The Moss Room
The Moss Room

The Moss Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.themossroom.com/
  • Phone: 4158766121
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Charles Phan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The cuisine of Charles Phan's Slanted Door Group is available for special events within the California Academy of Sciences. We will design your menu for intimate receptions in African Hall, elegant cocktail parties in the Steinhart Aquarium, or large, seated dinners on the Academy’s main floor. Rental of Academy space may be arranged by contacting the California Academy of Sciences directly.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Moss Room provides versatile and refined private dining spaces: intimate dining for 14 in the glass walled room, elegant cocktail receptions for 100 in the dining room, and even large parties of 140 in the Academy Cafe. Customized and upscale catering is also available for events booked with the California Academy of Sciences.
  • Private Party Contact: Lien Ho, Lien_Ho@slanteddoorgroup.com 4153213733
  • Special Events: Academy Members enjoy 5% off your check.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: The California Academy of Sciences is served by several public transit routes. From downtown, take SF Muni buses #5, 7, 21, 71 or the Muni-Metro N-Judah streetcar. From north of the Park, take Muni buses #33 or 44. From South of the Park, take Muni buses #33, 44 or 71. For more information, visit MUNI's website at www.sfmuni.com
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking for cars and bicycles is available in the Music Concourse Garage. Access to Music Concourse Parking is from Fulton Street at 10th Avenue.
A word from The Moss Room
Chef Charles Phan of The Slanted Door Group directs The Moss Room with a new daily menu. Drawing upon the talents of all of our chefs at Slanted Door Group, The Moss Room features a daily lunch menu featuring the best of organic and local produce, seafood and meats. Our team brings a range of classic and new dishes to the California Academy of Sciences' in-house dining destination.

Not to be out done by the talent in the kitchen, the bar program is being led by Erik Adkins, of The Slanted Door and features craft cocktails influenced by the freshest ingredients and artisanal spirits.
Wine director Chaylee Priete delivers a focused list featuring many by the glass options to accompany your meal.
We hope to see you soon.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
The Moss Room reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (23)fit for foodies (17)romantic (8)special occasion (8)neighborhood gem (8)kid-friendly (5)good for groups (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Location wins.
    BillVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    It's got location. Inside the Academy of Sciences, it's convenience rates high. In general, it beats scouring the local neighborhood for lunch. Price is the downside. It barely squeaks by my bang over buck test. Lunch with wine and tip runs over $100 for two. Try it once anyway.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Somewhat disappointing, the
    LADOVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Somewhat disappointing, the food was mediocre. Considering it an upscale restaurant, I was surprised to have two tables of families with active children beside us. This changed the entire vibe for us. There is low lighting and the tables are sparse, no decor, not even salt and pepper and there is no bread and butter. The service was good and attentive.
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  • Trout with black-eyed peas AMAZING!
    LuvTravelVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    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).
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • We enjoyed a family lunch
    napamatVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    We enjoyed a family lunch after seeing the "Girl with the Pearl Earing". Very convenient and a step up in museum food and ambience.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Experience fine, poor value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    We chose the Moss room partly on the Phan reputation and party because we wanted a nice lunch, but needed to be in the park. The food was pretty good. One appetizer, fried cheesy corn balls, were not very cheesy and gluey in consistency. Other than that food was enjoyable, but nothing exceptional. Maybe the slanted door spoiled us. But at $16-$20 lunch entrees we thought we'd be in similar range.Service was not great, our waiter was new maybe and seemed nervous. I had trouble understanding him, he ranallhisworstogether. My parentsbwho are 70 had no chance. Our food came out poorly staged, especially my wifes. She ordered an appitizer and aide for dinner. We had already had apps for the table. But then her appetizer came out solo, and sh
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  • A Fine Dining Experience
    carmelcoasttraveler
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Decor was pleasant; the food
    SJfoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    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.
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  • We were told to go through
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    We were told to go through the members entrance. After standing in line there, we were told to go to membership services-another line. Some young man rescued us and said a hostess would come up and get us. Finally he walked us in to the cafeteria to meet a hostess and she walked us down to the restaurant. All of this took 15 minutes. We were celebrating my friend's birthday-not a great way to start! The restaurant is noisy and our server forgot about us for long periods of time. Definitely not worth the intricate entry. I ate at this restaurant 2 years ago and it was a different and better experience.
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  • We were seated in a private
    luv2eat
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    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.
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    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you want to escape the
    vinelli
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    If you want to escape the relentless noise of the museum, the Moss Room is the place. Online menu is for cafe upstairs not for the lower level restaurant. The menu choices were not what we expected. The food was good but expensive for what it was. I had dinner here when it first opened and had a great experience. My recent visit was a disappointment. Waiting for an escort when you have a reservation is annoying. Do they think I made the reservation so I could sneak into the exhibits? If I wanted to do that I could easily do it after I ate. Parking at the museum is confusing. The pay stations are not well marked. The signs only tell you that they are behind you but not where.
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  • Great, to have such an elegant
    JenSFVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Great, to have such an elegant place to eat away from the hustle of the museum, but so close. We met friends who were in from out of town there to see an exhibit and have lunch. Perfect venue for catching up.
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  • The food was indifferent given
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    The food was indifferent given the prices, the portion sizes were outsized and there was surprisingly little choice for the Vegetarian in our party. Overall, this restaurant was a disappointment.
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  • Delicious food, extremely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    Delicious food, extremely pleasant ambiance, suitable for a business lunch, for taking friends or out-of-towners, and the location at the Academy, perfect.
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    great for lunch
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  • Dine at the Science Acadamy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    It is fantastic to have a good resturaunt at the CA acadamy of sciences. After walking through the busy exhibits it is very nice to take a break and enjoy a relaxing excellent meal with service to match. Wine, entres and dessert were all memorable and my teenage vegatarian daughter loved it as well.
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    special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Very good food and outstanding
    wifeisvegan
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Very good food and outstanding service! My wife was vegan and the waiter really did a nice job finding a good set of things to eat. I had the trout and it was really good! Two very nice filets perfectly cooked. Left satisfied and ready to see more of the museum.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Our server got our courses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Our server got our courses confused, and then they all came out at the same time, anyway. Our beet salad was over salted to the point of being inedible.
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  • We wanted a special lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    We wanted a special lunch when visiting the de Young museum and several friends recommended this restaurant. It was a weekday and just the perfect spot for a quiet lunch. It is inside the Academy of Science building and they escort you to the restaurant which is downstairs. This is a much different experience than the cafe with lots of families and kids.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Oasis
    SinglereedVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    Nice oasis of quiet dining amid the hubbub of the museum scene. Food and service were good.
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  • I love the moss room and have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    I love the moss room and have been many time. We even had my birthday dinner in the glass room one time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • We loved the place! The hostess
    Lolacat
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    We loved the place! The hostess was wonderful, so friendly that we were in great mood before we even sat down!!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The venue is very pleasant.
    JackinSF
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    The venue is very pleasant. The atmosphere is quiet, as opposed to the cafeteria upstairs.! The servers were attentive and prompty answered our questions.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • The squash ravioli dish was
    AlfieVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    The squash ravioli dish was delicious, great french fries and the chocolate souffle cake out of this world. Great food in a beautiful setting. The whole experience was memorable. Would come again without a doubt.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The fish was cooked to perfection.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    The fish was cooked to perfection. The ravioli was superb
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • Maybe we just caught them
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    Maybe we just caught them on an easy day....but it was perfect. Menu is sparse but has something for everyone. We took a couple from Mexico who own a b&b so they know something about food....they loved it. Had a wonderful cheese platter for dessert.
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    great for lunch
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  • The Moss Room is a haven from
    bibitilla
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    The Moss Room is a haven from the noisy Academy of Sciences and the upstairs cafe. The food is excelent and the short wine list has some interesting items. Service was friendly and not over-attentive - a compliment. Prices are reasonable given the quality.
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    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Because it is located in the
    bgrey
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    Because it is located in the Academy of Sciences it makes it very difficult to just go to the restaurant. We had to wait outside for a chaperone to take us to the restaurant. They should have their own entrance. Service was just fair. The waiter got the order wrong for our table and we noticed that he also got it wrong for the table next to us. The food was better but because of the difficulties, I don't think we would eat there again.
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  • It's quite expensive, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    It's quite expensive, but the location makes for a very nice day at the Academy of Sciences. The food and service were excellent. They have rather few tables so it's best to make a reservation on a weekend.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Fun and interesting restaurant
    CharlieschoiceVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    Fun and interesting restaurant in Golden Gate park. Different as it is located in the California Science academy! Food VERY good.
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  • A quiet oasis in the Academy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/17/2012
    A quiet oasis in the Academy of Sciences to enjoy a good cocktail and food to renew your energy before proceedings to the next great exhibit.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • menu selection was very weak.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    menu selection was very weak. we were there a year ago and the selection was fantasticwine selection? what is a wine list with out a cab or merlot. the only good part was the service was great. our waiter did an outstanding job...
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  • Nice quiet spot if you are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    Nice quiet spot if you are in the museum and want a break. Fairly limited menu, but all of it really well done. Definitely not a destination restaurant, especially for San Francisco.
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  • Ordered mussels with an order
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Ordered mussels with an order of fries. Although the mussels were on the appetizer list the portion could have been more generous by 1/2 more. I had asked if the 2 would be enough for lunch and I was told yes. I am not a big eater.
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  • The Moss Room would be alot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    The Moss Room would be alot better in another location. Down in the basement there is no atmosphere, no joy. The entry to the Moss Room is a total joke. It feels like slinking into some back alley location. An $85 lunch for 2, is a bit high class for such a low class entry.
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  • A great choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/26/2012
    This restaurant has become a favorite place to eat when I and my friends are in Golden Gate Park. The food is creative, fresh, local and each time you visit the menu has interesting new choices. We always enjoy our visits.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Across from the DeYoung, located
    StuartW
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    Across from the DeYoung, located in the Academy of Science, this is a great room loaded with ambiance.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Love The Moss Room!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    I love the Moss Room, located in the California Academy of Sciences. You can get into the restaurant if you have reservations without paying the entry fee to the museum. The food is outstanding, the wine selection excellent, and the decor unique. You can dine next to a tank of large, silver fish that swim around approximately at hip level.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Walking down the stairs to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    Walking down the stairs to this basement level location makes one wonder "what have we gotten into?" The decor is simple and functional. one looks around for the item that gave them the name "Moss Room", but none is on view. Appearance aside, the wait help is very good. Our server was very helpful answering all our questions with detailed descriptions and recommendations. The food is good, but not exceptional. the quantity is adequate. Most notable for us was the pleasant experience of dinning in what we envisioned as a unique environment.
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    great for lunch
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  • We came here for our 2 year
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    We came here for our 2 year anniversary. The service was amazing and they were all friendly. The food was also amazing, and the price can add up quickly, but it should be expected if you are dinning at a place like this. I recommend going here if you are going to the museum as well, but it is not required!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • An oasis of calm within the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/1/2012
    An oasis of calm within the Academy of Science. This is a lovely space with good food. Loved the tempura long bean appetizer. It could be a meal by itself. You don't have to purchase a ticket to the Academy in order to dine here.
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