James & Shirley Balk Café

Artfully Delicious Dining

Enjoy lunch (or dinner on Tuesday evenings) at the James & Shirley Balk Café, with its dazzling glass ceiling sculpture by renowned artist Dale Chihuly. Named Lena’s Garden in honor of Lena Meijer, the sculpture—comprising dozens of individual blown-glass pieces—spans the ceiling in a continuum of colors, from cool greens, cobalt blues and purples to brilliant oranges, yellows and reds.

With an emphasis on local products, Meijer Gardens' globally inspired menu changes with the seasons and features sandwiches, salads, small bites and a kid’s menu. You’ll find a colorful variety of beverages including soft drinks, juices, coffee, tea, wine and a selection of Michigan craft beers. Guests could sit indoors in the colorful climate of Lena’s Garden or enjoy the picturesque water fountain and changing seasons of the outdoor Grand Rapids Press Terrace. Complimentary Wi-Fi available.

No outside food or beverages, please.



Daily: The James & Shirley Balk Café is open from 9 am–5 pm.

Sunday: The James & Shirley Balk Café is open from 11 am–5 pm.

Full menu service ends at 4 pm.

Tuesdays: The James & Shirley Balk Café is open from 9 am–9 pm.

Full menu service ends at 8 pm.

Other Info

Fresh Express take away items are available during regular business hours.

No outside food or beverages are permitted in the café.



Meijer Gardens Culinary Arts & Events, the internal caterer for Meijer Gardens, has earned a reputation for unparalleled taste, service and style. Three approved outside caterers are also available.

James & Shirley Balk Café Menu - Fall / Winter

In partnership with Local First, the James & Shirley Balk Café proudly supports the community by sourcing ingredients from local farmers, butchers and bakers.

Menu changes seasonally.