Restaurant options offered throughout Golden Gate Park are pretty scarce, but main attractions, such as the California Academy of Sciences, do provide options for dining. In this case, you have your choice between cafeteria edibles at the upstairs Academy Café and fine dining downstairs at the Moss Room. In addition to the two restaurants, satellite food stations are also situated in the Piazza and West Garden of the Academy – offering a range of food and beverages.

The Academy Cafe

With a multicultural menu aimed at engaging the appetites of all ages, young palates are often delighted with the selection of food at the Academy Café. Each food station has its own line, where you can pick and choose the delicacies you’d like to consume. Menu items may include organic Butternut Squash Soup, macaroni and cheese, veggie wraps, nachos, French fries, fresh pastries, vegetarian spring rolls, and chicken quesadillas. For the adults, they may enjoy a glass of organic wine with their meal.

Academy members and their guests receive a 10% discount at the Academy Café all year-round. All you have to do is mention that you are an Academy member, and present your membership card during checkout.

Some people have reserved the Academy Café for private events (dinner only) for parties of up to 140 people (indoors) and 50 (outdoors).

Contact Details

Address: 55 Music Concourse Drive (California Academy of Science)
Phone Number: (415) 876-6121

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday); special nightly hours on Thursday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday)

The Academy Café is open on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to accommodate guests enjoying the Academy’s Thursday Nightlife events.

Website: http://www.themossroom.com/?p=upstairs
Email: [email protected]

The Moss Room

The Moss Room offers fine dining lunch options by reservation. Described as serving a modern Californian menu, the entrees and side dishes of the Moss Room incorporate local, organic ingredients. An impressive wine list deliciously accompanies your meal. Many also enjoy a handmade cocktail from the full bar, which is stocked with small production spirits and fresh organic juices.

Throughout the year, Academy members and their guests will receive 10% off of their bill. When making a reservation, mention that you are a member, and then present your membership card to the server when ordering.

To enjoy dining in an intimate and elegant setting, you can rent the Moss Room to serve parties of up to 70 people. When reserved for a standing cocktail reception, up to 100 guests are accommodated. The Moss Room is also equipped with a private dining room that can seat 14 guests.

The Moss Room is also known to host special events at the Academy, such as special after-hours dinner and tour packages for large groups and special events called the Wine and Dine Tour.

Contact Details

Address: 55 Music Concourse Drive (California Academy of Science)
Phone Number: (415) 876-6121

Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Monday – Sunday)

Website: http://www.themossroom.com/?p=downstairs
Email: [email protected]
Private Event Catering: [email protected]
Online Reservations: http://www.themossroom.com/?p=reservation

Parking for the Academy Restaurants

Dinner guests can find parking in the Music Concourse Parking Garage with entrances on 10th Avenue and Fulton Street, or on the west side of the museum. You may also park on the street for up to 4 hours until 10 p.m.

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