Café Calatrava

Bearing the namesake of the world-renowned architect of the Quadracci Pavilion, the café reflects Santiago Calatrava’s creativity, quality, and design in everything from the presentation to its delectable cuisine.

The café dining room faces lakeside, with floor to ceiling windows offering spectacular views. An ever-changing menu of contemporary cuisine, including kid-friendly selections, offers a variety of options to satisfy every guest. The café is also equipped to serve buffets and box lunches for tour groups, as well as full-service catering for on-site dinner parties and events. In the spring and summer, the café extends service to its lakefront terrace for dining al fresco.


The menu is always fresh and regularly updated with entrees inspired by the feature exhibition on view. Daily specials are always intriguing and reflect originality and seasonal ingredients.

See lunch menu

Sunday Brunch

Café Calatrava offers Sunday brunch. The à la carte brunch menu features contemporary breakfast and lunch fare, for appetites both hearty and petite.

See brunch menu


Café Calatrava is pleased to cater intimate dinner parties, receptions, private business functions, and weddings. Café Calatrava also features buffets and box lunches for tour groups. Let our experienced staff personalize the details of your event to ensure you and your guests have an enjoyable and memorable experience.

For details on facilities, see rentals.