Reef Bar

Reef Bar (Seasonal)

Post-Labor Day hours*

Friday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
(Until September 29) 

*The Reef Bar is sometimes closed for private events. To ensure the Reef Bar is open on a specific day, please call 617-226-2280.

Situated on the Aquarium Plaza overlooking Long Wharf, the Reef Bar is a waterfront dining destination with some of the best outdoor seating in town. With an emphasis on fresh seafood, creative sandwiches and salads, and an extensive craft beer, fine wine, and specialty cocktail list, this casual, open-air beer garden and restaurant is the ideal destination for Boston’s long-awaited summer nights.

Rent the Reef Bar

The Reef Bar is the perfect location for a summer company gathering or family celebration! Please visit our Events page or call 617-973-5205 for more information on booking your next party.

Menu (pdf)

Lobster roll and baked chips

Dog ‘n Claw (Seasonal)

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(Until September 29)

For a quick-fix before or after your Aquarium visit, the Dog ‘n Claw cart on the Aquarium Plaza offers gourmet hot dogs, lobster rolls, chowder, and other foods. The casual walk-up window is reminiscent of the classic New England seafood shack, but here there are all-beef hot dogs decked out with creative toppings, and plentiful lobster rolls offered two ways: cold with mayo or hot with melted butter. Wash it all down with a refreshing Frozen Blueberry Lemonade, and your Aquarium adventures are complete.