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NCMA Cafe, Raleigh, NC

NCMA Cafe

4.5
4.5
288 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

7:00 PM


Booked 8 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

  • The Art of Wine

    $150.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Apr 12, 2024 only
    Vitis House, and Catering Works present The Art of Wine, located at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Join us from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm for a sensory experience that explores the history of wine. Featuring outstanding wines plus food pairings, this romantic event takes place in the seated dining area of the West Building. Please e-mail Nicole@CateringWorks.com with any accommodation questions. ENSURE YOU COMPLETE PAYMENT TO RECEIVE CONFIRMED RESERVATION
    The Art of Wine Photo
  • 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 288 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Great for brunch

  • Raleigh

    Great for brunch

  • Raleigh

    Innovative

288 Reviews
  1. heavenincharleston

    Raleigh

    38 reviews

    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  2. JasonW

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  3. Kelly

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. RoseM

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Persnlchef1

    Raleigh

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 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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  12. Persnlchef1

    Raleigh

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. BettyB

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. debT

    New York City

    60 reviews

    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and drink were very good. Love the red sapling sculpture on the wall of the cafe!
    NCMA CafeResponded on February 3, 2024
    Thank you for your feedback! We hope you will visit again soon!

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  19. KarlynnO

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service at a busy time. Food was very good, and there was a variety of options. Cafe was a little loud, so it was a bit difficult to carry on a conversation.
    NCMA CafeResponded on January 31, 2024
    We are glad you enjoyed your experience and meal! Please come visit again soon!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yuyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy????????

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  21. JanineR

    Nashville

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our lunch was tasty but on the small side. The presentation was attractive and the service was good. It wasn't a wow experience but I would definitely eat there again.
    NCMA CafeResponded on February 3, 2024
    Thank you for your feedback! We hope you will be back soon!

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  22. DeloresP

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly.i would recommend the Cafe to my friends.
    NCMA CafeResponded on January 26, 2024
    Thank you for your kind words! We look forward to seeing you again!

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  23. RayRay

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time here. Really enjoyed it! Will come back again.
    NCMA CafeResponded on January 26, 2024
    We are very glad you enjoyed your meal with us! We look forward to serving you again!

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  24. whywhy71wy71

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We weren't even served one course, had to alert staff
    NCMA CafeResponded on January 26, 2024
    We value any feedback given an we apologize for the experience you received. We are working with our staff to ensure this doesn't happen again. We hope you will give us another chance in other events to come.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved my experience at Art Inside the Bottle! Fantastic food and wine pairings, very informational in a beautiful setting.
    NCMA CafeResponded on January 26, 2024
    We are glad you enjoyed the experience! We hope to see again at many more to come!

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  26. AlecS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service but my salmon was tragically overcooked.......
    NCMA CafeResponded on January 26, 2024
    Thank you for your feedback! We are working with our Kitchen team to ensure preciseness for each of our customers. We hope you will give us another chance!

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  27. Raleighcuisinediner

    Raleigh

    80 reviews

    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food delicious and best service ever had actually from this cafe — appetizers and entrees are very pricy for the amount of food.

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  28. AbbiD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    love the place the service was great just one dish I ordered was smaller than expected it was the mushroom tart which I liked but looked like a 2inch not 4inch place not satisfying at all for the price.
    NCMA CafeResponded on January 26, 2024
    Thank you for your feedback! We just started a new Winter Menu and hope that you will give us another chance for a better experience!

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  29. lued

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I have mixed feelings about lunch yesterday... the food was okay/not spectacular, service was sporadic at first overwhelming and then having to request service (water refill, cleaning table), and a bit off putting with lots of crumbs on the floor. I ate there for the ambience (still a fan of Patrick Doherty's installation) and it was NCMA.
    NCMA CafeResponded on January 9, 2024
    Thank you for letting us know about your experience and lack of service on your visit. We are working with your team trying to hire more help to increase our service level. We hope you will join us again.

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  30. NancyC

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have dined several times here and have always been delighted. We enjoyed the menu items inspired by the exhibit.

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  31. BarbaraC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was genteel and well-informed. The room is very airy and therefore, more clattery than ideal. Menu included items reflecting the current exhibit, a nice touch!
    NCMA CafeResponded on January 9, 2024
    Thank you for your kind words!

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  32. AmyE

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    If you’ve toured the museum and sculpture park and don’t have the strength to go on, a nice lunch can be had, if you can get a table. Otherwise there are many finer lunch spots nearby.

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  33. BettyR

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious blackened salmon. Good service. Convenient when visiting the museum for the day.
    NCMA CafeResponded on January 6, 2024
    Thank you for your feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your meal and hope to see you again soon!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just perfect  everything about this place is outstanding and our waiter is always wonderful. Thanks for a great New Year’s Eve brunch.
    NCMA CafeResponded on January 6, 2024
    Thank you for your feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

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  35. AnneB

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good. Drinks a little pricey compared to some other restaurants in Raleigh, for the amount you get, but overall very good.
    NCMA CafeResponded on January 6, 2024
    Thank you for your feedback! We will address the Cocktail pricing accordingly. We look forward to serving you again!

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  36. JeanN

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our server and her service. Made our visit to the museum a delightful experience.
    NCMA CafeResponded on January 6, 2024
    Thank you for your kind feedback! I will be sure to express your gratitude to her!

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  37. ReginaD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food in an attractive setting. Makes the museum experience more complete.

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  38. PeggyK

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and ambience are wonderful! A lovely treat when visiting the museum or even just for a meal!

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  39. EmilyC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great lunch after our museum visit! I’m always impressed by the curated menu and surprising flavors. Thank you, NCMA!

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  40. LisaB

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I find the food experience at NCMA to be uneven. Last time it was great — this time it was rather poor. The beef sliders were cold; the mushroom tart was tiny and if it had the equivalent of one mushroom in it, I’d be surprised.
    NCMA CafeResponded on December 30, 2023
    Thank you for letting us know, we are really sorry for your experience and hope you would give us another chance. We will discuss this feedback with our team and we are working on our next menu.

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FAQs

NCMA Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 288 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 8 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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