Iris is a sophisticated, full-service restaurant featuring contemporary American cuisine with regional and international flavors in a distinctly modern setting. Specializing in seasonal fare using many locally sourced ingredients, the Museum restaurant, led by chefs Andy and Jennifer Hicks, features culinary works of art that showcase a complex culture of flavors.
Open, elegant, and filled with light, the restaurant 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 featuring branches and boughs from the surrounding area, further enhancing the dining experience by bringing the outdoors in.
Named in honor of Museum benefactor Iris Cantor and evoking images of the exquisite flowers that bear the same name, the Museum restaurant is yet another expression of art and nature, a hallmark of the NCMA experience. Innovative cuisine served in a setting like no other—a meal at Iris is a feast for all the senses!
Because Iris offers seasonal fare using many locally sourced ingredients, the menu changes frequently. Our online menus (lunch, dinner, brunch, dessert) serve as an example of the type of cuisine offered at the restaurant.
Reservations for Iris are accepted and encouraged. Call (919) 664-6838.
Tuesday–Saturday: 11:30 am–2 pm
Friday dinner: 5:30–10 pm (last seating 8:30 pm)
Sunday: 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, cash, and checks are accepted.
Member Discount for Iris
Members are entitled to a 10% discount on meals at Iris in accordance with their membership level. A membership card must be presented at the time the bill is rendered. Restaurant staff reserves the right to not apply the discount if the card is not presented.
Individual: 10% discount applies to cardholder only.
Dual: 10% discount applies to two people.
Family: Discount applies to two adults and all children under 18 from the same household.
Patron, Sustainer, and Benefactor: Discount applies to four adults and all children under 18 from the same household.
Senior Citizen: 10% discount applies to cardholder only.
Senior Dual: 10% discount applies to two people.