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

The Academy is open daily! Please note that we've made some important changes to our dining program for your safety:

  • Indoor dining is now available for food purchased in the Academy Café, but all other food and drink 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.
  • Masks must be worn properly at all times indoors by all guests ages 3 and up, except when actively eating or drinking in the Café. Masks are no longer required 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 Academy Café

The Academy Café

Hours of operation
Daily, 9 am-4 pm

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, with fresh pizza, mac 'n cheese, and soups added Friday through Sunday.

Please note: Indoor seating is now available in the Café, but capacity is limited. If no tables are available, please enjoy your meal outdoors.  


The Terrace Restaurant

The Terrace Restaurant at the Academy

Hours of operation
Daily, 11 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.


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.