Utilizing the shell of an abandoned downtown fire station, the new Aquarium Restaurant complex significantly adds to downtown Houston’s entertainment activities. Featuring over 500,000 gallons of aquariums, the four-story building houses The Marina Matinee Café with seating for 120, The Dive bar and lounge, and a 15,000-sf public aquarium on the ground level. The 50-ft tall cylindrical fish tank — the world's tallest fish tank and the central focus of the building — extends the full height of the entertainment areas to the third level.
A grand staircase encircles the tank, leading to the 400-seat Aquarium Restaurant on the second level and banquet facilities on the third floor. Both upper dining and banquet levels feature outdoor terraces for magnificent downtown views. Corporate offices and life support services for the aquarium occupy the top level. The surrounding grounds feature fountains, plazas, a ferris wheel and a train that circles the site and takes passengers through a shark tank located within the historic Water Works Building.