Sassafras is currently serving grab-and-go boxed meals for outdoor dining only. No indoor service is available at this time.



Sassafras interior

Open daily 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lunch served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Begin or end your visit to the Garden with a light meal or a quick snack at Sassafras! Seasonal menus include delicious Garden-themed salads, sandwiches, soups, and snacks, with daily specials and a kids' menu for the little ones. Sassafras prides itself on obtaining as much locally sourced products as are available, and the results are evident in the fresh, vibrant flavors of the season.

Seating: 130 inside; 100 outside.

Green Dining Alliance logoSassafras is Five-Star Certified by the St. Louis Green Dining Alliance, a St. Louis Earth Day initiative committed to working with St. Louis restaurants to reduce their environmental impact. 

What does it mean to be "Green" or "Sustainable"?

Going Green involves practices and product choices that conserve energy, water, and other limited natural resources. Going Green reduces waste through reuse, recycling, composting, and more! Sustainable living places great value on meeting the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to live happy, healthy, and successful lives. Learn more about sustainability at the Garden. 


Cafe Flora

Cafe Flora brunch on the Spink Pavilion patio

Cafe Flora is currently closed until further notice.
Please check back for operating hours at a later date. 

Enjoy brunch in Spink Pavilion, the original main entrance to the Garden, with a beautiful view of the Central Axis and Climatron.

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Originally known as the Flora Gate, the pavilion is situated on the grand plaza overlooking the three large reflecting lily pools, the Milles Sculpture Garden and the world-renowned Climatron.

Display beds along all sides of the lily pools brighten the area with flowers, including tulips, pansies, and unusual summer annuals.

Enter through Ridgway Visitor Center.

Garden admission applies.

Brunch not offered during Chinese Culture Days, Japanese Festival or Best of Missouri Market weekends. Additional closures may apply; check for closure notices on the Garden's Twitter feed.
Inside and outside seating is available. Seatings are first-come, first-served.
Call (314) 577-0200 for more information.