A woman getting coffee at the Academy Cafe.

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 Academy Café
Delicious, buttery pastries at the Academy cafe.

The Academy Café’s chefs craft simple, approachable, and creative California-style cuisine with an emphasis on organic, sustainable, and locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy the Napa Valley chicken salad wrap, grilled portobello and mozzarella burger, wheatberry and artichoke salad, a selection of kids’ meals, coffee, sweets, and much more.

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. Whether you try one of the soups or chowders, a broiled open-faced goat cheese sandwich, or the Northwest grain salad with a buttermilk-poached chicken breast, you're sure to be delighted by the Terrace's gourmet offerings and tranquil garden setting.

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! 

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