Press Release

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
Kelly Mendez (415) 379-5133


The Academy Cafe is a modern, casual, kid-friendly restaurant inside the California Academy of Sciences, with an emphasis on quick service. The cafe serves a wide variety of multi-cultural cuisine, made fresh, with healthy, seasonal and organic ingredients.


Executive Chef
and Proprietor

Charles Phan

Chef de Cuisine

Mario Martinez

General Manager

Edward Vicedo

Hours of Operation

9:30 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Saturday
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday
On Thursdays, the Academy Cafe reopens from 6:00 - 10:00 PM for NightLife
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas

Price Range

Entrées $6.00 - $15.00
Sides and Desserts $1.00 - $5.00

Credit Card

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner’s Club


Music Concourse garage or street parking

Seating Capacity

160 Main Dining Room, 100 Heated Patio





California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California 94118

Opening Date

September 27, 2008


Olle Lundberg, Lundberg Design
Cathy Simon, SMWM

Sustainable Practices
  • Both the Academy Café and The Moss Room are committed to sustainability, organics and proper farming — values which are harmonious with the California Academy of Sciences’ mission to explore, explain and protect the natural world.
  • All seafood meets the Academy’s Seafood Watch criteria.
  • Both restaurants operate aggressive recycling and composting programs.
  • Ingredients are sourced from suppliers which are local, certified, and/or organic whenever possible.
  • Menus emphasize the seasonality of ingredients.
  • Unnecessary packaging materials are avoided, and all packaging products are compostable or biodegradable.
  • Reusable plates and silverware are used in both restaurants.
  • In the Academy Café, signage helps communicate the aforementioned values to diners.