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Courtyard Café at the National Portrait Gallery

Open daily 11:30am – 6:30pm
Lunch menu available until 3 p.m. weekdays and 4 p.m. on weekends
Complimentary Wi-Fi (Free public wireless Internet access)

Situated beneath the awe-inspiring canopy of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, the National Portrait Gallery’s Courtyard Café provides a casual, gourmet dining experience year-round.

Whether enjoying a light lunch, relaxing with a glass of wine, studying over a cup of Illy coffee, or treating yourself to cupcakes with the kids, the Café offers a fresh and seasonal menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Using local, organic, and sustainable ingredients when possible, the lunch menu includes salads, soups, quiche, speciality sandwiches, and a selection of artesian cheeses. Gourmet desserts, such as cheesecake, bread pudding, cookies, and cupcakes, also are available.

View the Courtyard Cafe menu

Catering for Groups

Are you planning a group visit to the museum? The Courtyard Café offers pre-arranged boxed lunches for small groups. Visitors to the museum may not hold personal events in the Kogod Courtyard, such as birthday parties or retirement events with presentations, music, or amplified sound. For additional information about group dining options at the Smithsonian or to schedule your visit, go online, or call (866) 868-7774.

If you are interested in hosting a private event, please contact our event coordinators at (202) 633-6333 or

Children's Parties

Celebrate a milestone in the life of your child at the National Portrait Gallery’s Courtyard Café! Party times are available at 11:30am daily. Please call (202) 329-2423 at least two weeks in advance to reserve your space.

Delicious and nutritious Kids Meals are available for $8.95 each, including beverage. Cupcakes may be ordered from the Café, or may be brought in with advance notice and purchase of Kids Meals.

Wine and Cheese Receptions

Whether you’re planning a date with friends or organizing an alumni club event, the Courtyard Café is the perfect spot to meet! Small wine bottles and a selection of poured wines, as well as three cheese plates are available to please the most discerning palettes.

Call (202) 329-2423 to plan your next get-together at the Courtyard Café.

Special Events

The Courtyard Café is housed in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, one of the largest and most magnificent spaces in Washington. With its elegant glass canopy designed by world-renowned architects Foster + Partners, the Courtyard provides a distinctive, contemporary accent to the museums’ Greek revival building. For information about entertaining at the National Portrait Gallery, please contact the Office of Special Events at:
(202) 633-6333 or e-mail

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