Iris, the Museum’s full-service restaurant, serves contemporary American cuisine with regional and international flavors. Specializing in seasonal fare using many locally sourced ingredients, Iris features culinary works of art that showcase a complex culture of flavors. Brunch highlights include the Oak City Benedict on a sweet potato biscuit, Belgian waffles, design-your-own omelets, chicken salad, burgers, and more.
Open, elegant, and filled with light, Iris is lined by floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the entry court and surrounding gardens. The opposite wall showcases a site-specific sculpture by Patrick Dougherty of branches and boughs from the surrounding area, further enhancing the dining experience by bringing the outdoors in.
Since opening its doors in 1957, the NCMA has become one of Raleigh's marquee attractions. Featuring an art collection that spans more than 5,000 years from antiquity to the present, the Museum also sports the nation's largest outdoor museum concert venue, the nation's largest outdoor museum park (162 acres), an award-winning cafe (Iris), as well as a variety of celebrated exhibitions and public programs. Enjoy more than 40 galleries and more than a dozen monumental outdoor works of art. A visit to NCMA will allow you and your companion(s) to decompress and enjoy the best of NC culture, mostly for free. Whether you choose to walk around the Rodin garden, to perch yourself amid the rolling park hills for a picnic, or to enjoy the running/biking trails that zig-zag through the campus, there is something for all occasions and all people at NCMA.