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Yellow Magnolia Café, Brooklyn, NY

Yellow Magnolia Café

4.6
4.6
307 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!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

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

  • 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 307 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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  1. A

    Alejandro

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I have dined there several times and the food is excellent. Especially the biscuits and fried chicken entrée. Only reason I gave a 3 for service is it seemed slower than usual. I didn’t see the usual team, there were new staff and though they filled my order they seemed “new” to the process. Hoped they will get better with time.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tasty fresh food - vegetables, greens, breads - all perfectly prepared and plated.
  3. M

    Myles

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Staff was so friendly and congratulated us on our anniversary. The ambiance can't be beat, nice and quiet with excellent views, and the food was delicious! Kid-friendly if you want
  4. LB

    LifesaBanquet

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience2
    Great but too hot for asthma
  5. L

    Lynn

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I sometimes go to the Botanic Gardens just for this restaurant. The menu is simple and fresh and the surroundings are unbeatable -- lush and tranquil.
  6. SA

    SaraA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, as always, especially with friends and families!
  7. YA

    YelA

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    One of my favorite cafe: quiet, clean, testy food, beautiful view, good service, fast but not TOO fast, but not slow service. Very comfortable filings.
  8. p

    porches

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The server was beyond wonderful. He was so friendly, competent and helpful. I would definitely come back.
  9. O

    Outandabout

    Seattle

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute, modern cafe with friendly, efficient, and above and beyond service. We sat inside and had a snack (polenta fries), wine and beer…..a nice respite during our walk through the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Both the host and our server were delightful.
  10. JM

    JillM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely addition to a walk in the garden! The fresh menu is enticing and satisfying.
  11. DO

    DanielO

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Our waiter was Blaise, who made the experience special. Eat here and go for a walk in the garden!
  12. m

    marc01

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Yellow Magnolia Café is a beautiful restaurant with wonderful food.
  13. ML

    MelanieL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I treated myself this Sunday and service was excellent. The ambiance was beautiful, my server Vanessa (I think that was her name) and the hostesses added the icing on top. I really appreciated how they paid attention to the simple things which matter. Removing items when done, refilling my water (cause I drink a lot) new utensils after I got all the yummy jam and butter on the last ones after eating up my biscuits. All with this with a kind smile. I felt so blessed and wish staff the same. I love my urban garden. The magnolia cafe is the icing on top.
  14. CP

    CarolP

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The ambience light and attractive, the service excellent, quiet enough to have an across-the-table conversation. The menu has interesting options and the biscuits are delicious.
  15. J

    Janetruth

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The very, very best items on the menu are the polenta fries with an amazing dipping sauce and the biscuits. They get five stars. The bibimbap is a fresh and delicious take on steak and eggs if you happen to be a carnivore. But skip the vegan take on Philly steak sandwich. It sounds great but it is bland. Not sure the Yellow Magnolia is a destination in and of itself but if you are at the BBG (which is a wonderful place to be) and want to have a nice sit down meal in a quiet, pleasant indoor location with gracious service, it delivers.
  16. SE

    SabrinaE

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fresh and very flavorful. The service was amazing. Everyone we interacted with was friendly and pleasant. Looking forward to going back again.
  17. MD

    MichaelD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food choices were excellent and the foods were flavorful and fresh. Would absolutely go again. They also have amazing air conditioning on a stifling summer day!
  18. B

    Bubbly

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Nice place in bbg, quite busy for a Tuesday lunch, good service.
  19. A

    Anju

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I’d have given 5 stars to the food except for the chocolate torte which was much less fabulous than when I had it last April (or May?). Previously, the torte sat is a large lake of superb golden caramel, as opposed to the skimpy dark pool of burnt caramel. And last time we got it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, which we asked for but in the server’s confusion we missed it. Also, while the gruyere frittata was light and pleasant, it was boring. Still, I’m a fan and will return!
  20. CC

    CandyC

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    We wrote that we were celebrating our engagement but seems like no one cared
  21. MM

    MMF2

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best burger I’ve ever had!
  22. H

    Hungrygardener

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful midweek lunch amid colorful plants greeting from the outdoors. Ordered the corn soup which was out of this world, a special vodka summer drink, and the pastrami Rueben. All was top notch, from ambiance to service to quality. Everyone should know of this dining pleasure especially Garden members.
  23. MB

    MariaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch at the Cafe. The food was very good and very appropiate for a visit to a Botanical Garden. I highly recommend the carrot-ginger soup, the ancient grains salad with chicken, and the reuben sandwich. The staff was very attentive and accommodating. The ambience was pleasant and peaceful.
  24. AS

    AnnaS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The brunch special turned out to be very substantial- more of a dinner than a brunch! (so we skipped the dinner) I would’ve liked to see also a fish alternative for the main course. A very pleasurable experience.
  25. JS

    JoanS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gluten free fried chicken is amazing. Polenta fries were great.
  26. PS

    PasqualeS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

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

    DavidV

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    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.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  30. YA

    YelA

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  31. S

    Sycorax

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 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.
  32. S

    Sonia

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great tasting today, cooked with healthy ingredients. The service was good and management was attentive. The atmosphere at the cafe is pleasant. Coming here is always nice combined with a garden visit.
  33. BA

    BonApetit787

    New York Area

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 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
  34. 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.
  35. M

    Marilou

    New York Area

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always enjoy dining at Yellow Magnolia Cafe. The menu is small but the food is fresh and delicious. My favorite is the fried chicken, not greasy and blends perfectly with wild rice and collard green slaw. The cafe is a must for me every time I visit the garden.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Yellow Magnolia Café is rated 4.6 stars by 307 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

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

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