If you’re looking for a place to dive into food and fun in Nashville, Tennessee, you’ll find it at the Aquarium Restaurant. Boasting a 200,000-gallon tank full of tropical fish, sharks, eels, stingrays, and other aquatic creatures, this family-friendly restaurant is Nashville’s only aquarium — and makes you feel like you’re dining underwater.
What It’s Like at Aquarium Restaurant in Nashville
You are escorted through a tunnel when you enter the restaurant and are immediately surrounded by fish and coral. The lighting at Aquarium Restaurant in Nashville is dim and cozy, which shows off the well-lit aquarium tanks. The spotlight is on the stars of the show: the dozens and dozens of tropical fish and plants.
Unlike most restaurants, there isn’t a bad seat anywhere in the restaurant. The tables are all set to surround the 200,000-gallon tank to get a great view of all of the action happening all around you. If you visit at the right time, you might even see the fish being fed. Skilled scuba divers enter the tank each day to care for the fish, sharks, eels, and rays that call the aquarium their home. Some fish need to be fed by hand, and you can witness that happen from your table!
The Food at the Aquarium Restaurant in Nashville
Speaking of feeding time: It’s not just the fish that get to eat at Aquarium Restaurant — it’s humans, too! The restaurant has a great menu featuring lots of seafood dishes (of course) and steak, chicken, pasta, and burgers.
The kids menu at Aquarium Restaurant is enormous. You’ll find kid-favorited fish items like fish sticks and fried shrimp and mac and cheese, burgers, and pizza. Kids can get a fun slushy drink in a shark cup or a make-your-own sundae. And bonus: Friday Family Nights are on Fridays from 3 p.m. until close. During this time, kids enjoy a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree.
Mermaids might be the subject of myth and legend, but at Aquarium Restaurant in Nashville, they’re all real!
On select days, guests can watch mermaids swim among the fishes during a 10-minute interactive show while learning about the importance of taking care of the environment. This family-friendly show is choreographed to music and performed in the dining room aquarium tank. Once a month, Aquarium Restaurant also offers an Under the Sea Breakfast with Mermaids, in which guests can enjoy breakfast while watching mermaids swim to music.
Aquarium Tours and Bonus Experiences
Suppose your family wants to learn more about fish and marine biology. In that case, Aquarium Restaurant offers extra experiences that will 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 scientific action happens and do fun and educational activities like dissect a squid, use microscopes and more.
During this 30-minute tour, you can learn fun and interesting facts about marine life and the 200,000-gallon fish tank they live in. You’ll also learn about the importance of our world’s oceans.
This 30-minute tour that’s perfect for all ages will teach you about the Aquarium’s inner workings, from filtration to fish food preparation. 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 Opryland Hotel. The restaurant gets extremely busy, so reservations are recommended. Call 615-514-FISH or visit aquariumrestaurants.com to book a reservation.