Eating at the Museum

The Riverview Café powers the Museum of Science and our visitors seven days a week with a wide selection of delicious food and beverage options. Featuring a bank of windows facing the Charles River, this expansive first-floor space offers panoramic views of the river, Boston’s Back Bay, and Cambridge — an ideal backdrop to any meal!

Café Hours

Food stations
Sunday – Thursday, Saturday: 11:00 am to 3:30 pm
Friday: 11:00 am to 4:30 pm

Daily 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

A hamburger on a bun with a side of fries and sliced pickles.

Featured Offerings

A close up photo of a hearty coup with broth and vegetables.

Chalkboard Grill

Burgers (including meatless and gluten-free bun options), grilled chicken, chef's specials, house-made soups, kids' favorites, and more

A flatbread pizza with tomato, mozzarella, and basil.


Pizza, flatbread, chef's specials, macaroni and cheese, and salad

A sandwich on ciabatta bread with turkey, bacon, avocado, and cheese.

Riverview Deli

Selection of chef-curated salads and sandwiches, plus build-your-own 

A wooden board with soft shelled tacos on it.


Modern Mexican cuisine with tacos, burritos, and chef's specials

Three Acai bowls breakfast bowls.

Starbucks Coffee Bar

Coffee, baked items, pastries

Grab and go boxes of snacks including crackers, cheese, and various spreads.

Grab & Go

Salads, sandwiches, nosh boxes, fruit cups, overnight oats, and more

Sustainable Eating

With sustainable eating a big part of today’s menus, the Riverview Café is no exception. “How we eat” is one of the cornerstones of the Museum’s 2024 Year of the Earthshot, so we are always cooking up a stellar selection of food choices, including our Chef’s Table offerings, healthy options, and themed menus. 

Sustainability is all about people and the planet:

  • Our seasonal approach to food lets flavor shine through.
  • We serve certified humane, cage-free eggs.
  • Our poultry is raised without antibiotics.
  • We have a commitment to fighting food waste.
  • We purchase from local farmers and artisans. 
  • We support women and minority-owned businesses.
  • We source and serve sustainable seafood.
Bowls of various salads with fresh greens, shrimp, and other toppings.
The Cafe's sustainability score card. 93%	Turkey produced without the routine use of human antibiotics (2,070 lbs.) 100%	Dairy free of artificial growth hormones (281 cases) 100%	Dairy free of artificial growth hormones (3,071 gallons) 100%	Eco/Fair Trade Certified Coffee (2,094 lbs.) 100%	Chicken produced without the routine use of human antibiotics (34,197 lbs.) 92%	Seafood from sustainable sources (SFW Criteria) (994 lbs.)
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There is a maximum 45-minute time limit per table; however, during peak times, we ask that you only hold a table for 30 minutes.

Seating is reserved for guests who purchase items from our food stations. Should you prefer to bring in your own food, you are welcome to consume it outside on the front plaza outside or at the picnic tables behind the Museum, or in the Atrium.

Please note: Consuming food in the Exhibit Halls is not permitted.

Museum Members Save

Museum of Science members receive 10% off all food and beverages in the Riverview Café.