Dining at the Desert Museum

Tables prepared for an event on the Ironwood Terraces
Ironwood Terraces

Ironwood Terraces

A casual multi-station food court, offering a complete menu including children's items, open every day.

Daily 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(Agave Grill closed on Christmas Day)

Dinner on Cool Summer Nights (Saturdays, June - August):
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tables prepared for dining in the Ocotillo Café
Ocotillo Café

Ocotillo Café

Offering relaxed and casual dining, open seasonally for lunch in winter and spring, and for dinner on Cool Summer Nights. We focus on locally sourced ingredients to create regional southwest cuisine. Reservations not required, but suggested for parties of 8 or more. Please call 520.883.1380, Ext 226 to make your reservation.
Ocotillo Menu

Jan 2nd - May 1st, 2017Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 7 days per week
May 2nd - Oct 15th, 2017Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Brunch: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday
Oct 16th - Dec 31st, 2017Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
(excludes Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day)

Phoebe's Coffee Bar

Offering hot and cold drinks, pastries, sandwiches, ice cream and other snacks.

Open Daily:
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Oct-Feb
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mar-Sept

Cool Summer Nights
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sun-Fri
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sat

The Cottonwood

Snack shop offering hot and cold drinks and ice cream.

Daily 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(Closed on Christmas Day)


There is a small public picnic area just outside the Museum's entrance. Outside food is not allowed on Museum grounds, except to accommodate food allergies/intolerances or religious restrictions.