Restaurant Aquarium in Nashville, Tennessee
If you’re looking for a place to dive into food and have fun in Nashville, Tennessee, you’ll find it at Aquarium Restaurant. Boasting a 200,000 gallon tank filled with tropical fish, sharks, eels, stingrays and other aquatic creatures, this family-run restaurant – which is also Nashville’s only aquarium – makes you feel like dine underwater.
What it looks like at the Aquarium restaurant
When you enter the restaurant you are escorted through a tunnel and are immediately surrounded by fish and coral. Lighting in the Aquarium Restaurant is dim and comfortable, which enhances well-lit aquariums. The spotlight is on the stars of the show: the dozens and dozens of fish and tropical plants.
Unlike most restaurants, there is no bad seating in the restaurant. The tables are all arranged to surround the 200,000 gallon tank, so you can get a great view of all the action happening around you. If you visit at the right time, you may even see the fish being fed. Qualified divers enter the tank daily to tend to the fish, sharks, eels and rays that inhabit the aquarium. Some fish need to be hand fed, and you can witness this from your table!
Food at the Aquarium restaurant
Speaking of feeding time: it’s not just the fish that eat at the Aquarium restaurant, it’s the humans too! The restaurant has a great menu featuring plenty of seafood dishes (of course), as well as steak, chicken, pasta, and burgers.
The Aquarium restaurant’s children’s menu is enormous. You’ll find kid-favorite fish dishes like fish fingers and fried shrimp, as well as macaroni and cheese, burgers and pizza. And you have the option of getting a fun slush drink in a shark mug, as well as a make-your-own sundae. And as a bonus: Friday Family Nights are Fridays from 3 p.m. until closing. Meanwhile, kids get a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult dish.
Mermaids may be the stuff of myths and legends, but at Aquarium Restaurant, they’re all real!
On select days, guests can watch mermaids swim among fish in a 10-minute interactive show, while learning about the importance of caring for the environment. This family show is choreographed to music and is presented in the dining room aquarium. Once a month, the Aquarium restaurant also offers an Under the Sea Mermaid Breakfast, during which you can enjoy your breakfast while watching the mermaids swim by to the sound of music.
Aquarium tours and bonus experiences
If your family wants to learn more about fish and marine biology, Aquarium Restaurant offers additional experiences that take you behind the scenes to learn about underwater species, directly from marine biologists.
Marine Biologist for a Day
Groups of four or more can go behind the scenes where all the science action takes place and do fun and educational activities like dissecting a squid, using microscopes and more.
During this 30 minute tour, you can learn fun and interesting facts about marine life and the 200,000 gallon aquarium they live in. You will also discover the importance of the oceans in our world.
Behind the scenes tour
This 30-minute tour, perfect for all ages, will take you through the inner workings of the aquarium, from filtration to preparing fish food. Guests can view the 200,000 gallon saltwater tank from above!
The Aquarium Restaurant is located inside the Opry Mills Mall (516 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville), across from the Grand Ole Opry and the Opryland Hotel. The restaurant is extremely busy so reservations are recommended. Call 615-514-FISH or visit aquariumrestaurants.com to make a reservation.