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NCMA Cafe, Raleigh, NC

NCMA Cafe

4.6
4.6
310 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Catering Works is proud to present NCMACafe, located at the North Carolina Museum of Art WEST BUILDING. Our menu features a variety of Southern-inspired fare with International influence. Premium wines, crafted coffee drinks and in February of 2023, the long-awaited return of weekend brunch at the Museum of Art.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Southern, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 218-0073
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    Catering Works is the exclusive caterer at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Learn more about catering and possibilities for a delicious event at:<br />https://cateringworks.com/our-venues/nc-art-museum/the-works-at-ncma.php
  • Private party facilities
    Learn more about spaces available for private events at:https://cateringworks.com/our-venues/nc-art-museum/event-spaces.php

Experiences

  • Ancient Roman Dinner

    $150.00 per person

    Prepaid

    May 16, 2024 only
    Through music, atmosphere, cuisine and drinks inspired by "Roman Cookery" by Apicius, be transported to the world of Ancient Rome.
    Ancient Roman Dinner Photo

What 310 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Great for brunch

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Innovative

  • Raleigh

    Great for brunch

  • Raleigh

    Innovative

310 Reviews
  1. MeredithM

    Wilmington

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the NCMA Cafe offered outstanding food, efficient and pleasant service, and a delightful atmosphere. What a gem!

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  2. LizM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was our first time, the food was fresh and delicious! The orange cranberry bread pudding is a must. John was our waiter and was on the spot with drinks, his smile and conversation with us, all made a great experience. Can’t wait to visit again!

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  3. LindaO

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was as good as it always is…fresh and well prepared. The staff is always friendly, and efficient. Love going there for a ladies luncheon before our museum tour.

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  4. HoosrHeel

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and service was excellent. The menu is varied. Of the four meals ordered, two were expensive given the amount of food received. A high price for what was received.

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  5. NCVisitor

    Raleigh

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the first time we tried the "new" NCMA cafe and we were very pleased with our lunch there. The food and service were both excellent and the menu was interesting. We will return!

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  6. Bodie

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server John was great! We had the Apple French Toast, Beet Tartare and a Burger. Everything was exceptional!!

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  7. lindylou

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Met a friend for lunch at the Cafe, and had a very pleasant experience. She had a frittata small plate and I had butternut soup and a petite primary colors salad. Afterwards, we shared a profiterole for dessert. All the food was very good with small creative touches (e.g., carrot cake croutons in my salad). We appreciated that we didn’t feel pressured to leave, even though our conversation and lunch extended for almost 2 hours.

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  8. Camelaine

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu looked so delish it took my and my partner forever to settle on what we wanted to order (if I remember correct it was the bisque entree n sweet potato frittatta) both were to die for so so good and though I feel terrible I can't remember our servers name he was excellent! great to take care of us and walk us through the menu! was great to get to walk the museum after and let our tummies settle!

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  9. OIBfoodie

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. Good service. Exciting environment. Fun to watch the families at the museum.

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  10. Persnlchef1

    Raleigh

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another delicious meal!! My server Hanif was awesome. The butternut squash soup and primary colors salad was so good!! The beet tartare was beautiful and delicious!!! This place is a gem!

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  11. Yikes

    Denver

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Service started well and plummeted after I had the nerve to ask for some butter to spread on my croissant. You’d think I’d asked for gold leaf. The waitron informed me that there was no butter in the entire restaurant kitchen, which beggars belief, right? I suggested, maybe, some olive oil then, for dipping? He said he would check, but never got back to me. I ate a (by then) cold, plain croissant. The soup & salads are wickedly overpriced but the food was adequate. Very little service was to be had after the incident with the butter, which seemed inexplicable considering I hadn’t made a scene, only inquired. How odd. It’s a beautiful setting and the salads were plated well. $17 for a bowl of rather average butternut bisque, though? Please.
    NCMA CafeResponded on March 23, 2024
    We're sorry to hear that your experience was not enjoyable. Please give us a call at the cafe and ask to speak to a manager - we'd love the opportunity to provide you with a better experience. Thank you!

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  12. SueD

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Interesting and tasty food but a bit pricey except the desserts seem priced ok.
    NCMA CafeResponded on March 23, 2024
    Thank you for the review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we hope you'll come back soon.

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  13. HeleneW

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was disturbed by the amount of people walking through the restaurant so that they could purchase food or drinks. I would have preferred the museum to reinstate the cafe towards the end of museum near the museum shop. The food and service was good!

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  14. Jessica

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a very enjoyable brunch by my lonesome. My server was sweet and attentive, and made great suggestions. I had the Cuban cafe con leche, a fall mimosa, and apple French toast. Everything was delicious and presented beautifully. Great way to start my day at the art museum. I’ll note that every staff member I encountered, from the host to expo, who dropped off food/drink was warm and friendly. Thank you :)
    NCMA CafeResponded on March 15, 2024
    Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  15. MegB

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed everything about our lunch! Great setting and good food 😀
    NCMA CafeResponded on March 23, 2024
    Thanks for the review - we love to hear that you enjoyed your experience dining with us!!

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  16. Judy

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I brought a friend from out-of-town who had never been to NCMA and we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. The lunches were hot and delicious. Our wait person, "John," was friendly and helpful sharing information about he menu selections. He checked on us a couple of times to see if we needed anything. Overall, dining at the Cafe at MNCMA was a very enjoyable experience prior to our touring the museum. We definitely will go back.
    NCMA CafeResponded on March 15, 2024
    Thank you so much! We are so happy you had a great experience and will share your feedback with our team, John is great!!

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  17. JulieL

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Rick and the service team always do a terrific job!

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  18. pickyeater

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an early brunch reservation. It appeared that the NCMA cafe, like other food service establishments, might be encountering some difficulties in staffing since our server was the only server on the floor for a while. This meant that the server had little time to check on whether or not we needed anything (we did), whether we wanted another cocktail (we did) or whether we wanted to order dessert (we did). In each case, we flagged the server down to make our requests. Despite this, the server was extremely pleasant and quite knowledgable about menu items. However, I ordered the apple pie French toast but received the Carolina breakfast instead. The meal was quite good - just not what I had ordered. My husband ordered the tri-tips and they were excellent - tender and very flavorful. Since I did not get the French toast, we later ordered the beignets and they were awesome - tender and light. The molasses butter that accompanied them had just the right amount of molasses. It was not overpowering at all and added a unique Southern touch. We shared a delightful bread pudding. The winter bourbon smash was excellent with just the right amount of orange added.
    NCMA CafeResponded on March 23, 2024
    We appreciate your understanding and your kind words despite the couple of issues with service. We'd love to bring you back in for a better experience and a treat on us - give us a call at the West Cafe and ask to speak with a manager!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The salads were amazing, chicken salad delicious, shoestring french fries crispy and cooked perfectly

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  20. Larry

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was an anniversary lunch. Service and food were excellent, really helped to make it a special occasion. I'm sure we're be back, probably before our next anniversary.

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  21. Persnlchef1

    Raleigh

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as usual! Very delicious lunch and wonderful server! John!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    John was our waiter. He was friendly and offered good options to choose from the menu. We enjoyed the vegetable tostada and ginger peach iced tea. Great experience.

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  23. JonR

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tom was very helpful as our server and brought our food and drinks just as we requested. The menu included several vegetarian options for my wife - she said they were very tasty! My burger was very moist and dressed well!! NCMA cafe has been a great spot to have lunch on our 43rd Anniversary!!!!

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  24. heavenincharleston

    Raleigh

    38 reviews

    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for brunch on Sunday. Selections were adequate but brief. Food was prepared well with quality ingredients. Service was very good, we ere seated and served right away. Serving size was more than I expected which was nice because it tasted great. Space is at a premium so the tables were close together. They need a bigger space

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  25. JasonW

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My Kids had a great time! Their 1st time and will be back!

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  26. Kelly

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I miss the basket of regular and savory breads that used to come at no charge to every table. We both got salads and had to request and pay for several pieces of baguette. My salad was good but was overwhelmingly greens, with small amounts of squash, nuts, and dried fruit tossed in. Protein could be added for an extra charge, but the price I paid for the salad should have included protein, with maybe a small surcharge for the more expensive additions.

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  27. HiWay

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    My experience was lousy. I had awful service on Valentine’s Day. It took over 20 minutes to even get a first glass of water.. server seemed not adept at the most basic things. They were nice enough when they finally showed up I don’t appreciate having a holiday ruined by poor service At A kind of high-end Cafe. Unsatisfied

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  28. windsorsmom

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I suspect our waiter was new. He did not realize how important it is to get food to the table while it is hot (or cold).

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful casual brunch! I recommend the apple pie French toast!

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  30. CyndiK

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our meal very much! Service was excellent! Value was a bit expensive for the portion sizes but overall we had an excellent experience and will go back.

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  31. RoseM

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I had an absolutely delicious brunch at the NCMA Cafe recently. Terrific new items on the menu. Everything served was fresh and extremely well prepared. The service was impeccable, and the dining space is clean and inviting. We had the pleasure of meeting Amanda who oversees the everyday workings of the Cafe. She was welcoming and exceptionally gracious. My friend described our brunch as "supreme!" I really don't think I could give it a better description. From the mimosa to the french toast, salad and brownie dessert, it was, without a doubt, a 5-star experience! Nothing like discovering a "hidden" gem!

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  32. LindaM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was such an amazing place for a luncheon to catch up with a friend. The restaurant was calm and it was so easy to hear each other speaking. The service was delightful and attentive. Both our waiter and the rest of the staff were just so pleasant: Many smiles. Glad to help and accommodate, making the experience easier for my friend with a disability. The food was very good: tasty, pretty in presentation and healthy. I'd recommend this location to anyone wanting a special lunch.
    NCMA CafeResponded on February 10, 2024
    Thank you for your wonderful feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed your meal and experience! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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  33. goldenvic

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was wonderful. A good menu. Could have stayed all afternoon. Becoming a favorite for me.
    NCMA CafeResponded on February 10, 2024
    Thank you for your kind feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

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  34. Persnlchef1

    Raleigh

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent we all had salads and everyone enjoyed. Coffee was really good and desserts were fantastic. Bread pudding carrot cake and brownie with ice cream!

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  35. Persnlchef1

    Raleigh

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent! Beet tartare and Salmon with Brussels sprouts were out of this world! Best carrot cake I’ve ever had and the bread pudding was pure perfection. Presentation was 5 star! Service was delightful. We will be back!!!
    NCMA CafeResponded on February 3, 2024
    Thank you for your kind feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your meal and experience! We hope to see you again soon!

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  36. PetraC

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good Food. Good Service. After your meal go out and enjoy the walking trail and sculptures.
    NCMA CafeResponded on February 3, 2024
    Thank you for your feedback! Yes, the walk is perfect especially on a beautiful day!

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  37. StephanieM

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely lunch! Great food options and service. Truly enjoyed the experience.
    NCMA CafeResponded on February 10, 2024
    We are glad you enjoyed the experience dining with us! Come back and see us again soon!

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  38. BettyB

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was really great! The presentation was also fabulous.
    NCMA CafeResponded on January 31, 2024
    Thank you for your nice feedback and we are glad you enjoyed your meal! We hope to see you again soon!

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  39. bitsNpieces

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our brunch at NCMA cafe. This was our first time eating at the cafe. We were big fans of the previous restaurant at the museum, Iris, and were sad when it closed.
    NCMA CafeResponded on January 31, 2024
    Thank you for your nice feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful, new menu items are delicious! Highly recommend, my favorite restaurant!
    NCMA CafeResponded on February 3, 2024
    Thank you for your kind feedback! We look forward to serving you again!

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FAQs

NCMA Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 310 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for NCMA Cafe

2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607-6433

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Parking is free and available - Blue Ridge lot (RIGHT) Overflow (LEFT)
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Southern, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Phone number
    (919) 218-0073
  • Catering
    Catering Works is the exclusive caterer at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Learn more about catering and possibilities for a delicious event at:<br />https://cateringworks.com/our-venues/nc-art-museum/the-works-at-ncma.php
  • Private party facilities
    Learn more about spaces available for private events at:https://cateringworks.com/our-venues/nc-art-museum/event-spaces.php
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