Please note: Access to the exhibition is free on Sunday, May 19, as part of To Take Shape and Meaning Free Community Day.


Catering Works offers a wide variety of on-site food and beverage options and is committed to bringing you a great dining experience at the NCMA. Menus emphasize locally sourced ingredients and include unique dishes that are inspired by the latest exhibition and the People’s Collection. Fresh and delicious fare is offered at NCMA Café, and grab-and-go items are available at East Café. Vegan, gluten-free, and other dietary options are available.

 NCMA Café

The summer menu at NCMA Café takes its inspiration from the bounty of North Carolina ingredients available throughout the season. Local fare includes catfish from Carolina Classics, Ayden, NC, heritage rice from Tidewater Grain Company, Oriental, NC, and much more. Look for brunch items Wednesday through Sunday, with favorites like Chef Rick’s shrimp and grits, blueberry mascarpone French toast, and the Art of the Burger. Don’t leave without digging into a slice of the two-tier carrot cake or the lemon-curd pavlova. Reservations are encouraged but not required. See full menu.


Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, for coffee service
Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 3 pm, for lunch and brunch service
Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am to 3 pm, for lunch and brunch service

Online brunch menu

Please note: Parties of six or more incur a 20% gratuity, which is automatically added to the guest check. The maximum party size allowed is 12 guests. For groups over 12, Catering Works can offer additional dining options at the NCMA. For more information please contact the restaurant by phone at (919) 218-0073 or email at reservations@ncmacafe.com.

East Café

Located on Level C of East Building, East Café features grab-and-go sandwiches, snacks, crafted coffees, cold drinks, and more. The space can accommodate larger groups and expanded menu offerings for catered meetings and events. For more information call (919) 664-6839.

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm

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