James & Shirley Balk Café

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, comprised of dozens of individual blown-glass pieces, spans the ceiling in a spectrum 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. In stock is a colorful variety of beverages including soft drinks, juices, coffee, tea, wine and a selection of Michigan craft beers. Guests can sit indoors in the colorful climate of Lena’s Garden or enjoy the picturesque water fountain and the changing seasons of the outdoor Grand Rapids Press Terrace. Free WiFi is available. Please, no outside food or beverages.

Hours

Hours

The James & Shirley Balk Café is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily. Full menu served from 11 am - 4 pm.
Tuesdays, 10 am - 8 pm.
Full menu served from 11 am - 8 pm.

Due to COVID-19, we are operating with limited hours and menu. Masks or face coverings are required until seated and when moving around the café unless fully vaccinated.

Other Info

Fresh Express available during regular business hours.

No outside food or beverages are permitted in the café. 

Please note, admission ticket or membership is now required for entry.

Catering

Catering

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