Disclosure: From Downriver To Downright Country received complementary meals in order to conduct a review, no monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own.
Dive Into a Dining Adventure!
Your underwater adventure begins as you are seated around the 200,000-gallon aquarium, which allows exceptional floor-to-ceiling viewing from all tables. More than 100 species of colorful, tropical fish from the Caribbean Sea, Hawaii, South Pacific and the Indian Ocean – reside in the tank. To the great delight of both children and adults, a diver makes feedings twice a day in full view of the dining room. The unparalleled offerings at Aquarium feature only the freshest fish, seafood, steaks and more.
My family and I had the pleasure of dining at The Aquarium in Nashville this weekend. Ever since we moved to Nashville I have wanted to eat there and enjoy the underwater experience. Let me tell you how GLAD I am that we did.
When we arrived we were greeted by friendly smiling faces. The restaurant was crowded but the wait was less than 5 minutes. The manager even greeted us while waiting to let us know that our table was being cleaned. We were quickly seated by a friendly staff member who told us the unique facts about the Aquarium and the fish inside of it and gave my children cute Sharkey hats.
The whole restaurant is beautiful and looks like you’re under the sea wherever you are seated but the best seats are right next to the 200,000 gallon Aquarium in my opinion 🙂 Luckily, our table had a great view of the tank. My kids were so entirely occupied and fascinated our entire visit.
Could this restaurant be any more amazing?? The answer is YES! All of the staff seemed extra happy to help and lovely but our waiter was phenomenal. He had amazing customer service skills and helped us decide with his recommendations what to order by explaining in detail different choices and favorites.
First was Appetizers. We could not decide on a appetizer although all of them sounded delicious. We decided to pass on the appetizer when the wonderful Chef Jerod Wilcher brought us the Shrimp & Crap Dip Appetizer which is a Creamy dip consisting of Crabmeat, Shrimp, Roasted Poblano Peppers, Tomatoes & Jack Cheese. Served with Pita Points. He was certain we would love it and he was 100% correct! The Shrimp & Crab Dip was the tastiest dip I have ever had. My husband and I devoured the dip with the pita points and the kids even helped. That is how you know it was great!
Next, Our fantastic waiter went over the entrée options with us. For my husband, it was a no brainer. He is a steak and lobster kind of guy so he ordered the Mariner’s Mixed Grill which is Top Sirloin, Lobster Tail & Grilled Shrimp served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables. I ordered the Certified Angus Beef Ribeye, served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables. I also ordered a side of Grilled Shrimp. We both added Caesar Salads to our entrée as well. The menu choices are extraordinary and luckily for parents with picky eaters the children’s menu is very simple with kids favorites and a wide variety to choose from. As for my picky eaters, we ordered them the Fun Sized Mini Corn Dogs and Kid’s Size Cheese Pizza both with fries and strawberry lemonade.
I love seafood but one thing I have never tried before was lobster. My husband had lobster tail with his meal and shared with me, I must say that it was absolutely delicious. Every single thing we all had to eat today was perfect! The steak both my husband and I ordered was very juicy and one of the best steaks I have ever eaten before. Better than steaks from most steak houses even. The kids ate up their food so quick they surprisingly did not want dessert but I JUST HAD TO order the delicious SHARK ATTACK dessert that our waiter was telling us about since we first got there.
The Big Shark attack is Chocolate cake with a warm, dark chocolate liquid center served with caramel sauce, Heath bar pieces, vanilla ice cream, chocolate and white chocolate drizzle, and a large shark cookie. I think this speaks for itself and I probably do not even have to tell you how AMAZING the dessert tasted but I will in 3 words..Chocolate lava heaven!
We even had the chance to see the professional diver feed the fish while we were eating. It was very neat. My kids were fascinated with how the fish were swarming him. He dives to feed the fish twice a day. I was happy that we were there one of the times to see him. Our whole experience dining at the Aquarium in Nashville was absolutely great! The kids had a great time as did my husband and I. From the staff to the fishes and of course the food everything was A++++!
I can guarantee The Aquarium will be our dining place for special occasions such as birthdays’, anniversaries and more. I already want to go back. The kids never wanted to leave.
When you exit the restaurant (or before you enter) there is an adorable gift shop that you can purchase memorabilia such as hats, shirts and ocean/Aquarium themed toys for the kids. We were so stuffed that we just did a quick walk through of it but my daughter saw a couple things she wanted “so bad!” haha. Next time we will look around more.
I wish The Aquarium had locations in every state, but they do have 4 in the US located in Nashville, Tennessee, Denver, Colorado, Houston, Texas, and Kemah, Texas. If you live near any of these locations I highly recommend a visit. Go visit the perfect under water dining experience and eat some delicious food with your whole family. You will not regret it!