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Take your event to the next level... Sea Level

Blu Culinary Creations, the exclusive caterer for OdySea Aquarium, invites you to host your event somewhere extraordinary!

Host an enchanting wedding by the water or sip refreshing cocktails while gazing at fascinating sea life. From intimate receptions to corporate gatherings to black tie galas, OdySea Aquarium will provide a unique experience and lasting memories. Offering a variety of unique venue space options, your special event or party can be customized to fit your vision and needs, and the guest list can even include a penguin or otter!

Please note event bookings are for evenings only.

Please click here for information regarding group visits to the aquarium. We do not currently offer any birthday packages or daytime event reservations at this time. For birthday parties, we recommend purchasing regular admission tour tickets and dining at the Lighthouse Café.

Amenities & Services

  • More than 200,000 square feet of unique event space
  • Partial or full aquarium rental
  • Accommodates groups of guests 10 - 2,800
  • Innovative menus and seasonal cuisine, with sustainable and locally sourced foods and beverage
  • Supports green initiatives with high-end compostable products
  • Event package includes linens, tables, chiavari chairs, set up, space and clean up
  • Audio/Visual capabilities
  • Vendor support for event design, décor, lighting and entertainment

Types of Events

  • Weddings - Experience Something Blu
  • Corporate Events - Waves of Excitement
  • Social Events - Make a Splash
  • Holiday Parties - Dive into the Holidays
"The Aquarium was a great place for our Spectrum Award Show. We had over 200 people at our event and everyone loved it. The space is great the food is even better."

Ben Holland

President - American Marketing Association, Phoenix Chapter

Dive Deeper with our Event Enhancements

"Thank you again for a wonderful event Friday night, the feedback has been outstanding. Your crew really worked with us to keep it smooth and it went well. Also, the food was really good, better than other venues!"

Steve Greenberg

THIN CLIENT COMPUTING

Venue Spaces

Our Venues

Our venue options provide unique spaces that will amaze and excite your guests. Our spaces can be combined or rented separately. Our goal is to provide you with the perfect floor plan for your special event!

We offer both plated, buffet style and strolling receptions depending on space selected. Complete aquarium rental is available as well as lower or upper level rentals.

Full Aquarium Buyout: 2,800 capacity

OdySea Venues
"The guests had a fantastic time and are still raving about the Coe & Van Loo event we hosted at OdySea Aquarium on October 21, 2016. I will definitely recommend the OdySea to my colleagues and connect them with Debra because I know they will be in great hands.”

Kristina Locke

COE & VAN LOO CONSULTANTS, INC.

Lower Level

P = Plated Dinners S = Strolling Receptions B = Buffet

  • LOWER LEVEL - 1,200 S
    All of lower level.
  • OCEAN ART - 25 S
    Enjoy libations and small bites while gazing at moon jellyfish, varieties of sharks and the magnificent martini glass exhibit.
  • REEF JEWELS - 24 P | 25 S
    Party with Caribbean reef inhabitants such as clownfish, banded butterfly fish and green moray eel. The brilliant Great Barrier Reef is included in this space.
  • GREAT BARRIER REEF TUNNEL - 24 P
    Enjoy an intimate dinner under the bustling and bright tunnel which offers an immersive tour through daily life inside Earth’s largest living structure, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
  • DEEP OCEAN 3D VIEWING THEATER - 112 P | 250 S | 120 B
    Dine under the sea with an expansive view into a 200,000 gallon habitat featuring sharks, rays and sea turtles. Expand your dinner into Bizarre & Beautiful where guests can enjoy unusual sights of the deep ocean including the majestic lionfish, chambered nautilus and the Giant Pacific Octopus.

    • ADD BIZARRE & BEAUTIFUL - 200 P | 400 S | 250 B
      Enhance your event with a 3D movie experience or add on the Bizarre & Beautiful area and enjoy the unusual sights of the flashlight fish, the king crab, and the giant Pacific octopus.
  • CONFERENCE ROOM - 14 P | 14 B
    Host a meeting around a spacious boardroom table with impressive views into Shark Waters.
  • INVESTOR ROOM - 16 P | 24 S | 15 B
    Host a group while taking in the inspiring views of sea turtles, sharks and rays. Relax on oversized couches while being treated to delicious cocktails and a variety of menu collections

Upper Level

P = Plated Dinners S = Strolling Receptions

  • UPPER LEVEL - 1,600 S
    All of upper level.
  • RIVERS OF THE WORLD - 200 P | 600 S | 150 B
    Introduce your guests to the variety of fearsome and fascinating species found in Rivers all over the world. From paddlefish and piranhas, to tropical birds and the Asian small clawed otters, your guests will be entertained from start to finish. Make sure not to miss Squidney the 2 toed sloth!
  • LIGHTHOUSE CAFÉ - 900 S | 300 B
    Blu Culinary Creations nautical themed restaurant is the perfect backdrop for your event. With a 37 foot interactive Tidal Touch pool and a massive sting ray touch pool your guests will experience marine life up close.
  • PENGUIN POINT - 48 P | 100 S | 100 B
    Adore Pip, Polly and the whole OdySea penguin family. Our African black-footed penguins will create a buzz with their charismatic personalities and aquatic skill leaving your guests with a lasting impression. Great space for kid friendly events with multiple interactive elements to keep them busy. Amazing add on space to Rivers of the World and the Lighthouse Café.
Graduation Party
"On behalf of the Phoenix staff, thank you for hosting a great holiday party last Friday! We received so many positive comments about the food, atmosphere and overall experience, it was our best holiday party in recent memory!!”

Art Martinez

Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP

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"Thank you so much for all of your help! Everything was great and heard nothing but good things from our guests. The food was fantastic as well! We will definitely be recommending it to others.”

Regina Blackburn

International Capital Investment Company

Culinary Expertise

Matt Zdeb

Executive Chef, Blu Culinary Creations & Lighthouse Café at OdySea Aquarium
Scottsdale, Arizona

Matt found his passion and enthusiasm for food at an early age in his grandmother’s kitchen in Colorado Springs, Colorado and began his culinary career at only 15 working in the kitchen of a cheesesteak chain in San Antonio, Texas. Years later, after studying business and concluding it was not for him, he decided to attend culinary school at the Austin Culinary Academy in Texas. After graduation, looking to expand his talents and knowledge, Matt enrolled at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona where he earned his Bachelors in Hospitality and Hotel Management. While completing his studies, Matt was employed as the Banquet Chef at the W Hotel and Sushi Roku in Scottsdale.

After earning his degree from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Matt was promoted into the role of Executive Chef for the W Hotel in 2011, becoming one of the youngest Executive Chefs in Arizona at the time. He spent the next three years honing his skills and expanding his knowledge on Asian cuisine and seizing the opportunity to explore a variety of other cultures and culinary influences from around the world. In 2014, after more than nine years with Sushi Roku and the W Hotel, Matt accepted the Executive Chef role with the new and upcoming restaurant, SumoMaya in Scottsdale, Arizona which he held for two years. In 2016, Matt accepted the position of Executive Chef for Blu Culinary Creations and the Lighthouse Café at OdySea Aquarium.

We invite you to host your next event or dine at the Lighthouse Café to experience firsthand Chef Matt’s talents and innovative menus and why he has been recognized as a “Best Chef” by Best Chefs America for the previous consecutive four years.

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Our Commitment to Local & Sustainable Foods

Our menus are developed using local, seasonal and sustainable foods. We partner with multiple local farms to provide the best and highest quality ingredients, as well as we follow the Monterey Seafood Watch program. We also use Eco-Products brand compostable or recyclable disposables where possible. All buffet dinners and strolling stations includes disposable products made from 100% renewable resources in efforts for environmental sustainability.  China and flatware can be rented at an additional cost.

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"Utilizing Odysea meeting/conference area for our recent meeting worked out wonderfully! Debra and staff were very helpful, attentive, and they absolutely helped ensure that we had a successful event. Working with the caterer was seamless AND the food was wonderful. Set-up was perfect and there were no issues with audiovisual equipment. The attendees loved the opportunity to visit all of the beautiful fish tanks and gain a better understanding of Odysea’s mission. We would highly recommend this venue!”

Julie Griggs

Zoetis

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Our Team

Matt Zdeb
GM / Executive Chef
Blu Culinary Creations & Lighthouse Café

Lauren Fidati
Sales & Catering
Blu Culinary Creations