The Garden View Café

Seasonal. Fresh. Local.

The Garden View Café seeks to provide customers with a fresh menu featuring local, sustainably produced, seasonal ingredients whenever possible. The menu includes breakfast with gourmet omelets and steel-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 options for children offer a unique twist on traditional favorites.

Hours   Menu


Breakfast, Lunch, and Brunch

Daily we serve breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays brunch is served from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can eat their meal in our indoor dining area, or choose a table outside on the deck to eat. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available.

Menu Items to go

Grab & Go and Barista

Freshly prepared grab & go sandwiches, entrée salads, yogurts, and snacks for vegetarians and meat eaters are available for those who have just a moment to grab something quick, or enjoy a gourmet coffee drink made by the barista. Grab & go and barista options are available daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Garden View Café.

Lightscape Dining

Lightscape Dining

The Garden View Café will be open with soups, mac & cheese, and hot barista drinks. Halfway through the trail, warm up at another indoor food station in the Regenstein Center with schnitzel sandwiches, crepes, homemade doughnuts, and drinks. There also will be hot drink station on the route, along with DIY s’mores where you can toast the marshmallows yourself  Rose Terrace Beer Garden. View all menus.

Outdoor Dining

Outdoor Dining - reopens May 2020

The outdoor Garden Grille features favorites like grass-fed beef burgers, bratwurst, and chicken sandwiches, along with daily specials. Stop by the new Rose Terrace Beer Garden located just off the Linden Allée near the Krasberg Rose Garden and taste craft beers from local breweries, along with wines and tasty appetizers, sandwiches, and salads.

TrueJuice at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden

TrueJuice - reopens May 2020

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, a rainbow of colorful juices and healthy snacks has sprouted at the Garden. Check out TrueJuice at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden, a pop-up of the local store. TrueJuice will use some produce from Windy City Harvest in the freshly made smoothies and cold-pressed juices.

Please note: No outside food or beverages are allowed in the Garden View Café or on the decks of the Visitor Center. Please use the designated picnic area located adjacent to parking lot 2.