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Dining at the Gardens

Visit one of Selby Gardens’ Dining Options at The Green Orchid or The Selby House Café.

No reservations | Walk-in indoor and outdoor table service for Selby Gardens visitors and members.

Food and refreshments are always nearby at Selby Gardens, whether you’re seeking a healthy lunch, freshly prepared snack or a delicious latté to sip as you stroll the grounds.

Outside food and drinks are not permitted inside Selby Gardens. Purchasing food during your visit helps support Selby Gardens’ mission and programs.

The Green Orchid by Michael’s On East

The Green Orchid by Michael’s on East offers elevated casual dining featuring a globally inspired menu with a focus on local, regional, and sustainably sourced produce, seafood, meats, and poultry options. The menu changes seasonally, highlighting the freshest ingredients from local farms and the restaurant’s rooftop garden. There are vegetarian and vegan options available to cater to various dietary preferences.    

The stylish bar program at The Green Orchid features botanical-inspired cocktails, with finishing touches straight from the rooftop garden. The wine list includes many organic, biodynamic, and sustainable wines from around the world.

The world’s first net-positive energy restaurant

The Green Orchid  is set to become the world’s first net-positive energy restaurant, which operates entirely on solar power. The restaurant features an innovative rooftop garden that grows much of the fresh produce for its Garden-to-Plate menu. This garden is planned, planted, and maintained by Operation EcoVets, a non-profit organization that provides personal, educational, and professional growth opportunities to veterans.

Admission to Selby Gardens (or a Selby Gardens membership) is required to dine at The Green Orchid. 

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The Green Orchid by Michael’s On East
Open 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily.

Phone: 941.265.8194

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The Selby House Café
Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

Selby House Café

Located within the historic Selby House, the café offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, pastries and cookies and other snacks. Coffee and espresso drinks are featured, along with a selection of hot or iced teas provided by Local Coffee and Tea, and a variety of beer and wine.

Groups can select from The Selby House Café box lunch option to enhance your unique picnic experience at Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, while also providing a smooth and quick pick-up from the café on the day of your visit. The box lunch menu can be found here. Please note, hot items are only available to groups with less than 10 guests. To place a lunch order, please contact us for more information at least five days before your requested pick up date.

The indoor café can seat up to 30 guests. Please note, there is no reserved indoor or outdoor café seating available for group dining.  All seating is on a first-come first-serve basis. We suggest bringing lawn chairs or blankets to picnic on the beautiful South Lawn.