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NCMA Cafe, Raleigh, NC

NCMA Cafe

4.3
4.3
22 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

10:00 PM


Booked 46 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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 Tea in Bloom

    $60.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Mar 15 - Mar 19, 2023
    Join us for "Art of Tea in Bloom" at the NCMACafé from 3/15/23 - 3/19/23. This "Afternoon Tea" experience features a pre-fixe menu including savory canapes, finger sandwiches and floral inspired patisserie. Premium teas or coffee included. Floral inspired cocktails available for purchase at event. Plan on 1 - 1/2 hours based on party size. The last reservation available for each day is 1 1/2 hours prior to museum closing. Note gluten free or vegan in special request. Recommended party size 2, 4 or 6 MENUS: https://ncmacafe.square.site/art-in-bloom Separate ticket required for Art in Bloom. PURCHASE TICKETS: ncartmuseum.org/bloom Reservations close March 8th. Indicate Vegan or Gluten Free option if needed in reservation special requests.

What 22 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. k

    karmd

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Lovely lunch at the newly reopened cafe. Cappuccino was perfect. Four flavors of Ella’s small batch artisan popcorn $11. started our lunch off nicely. The cinnamon was a favorite and the siracha had a nice heat to it. The ZA'ATAR CAESAR 15 Head of petite romaine lettuce, za’atar Caesar dressing, croutons, shaved Parmesan cheese, grilled lemon slices The dressing was delicious. We chose an addition of chicken $4 and it was a nicely grilled and tender portion . The PRIMARY COLORS SALAD for $16 had greens, roasted butternut squash, cranberries, spiced nuts, tossed with orange marmalade vinaigrette and garnished with queso fresco. We also added chicken to this and sliced avocado $2. We finished off this lovely meal by splitting a slice of white chocolate cheesecake with amaretto drizzle that was amazing!
  2. KS

    KathyS

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our waiter was a trainee, which led to some gaps in service, but other people pitched in and helped, so all in all it was a very good experience.
  3. P

    Persnlchef1

    Raleigh

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and beautifully presented. We had the catfish, tostada and the Carolina caviar. The cappuccino and latte was divine. The chocolate raspberry cake was the best cake I’ve ever eaten. We will be back!!! Catering Works as usual has outdone themselves.
  4. a

    anthonyg

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    It was nice to be back at the museum. We've been going for many years but the one BIG disappointment was that there was no brunch food for brunch. No eggs, pancakes waffles all the usual good things that make brunch a brunch. We had a table of 10 and everyone had to get things they really didn't want. The food was good it just wasn't brunch.

    NCMA CafeResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you for the review! We are starting Brunch in February and are excited to have that as an option. Thank you for coming and we hope to see you back.

  5. n

    nj188

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    My husband and I had an early lunch after viewing the European Masters collection on the last Sunday of the exhibit. We were surprised to see no options for Brunch on the menu. The Culinary Collection selections are dinner entrees and are not particularly great choices for 11:00 AM on a Sunday morning. We had the Chicken Salad plate and the Ruby sandwich, which were both very good. I must say the french fries are excellent! I wished the server had offered beverage refills during the meal, however, she did provide a to-go beverage when we were leaving. Honestly, I think the East Cafe may be a better choice for lunch at the NCMA.
  6. GG

    GardennGym

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food, almond milk cappuccinos and service were excellent! We visited the Museum first and thoroughly enjoyed our visit to both.

    NCMA CafeResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you so much! We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    134 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    134 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Disappointed that the menu wouldn’t come up on any of our three phones. When I asked if the tarragon chicken salad had any onions in it, I was told it did not; however that day it did. They say there are gluten free options, but they couldn’t replace the croissant with gluten free bread. The food was okay, but quite expensive. I won’t eat there again.
  8. CM

    CamilleM

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was wonderful. The seating is uncomfortable and would love to see more art other than just the big wall sculpture. Overall a great experience.
  9. FA

    FrankA

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    My wife had the tarragon chicken salad and I had the blackened catfish with farro. The latter was excellent, but the former was well, almost tasteless: the chicken was finely shredded and heavy with mayo with nary a hint of tarragon; it was served with a cold, somewhat stale croissant (which I shared). 5he service was great, though.

    NCMA CafeResponded on January 25, 2023Thank you for your honest feedback and we are sorry you did not enjoy the chicken salad. Although the chicken salad is one of our best sellers we will share your feedback with our culinary team to see what happened. Croissants are baked fresh daily we will check again with our team to see what happened. We hope you will join us again.

  10. WF

    WillF

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food flavor & preparation was fine. Both our mains were tasty & cooked to our liking. Perhaps we will return in the future.

    NCMA CafeResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you so much, we hope you come back! We appreciate the kind review.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was highly enjoyable!
  12. KC

    KidCrone

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Restaurant is apparently still finding its footing, but I had a depressing experience. Space does not match “fine dining” aspirations. Sold out of the main dish people request (chicken salad); ordered another sandwich, hold the dressing. It came with mustard on it, which I had not ordered and can’t eat. A meager portion of turkey, Boars Head or equivalent—nothing special, with some fat & gristle. A mere suggestion of cheese. $17 with fries! No ketchup ever appeared after being offered. Waitress kept saying “we” when addressing us. Spoke to several very nice staff, ended up with our meal comped.
  13. N

    Ncdiner

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great to be back open
  14. O

    Oakly

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was excellent!! The wait staff was still a little green but they just opened up. My server was very friendly. So glad this opened!

    NCMA CafeResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you so much for you review! We are so grateful and so happy we are open!

  15. S

    Spellczeck

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent, the food was delish, and it was loud - like you would expect a huge, open space with a lot of talking people to be. We loved it.

    NCMA CafeResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you so much! We are so happy you dined with us!

  16. MP

    MchaelP

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Four of us dined at the cafe. Menu is accessed thru a QR code reader, but unfortunately none of our devices could access because of a weak signal in the bldg. Would be nice to have a printed menu as an alternate. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful.

    NCMA CafeResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you for the feedback, we are updating our menu in Feb and bringing back Brunch and working on a form of a printed menu. We are sorry for the wifi difficulties, we have had some issues with internet and really appreciate your feedback.

  17. RR

    ReneeR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed the turkey sandwich and the chicken salad. Delicious!

    NCMA CafeResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you so much! We appreciate your feedback and that you dined with us!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to the museum to see the Phillips collection. Was thrilled this weekend was the opening of the café. Couldn’t have been more pleased. Great choices excellent service I will be returning again and again and again.

    NCMA CafeResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you so much!

  19. C

    Cadence

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff and Attentive...food was delicious!

    NCMA CafeResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you so much!!

  20. K

    Kris10

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious! We had six diners on opening weekend, and all of us enjoyed every bite. The apple crisp and the cheesecake were out of this world and I am going back for more pimento cheese dip.

    NCMA CafeResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you so much! We really appreciate your kind words!

  21. SH

    SharronH

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Chicken salad was excellent as always. The best part of my lunch was a woman named Raleigh who didn't have a reservation. I asked the person seating guests if she could join me at my reserved table for one. Raleigh was a great lunch companion.
  22. SA

    ShannonA

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    It was first day back open so giving them grace that there are just many kinks to work out. Food was expensive and not awesome; certainly a departure from what once was. However, like I said, first day and need to shake off the dust and get back to the great food they once served.

    NCMA CafeResponded on January 18, 2023Thank You for your honest feedback Shannon, and for recognizing it was one of our first days opening. I've shared your feedback with our team, and we will strive to improve. NCMACafe is a new concept under new management, it will be different then Iris. We hope to meet and exceed your expectations. -Amanda Rodriguez

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NCMA Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 22 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 46 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

  • 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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