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.
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
Monday and Friday: 11 am – 2:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11 am – 3:30 pm
Please note: The Terrace Restaurant will be closed from April 19–27 as we prepare for the Big Bang Gala. The above hours reflect the Terrace's weekly schedule from April 28–May 30; starting June 1, the Terrace will be open daily.
Admission to the Academy is required to dine at the Café or Terrace. No reservations necessary.
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
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
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.
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. The Academy Café and The Terrace are proud to be Certified Green Restaurants.
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.
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.
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