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Image: Henri Fantin-Latour, Still Life, 1866 Image: Henri Fantin-Latour, Still Life, 1866 Image: Henri Fantin-Latour, Still Life, 1866 Image: John Frederick Peto, Breakfast, c. 1890s Image: Henri Fantin-Latour, Still Life, 1866 Image: Henri Fantin-Latour, Still Life, 1866 Image: Henri Fantin-Latour, Still Life, 1866, Chester Dale Collection

Garden Café | Pavilion Café | Cascade Café | Espresso & Gelato Bar

The Gallery restaurants accept all major credit cards.

Outside food may not be brought into the Gallery's restaurant facilities. Visitors may purchase individual lunches from the full-service cafeteria or make arrangements for group meals 72 hours in advance by submitting an order form or by calling (202) 712-7458. Menus and ordering information for group meals are available online. Alternatively, sack lunches may be left in the checkrooms at the entrances to the Gallery, then retrieved to be eaten outside the museum.

Garden Café
West Building, Ground Floor

The Garden Café provides a serene spot for lunch in the West Building next to the Ground Floor galleries.

Image: Garden Cafe Catalonia Garden Café Britannia
Beginning February 14
Inspired by Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848–1900, award-winning Chef Cathal Armstrong (chef and owner of Restaurant Eve in Old Town Alexandria, and one of Food & Wine magazine's Fifty Hall of Fame Best New Chefs) has created a buffet and à la carte menu of signature British dishes for the Garden Café.

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Buffet and à la Carte Menu (PDF 209k)
Beverages and Desserts Menu (PDF 193k)

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Download Recipes
English Pea Salad (PDF 127k)
Cornish Pastry (PDF 127k)
Cherry, Sherry Trifle (PDF 98k)

Monday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Sunday, noon–4:00 p.m.
Sunday, 4:00–6:00 p.m. (concert dessert menu only on performance days)

To reserve for groups of eight or more, please contact the café manager at (202) 712-7454 or by e-mail at

Pavilion Café
Sculpture Garden Map

With a panoramic view of the Sculpture Garden, the Pavilion Café offers specialty pizzas, sandwiches, salads, desserts, and assorted beverages.

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Alcoholic beverages brought from outside are prohibited in the Sculpture Garden and are subject to confiscation.

Sculpture Garden Hours
Mid-November through mid-March
Monday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Pavilion Café Hours
Mid-November through mid-March
Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Friday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Ice Rink Hours
Mid-November through mid-March
Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
In celebration of the new year, the ice-skating rink will remain open until 11:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
The ice-skating rink will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve. The Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed on December 25 and January 1.

For questions or comments regarding the Pavilion Café, please call the café manager at (202) 289-3360.

Cascade Café
East Building, Concourse

The Cascade Café, with a view of the cascade waterfall, offers soups, salads, specialty entrées, wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, and a selection of fresh pastries and desserts.

The Cascade Café features daily Chef's Table specials.

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Monday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

To inquire about group meal plans, please contact the café manager at (202) 712-7458.

Espresso & Gelato Bar
East Building, Concourse

A full espresso bar offers 19 flavors of house-made gelato and a selection of fresh sandwiches, salads, pastries, and desserts.

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Monday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.