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The Moss Room
The Moss Room
  • Address:
    55 Music Concourse Drive
    San Francisco, CA 94118
    Sunset District
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

The Moss Room Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.themossroom.com
  • Email: reservations@themossroom.com
  • Phone: (415) 876-6121
  • 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 (415) 321-3733
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a nice getaway from the very crowded and noisy Academy of Science crowd scene. "
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Have met friends here a few times before a show at the deYoung. The Moss Room never disappoints. The new menu is excellent with something for everyone. The Kale Salad, one of the best of the many I've tried at various places. Would like to see Charles Phan add a couple of dishes from his Slanted Door menu.....like crab noodles or shaking beef salad!!! All in all, excellent."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This restaurant is consistently good and a real hidden gem - in the bowels of the California Academy of Sciences. You don't have to pay the entrance fee to the museum to get in. The only negative to this visit is that we had to ask for bread (all other tables got it without asking). I had a wonderful beet salad to start. Although the menu can be pricey, there was a grilled cheese sandwich served with french fried for $11."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "After a 2+ hour event at the DeYoung, my friends and I walked over to the Academy for a relaxing late lunch in the Moss Room. Food was wonderful. Service great. And, we loved the restaurant design. It's a spot you want to linger longer in!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I would only recommend the Moss Room if there were some reason you wanted a quiet and wait staff restaurant when you were visiting the DeYoung or the Academy of Sciences. 4 of us dined on a day when the DeYoung was very crowded for Bouquets to Art. The food was a mixed bag. Mussels delicious. When did Pork Belly become the name for lardons of bacon? The spinach salad was overwhelmed with heavily smoked bacon lardons. I know bacon comes from pork belly, but that cut is usually called pork belly only when it is unsmoked or uncured. Dessert was good. We were never checked up on until we had finally flagged another waiter to ask for coffee after we had finished out lunch. When coffee came we had to ask for a dessert menu."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Entering down the stairs to a small aquarium built your expectation."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Moss Room...a beautiful and quiet lunch spot. The lunch menu was delicious and offered many choices. Members received a special menu a pri fix menu. Perfect for us! Absolutely delicious! Second time there. It was a pre-op lunch and gave me visions of wellness and happiness. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Outstanding food and service, quiet and perfect for lunch after visiting the De Young Museum. We had the three course lunch which was a little pricey but the meal was worth every penny!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Food was pretty good (overpriced, but that's to be expected at this location); service was very slow. Give yourself lots of time if you are planning on eating here, as it will take away from the time you can spend at the Academy of Science."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We made a reservation for lunch during a day spent at the Academy of Sciences. We did not have children with us and they seated us in a separate area that happened to only have adults with no children (there were some children in the other part of the restaurant). We had a very pleasant break from all the noise and activity of the museum! The food was excellent!! Although the portions are smaller than some restaurants, it was quite sufficient. The mixed drinks were a treat and they appear to have a nice wine selection but we didn't have any wine. We'd go again and recommend this to anyone looking for a nice break from the museum activities."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Only open for lunch but much better than museum cafes and no admission required"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a delicious Valentines Day lunch here. Taste and quality were excellent. Appetizer and Main course portions were substantial, while the tiny dessert portions elicited an unplanned laugh from us when the plates arrived. The exception was the cotton candy which most people could not finish. Service was excellent. There are some excellent tables (by the living wall and in the Private Dining Room) which are available by request. We were placed by the kitchen because we did not know to ask for the better tables."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our party greatly enjoyed lunch at the Moss Room. The food was excellent, the service was warm and efficient and the room is lovely."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "I was saddened to learn that this restaurant only serves lunch now. I've eaten here a handful of times since it opened and although very pricey, the food is outstanding. 3 course lunch was $30-ish. Staff is always top notch. Should be located at the deYoung but then it wouldn't be a hidden gem anymore. Note that you do not need a museum pass to dine here."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "My teen granddaughter loves enhancing our museum visit with lunch here. She says it make her feel fancy. The food deffinately is not institutional, and is well presented. The desserts sing."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "They do have a cafeteria which may be very good but hidden below it is as good as restaurant as you will find in San Francisco, The Moss Room, at the Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park. Lovely food, reasonably priced, full bar and great wines. Go to the museum for the kid inside all of us and then escape the kids and go to the Moss room for a fabulous meal!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Second time diner. Did not disappoint! The only recommendation would be to return sorbets to the dessert menu."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "The Moss Room is lovely, a beautiful calming place for a meal. Menu is not trendy or extensive, but the sole we ordered was perfectly cooked and delicious. Service was excellent. There were very few diners when we were there, so it was quiet, but I imagine the noise level never reaches the din that one finds in most restaurants."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "I took my cousin to this restaurant which is in the lower level of the Academy of Sciences. A hostess greeted us at the door and escorted us down to the restaurant. The ambiance with the ferns and fish swimming in the pool is wonderful. The service was absolutely superb. The food, I had the petrale sole and my cousin had the mushroom risotto, was perfect. We also received a complimentary goat cheese and arugula salad. We had the chocolate bon bon and sea salt and caramel dessert. Just a perfect small ending to an outstanding luncheon."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The Moss Room is beautiful and allows you to enjoy a lunch apart from the bustling crowd of kids and other people. The food wasn't anything special, however, although the people are very nice."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Intimate without being crowded, soothing lighting without needing flashlights, and superb food wide-ranging despite a limited menu, the Moss Room is the perfect antidote to a day of busy sightseeing, museum-hopping, or even just a weekday escape. Three of my party had hearing problems, and we all could hear each other easily. It was perfect for the bicoastal reunion we wanted, time to catch up, impress our New York foodie friends, relax and hang out as long as we wanted, and the chocolate- peanut butter cake made my chocaholic friend swoon. Highly recommended for civilized people with good palates who also want to converse."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Food was generally good (especially the soup) but not up to the elegant sophistication of the dining room ambience. I'd expected more seafood choices, giving the surroundings."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Great food, great service, very kid friendly. Thanks and keep up the good work."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Food good but not great. Decor a bit dark and un-interesting. Not much moss growing."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Before or after a visit to the DeYoung or the Academy of Sciences....quiet, good food, relaxing and tucked away so you can beat the crowds at the cafeteria and visit with friends over a lovely lunch and glass of wine. I'm only sad it is no longer open for dinner"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • ":) love the moss room. it is the calm in the midst of a whirlwind of activity and the wait staff are your pilots. Loved the crab salad with a side of brussel sprouts for a bit of lunch: a hint of green and warmth. I love this restaurant."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "The Moss Room has become my go-to lunch spot when visiting the museums because the food is delicious and beautifully presented."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "This hidden gem is a treat and the experience was very special. I enjoyed being escorted to the restaurant, the dining room is refined, the service friendly and the menus selections are excellent. The filet of sole with wild rice and brown sugar was amazing. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "The Moss Room is expensive for what you get, which is not much. Salads were good, but main courses skimpy. and dessert was ridiculously small. The room was cold and had a damp feeling, probably from the open aquarium and ferny wall that gets "rain" once in a while. "Green" and "sustainable" should not mean expensive and uncomfortable."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "I'll be back again. The Moss Room has great potential and its location in the Academy of Science is stellar. I was hoping for an amazing experience w/the Phans in control (re: Slanted Door) but the food, and the wine selection, was spotty. The shrimp salad was small, barely shrimpy and the dressing had no zing. The zinfandel too was flat tasting with no middle and a sweaty finish (ugh). I liked the mussels but when I mentioned it was cold the server did not offer to warm it up for me. My friend LOVED his sole on wild rice entree, though. Maybe it was just the afternoon lull (2-3p)? There were only 3 or 4 other tabletops and it was hard to get the wait staffs attention ... again, spotty. Sorry."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "My wife and I recently went for lunch. The atmosphere was ok, and there were lots of familys with children. I had a small skirt steak, and a bowl of chowder with the smallest slice of pie you can imagine for dessert, and it was $33, My wife had a bowl of chowder and a small shrimp salad with a small fruit turnover for dessert,..also $33. After a couple of drinks and tip, the bill was over $100,...and it certainly did not feel like a $100 lunch. Everything served was "small sized" portions. It was too much money for what you get to eat."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Menu was different than online, but still terrific. Very nice to escape frenetic activity of Academy above."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "I booked lunch for my mother in law to go with my husband and my two children, 9 and 7, on Satuday. Our children were well-behaved. However, there is a table near by with a child and he constantly run over to look at fish and got into our space over and over and his parents just watched and did nothing. (He could have looked at the fish from another vacant space, but he just choose to intrude us. ) I quoted my husband - This is annoying when you're trying to have a quiet meal. That's why we didn't eat at the upstairs cafe. Kids are allowed to run wild. That should be unacceptable at an expensive restaurant. Food and service is fine. It is too child friendly even for me who has young children and know how to behave when at a nicer place."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Food not great. Disappointing menu. Slanted Door is brilliant, this boring. Bland salads. Uninspiring choices."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "We enjoyed Moss on a previous visit. Thought it was to become a destination restaurant for the city, but that won't be possible with the difficulty involved in getting inside the restaurant. Found the menu uninspired, the service friendly and willing but a bit clueless, the living wall looking sad, and the food rather bland. What has happened to this place? The museum seems to be wanting to shut it down. Oh, and no bread offered with soup and pasta prominent on the menu? We were sorry to see the creativity and sparkle missing from what had seemed a unique place."
    Dined on 10/25/2013