• Preparing a sandwich
  • An array of breakfast foods
  • A bowl of salad
  • Pastries on display
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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: Acme Bread, Batter Bakery, Frog Hollow Farms, Belfiore, Niman Ranch, County Line Harvest, Andytown Coffee Roasters, California Endive Co, Laura Chanel Dairy, Straus Creamery, Coke Farms

Please note: For your safety, indoor dining is currently not available. Food and drink purchased at the Academy must be consumed outdoors. Guests are welcome to bring food from home, but we ask that all outside food be consumed in the East Garden. For more information, please visit our Health & Safety page.

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The Academy Café

The Academy Café

Hours of operation
Daily, 9 am-4 pm
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The Academy Café honors the agricultural bounty of California and highlights local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy freshly prepared as well as grab-and-go items Monday through Thursday, our new plant-based taqueria Tuesday through Thursday, and fresh pizza, mac 'n cheese, and soups added Friday through Sunday.

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The Terrace Restaurant

The Terrace Restaurant at the Academy

Hours of operation
Friday-Monday, 11 am-4 pm
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The Terrace Restaurant features seasonal, plant-based 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.

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Meet our 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!

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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.