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

Welcome back! The Academy is now open to the public. Please note that we've made some important changes to our dining program for guest and staff health and safety:

  • All food and drink must be consumed outdoors. Physically distanced tables and seating have been added to the East and West Gardens and are cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. Guests are welcome to bring food from home, but we ask that all outside food be consumed in the East Garden.
  • The Café will remain temporarily closed. Please visit The Terrace Restaurant in the West Garden for a variety of delicious grab-and-go options and Andytown Coffee drinks, open 9 am–4 pm daily.
  • Masks must be worn at all times except when actively eating or drinking. Masks are required for all guests ages 3 and up, indoors and outdoors.

Please visit our reopening page for health and safety details, ticketing information, and FAQs. Thank you for keeping the Academy safe for everyone, and we hope to see you soon!

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 is 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 Terrace Restaurant

The Terrace Restaurant at the Academy

Hours of operation
Daily, 9:30 am–4 pm*

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 selection of regional beers.

*The Terrace opens at 9 am on Tuesday for Member Hour. 


The Academy Café

The Academy Café

Hours of operation
Temporarily closed

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.


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.