The food and service were
The food and service were great. Had the pork shoulder, which was delicious!
Really liked the living wall of ferns and plants over the large aquarium full of several different kinds of good sized fish.
The Academy of Sciences was great too.
We'd suggest doing lunch first and then visiting the academy (in the mornings it is full of children, who leave in the early afternoon to return to school) when it's quieter and less crowded.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were seated in a private
We were seated in a private room (there were 8 of us) and the wait staff were very attentive and helpful. The food was good but the burgers were just a bit dry.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Decor was pleasant; the food
Decor was pleasant; the food was good though as others expressed, pricey ($10 for a bowl of soup). You are paying for the location and convenience.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Fine Dining Experience
Once again we were delighted with this hidden gem. Beneath the hustle and bustle of the Cal Academy of Science cafeteria-style restaurant lies an oasis featuring a beautiful living wall. You know you're in for a real treat the moment you step inside. There were four of us so we shared tastes of each dish. The oysters were amazing, enhanced by bites of sausage and a delicious broth sopped up with crusty bread. Two of us ordered Risotto, laden with chunks of asparagus and tomato--outstanding. One of us ordered the pork with grits-another excellent combination. Finally we shared one lovely slice of cheesecake for dessert. Perfect ending. Our friends will return next week with their guests & we'll be back next time we're in town.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Trout with black-eyed peas AMAZING!
had a fabulous lunch here! We have eaten here a few times before, but this was the BEST meal yet. Just wish it was downtown so I could eat here more often. We split the asparagus appetizer, then had the trout. The trout with blackeyed peas was amazing!
You CAN eat here even if you do not visit the science museum. We actually had been at the DeYoung, but went here just for lunch.
We had a reservation, but there were empty tables (it was a thursday).
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was very good; however,
The food was very good; however, I felt that the menu was limited.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great spot for adults to dine before, during, or after museum visits at Golden Gate Park. Quiet ambiance with full bar and pleasant music selections. We will definitely return!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous lunch- peaceful retreat
What a wonderful break from the hectic energy of the Academy upstairs. We were a group of 3 Moms & 3 daughters. We had lunch together and enjoyed every moment. The service was awesome & very accommodating, the food was excellent & the ambiance so relaxing! I highly recommend this hidden gem.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We eat at the Moss Room every
We eat at the Moss Room every time we go to the Academy. Love the setting, the food, the service, and the whole experience.
It is more exclusive than the cafeteria, so it is a quiet space in the excitement of the Academy.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Event was great
We chose the Moss Room for a Mother's Day event and it was a perfect unique venue in GG park.
Highly recommend the menu, and amazing service. Thanks for a great day!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous Moss room
We sat next to the aquarium,so we were well entertained. The staff are very helpful and knowledgeable, the food is the best!, I will come back!
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Salmon dish was great, hamburger
Salmon dish was great, hamburger was the best my son had tasted. Perfect day at the museum climaxed with a great lunch! Will return soon.
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Too Kid Friendly
The only negative was when a couple came in with two kids who were allowed to run in the rocks and throw them in the fish tank. Should not be tolerated. The only negative was when a couple came in with two kids who were allowed to run in the rocks along the fish tank and even throw one into the tank. In my opinion, parents should be required to keep their kids close at hand when dining in such a nice restaurant. These incidents did detract from our overall experience.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Lunch Place .
We enjoy visiting the museums and greatly appreciate the fact that they have such a good restaurant right there.
The Moss room is a wonderful place to relax after or between visiting the museums. It is one of our all time favorite spots for lunch.
The food is fantastic and the service outstanding.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful and Fabulous Food
Five stars across the board for food, service, and atmosphere. Must have a reservation.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bartender, hostess were warm
Bartender, hostess were warm and friendly. Loved the lunch we had, fresh fresh fresh salads!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A welcome break from the crowds
A welcome break from the crowds upstairs. Serene, relaxing, excellent service and good portions of very well-prepared food. A very wide beverage selection from mixed drinks, to beer and wine. We enjoyed Caprese salad, the cheese plate, a burger and salmon as well as the cocktail special, a beer and two glasses of wine. Service by our waitress, the hostess and the bus staff was terrific, attentive but not intrusive. All the food was top notch- very flavorful and very fresh tasting.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Moss room is a great place to retreat from the crowds at the Academy of Sciences and enjoy a delicious meal and glass of wine. I had the Thai mussels- and they were do die for!! The room itself has a wall of ferns over a freshwater giant fish tank with large fish. It is a little gem of a restaurant! I will definitely come again.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A tale of two travellers
Arrived a little early but, this was no problem. With literally no delay we were shown to our table. We ordered the clam chowder as our starter, which was very good. For our main course we had the chicken and polenta with seasonal vegetables. The service was good, the day we visited there were a few large group, that we're a little noisy, but overall an enjoyable experience.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Escape in CSA
Moss room is a great place to escape crowds and noise of California Science Academy. Menu is with focus on 'local' and 'in-season', food is good and reasonably priced.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great lunch in Golden Gate Park
Our reservation was promptly, although oddly, honored...hostess needs to escort guests through the CA Academy of Sciences.
We selected the three course lunch menu with a nice clam chowder, entree of choice, and dessert. One of us had the trout with forbidden rice and the other the mushroom pasta. Both were very well prepared with fresh ingredients and of good portion size. Desserts were especially innovative; a delicious apple and black walnut turnover with blue cheese. Wine list was adequate and each of us found a glass to accompany the meal. Service was well timed and patrons interested in quickly returning to the Academy or having another cup of coffee seemed well taken care of.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Soft Spot for Moss Room
My BFF and I had lunch here on a Saturday. Yummy food, great service, all while looking at giant fish swimming in the gorgeous aquarium right next to our table! The wall was a living green wall filled with ferns and the namesake moss. Lovely quiet romantic spot. The table next to us had a young child around 10 who had cotton candy for dessert!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service. We ordered the 3 course meal, which I'm glad we did. The dessert portions are EXTREMELY small, so I would not recommend getting dessert from this restaurant. Also, contrary to how it's advertised, it only has 1 living wall and the rest is just nice decor. I had the Olive Chicken and would highly recommend it.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lunch at The Moss Room
Lunch at The Moss Room was very nice for my two dining companions; however, as a vegan, I would have appreciated having a vegan entree option. I was able to cobble together a lunch from the salads and the side dishes. The service was great and the waiter was very knowledgeable about the ingredients of the menu items.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
terrific refuge from Academy above
Menu was different than online, but still terrific. Very nice to escape frenetic activity of Academy above.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quick Get Away
What a great escape from the noise and energy of the otherwise awesome Academy of Sciences. After lunch we returned, ready to explore for a few more hours.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM