The Courtyard Café - Kogod Courtyard

This is an image of a turkey wrap with a salad from the Courtyard Cafe at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Hours and Location

Café Open Daily 11:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. 
Closed December 25

Location: Kogod Courtyard

Full menu is available 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. weekdays; 4:00 p.m. weekends; “Quick Pick” menu all day until 6:30 p.m.

The Courtyard Café at SAAM offers casual dining with a seasonal menu of American-inspired dishes, using local, organic or sustainable ingredients when possible. The menu includes soups, create-your-own salad entrees, and sandwiches. Coffee, espresso, beer, and wine also may be enjoyed in the café anytime.

The Courtyard Café occasionally will close early due to a special event; please call (202) 633-5465 for more information.

Group Dining

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.

If you are interested in hosting a private event, please see Information on Hosting an Event at the Museum.

For additional information about group dining options at the Smithsonian, call (866) 868-7774

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Bill Traylor, Untitled (Yellow and Blue House with Figures and Dog). Image courtesy of Judy A. Saslow.

Sweet Home Café showcase

While the exhibition Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor is on view, SAAM is partnering with the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Sweet Home Café to present classic Southern foods. Sweet Home Café showcases the rich culture and history of African American foodways with both traditional offerings as well as contemporary fare. Each week, executive chef Jerome Grant will provide a rotating menu item at SAAM’s Courtyard Café honoring the Southern food tradition. You can also find a market table with Sweet Home Café food items to take home including a signature spice rub, heirloom bean soup, and loaf cake for sale.

Please note: The café will be on a reduced menu and will not have the NMAAHC food item on October 24-25.

Weekly Menu: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. [rotating each Friday]

September 28- October 4 Pulled Pork Sandwich with coleslaw and Mac and Cheese
October 5-11 Chicken and Andouille Gumbo with Carolina Rice
October 12-18 Chicken and Andouille Gumbo with Carolina Rice
October 19-25 Salmon Croquettes with Southern Remoulade, Kale Salad 
October 26-November 1 Smoked Chicken, Homemade BBQ Sauce, Hoppin John, and Collard Greens

Please check back for menu updates. Menu items available while supplies last.