Dining at Crocker Art Museum

Sometime in the last few years museums and galleries stepped up the dining service in their cafeterias. Well not all; the Getty’s cafe  in Los Angeles is nothing to blog about. However, the Crocker Museum’s Crocker Cafe by Supper Club is. The first time I grabbed a bite to eat during “Bacon Week”in Sacramento. I had a delicious plate of cole slaw with bacon.

coleslaw with bacon and diet coke

The food was so yummy. When I went to see the Sam Francis exhibit I included dining at the cafe in my plans. Members also get a discount. But you do not have to pay admission to the museum to eat there. Just let the folks at the front desk know and they will let you pass through to the airy, well lit dining area. You can self serve ore sit at a table for full service.

At a recent business lunch I had the BLT and my guests chose the hamburgers. We all thought our food was delicious. Although the shoestring fries can be a challenge to eat and the balsamic dressing on my salad was too thick. Matt Woolston, of Matteo’s, is the chef, and the menu reflects his creativity. The food presentation is also a step up from what you’d expect at a cate. I even love the design of the diet coke bottles (see above). The prices are comparable with  Cafe Bernardo and more than La Bou.

Before the remodel the Crocker had a crowded museum shop and no dining facilities. With the expansion, the museum shop can better showcase the wonderful variety of art, books, and fun gifts they have to offer. And the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club is worthy of a visit for its own sake. But spend the $10 admission to check out the collection while you are there.

The hours can be a bit tricky.  The cafe is open for lunch and light snacks and special events. I have been disappointed in the late afternoon to swing by to see an exhibit and then find that the cafe is no longer serving food.  If you miss their service hours and you are visiting from out of town, there is an Il Fornaio restaurant walking distance from the Crocker at 400 Capitol Mall.

Museum Hours
Tuesday – Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM
Thursday 10 AM – 9 PM

Closed Mondays*, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day




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