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Iris at NC Museum of Art

#41 of 1,121 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607-6433
+1 919-664-6838
11:30 - 14:00
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Sun 10:30 - 14:30
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
Fri 17:30 - 20:30
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are repeat customers of Iris and have a wonderful meal with attentive, personal service every time, The cuisine is top notch, unique, tastes wonderful and the menu changes seasonally. The music played in the lounge in the backdrop is great and of course, the location makes the restaurant all the better. Not much beats looking at fine art after... More 

Thank Craig E
North Carolina
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food very good and innovative, great service, modern sheek. Highly recomended before your event at the museum or a lunch before or after your tour of the museum

Thank 169liza
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

We visit museum of Arts and stop by there for lunch. Very pleasant and clean. Great food. Hamburger was from really good meat. Service was outstanding.

Thank Serge O
Raleigh, NC
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232 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Had dinner at Iris before going to visit the temporary exhibit at the NC Museum of Art. The only downside is that there was an event that Friday night with music and so it was difficult to have a conversation. We were there with friends and had seared scallops, Moroccan stew and smoked salmon. The scallops were perfect, the smoked... More 

Thank claude_monnier
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We had lunch at Iris before viewing the Art Deco car exhibit. This is a nice place for a relaxing lunch either before or after viewing the museum exhibits. Service was very friendly and prompt, and the menu included a variety of choices from salads to sandwiches to full entrees. (And there were real cloth napkins!)

Thank jmmdownhil
Raleigh, North Carolina
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

After much research I decided on this restaurant. I had it all planned out. There was live music this night (Paris jazz band) and an art after dark event where the museum would stay open later. It started off not quite as romantic as I had hoped, since the restaurant was basically in the museum with no separating wall, so... More 

Thank JoelCocker
Zurich, Switzerland
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328 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

I can only report our afternoon coffee experience--- but despite it really specializing in a fuller menu delivery -- we were warmly invited to be seated for our coffees. I couldn't resust trying an unusual ice cream offering.. Marscopone! It was one if the best I've ever had in my life ! Honestly! I could imagine dining here to be... More 

Thank John N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

When you're done strolling the halls of the museum, take a moment to enjoy lunch at Iris. What captures your eye is the massive "nest" wall art. Secondly, the modern white crisp linens and seating. As you sit down, enjoy the quiet ambiance and your server greeting you with the days special. Lunch was absolutely delicious, and be prepared to... More 

Thank Patticakes123
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Nothing like a Friday night at the museum for great music, movies, & food. We ordered the surf and turf (which was veal meatballs with sweet and spicy shrimp all in Moroccan flavors) and salmon. Both dishes were delicious. Atmosphere is modern, eclectic, fun and you can hear the live music and excitement outside of the restaurant. Our server was... More 

Thank LPLoveToTravel
Staunton, Virginia
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101 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

The Iris Cafe offers a nice variety of salads and cooked meals. The ingredients are fresh, presentation is attractive and service is efficient. I wish the NCMA also offered a cafeteria alternative, as Iris can get backed up.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607-6433
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: +1 919-664-6838

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?