There are no entry or parking fees from September through the beginning of the 2020 season in June, and all our entrances are open until 6 p.m. each day (after 6 p.m. all traffic must route through the main entrance at 1 Massey Ave.). Visitors are welcome to park and walk the Institution grounds. All around Bestor Plaza, a handful of inns, restaurants and shops, plus the post office and library, are open limited hours during these quieter months.

Year-Round Dining

Year-Round Dining

Athenaeum Hotel Lobby Lounge

athenaeum.chq.org | 716.357.5005

Food, craft beer, fine wine, handcrafted cocktails
October: Daily Noon–8 p.m. 


Afterwords Café

Located on Bestor Plaza, above the bookstore.
Daily 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

The Afterwords Café offers fine private roast coffee (Crown Street Roasting Co.), pastries, soups, paninis and desserts.


Brick Walk Cafe & Gazebo

Brick Walk Cafe | Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Gazebo | Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m.–12 p.m.

Proudly Brewing Starbucks Coffee
Fast casual dining that includes daily light breakfast items, a variety of panini sandwiches, black angus burgers, Hebrew National hot dogs, comfort food, artisan pizza, fresh salads and vegetarian and organic offerings influenced by local and nutritional ingredients. Counter service or Grab & Go.


The Double Eagle

at the Chautauqua Golf Club | 716.357.6476
Daily 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Operated by La Familia. Featuring breakfast items such as bagels, muffins and fresh fruit to lunch menu items such as grilled panini sandwiches, wraps and subs. The Double Eagle features daily specials and a wide variety of snacks and beverages.