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 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.
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.
11:30 am–2 pm
10:30 am–2:30 pm
Brunch served Saturdays and Sundays. Brunch will also be served Friday, November 29, and Friday, December 27, to celebrate the holiday season.
Reservations for Iris are encouraged.
Reserve by phone: (919) 664-6838
Tips for Making a Reservation at Iris
When making a reservation, please provide all of the following information: your name, your phone number, the number of people in your party, the date, multiple times/time frame you prefer.
We cannot take reservations from parties larger than eight people at this time. If your group is larger than this, we will split the group among multiple tables. We will do our best to locate them near each other, but we cannot guarantee this.
We will start a waiting list each day at the beginning of service. You must be present to add your name to the list. Parties on the waiting list will be served as soon as a table becomes available.
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!
Sip coffee bar
The perfect stop for coffee, grab-and-go meals, cookies, and pastries. Sip is adjacent to the Museum Store. Open Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–4:30 pm.
Family-style seating with no reservation required, inspired by special exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism. Grab-and-go menu includes tacos, soups, salads, desserts, coffee, and Mexican-inspired alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. Open through January 19, 2020, during exhibition hours.
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