Aquarium Cafe

4 recent ratings
$$ • Cafe
Reported NOT to have a gluten-free menu, but gluten-free options are available
Reported GF menu options: Bread/Buns, Burgers, Fries, Sandwiches
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
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Celiac

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GF items are not marked anywhere, but you can ask the staff behind the counters and they seemed knowledgeable to me. I ordered a salad, which was fine except for the vinegar-heavy dressing, and pita bread that was supposedly GF but I'm not totally sure it was uncontaminated.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Updated 7 months ago read full review

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The staff was very willing to help ensure the food was gluten free. However, there was some confusion regarding the poke bowl. Although the bowl was offered as a gluten free option, the wakame (seaweed salad) that is used in the poke bowl (both as its own topping and as part of the creamy poke mix) is not gluten free. It is sold as a separate item in a glass jar in the refrigerator and lists wheat as an ingredient! Fortunately we noticed this before my celiac wife ate her poke bowl. They were able to make her a new custom bowl with the rest of the poke bowl ingredients and grilled salmon instead and everything turned out fine. Just a reminder to always be vigilant.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good vegetarian options
Updated 11 months ago read full review

Celiac

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I only asked about the Poke Bowls to see if they were GF. I didn't ask about more of the menu. The Poke Bowl was good with nice big portion.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 11 months ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Reported to have a dedicated fryer
  • Bread/Buns
  • Burgers
  • Fries
  • Sandwiches

Categories

  • Cafe
  • Healthy
  • Lunch
  • Vegan Friendly

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Are here for lunch while at the aquarium. All sandwiches/burgers can be made with a gluten free bun. Fries are made in their own fryer. I had to wait a few minutes for them to make my food separately.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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The lable gluten free. But the options are very limited. No bun hot dog and fries is about it for a child. They said gf bread is a problem because of individual plastic wrapping and they focus on reducing waste. For my kids, we had to ignore the signs and bring in our own food. Or go hungry. There is a spicy taquito that was pretty tasty but not kids friendly.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Very awesome place inside the aquarium. Everything is clearly marked, they knew what they were doing, and it was very tasty. No reaction and could eat most of their menu.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Staff was very knowledgeable and the hostess had celiac and recommended the restaurant over the cafe because they had more options. Everything that was gluten free was marked on the menu. A little pricey but good views

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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There were very few options for me as I can’t have dairy, and some staff was very knowledgeable, BUT they were careful about checking the ingredients and avoiding cross contamination. Next time I’ll probably bring my own lunch, but they at least were careful and knowledgeable and I had a burger no bun and some potato chips instead of fries as they didn’t have a dedicated fryer.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Had a gluten free menu available upon request. Fries are no longer celiac safe as they are prepared in a shared fryer with fried chicken wings. But, me and my husband had delicious potato soup, and things like salad and fish tacos/quesadillas were all labeled gf. Knowledgeable staff and good to have options.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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So happy to have fries! Pricey for basic but to be expected in the aquarium.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Not a ton of options but I had a bun-less burger with fries and didn't get sick. Just being able to have fries was great. They have a gluten free menu with options, be sure to remember to mention that gluten/wheat makes you sick when you order if you have celiac.

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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They've really improved options and labeling since we last visited. Pick up plastic menu in center of cafeteria with gf options. Gf fries. Gf burger and dog without bun. Gf fish tostada (yum!!!). Gf pizza option. Also had numerous gf snacks like Lucy's cookies. Happy for options.

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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I was watching as they cross contamination

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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Anyone with celiac disease (or celiac kids) knows how stressful it can be of you don't plan where to eat. I did my research. I looked into multiple websites for reviews about the Acquirium's gf friendliness. I was so frustrated when we went to get lunch there. The cafe is set up like a cafeteria. none of the menus mention gf products. you'd have to go to every counter and ask about gf, whole the other 1000 people in the acquirium attempt to order... We finally figured out the only gf option was pizza if we waited an hour. We decided to avoid the madness and go into the restuarant. There are very knowledgeable but have very limited options.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 8 years ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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The cafe is very accommodating and the food was very good. A little pricey but good. Garlic fries are awesome!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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This was the best cafe inside a museum/aquarium/ zoo or any of the sort I have ever been to! All of the food was good, not just the gluten free options. They had amazing fresh salads, great gluten free pizza, gluten free soup options, and delicious gluten free cookies, just to name a few things. I would recommend eating here if you visit the aquarium, it was delicious

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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