Food in the Courtyard Cafe

The Courtyard Café

For hungry families looking for a full meal or museumgoers just needing a quick coffee and quiet place to sit, the National Portrait Gallery’s Courtyard Café offers a casual dining experience year-round. Enjoy eating beneath the elegant glass canopy and amid the lush plantings of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard.

View of cafe tables in the museum courtyard

First floor, at the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard

11:30 AM–6:30 PM daily

Lunch menu available until 3:00 PM weekdays and 4:00 PM on weekends

Complimentary Wi-Fi


The Café offers a fresh and seasonal menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Using primarily local, organic, and sustainable ingredients, the lunch menu includes salads, soups, quiche, sandwiches, and a selection of cheeses. The Café also offers desserts, such as cheesecake, bread pudding, and kid-friendly cookies and cupcakes.

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The Courtyard Café offers pre-arranged boxed lunches for small groups. Please note that visitors to the museum may not hold unreserved 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 call (866) 868-7774.

If you are interested in hosting a corporate 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 11:30 AM 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 Reception

Whether you’re planning a date with friends or organizing an alumni club event, the Courtyard Café is the perfect spot to meet. Call (202) 329-2423 to plan your next get-together at the Courtyard Café.