The Aquarium Restaurant at Maca Bana

Enjoy a long lazy day on the beach punctuated by dips in the ocean, rum punches from the bar and lunch on the deck; or a romantic evening with great cocktails, good wine and creative cuisine.

Set half way into a cave at the water’s edge on magnificent Magazine Beach, this popular restaurant offers great seafood, fresh produce from the owners’ organic garden and arguably the best ribs in Grenada. The beachside decks are great for sun (or star) worshippers while the dining room with its illuminated aquarium and high wooden ceilings is cooled by overhead fans. For a special occasion request a table in the gazebo perched right over the water.

Sundays at The Aquarium are busy, bright and bubbling with noise and laughter as patrons young, old and in between, come to eat, drink and make merry. Owner, German-born Uli Kuehn who has made Grenada his home for over 20 years, is like a whirling dervish trying to make sure everyone has what they need. It’s a moveable feast anywhere from 12 noon to 4 p.m. with late comers timing their arrival to coincide with the live band. No matter the time, the restaurant’s BBQ stays fired up as chefs produce delectable lobster with garlic butter sauce, ocean fresh fish expertly seasoned and those famous Texas style baby-back ribs. Staff are often under pressure so if your order seems a little slow in coming, have another pina colada or mojito from the nearby La Sirena Bar and keep your hunger at bay with some salsa and chips or bowl of other munchies from the salad bar.

Evenings are a little less frenetic at The Aquarium. Now is a good time to view the island-inspired paintings of co-owner and artist, Rebecca Thompson, which adorn the walls. Mythical sirens and mermaids, tropical landscapes and scenes of carnival revelry, lend another dimension to this charmingly quirky restaurant.

Tables are now clothed and lighting is subdued. The sounds of the indoor waterfall and the waves lapping the shore are complemented by soothing music. Europe meets Grenada with the restaurant’s signature dish of Callaloo Canneloni while succulent Coconut Shrimp served with an exotic pineapple curry sauce piques the taste buds. Finish off with homemade Nutmeg Ice Cream and you will be replete.

  • Reservations are recommended
  • Parking is limited so best to take a taxi
  • Steep hill down to entrance. Leave the high heels behind, ladies
  • Very lively on Sundays
  • Expect  ‘leisurely’, laid-back service.

The Aquarium Restaurant is open every day, except Monday, from 10 a.m. until late.

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