The Café at the Frick
Why is The Café closed?
The kitchen and dining room are too small to accommodate social distancing.
Is there currently any food or beverage service on-site?
Snacks and beverages are available for purchase at the Frick Museum Store in the Grable Visitor Center and may be enjoyed outdoors at least six feet away from other parties. Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics to enjoy on our beautiful grounds.
Is anything happening at The Café during the closure?
While The Café is closed to the public, we are updating the interior. Improvements include fresh paint, refinished tables and chairs, new energy-efficient lighting, a wheelchair-accessible counter, and equipment maintenance.
When will The Café reopen?
We hope to reopen for carryout picnic lunches on Memorial Day Weekend, but recognize that COVID-related safety and staffing considerations may prevent this from happening. As we confirm plans, we will update this webpage.
Can I make a reservation?
Not yet. When we reopen, we will offer carryout service only, with no reservations required.
When will table service return?
The return of table service and indoor dining is dependent on the course of the pandemic. It could return as soon as this summer or as late as next spring. We will update this webpage as circumstances develop.
Will The Café be different when it reopens?
Yes, in ways we hope you will love! The hours of service and the range of offerings will expand. When The Café reopens this summer, standard hours of operation will be from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesdays through Sundays. In addition to carryout lunch offerings such as salads, soups, and sandwiches, the menu will also include gourmet coffee drinks, pastries, and kid-friendly snacks.
When table service and indoor dining return, we will pilot three distinct sit-down services: healthy, gourmet casual dining during lunch hours; full service high tea in the late afternoons; and guest chef dinners on selected evenings.
Why are you making changes? Isn’t The Café already perfect?
The atmosphere is magical, and we are committed to keeping it so. But certain aspects of The Café’s business model haven’t served all of our visitors as well as they should.
In the past, The Café served a small number of people very well, but the great majority not at all. In its former operating model, The Café could serve only 20% of visitors to the site. During our busiest months, from April to December, lunchtime reservations have been fully booked days in advance. We have routinely turned away two, three, and even four times as many people as we can seat. Without an opportunity for rest and refreshment, visitors leave the Frick before they can experience all we have to offer, from exhibitions of art and cars, to tours of Clayton, to beautiful walking paths.
By expanding the hours of operation, we hope to increase the number of visitors we can serve. By diversifying the types of fare and experiences we offer, we hope to meet the wants and needs of a wide range of diners—an effort consistent with our commitment to being an inclusive museum. From quick-and-easy delights to special-occasion indulgences, we are aiming to satisfy as many of our members and visitors as possible.
Are these changes fixed?
Not at all. We will rely on you to help us shape the path forward. As we roll out new menu items and services, we will attend to their popularity and to feedback from diners. If a menu item is not well received, we will replace it. If the hours of service don’t prove effective, we will adjust them. We are embarking on this expansion of The Café’s services with open minds and an eye on the bottom line, aiming to serve more of you better.
We’ve missed seeing you at The Café and can’t wait to welcome you back!