Yellow Magnolia Café
Fresh and healthy meal options with very attentive service!
The service was fabulous. Loved the view of the garden from my table and the food delicious. Must order the biscuits! 😋
So glad to discover that the old BBG store has been converted to a wonderful cafe! Drinks, brunch menu and service were outstanding! Tables were not cramped and with the skylights, had natural light and view of the garden. Highly recommended!
The food was delicious - there were four of us, and we shared two biscuits (excellent) and each had the carrot soup (also excellent) as well as sharing mushroom tacos; the tacos come in there’s but two per person was more than enough so we were happy we shared. The only downside was that it was a cold, rainy day and the A/C was on! We were told the Garden controls the temperature and that the heat doesn’t come on until Nov. 15, which is when the A/C goes off! The waiter said he couldn’t even adjust the A/C so that it wasn’t so cold. Also, there was a leak from one of the windows overhead which was a problem, but the waiter did offer to move us.
Perfect location to enjoy friends; new guests complimented the menu. Service was near-perfect. Will look forward to next visit.
My brother’s birthday. Lovely. Perfect. So relaxing. Wonderful food and decor. Unsurpassed view of the lily ponds. Amazing place to bring out of town visitors. Loved it.
I had the Reuben sandwich and it was delicious and the biscuit appetizer was perfect. Friendly staff, pretty room, and good portions of food. Only disappointment was don't expect Open Table to return your phone call. I have a special pique about businesses who won't let you talk to a human being.
Lovely restaurant in Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Nice choices on menu. Charming waitstaff.
Wait staff was wonderful! Really lovely brunch experience. Delicious food. Thank you, Magnolia, for helping make a visit to BBG even more memorable!
This was an outstanding experience. I was meeting a former colleague and wanted something close to home. This was my first visit to Yellow Magnolia so I was a little unsure of what we would find. Well, we were both very impressed with the ambiance, the food, the service. You are a winner!
This place was so cute, I loved it. A great little part of our day at the gardens.
We had no idea you couldn't visit this restaurant without paying for admission to the botanical gardens. we talked to them on the phone 3 times changing the reservation and no one said a thing. So the cost was unexpected and significant. VERY frustrating.
Service is quite slow but ambiance is great.
We had a fantastic brunch with our family this weekend. The food was delicious and ambience wonderful. Great vegetarian options. The restaurant was not only tolerant but seemed supportive of our two toddlers joining us. We will return.
Enjoyed a delicious Sunday brunch here. I love the menu; Food and drinks were delicious and gourmet. I would visit again and would recommend to all. Service 5 star!
Gorgeous restaurant, beautiful ambiance, fresh, flavorful food, and exquisite service. It was perfect for my birthday brunch!
What a treasure! Delicious food with a view of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Lovely menu, fresh food brilliantly prepared. Prices affordable. Requested quiet table for business in a cool part of the café. Wait service was pleasant.
Have been several times and never disappoints with inventive fare utilizing seasonal fare prepared with creative flair. And of course have to have the polenta fries. Perfect whether at the BBG or sought out on it's own.
My daughter and I enjoyed everything about our lunch. The space is lovely and our meal was delicious. We ordered the fire-roasted broccoli, the red dent polenta fries, the fried chicken plate, and the baby purple mustard green salad with steak. The spritz and a glass of rose, too. Everything was well prepared and served to us in a reasonable amount of time by a lovely young man. My only suggestion is to change up the menu every so often--maybe "seasonally?--as it is a challenge to dine at the Cafe on a regular basis because the menu never seems to change. That said, I do like your veggie-centric offerings. Thank you.
My only real problem is that we had reservations for a 4:45pm table and the kitchen closes at 5pm. The Hostess very unfriendly and stressed this. Then why do they have a 4:45pm option if you must sit, decide and eat in 15 minutes? Just have a 4:30pm option only then. Our waiter was outstanding though he made up for the hostess bad customer service attitude.
our wait person (Evelyn???) was super my friend has a demanding diet and she was so patient including bringing her soup well into the order. the food was outstanding - i could not eat it all (chicken) so boxed it up only difficulty was it was brunch on sunday so lots of families most of whom had children and most of whom tolerated their children to run around the tables, banging into the back of my chair, screaming etc. while it is delightful that families now go out tous ensemble and there is nothing that you, as an establishment can do, realistically, to monitor this, , it does mitigate enjoyment for 89 year olds like me guess i will come again when school opens for lunch! otherwise - a real addition to brooklyn's table.
So I went to celebrate my birthday and was looking forward to brunch. We both did the bottomless option , which provided an appetizer , main dish , and we did mimosa’s. The mimosa’s all though were fresh squeezed , were not strained . So it was not a pleasant drink and it took awhile just to receive it. Also speed of service was pretty slow , which is sad because they were not busy. Food was good , wish the biscuits were more buttery. But can’t complain to much, over all had a great brunch.
We had such a great experience at the Yellow Magnolia Café! The service was great at the waiters were attentive. My boyfriend got the steak tacos (he loved them) and I had a burger with sweet potato chips. Would definitely go back again!
Nice causal cafe, great location and the only trouble we had was it didn’t seem to be on the map as clearly when we were trying to find it. The food was fine and pricing was very reasonable.
Great Father’s Day brunch! Exceptional food
Delish food with elegant presentation - They aim to please - and Dud!
The Yellow Magnolia Cafe is on the grounds of the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. To enter you must pay for admission to the Garden which is a gem and well worth a visit. The Cafe has an inventive menu and all of the dishes are beautifully presented. Try the polenta fries with heirloom tomato chutney and the fish tacos too. The service was excellent. The ambiance is minimalist in shades of white and yellow. We loved everything about this place.
The food was amazing and the setting is beautiful, surrounded by flowers. Besides the great food, is very nice to be inside the Botanic Garden which you can visit after or before your meal.
The food was not bad but for its price point was not worth it. Fish tacos had a tortilla super thick, burger was ok but they failed to separate the chips from one another so they were not completely fried. The polenta fries were overdone and the polenta itself was bland which was really apparent because the fries themselves were 2cm thick. Flavors were there for everything else, but execution fell very short. Room was nice but there was no air conditioning and on a hot day I was sweating. Server was nice and pleasant but service was slow
I love the menu. The service is great.
This place is simply excellent. Perfect if you're visiting the gardens. Food is excellent and service is really good.
Bright, if a little warm. Pleasant ambiance in the conservatory area of the BBG (garden charges admission except for Tuesadsys, so join and support the institution and get 10% off). Farm to table style menu (I don't know if they actually are or not). Everything is delicious. A little pricey but worth it.
It's a beautiful space. And the menu is interesting. If they had better-trained servers and/or more servers, the experience would be more pleasant.
Botanical garden beautiful. Sunny dining room. Great food! Loved the Fried Chicken!
Wonderful Brunch and outstanding service!
Who expects good food at a public institution? Whether at a zoo or a museum or a garden or any other kind of venue, the in-house restaurants tend to be mediocre at best, and downright terrible generally. But hold on! Here is something completely different. What a wonderful menu to read, and what a delicious repast we had. Every dish was fresh, organic, thoughtful, beautifully seasoned, and easy on the eyes. The ricotta was maybe the best we've ever had. The ramps and gruyere frittata was delicious. The grits with mushrooms--divine. The radishes--out of this world. Our group of four was ecstatic, we couldn't believe our luck in scoring such terrific food after a lovely couple of hours strolling through the Botanical Garden. Highly recommended, and I can't wait to return. I have to explore more of that fabulous menu!
Both the food and the ambiance was supurb, and the service was excellent. Each dish had it's own unique flavors that belied the name of the dish. Only downside is the price. For one appetizer, a soup, entre and dessert, price was $115 per person, for LUNCH!
Delicious biscuits and frittata. Coffee could be better. Excellent service on a busy Mother's day.
It was INCREDIBLY hot in the cafe. I’m well aware that the venue is inside a refurbished greenhouse, but I believe adding air conditioning would make a HUGE difference. To compensate for the low air circulation the service was STELLAR and ice water was abundantly offered. Lastly, both my sister and I opted for the same dish - the wild rice/fried chicken/collard slaw. She received white meat (juicy breast meat), and I received fatty thigh meat. This was extremely disappointed as I don’t usually eat dark meat. I didn’t send the dish back because I didn’t want to hold the Mother’s Day luncheon up. All and all - I would return as the ambiance was beautiful, but the aforementioned things put a damper on my experience.
It was a busy day at the cafe but we were seated promptly at our reservation time. Our order was taken quickly enough but the food took a while to come. Our server was OK. Not particularly warm, friendly or efficient but did her job. The only problem was not giving me my BBG member discount on the bill, but I suppose I’m part to blame for not noticing until I left. The cafe was a bit too warm for comfort. Otherwise, the food was very good.