On a sunny day, visitors eat and socialize under the umbrellas lining the fountain in the Museum Plaza.

The Restaurant

Located in the Restaurant/Cafe building, the Restaurant offers full service in an elegant setting with views of the Santa Monica Mountains.


Reservations are recommended. Call (310) 440-6810 or book through Open Table:


Same-day reservations may be available at the Restaurant door or at the Museum Information Desk.

To make reservations for parties of up to 25, call (310) 440-6810.


Menus change seasonally.

Lunch Tuesday–Saturday 11:30 am–2:30 pm Sunday 11 am–3 pm Dinner Saturday 5–9 pm Closed Monday


Located in the Restaurant/Cafe building, the Cafe offers self-service lunch, and has indoor and outdoor seating.

The menu includes sandwiches, soups, salads, pizza, tacos, burritos, and grilled items. Wine and beer are also available.

Sample Lunch Menu (PDF, 23 KB)

Tuesday–Friday 11:30 am–3 pm Saturday 11:30 am–6 pm Sunday 11:30 am–3 pm Closed Monday

Garden Terrace Cafe

This small cafe offers coffee, lunch, and snacks in an outdoor setting overlooking the Central Garden.

Temporarily Closed

Coffee Carts

Two coffee carts offer coffee, hot tea, espresso drinks, bottled beverages, and baked goods, as well as hot and cold food options.

One cart is located in the Museum Courtyard and one outside the Restaurant/Cafe building on the Plaza level.

Courtyard Coffee Cart Hours
Tuesday–Thursday 10 am–5 pm Friday and Saturday 10 am–8:30 pm Sunday 10 am–5 pm Closed Monday
Grove Coffee Cart Hours
Tuesday–Friday 7 am–3 pm Saturday 9 am–5 pm Sunday 9 am–3 pm Closed Monday