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 and tea, and fresh-squeezed juices to the Terrace's fast-casual cuisine, you'll find options to please nearly any palate. 

Admission to the Academy required in order to access our restaurant locations.

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.

Members receive 10% off all purchases and can also enroll in The Terrace Member Rewards program. Stop by The Terrace during dining hours to pick up your rewards card.

The Academy Café
Fresh, locally sourced produce

The Academy Café is a celebration of the food cultures of California regions and San Francisco. Our menu honors the incredible agricultural bounty of California and highlights local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy our indoor and outdoor dining areas with our family-friendly fare.

Members save 10% and have exclusive access to a member-only express checkout line.

Dining Gift Cards
Dining Gift Card

Make dining experiences easy for your group, family, or a special someone celebrating an occasion at the Academy. Dining gift cards offer flexibility for everyone in your party and are redeemable in the Academy Café and The Terrace restaurant. They are available in any quantity and denomination ($10 minimum).

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 are committed to sourcing our seafood in ways that minimize damage to ocean and freshwater environments. We proudly follow the recommendations of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.

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
Sunday: 10 am–5 pm
(Lunch: 11 am–3:30 pm)
Thursday: 6–10 pm (during NightLife)

The Terrace
Monday–Wednesday: 11 am–4 pm
​Thursday: 11 am–4 pm, 6 pm–10 pm (during NightLife)
Friday: 11 am–4 pm
Saturday–Sunday: 11 am–4 pm

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! 

Academy Insider