Our grounds are open year-round!

There are no entry or parking fees from September through the beginning of the 2019 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

Athenaeum Hotel Lobby Lounge

  • Daily • 4–8 p.m. through October 21
  • 716-357-4444

Brick Walk Cafe & Starbucks Gazebo

  • Brick Walk Cafe
  • Friday–Sunday • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Gazebo
  • Friday–Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • 716-357-2042

Plaza Market

  • Friday–Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Double Eagle Cafe

  • Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the end of October

Year-Round Shopping

Chautauqua Bookstore

  • Daily • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (year-round excluding major holidays)
  • Post Office Building
  • 716-357-2151

Chautauqua Wearhouse

  • Men's, women's and children's clothing
  • Daily • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October then weekends through December
  • Colonnade
  • 716-357-4629

GG My Love

  • Women's clothing, handbags, jewelry and gifts
  • Daily • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 21 then weekends after Thanksgiving through December
  • St. Elmo concourse
  • 716-357-4348

Gretchen’s Gallery

  • Original fine art and handcrafted gifts by regional artists, unique vintage/antique finds.
  • Daily through end of October •  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  •  Closed Mondays
  • Colonnade
  • 716-969-1268

The Lemon Tree

  • Hours by appointment 
  • Colonnade
  • 412-432-8194

Pat’s at Chautauqua

  • Women's and children's clothing
  • Saturday & Sunday • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through December 
  • St. Elmo concourse
  • 716-357-2122

St. Elmo Day Spa

  • Open daily • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment; call 716.357.2224
  • St. Elmo concourse
  • 716-357-2224

Vincenza Salon & Spa

  • Wednesday & Friday  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment 
  • Colonnade
  • 716-450-1081

In Season On-Grounds Dining

Heirloom Restaurant at the Athenaeum Hotel

athenaeum-hotel.com 716.357.5005
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Heirloom is a full-service restaurant that is available to hotel guests, Chautauqua visitors and guests coming from off the grounds for a great dining experience. Heirloom is open 7 days a week and is available and open to the public from June through September.

All outside dining guests receive a complimentary gate pass and valet parking. A gate pass that has Amphitheater access will have to be purchased if you plan on attending Amphitheater entertainment.


Afterwords Café

Located on Bestor Plaza, above the bookstore.

The Afterwords Café offers fine private roast coffee (Crown Street Roasting Co.), pastries, bagels, fresh fruit and paninis made with hearty breads and ingredients including fresh eggs, smoked salmon and local produce. Daily breakfast options include omelets and breakfast sandwiches while midday gives way to an array of fresh salads, traditional and gourmet style sandwiches, quiche, numerous soup choices - including its famous lobster bisque - and desserts.


Brick Walk Cafe & Gazebo

Brick Walk Cafe Menu (PDF)

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, dinner specials and vegetarian and organic offerings influenced by local and nutritional ingredients. Counter service or Grab & Go.


Bellinger Hall

Located on Hedding | 716.357.6241

Food court style dining offers a variety of foods at a reasonable price. Similar to college dining halls, Bellinger Hall’s meals are all-inclusive and all-you-can-eat. Bellinger is a good place to stop and eat after a workout, and features a fresh juice bar, smoothies and tossed salads.


Café At Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

Located within the Fowler-Kellogg art complex.

Artistic contemporary. Salad, sandwiches and soup. Outdoor porch dining.


Chautauqua Farmers Market

Located next to the Main Gate Welcome Center

This market features vendors displaying farm fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fresh gladiolas and more!


Bestor Fresh Market

Located along Pratt Avenue

Featuring 13–15 local vendors selling local vegetables, fruits, poultry, lamb, pork and beef, among other fresh goods. 


Firemen’s Chicken BBQ

Located in the fire hall

“A CHQ Sunday Tradition” ½ roasted chicken, coleslaw and country-style roll


Food For Thought

Located in the St. Elmo | 716.357.2100 
Food for Thought provides delicious, fresh-baked breads and pastries along with sandwiches and salads. Centrally located on Bestor Plaza, this air conditioned restaurant is a great place to grab ice cream, desserts, coffee, lattes, smoothies or iced beverages on your way to the lake or to a program. Food for Thought also has party trays available.


Hurlbut Church

Located on corner of Pratt & Scott | 716.357.4045

Hurlbut features a sociable church fellowship atmosphere and can accommodate large groups. Lunches offer six selections: soup and sandwich, fruit platter, turkey salad, veggie wrap, soup and salad and the daily special. Thursday’s dinner is turkey with a wide variety of homemade desserts.


Hurlbut Lemonade Stand

Serves coffee, sweet rolls, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, drinks and pastries from Mayville. Stop by and be delighted!


La Familia 

Located in the St. Elmo Phone | 716.357.2002 

For full menu or reservations: www.lafamiliachq.com or by phone

La Familia Restaurant believes in Family, Food, and Farms. Local family farms provide the freshest ingredients that pair with a menu focused on fresh seafood from companies dedicated to the sustainability of our oceans. This allows us to achieve the upscale dining experience that will keep people coming back to be a part of La Familia for years to come.

Beginning this year, La Familia will be running food operations at Chautauqua Golf Course. For more information, visit their website.


2 Ames

2 Ames Avenue | 716.237.7066 

2 Ames is the Chautauqua Institution’s newest restaurant. Enjoy a new American-style eatery and coffee shop featuring small plates and dishes to share using only the freshest ingredients. Open daily for coffee, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 2 Ames is a great place to have a get-together with friends and socialize before you start your day, or for a dinner to celebrate a day full of activities. 2 Ames is open now.

View 2 Ames menu


Stedman Corner at the Literary Arts Center

"Brown Bag" upscale sandwiches


The Tally Ho Hotel & Restaurant

Located on Morris | 716.357.3325

Tally Ho offers breakfast and dinner daily, as well as brunch on Sundays. Centrally located at the Tally Ho Hotel, the restaurant is just a step away from Bestor Plaza. A great place to sit down and enjoy a meal or take advantage of their delicious breakfast and dinner buffet, or takeout buffet — pay by the pound — before heading off to the Amphitheater.