Cafe Re-Fresh

New look and fresh choices coming soon!

The cafe is closed and will reopen in fall 2016 as a newly designed space with a reinvented menu emphasizing fresh and flavorful ingredients.

You'll soon be able to savor new menu items like a daily farm-to-table salad bar, healthy vegetarian options, gourmet sandwiches crafted with specialty meats, cheeses, and artisan breads, plus breakfast pastries and desserts baked in-house by our pastry chef. Don't worry, fan favorites will return – the loaded baked potato (now jumbo!), house made soups, and black bean veggie or all-beef burgers, among others.

The popular Daily Special will offer a wider variety of local produce and lighter options. Look for the Chef's Weekly Special, focusing seasonal ingredients from farms around the state – Just Peachy Farm in Palestine, Markley Family Farm in New Braunfels, G&S Groves in McAllen, Rain Lily Farm in Austin, among others.

The popular Grab-and-Go menu is expanding. In addition to fruit salads, yogurt, and house-made hummus, healthy vegan wraps made with local vegetables, crudité, seasonal fruit-and-cheese plates, chef-inspired protein-packed snacks, and Daily Greens juices will also be offered.

Looking for a place to eat during cafe construction? The Capitol Grill inside the Texas State Capitol just north of the museum offers a convenient dining option for museum visitors.

Group Lunches

Planning a group visit during our re-fresh? Consider ordering through one of the many restaurants near the Museum. The Museum particularly recommends the following for their ability to accomodate large groups:

Jimmy John's Sandwiches
601 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Phone: (512) 478-3111

Jason's Deli
Hancock Center, 1000 E 41st St #940
Phone: (512) 453-8666

503 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Phone: (512) 473-8651

Domino's Pizza
1900 Guadalupe St
Phone: (512) 477-0101

Please keep these details in mind when ordering:

  • Have lunches delivered to the front of the Museum: 1800 North Congress, Austin, TX 78701
  • Make sure a teacher or chaperone from your group can meet the delivery person upon arrival.
  • Seating is available on the Lone Star Plaza and at picnic tables across 18th Street from the Museum on a first come, first served basis.
  • Remember that there are no indoor eating locations. Please make eating arrangements in case of inclement weather.