• Food at the Terrace
  • Banh mi sandwich
  • Pizza
  • Soba noodle salad
  • Coffee bar and pastries

Come and explore the delicious side of the Academy! From the Café's wide selection of multicultural cuisine, fresh pastries, and gourmet coffee, to The Terrace's seasonal share plate menu and craft beer and wine selection, you'll find delicious options to please every palate.


The Terrace
The Terrace

The Terrace Restaurant features seasonal dishes with locally sourced ingredients, served in a beautiful outdoor setting. We invite you to the West Garden to relax with a glass of wine or try our very own "Academy" beer, brewed by Magnolia Brewing Company. There's no need for a reservation at The Terrace, and the fast-casual service will ensure that your meal arrives as quickly as possible.

The Academy Café
Academy Cafe rice bowl

The Academy Café menu honors the incredible agricultural bounty of California and highlights local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients. Discover our popular sushi station, From the Pacific, create your own healthy rice bowl at Street Foods, select from an assortment of fresh sandwiches and salads at The Deli or grab something hot at the Pizza Oven and The Grill. Come dine with us!

Executive Chef Dani Volpi
Executive Chef Dani Volpi

With experience in two Michelin star restaurants, as well as San Francisco’s own Delfina, Chef Dani Volpi brings a rich culinary background of Danish, Italian, and Californian cuisine to his craft. His passion for sourcing local ingredients and enforcing strict sustainability guidelines aligns closely with the Academy's mission.

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

Admission to the Academy required to access our restaurant locations.

Dining Gift Cards RR

Dining Gift Cards and Box Lunches

Make your dining experience easy for your group, family, or a special someone celebrating an occasion. Pre-order box lunches for your visit or purchase dining gift cards to redeem in the Academy Café and The Terrace restaurant at any time.

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