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East Cafe, Raleigh, NC

East Cafe

4.8
4.8
47 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Enjoy lunch with the most breath taking view in Raleigh, the Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Located in C level of the East Building, the East Café offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, and Barista crafted coffee and tea beverages. Indoor and patio seating!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Fri–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 664-6839
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

Experiences

  • Chef's Table: Pre-emergent Art in Bloom Dinner

    $175.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Mar 8, 2024 only
    Join us for a “pre-emergent” Art in Bloom event. Executive Chef Rich Carter’s menu inspiration is the People's Collection painting The Garden Parasol, and the dinner incorporates the colors, textures, and emotions portrayed in the artwork. Guests first learn about this 19th-century painting by Frederick Carl Frieseke from Lauren Applebaum, Jim and Betty Becher Curator of American Art. After a festive cocktail hour, diners are treated to a multicourse dinner that emphasizes the fresh and bright flavors of a spring garden with luscious boutique wine pairings. The blending of nature’s beauty and culinary finesse offers a dining experience that invokes tranquility and appreciation for both art and cuisine. Note GF or vegan in special request.
    Chef's Table: Pre-emergent Art in Bloom Dinner Photo
  • The Art of Tea in Bloom

    $72.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2024
    Join us for the "Art of Tea in Bloom" at the East Café from 3/13/24 - 3/17/24. This "Afternoon Tea" experience features a prix-fixe menu including savory canapes, finger sandwiches and floral inspired patisserie. Premium teas or coffee included. Floral inspired cocktails available for purchase at event. The last reservation available for each day is 1 1/2 hours prior to museum closing. Note gluten free or vegan in notes. Recommended party size 2, 4 or 6. Reservations close March 1st. ENSURE YOU COMPLETE PAYMENT TO RECEIVE CONFIRMED RESERVATION
    The Art of Tea in Bloom Photo
  • Mother's Day Tea

    $75.00 per person

    Prepaid

    May 10 - May 12, 2024
    Join us for Mother's Day tea at the East Café from 5/10/24 - 5/12/24. This "Afternoon Tea" experience features a prix-fixe menu including savory canapes, finger sandwiches and floral inspired patisserie. Premium teas or coffee included. Inspired cocktails available for purchase at event. Note gluten free, vegetarian or vegan in notes. Recommended party size 2, 4 or 6. ENSURE YOU COMPLETE PAYMENT TO RECEIVE CONFIRMED RESERVATION
    Mother's Day Tea Photo

What 47 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Great for scenic views

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    American

  • Raleigh

    Kid-friendly

  • Raleigh

    Great for scenic views

  • Raleigh

    American

47 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Servers were very nice and I like the setting. They need some work on their afternoon tea though, both the food and service. Food should be served with the tea, not 20 min later. The baked items were a bit dry and tasteless, even though they looked pretty. Little too many fruity items, gelled candy shouldn’t even count. Wouldn’t do the tea service again here, so many better options around.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service and staff were excellent for Valentine’s Tea.

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  3. Simhayward

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was lovely to have valentines tea and cake at the museum! A shame they handed out a rose to each lady as this prevented us from wandering around the west building where live flowers are not permitted!

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  4. Luv2eat

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Went for Winter Tea. First tea ever. Nice presentation of food, tea sweetners/cream etc. Enjoyed homemade cream for the mini scones. Would have enjoyed more if: seated further from entrance towards window/away from bathroom as was a bday outing. Thought peanut butter celery sticks were out of place/not special enough for tea. Bread on pimento wasn’t fresh. Other items were good. Water for tea maybe could have been hotter. Would have liked more herbal, caffeine free tea choices. Tea pots pretty.
    East CafeResponded on January 22, 2024
    Thank you for your feedback, this was our second " family tea" that we geared towards kids, we do offer a more elevated menu for our monthly teas and certainly will share this feedback. We appreciate you coming to see us!

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  5. KatieW

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for tea with a friend. Despite it being a prepaid experience, the servers were very attentive. It was an excellent deal for the cost and a love way to spend an afternoon. I would definitely return for tea again if they continue to host this experience.
    East CafeResponded on January 22, 2024
    Thank you so much, we are hosting monthly teas our next one is for Valentine's Galentine's Day on 2/14

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the teas y’all put on!! The food is so good and it’s a great experience. Beautiful setting in the east building.

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  7. LydiaW

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Gingerbread Tea was great! We had a lot of fun trying all the treats. Our teenage sons enjoyed it, too! They even got enough to eat--very filling. And everything was delicious! Great service, too.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Gingerbread Tea was delightful! We loved all the savory and sweet offerings, as well as the fruity teas we chose. Very happy we did this! 😊

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  9. aimeec

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I hope you have this type of tea service offered again .. My husband and I LOVED it.

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  10. crenee

    New York City

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Visited East Café for their Gingerbread Tea. The savory and sweet food and tea were very fresh and delicious. Had a variety of foods and we ended up taking some home as we were stuffed. Service staff was okay, but it felt as if this was our server's first time working in a restaurant. Our tea had to be remade because the fragile glass teapot's spout was broken and tea leaked all over the table and we had to ask another server for new napkins because our server kept forgetting to bring them. The gingerbread houses on display were a nice touch. All in all it was a pleasant experience.

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  11. MichelleI

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We thoroughly enjoyed the "Gingerbread Tea". The service and food was wonderful. We look forward to coming to other events like this in the future.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I can't say enough wonderful things about the the Gingerbread Tea at Museum of Art. Delicious

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  13. ElizabethB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed the Gingerbread Tea holiday event held at the cafe. The setting is light and open with windows overlooking the museum park. Good service by Catering works. Great spot for a special occasion! Hope the teas continue on a regular basis.

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  14. Nancym

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    WE ATTENDED THE HOLIDAY GINGERBREAD TEA AND IT WAS DELICIOUS AND A REAL TREAT!

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  15. DL11

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We attended the Christmas Tea. Service and food were excellent. They offer gluten free and vegan selections that are beautiful and delicious. Large selection of teas, coffees, etc.

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  16. RooneyM

    Amarillo

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This holiday tea was a treat. The food was amazing. Our server wasn't particularly good but other servers helped to take care of us so it all worked out well.

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  17. LeeAnnT

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Gingerbread tea was amazing! So much fun and the presentation was great.

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  18. NinahB

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was beautiful and relaxing. My kids and I enjoyed ourselves and can not wait to go again.

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  19. BillH

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This review is for the special event meal served in connection with the gallery art exhibit at the museum. It was a five course catered meal with wine parings. The food was excellent, service very good also. Haven't experienced the East Cafe in its usual mode as restaurant for the museum.

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  20. whywhy71wy71

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Slow service, too small portions, too little wine b

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  21. Jill

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seated by the large furnace air filter and it made me sneeze a bit from the dust. Maybe you can add a barrier like a folding room divider to cover the large vent area without hindering the airflow through the vent.

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  22. VirginiaC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We attended a special African-themed dinner in connection with the Ruth Carter exhibit. The food was outstanding, a sampling of traditional African dishes with some modern touches. the wines came from South Africa and were also excellent

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  23. ThomasP

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Limited menu but fresh produce and it seems high quality meats, etc. Very nice and helpful staff. Expensive, but you're paying for the convenience.

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  24. EricG

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    This is in the lower level of the old museum building... Not a sit down and order kind of restaurant ... You order and pay and they bring it to an informal table either inside or outside. The food is good, though limited menu, with prices a bit on the high side

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  25. MeredithM

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Each time I visit West Cafe, I am impressed with all aspects of the experience. The servers are knowledgeable, prompt, and personable- obviously well-trained. I had the Caesar salad with grilled asparagus- and added grilled shrimp- and it was spectacular!

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  26. AndiK

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good, service was friendly a fast! You order at the counter, get a number, take in the great view of the grounds, and fresh food arrives within minutes. Nice place for lunch!

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  27. NCRTP

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food - grilled Brie and jam sandwich was wonderful! Fries were crispy & fresh. Quite a nice treat!

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  28. AmyP

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We would have enjoyed our experience more if the cafe had full service and was quieter. The staff was very helpful, for as much as they could.

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  29. DARM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience during a very busy time for the Museum. Staff was very friendly, kind, patient. Food was great! Would definitely return and recommend to others.

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  30. DaleB

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food with wine pairings. I would attend these special event dinners when they are offered. Excellent service.

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  31. mimmers53

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My party of 6 participated in the Art in Bloom Chef's Table on March 17th, 2023. We had a 6 course plated dinner with accompanying wines. The entire experience was amazing and the Chef out did himself with his creativity, tastes, and country flavors including a course of Pad Thai, Scallops, vegetable Empanada, Oxtail ...of course you can just imagine the sauces fir each of these...they were absolutely gorgeous ! Hail to the Chef and all the attentive staff! You made the evening one we'll always remember!

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  32. artsyfoodie

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good service and good food. Generous portions of salad and fries.

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  33. ChrisR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great and friendly service. Food was very well presented and prepared.

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  34. LindaM

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and convenient to NC Museum of Art. Unless you bring a picnic, there are no other restaurants in the area except thevtwo at thecart Gallery.

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  35. Ataraxia

    Greensboro

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Made reservations on quite possibly the busiest day. Staff found my reservation for 4 and had a table ready. They quickly accommodated a request to sit out side. The 4 of us so relaxed.

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  36. MichaelM

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    the food was great, the service was great, we will be back

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  37. LindaK

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    First visit. I realize it was a very busy time, but disappointing all around. Panini was lunch meat with something resembling Brie. Not a panini if not grilled and it wasn’t. Pattymelt pretty difficult to mess up, but dry and tasteless. Ice cream was good. Wait staff seemed a bit overwhelmed but very nice. Only other museum cafes to compare with … very disappointing. Linda Krajewski

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  38. truthname

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good. I needed gluten free and asked if the menu item I wanted was gluten free and was told yes, but they realized it was not prior to bringing it to me, so they provided another entree item which was more expensive (salad with meat) at no extra charge. I was very appreciative.

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  39. kris

    Raleigh

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The Panini sandwich was just okay. The house chips were probably fine before they dumped random spices over them destroying them. It was not as good as the food from the former chef at the Museum

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  40. LindaF

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food far exceeded our expectations. Two of us ordered the Brie & red pepper jelly on toasted bread & it was delicious! My friend ordered the quesadillas and they were also excellent as well as a generous serving.

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FAQs

East Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 47 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for East Cafe

2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607-6433

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Hours of operation
    Fri–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
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