Nearly all Institution facilities are currently closed to the public in accordance with state, county and organizational responses to the international COVID-19 pandemic. Access to the Chautauqua grounds is via the Main Gate only. View details here (current as of March 20, 2020)

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 & Shopping

Year-Round Dining

Afterwords Café

Closed April 10–12 for Easter

  • Takeout orders will be available seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Place your order by telephone (716-357-5772) or from the café entrance. Credit cards only. View menu
  • Prepared Food Delivery orders (on-grounds only) is be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Place your order by phone (716-294-5286). Credit cards only. View menu
  • Grocery delivery (on-grounds) is available daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Place your order by phone (716-294-5286).

Takeout & Delivery Menu

Grocery Items for Delivery


Located on Bestor Plaza, above the Chautauqua Bookstore | 716.357.5757

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

Year-Round Shopping

Chautauqua Bookstore

Post Office Building | 716.357.2151
Daily • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Open year-round excluding major holidays)

Gretchen’s Gallery

Colonnade | 716.969.1268

Open by appointment

Original fine art and handcrafted gifts by regional artists, unique vintage/antique finds.

St. Elmo Day Spa

St. Elmo concourse | 716.357.2224

Open by appointment 

Vincenza Salon & Spa

Colonnade | 716.450.1081

Open by appointment