• Food at the Terrace
    Dine al fresco at The Terrace Restaurant. 
  • Superfood Salad served at the Academy Cafe
    Keen on quinoa? Try our tasty Superfood Salad.
  • Pizza
    Fresh-baked pizza—a perennial crowd-pleaser.
  • Academy Club sandwich served at the Academy Cafe
    Belly up to the Deli for a mouthwatering Academy Club.
  • Coffee bar and pastries
    Power up for a day of science at the Coffee Bar: Baked goods, Peet's coffee drinks, and more.

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, craft beer, and wine selection, you'll find delicious—and sustainable—options to please every palate.

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 Restaurant
Friday & Monday: 11 am–2:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11 am–3:30 pm
Closed Tuesday–Thursday

Admission to the Academy is required to dine at the Café or Terrace. No reservations necessary.

The Terrace

Sliced cheesy flatbreads at the Terrace Restaurant

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

Colorful, healthy bowls served fresh at the Academy Cafe

The Academy Café menu honors the incredible agricultural bounty of California and highlights local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients. You can create your own healthy meal at the Academy Bowls station, grab something hot at the Pizzeria and Grill, dive into our popular Sushi bar, or select from an assortment of fresh sandwiches and salads at the Deli. Come dine with us!


New Executive Chef

Chef Ghazwan Alsharif in the Academy kitchen

Say hello to the Academy's new Executive Chef, Ghazwan Alsharif! Hailing from Baghdad and boasting an impressive Bay Area culinary pedigree, Chef G's international cuisine is already tantalizing tastebuds.   


Sustainable Operations

Green vegetables

The Academy Café and The Terrace Restaurant are proud to support the Academy’s commitment to sustaining life on Earth. Our menus are driven by sustainable, seasonal, and locally-sourced ingredients, highlighting California’s unique regional bounties within a 250 mile radius.


Pre-Order Boxed Lunches

Make lunch at the Academy easy with a locally sourced, prepaid boxed lunch or gift card! Ideal for trip planners on tight schedules.

We require a minimum of ten (10) box lunches per order. Please allow at least seven (7) business days for processing.

Senior Admission Package

Groups of 10 or more seniors (age 65+) can enjoy an exclusive admission package at the Academy. The package includes a discounted general admission rate with lunch or reserved planetarium seating. Please allow nine (9) business days for processing.

Contact us:
(415) 379-5176