Seasonal. Fresh. Local.
The newly renovated Garden View Café seeks to provide customers with a fresh menu featuring local, sustainably produced, seasonal ingredients whenever possible. The new and enhanced menu includes a breakfast with gourmet omelets and stone-cut oatmeal and lunch of freshly made salads, seasonal soups, weekly specials, and brick-oven flatbreads. Enjoy a gourmet coffee drink made by the barista. Sprouts menu for children offers a unique twist on traditional favorites. Café hours vary with the season.
Menu Items to go
Freshly prepared ready-to-go sandwiches and entrée salads, yogurts, and snacks are available for those who have just a moment to grab something and go. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available. For a quick bite, continental breakfast is offered on Sunday mornings from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Lakeside Room (in the Visitor Center). Coffee, muffins, and fruit are available for those on the go, or for those who would like to enjoy breakfast on the Lakeside Deck.
The outdoor Garden Grille offers traditional favorites like grass-fed beef burgers and chicken sandwiches, along with daily specials (from May to October, weather permitting). Now open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., (weather permitting; last order taken at 8:30 p.m.), the Garden Grille features grass-fed burgers and sustainably raised grilled salmon. Click here for menu. While in the Garden, enjoy ice cream, snacks, and beverages at the Rose Terrace Café (open May to October, weather permitting).
The Garden View Café purveys food from local sources when possible, including the Garden’s own Windy City Harvest Youth Farm.
Sustainability at Work
In 2008, the Garden stopped selling bottled water, and in 2011, the Garden expanded its dishwashing and storage areas in order to change from using disposable plates, bowls, and flatware to using reusable chinaware. Also in 2011, the Garden began incorporating composting of food scraps and appropriate materials into its café operations. With the help of our customers, the Garden was able to divert 38 tons of waste from the landfill in 2013 by composting and recycling.
The Chicago Botanic Garden has partnered with ReCORK to recycle wine corks from the Garden View Café and on site special events. Be part of the effort. Save your used, natural wine corks (no plastic or metal, please) and bring them to the Garden View Café. Recycled cork can be used in flooring tiles, building insulation, craft materials, and sports equipment. ReCORK's recycling program also educates audiences about the role cork forests play in curbing climate change, and encourages companies to make more sustainable products.