Café Phipps offers a variety of dishes that awaken the senses with colorful presentations, complex aromas and fresh flavors. Dine in or grab a snack to go, and walk away feeling refreshed.
Sunday – Thursday
Coffee and grab-and-go:
10 – 11 a.m. and 7 – 10 p.m.
Full lunch and dinner menu:
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday – Saturday
Coffee and grab-and-go:
10 – 11 a.m. and 8 – 10 p.m.
Full lunch and dinner menu:
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Exceptions: On the following dates, the Conservatory will close at 5 p.m., and the Café will operate coffee and grab-and-go until 4 p.m., with lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.:
Sat, Sept. 23
Sun., Oct. 1
Sat., Oct. 7
Sat., Oct. 21
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A Healthy Planet, a Healthy You
As one of the world’s greenest public gardens and a leading participant in the Let's Move! Museums and Gardens campaign to improve our nation’s health, Phipps is committed to providing fresh, healthy food that is good for both people and the planet.
Nestled inside our LEED® Certified Welcome Center, Café Phipps is proud to be a 3-star Green Restaurant Certified® eating establishment, a Platinum designated Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant, a Live Well Allegheny Restaurant and a Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability award winner with the following sustainable features:
• Organic, local and sustainable foods
• Vegan, vegetarian and Meatless Monday options
• Real serviceware and china as alternatives to disposables
• 100% compostable cups and paper products
• no soda or junk food
• 96% of food and material waste is recycled or composted
• Cleaning products are biodegradable and GreenSeal™ certified
• Low and no VOC interior sealants, paints and materials
• Filtered rather than bottled water eliminates demand for plastic
A Fresh Approach
Going hand in hand with environmental stewardship is our commitment to offering the cleanest, freshest food available, with a focus on organic and/or local produce. During the harvest season, many vegetables and herbs even come straight from our organically managed green rooftop Edible Garden. Meat, dairy and eggs used in our dishes are also locally sourced as frequently as possible.
Safeguarding the health of our young visitors, our children's menu features whole grains, organic fruits and vegetables, and ingredients that are minimally processed, low fat and low salt with no added sugar*. We have also eliminated beverages with high sugar content, including soda.
* A small amount of unrefined sugar is used in desserts and other special occasion treats.
Try a Phipps Splash™
Our signature Phipps Splash™, a delicious fruit beverage now available in a variety of flavors, is a healthy alternative to soda that the whole family will love. Try one on your next visit!
VG Vegetarian V Vegan GF Gluten Free DF Dairy Free
HouseVG – Salad greens, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes and onions tossed in a basil vinaigrette
Asian SaladVG DF – Artisan lettuce, broccoli, carrots, edamame, red cabbage, almonds and orange sesame vinaigrette
Tuna Salad – Line-caught tuna with Phipps-grown bibb lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs and cantaloupe slices.
Smoked Salmon – Artisan greens, cucumbers, onion and goat cheese crumbles tossed in caper vinaigrette
All salads come with crostini
Grilled tofu or chicken can be added to any salad
BruschettaDF – Heirloom tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil and olive oil on grilled Tuscan bread, served with a cup of soup or fruit salad
Hummus Sampler PlateV – Roasted red pepper, black bean and roasted garlic hummus served with vegetables and a crostini
Quiche – Served with a small house salad or cup of soup; follow Café Phipps on Twitter for weekday specials
Soups made daily; follow Café Phipps on Twitter for weekday specials
Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available
Cheese and Tomato PaniniVG – Smoked cheddar cheese, heirloom tomatoes and tomato jam on country seed bread
Turkey SandwichDF – Roasted turkey breast, heirloom tomatoes, lettuce and a basil aioli on country seed bread
Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joe – Buffalo chicken served on a toasted bun with crumbled blue cheese and pickled vegetables
Curried Chickpea SaladV GF – Chickpea salad with golden raisins and cashews on toasted sweet potato planks
Make your own combination of ½ salad, ½ sandwich or cup of soup
Excludes Hummus Sampler Plate, Chicken Salad, Turkey Sandwich and Smoked Salmon Salad
Pierogi PizzaVG – Organic smashed potatoes, caramelized onions, local white cheddar and scallions
Carnitas Pizza – Slow roasted pork, pico de gallo, queso fresco and chimichurri
VeggieVG – Changes daily
Meals served with an organic Phipps Splash™ or milk
½ Cheese PizzaVG
Gluten-Free PastaVG DF GF with vegetable Bolognese sauce
Chicken SaladGF with shredded cheddar cheese and Greek yogurt ranch dressing
Almond Butter and Berry PaniniV
La Prima Espresso Co. Fair Trade/Organic Coffee
Daily Special Blend (Seasonal Flavors)
Assorted Mighty Leaf Tea Co. Organic and Herbal Teas
Chai Tea (Hot or Cold)
All coffee/espresso drinks are available hot or cold
Soy milk is available at no extra charge
99 Vines (California)
Great Lakes Brewing Co. (Ohio)
Commodore Perry IPA
Penn Brewery (Pennsylvania)
Delicious food that is good for you and the planet
The mission of Café Phipps is to provide our visitors with fresh, healthy meals featuring local, organic, sustainably produced and seasonal ingredients whenever possible; to create an enjoyable green dining experience for visitors of all ages; and to highlight the important connections between people, plants and the planet.
At Café Phipps, we use the MyPlate model — which emphasizes vegetables, fruits and whole grains — as our guide in creating healthy and delicious meals. Additionally, the primary oil we use is olive, and our menu ingredients are minimally processed and low in fat with no or little added sugar. We use no artificial ingredients, trans fats or high fructose corn syrup.
Children are more sensitive to residual pesticides than adults, so our children’s menu always features organic fruits and vegetables. Other ingredients used are minimally processed, low fat and low salt with no/low added sugar. Whole grains and/or mostly whole grain breads and pastas are featured, and gluten-free options are available.
Fruits and Vegetables
Whenever possible, we use organically grown produce from local farms or our own seasonal edible garden. Fruits and vegetables known as the “Dirty Dozen” — types of produce that retain the highest levels of residual pesticides — are always organic at Phipps, along with all fruits and vegetables on the children’s menu. The majority of our organic foods are produced in the U.S. and Canada, and many come from farms within 150 miles of our café.
We are beginning to see a resurgence of loyalty to small family farms as more consumers seek sustainable and humane alternatives to products from large-scale industrialized operations. In response to this demand, we have found some suppliers who are starting to meet our minimum requirements for animal husbandry, which include access to adequate food and water, vegetarian diets with no hormones or antibiotics, freedom from stress, and adequate space to exhibit normal behaviors. Alternately, tofu can replace meat in most of our dishes.
We offer local milk from Schneider’s Dairy, a farm which has pledged not to use rBST or any other hormones. Additionally, we do not sell artificially sweetened or flavored milk products for children, or commercially prepared fruit yogurts which can be high in sugar. Instead, we offer plain organic yogurt with fresh fruit prepared on site. We also use local and regional cheeses as they are available.
All of the eggs we use are produced regionally from 100-percent vegetarian-fed chickens raised in a cage-free environment.
Fish and Seafood
Café Phipps strives to source the highest-quality sustainably caught or raised seafood. We use the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch as our guide in selecting choices for our menu.
Vegetarian and Vegan Options
We offer a variety of vegetarian and vegan salads, sandwiches and soups on our daily menu. Eating meat- and dairy-free at least one day a week helps reduce our carbon footprint and can be healthier for us, too. We also invite our guests to support the Meatless Monday campaign by offering an extra vegetarian selection at the start of each week.
To ensure guests have access to the freshest foods with minimal added preservatives like nitrates and salt, many of our offerings are made in-house. Four varieties of soup are crafted from scratch every day, with at least one vegan and vegetarian option, and all stocks used are made on site. Sandwich meats, like beef and turkey, are roasted in our kitchen without nitrates. We do not sell highly processed meat products like hot dogs and chicken tenders, and very little of our food is fried. We also prepare a variety of fresh salads every day that are served with house-made dressings free of refined sugar.
At Café Phipps, we place an emphasis on healthy snacks, like fresh fruit and vegetables paired with house-made hummus. We do not sell highly processed junk food.
Soda versus Phipps Splash™
We do not sell soda, or any other fountain and bottled drinks and juices that contain high levels of sugar or artificial sweeteners. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, just 12 ounces of cola contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar — an amount equal to 150 calories. With our commitment to promoting healthy living, and curbing the epidemic of childhood obesity, we instead offer Phipps Splashes™ in both adult and child-appropriate sizes. These healthier refreshments have less than 40 calories and consist of locally made seltzer flavored with freshly squeezed juice from varieties of fruits. Green drinks, made with whole vegetables and fruits, are also made to order.
Coffee and Tea
Café Phipps offers organic and fair trade coffee from La Prima Espresso Co., which ensures that farmers receive an appropriate wage for their products. Our tea options are all organic.
Phipps provides drinking water that has been filtered on site. With this offering, we have eliminated bottled water from the entire facility. We also offer reusable water bottles for purchase.
Wine and Beer
Café Phipps offers a selection of red and white wines that have been organically and sustainably produced, as well as organic beer.
Our china and silverware are washable and reusable, which eliminates the energy, material and water resources necessary to produce and haul disposable serviceware. Our cups are made from compostable, vegetable-based starches, and our napkins are made of 100-percent unbleached recycled paper.
We provide compostable containers and serviceware for takeout orders.
We compost all pre- and post-consumer organic waste from our café and more than 90 percent of the products used in our café are compostable. Upon leaving Phipps, organic waste is taken to a composting facility, where it breaks down to become a natural fertilizer and soil amendment rich in nutrients and minerals. A portion of this compost is brought back to Phipps to organically fertilize our sustainable landscapes.
Photos © Adam Milliron