• Preparing a sandwich
  • An array of breakfast foods
  • A bowl of salad
  • Pastries on display

Discover the delicious side of the Academy

From the Café's wide selection of multicultural cuisine, fresh pastries, and gourmet coffee, to The Terrace Restaurant's seasonal share plate menu, craft beer, and wine selection, you'll find delicious, sustainable, family-friendly options to please every palate.

The Academy Café and Terrace Restaurant are proud to work with the following fine local food and beverage purveyors: Andytown Coffee Roasters, Acme Bread, The Midwife & The Baker, Double 8 Dairy, County Line Havest, Mary's Free Range Chicken, Glaum Egg Ranch, DoughXX, and many more!


The Academy Café

The Academy Café

Hours of operation
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 Academy Café honors the agricultural bounty of California and highlights local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients. Create your own healthy meal at the Academy Bowls station, grab something hot at the Pizzeria and Grill, dive into our sustainable Sushi Bar, or select from an assortment of fresh sandwiches and salads at the Deli.


The Terrace Restaurant

The Terrace Restaurant at the Academy

Hours of operation
Saturday & Sunday: 11 am–3:30 pm
Closed Monday-Friday beginning March 9

The Terrace Restaurant features seasonal dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, served in a beautiful outdoor, fast-casual setting. Relax in the West Garden with a glass of wine, or try our very own Academy beer, brewed by Magnolia Brewing Company.


Meet our new Executive Chef!

Outdoor portrait of Chef Dante Cecchini

Dante Cecchini has dedicated his career to crafting delicious food with local ingredients that celebrates the multiculturalism of San Francisco.

Kicking off his career at Citizen Cake, Dante honed his skills at Marlowe, Park Tavern, and the Cavalier, earning national recognition as one of Zagat’s 30 Under 30 Chefs in America. From there, he channeled his passion into opening two new San Francisco classics, Fiorella and Violet’s.

Dante is excited and honored to serve as Executive Chef at the museum that captured his imagination as a child. Welcome, Chef!


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 10 boxed lunches per order. Please allow at least seven business days for processing.

Senior Admission Package

Groups of 10 or more seniors (age 65+) can enjoy an exclusive admission package at the Academy, including discounted Daytime Admission tickets, lunch, or reserved planetarium seating.

Please allow nine business days for processing.