soba noodles

Relax and enjoy a meal or a delicious snack during your visit to the Academy. From the Café's wide selection of multicultural cuisine, fresh pastries, gourmet coffee tea, and fresh-squeezed juices to the Terrace's fast-casual cuisine, you'll find options to please nearly any palate. 

The Terrace
The Terrace Cafe

Located in the Academy's West Garden, amidst sculptures by Maya Lin, the Terrace features a menu of upscale and innovative cuisine served on small plates and slates that are perfect for sharing with a group or enjoying for a light lunch or afternoon meal. There's no need for a reservation at the Terrace, and the fast-casual service will ensure that your hot, fresh meal arrives as quickly as possible.

The Terrace hosts a daily Happy Hour from 2-4pm. Buy a glass of any wine or beer and get a second for free, plus treat your taste buds with a local cheese platter for $6. Members also save 10%.

The Academy Café
Fresh, locally sourced produce

Coming soon…
One new look, many new flavors

The Academy Café is temporarily closed for renovation, and will return in late March with a fresh design and brand new menu. Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

  • A full-service espresso bar serving a wide selection of fair-trade coffee and teas
  • San Francisco-inspired street food selections
  • Sustainable sushi rolls
  • Hand-crafted artisan sandwiches and hearty burgers
  • Pizza station
  • Local, sustainable, and fresh produce and ingredients

In the meantime, please visit The Terrace and several pop-up food stations located in the West Garden.

Dining Tips

Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and drink to the Academy, but we do not provide storage for lunches. Seating can be found in the East Garden, Piazza, and on indoor benches throughout the museum.

Seafood Watch

We've partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program to promote environmentally responsible seafood choices and to help sustain diverse and healthy oceans.

Sustainable Ingredients

Chefs at the Academy Café and The Terrace are committed to supporting sustainable farming practices. Whenever possible, we source only local, seasonal, and organic ingredients.

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Dining Hours

Dining Hours

Academy Café
Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sundays: 10 am – 5 pm
(Lunch: 11 am – 3:30 pm)
Thursdays: 6 – 10 pm (during NightLife)

The Terrace
Daily: 11 am – 4 pm
Thursdays: 6 – 10 pm (during NightLife)

The Moss Room has closed for renovation as space for special-event rentals. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Visitor Map

Visitor Map

Prefer to plan your exploration in advance? Use your smartphone for way-finding? Just click here for an interactive map of the Academy and its exhibits. 

interactive visitor map

Academy Insider App

Academy Insider App

Download the Academy Insider, a free iPhone app packed with exhibit info, self-guided tours, a live daily programs feed, museum floor plans, and much more! 

Logo for the Academy Insider mobile app