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Yellow Magnolia Café, Brooklyn, NY

Yellow Magnolia Café

4.3
4.3
280 Reviews
$30 and under
American
A ticket to Brooklyn Botanic Garden is required to dine at Yellow Magnolia Café; see bbg.org/visit for directions and details.

Exclusively for visitors to Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Yellow Magnolia Café is devoted to modern, vegetable-focused cuisine. Located within the Garden’s serene landscape, the restaurant offers daily service. The restaurant was designed by David Rockwell, taking inspiration from its garden setting, and is named for the collection of distinctive, yellow-flowered magnolias introduced by Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Entrances to the Garden are located at 990 Washington Avenue, 150 Eastern Parkway, and 455 Flatbush Avenue. We look forward to you dining with us!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm, Mondays – Closed

  • Phone number

    (718) 307-7136

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Christina Sanchez-Towers

  • Private party facilities

    Patina Events at Brooklyn Botanic Garden has the ideal special location for weddings, receptions, business meetings, and celebrations of any kind with three private events spaces with capacities ranging from 70 to 250.

  • Private party contact

    Jess Muniz: (844) 551-1811

  • Neighborhood

    Prospect Heights

  • Cross street

    Eastern Parkway

  • Parking details

    Attended parking (for a fee) is available at 900 Washington Avenue.<br /><br />The parking lot opens at 6 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends. There is no overnight parking; monthly parking is by arrangement.<br /><br />Rates and details are available at bbg.org/visit

  • Public transit

    Subway<br />2/3 train to Eastern Parkway—Brooklyn Museum station<br /><br />B/Q/S trains to Prospect Park station (The B train does not run on weekends.)<br /><br />4/5 trains to Franklin Avenue station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 280 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Brooklyn

    Great for Brunch

  • Brooklyn

    Healthy

  • Brooklyn

    Great for Lunch

  • Brooklyn

    Scenic View

  • Brooklyn

    American

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  1. PS

    PasqualeS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an enjoyable and delicious meal.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Salads always tastes fresh picked! You’ll want to eat the dishes too!
  3. DV

    DavidV

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful ambience, caring personable service staff and delicious food. Kitchen still seems to have a problem getting the orders out but the staff was on it with efficiency.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  5. YA

    YelA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    I use ti visit "Yellow magnolia" before pandemic and I'm glad that their menu is not changed. I like Market part of menu, everything is tasty and fresh.
  6. S

    Sycorax

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Very disappointing. Our waiter forgot to put in our order and then brought a dessert menu. We reminded him we were still waiting for the lunch to be served and eventually he brought it. My burger was cold and tasteless. My guest’s. “Grain Bowl” had very little grain and was very skimpy. Overpriced, inefficient, boring. Lesson learned.
  7. G

    Guest

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    WE came to celebrate my friends birthday. The food was really not up to standard. I came two years ago to this cafe and the food was much better. The service was good and the setup is unbeatable, as one can take the opportunity to relax and visit the gardens as well. My recommendation is that they fix the menu and quality of of food preparation. Dishes sound better than they taste and look. Some food was raw.
  8. BA

    BonApetit787

    New York Area

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We enjoyed this little gem inside the Botanical Garden. Food was great and our Bloody Mary's had a good kick to them -- Its definitely worth a visit if you are heading to the gardens
  9. g

    guywhoeats

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Place settings do not include teaspoons. when i asked for one to stir cream in my coffee i was brought a soup spoon. No salt or pepper on table. Food bland and badly cooked: overdone scrambled eggs, mushy home fries, only 1 slice of bacon per order. $18 overcharge on bill. submitted credit card, receipt was returned with no pen to sign with. we had to find one amongst ourselves. overpriced, underwhelming.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The food should be way more exciting considering the price and the $18 per person to just get in the gardens.
  11. SN

    SeaportNYC

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    It’s the only place you can sit inside to have a meal esp in cold and hot weather. But it’s nothing more than that. Just to support the garden.
  12. d

    deed

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and beautifully plated! Such a special place.
  13. MK

    MargaretK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Since April 2022 it is my 5th Sunday brunch / always like environment etc but this time a was quite disappointing at the food quality (never bevor) as was my guest -Prix fix steak was very salty and not as tender as previously.
  14. DS

    DavidS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Terrific brunch venue amidst the joy of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
  15. m

    mmt215

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere
  16. e

    eileenp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place to take a break on your trip through the BBG!
  17. F

    Flower

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Servers can be a bit more warm and friendly. Food was excellent.
  18. MP

    MaitreyaP

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Anna our waitress was excellent.
  19. E

    Elaine

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very pleasant dining experience. so glad The Cafe is open again.
  20. K

    Kate

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious salad and the corn meal fries just had to be ordered after we saw them on another table. Excellent choice! Also the best waiter I've had in ages. He was helpful, attentive and friendly. I'd suggest a different dressing for the salad. I found it very salty but fortunately ordered it on the side so I just used a small amount.
  21. SG

    SusanG

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere and excellent service. Some dishes could be a bit larger (the regular salad) and the tacos could benefit from less-crispy shells and maybe something on the side? However, I still recommend it.

    Yellow Magnolia CaféResponded on May 11, 2022Hi Susan - Thank you so much for your kind words and lovely rating! I will be sure to share your feedback about the tacos and salad with the culinary team. Thank you for dining with us and we hope to see you dining with us again!

  22. t

    travelpiece

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    scrumptious Mother's Day Brunch! Gracious waitstaff
  23. A

    Arl29

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for lunch. Beautiful location, inside the BBG. Food was unique with beautiful presentation. Healthy options and very colorful food. Love it here. If one goes to BBG, they definitely should dine in here. Highly recommended.

    Yellow Magnolia CaféResponded on May 5, 2022Hello, thank you so much for your wonderful rating and review of your experience while dining with us! We are so glad to see that you had a wonderful time and great experience. We do hope to see you dining with us again! Sincerely, Matthew Padvarietis

  24. CM

    CherylM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was outstanding considering we were the last table of the day. Terrific food as well. The only negative was that the kitchen had run out of polenta fries.
  25. B

    Beth

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely setting of course! Nice place to have a sitdown meal while enjoying the BBG. Service wonderful. We appreciated the space between tables and the good air circulation as COVID preventatives. The biscuits, Bloody Mary and scrambled eggs were all excellent. We were a bit disappointed in the fried chicken. It was slightly undercooked IMHO and the batter-coating was bland. I took the leftovers home, cut the chicken up, and stir-fried with garlic, salt and pepper and lemon, and it was delicious. My recommendation: The kitchen needs to jazz the batter up on that dish.

    Yellow Magnolia CaféResponded on May 5, 2022Hello Beth, Thank you so much for taking the time to send us your feedback! We will be sure to share all the above points with the culinary and management team. I do hope that we can see you dining with us again in the near future and leave you with nothing short of an amazing experience. Thank you!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Good good and service. Just expected a prettier environment.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    This wonderful restaurant was 1 month adjusting after having been closed during covid. My waiter was polite but inattentive. Food was tasty and beautifully presented but it seemed some adjustments was happening in the kitchen too. I’m certain all will return to perfection as I had experienced so often in years past.
  28. M

    Mbeaufort

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic, the staff very attentive and my friend said it was the best Bloody Mary he's ever had.

    Yellow Magnolia CaféResponded on May 5, 2022Hi, Thank you so much for your wonderful rating of us here at the Yellow Magnolia Café. We hope to see you dining with us again in the near future!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Waitperson was nice. But forgot that I ordered a main dish of fish tacos and never brought it to the table But asked to have it taken off bill as I had enough with soup biscuits and polenta fries

    Yellow Magnolia CaféResponded on April 28, 2022Good Afternoon, Thank you for your kind rating and feedback of your most recent dining experience at the Yellow Magnolia Café. I am sorry that you did not have the most exceptional experience while with us. I will be sure to share your feedback with the team to ensure this does not happen again. We hope to see you dining with us again so we can make sure that you have nothing short of an exceptional experience. Sincerely, Matthew Padvarietis

  30. RH

    RHS143

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Had a pleasant brunch experience at this Cafe inside the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Friendly and attentive staff. Great food. Try the Biscuit box - two buttery goodness biscuits with two types of delicious butter and the mushrooms cheesesteak - simply decadent. Come and enjoy the flowers at BBG and dine here for brunch!

    Yellow Magnolia CaféResponded on April 28, 2022Good Afternoon, Thank you so much for your kind rating and words! We are so happy you chose to dine with us while visiting the garden and do hope to see you again!

  31. B

    Brooklyn

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect way to celebrate daughter’s birthday. Amazing weather, peak blooms everywhere and a lovely meal!

    Yellow Magnolia CaféResponded on April 27, 2022Hello, Thank you so much for your kind words and rating of us here at Yellow Magnolia Café, we hope to see you dining with us again!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was nice

    Yellow Magnolia CaféResponded on May 29, 2022Hello - Thank you so much for your wonderful rating of us here at Yellow Magnolia Cafe! We are so happy you dined with us and hope to see you again!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and Mom got hungry checking out the cherry blossoms and decided to eat at the restaurant for the first time. Good choice!

    Yellow Magnolia CaféResponded on April 27, 2022Hello, Thank you so much for your kind words and rating of us here at Yellow Magnolia Café, we hope to see you dining with us again!

  34. F

    Frank

    Philadelphia

    101 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Very poor service!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Unfortunately it took 30 min before our server arrived at our table. There was a mix up on who was our server! We had a very nice waitress after all and she offered to comp us dessert and drinks. So we had comped coffee and shared the chocolate cake. The only issue was we wanted to be on time for a perform at 1:00 pm for the new smaller scale Sakura Matsuri weekends. We did make it on time after all.
  36. MR

    MerrisR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful time. I would highly recommend it. Also thought portions were really good and selection of four. Thank you.

    Yellow Magnolia CaféResponded on April 27, 2022Hello, Thank you so much for your kind words and rating of us here at Yellow Magnolia Café, we hope to see you dining with us again!

  37. j

    jillyt

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Worst part was deciding which thing to order! Didn’t regret my choice but wanted to try so much more.

    Yellow Magnolia CaféResponded on April 28, 2022Hello! Thank you for such kind words and rating of your experience while dining with us at the Cafe! We hope to see you dining with us again! Sincerely, Matthew Padvarietis

  38. SN

    ShaktiN

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was so beyond the norm. The kindest and most attentive hostesses and waitress to date. The food superb. Thank you yellow magnolia for everything. Ps. Try their biscuits… best you’ll ever have.

    Yellow Magnolia CaféResponded on April 27, 2022Hello, Thank you so much for your kind words and rating of us here at Yellow Magnolia Café. I will be sure to share your feedback with the waitstaff and hostess! We hope to see you dining with us again!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely setting. The value for meals not great

    Yellow Magnolia CaféResponded on April 21, 2022Hello, Thank you for your wonderful rating and feedback of your dining experience at the Yellow Magnolia Cafe! I will be sure to your feedback with the team about the value. We hope to see you dining with us again in the near future!

  40. JH

    JonH

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easter Brunch

    Yellow Magnolia CaféResponded on April 20, 2022Hi Jon! Thank you so much for your wonderful rating and review of us here at the café! We look forward to having you dine with us again in the near future!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Yellow Magnolia Café is rated 4.3 stars by 280 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
Google Map for Yellow Magnolia Café

Brooklyn Botanic Garden 990 Washington Ave Brooklyn, NY 11225

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Eastern Parkway

  • Neighborhood

    Prospect Heights

  • Hours of operation

    Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm, Mondays – Closed

  • Cuisines

    American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Attended parking (for a fee) is available at 900 Washington Avenue.<br /><br />The parking lot opens at 6 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends. There is no overnight parking; monthly parking is by arrangement.<br /><br />Rates and details are available at bbg.org/visit

  • Public transit

    Subway2/3 train to Eastern Parkway—Brooklyn Museum stationB/Q/S trains to Prospect Park station (The B train does not run on weekends.)4/5 trains to Franklin Avenue station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Christina Sanchez-Towers

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (718) 307-7136

  • Private party facilities

    Patina Events at Brooklyn Botanic Garden has the ideal special location for weddings, receptions, business meetings, and celebrations of any kind with three private events spaces with capacities ranging from 70 to 250.

  • Private party contact

    Jess Muniz: (844) 551-1811

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