Cafe Coteau dining area with large windows and mobiles of flowers and animals coming from the ceiling

Café Coteau

Serving Food Made With Love

Café Coteau, located in the Museum’s iconic atrium, offers an array of delicious breakfast and lunch choices that will satisfy both adults and children.

Open to the public

Image of Cafe Coteau logo.The restaurant is open to the public and does not require admission. With a focus on local and fresh food, it is a unique offering in Brookings, South Dakota, where both locals and travelers can feel welcome under the prairie sky! Your purchase helps support the mission of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota.

Fresh local food

Our café focuses on preparing fresh food featuring items such as omelettes, pastas, sandwiches, and salads. In the summer months, the café grows its own vegetables and herbs on the back patio and locally sources vegetables from the local farmers market that takes place near the Museum each Saturday.

Gluten-free and healthy options

We pride ourselves on offering healthy menu items and also feature a variety of gluten-free and vegetarian options. Café Coteau also makes gluten-free baked goods in-house, including muffins, cookies, caramel rolls, quick bread, and cupcakes. See what’s new each day in the café or call ahead for custom orders: (605) 692-6700, ext. 1.

Boy eating ice cream cone
Café Coteau proudly serves SDSU ice cream.

Kool Beans Coffee and SDSU ice cream

Stop by for a cup of locally-roasted Kool Beans Coffee. Or get a cone or dish of Brookings favorite South Dakota State University ice cream. Mix the two together for our famous frozen coffee drink, a café glacé, and you will have plenty of energy for a full day of play!

Catering and special events

Café Coteau provides catering for special events, facility rentals, Museum birthday parties, and even field trips. Contact Café Manager Pouran Borchardt via email or at (605) 692-6700, ext. 1, to learn more. Watch our calendar for special events such as Breakfast with Santa, Coteau’s Table and the ever-popular Persian Night that takes place periodically throughout the year.

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  • Café Hours

  • Museum Hours

Museum member hours take place on Saturdays from 9-10 am and the First Thursday of each month from 5-7 pm.

We are closed on Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

  • Monday Graphic Special Hours Nov. 11:
    10 am – 5 pm
  • Tuesday Graphic 10 am – 5 pm
  • Wednesday Graphic 10 am – 5 pm
  • Thursday Graphic 10 am – 5 pm
  • Friday Graphic 10 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday Graphic 10 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday Graphic Noon – 5 pm
  • Monday Graphic Closed
  • Tuesday Graphic 8 am – 5 pm
  • Wednesday Graphic 8 am – 5 pm
  • Thursday Graphic 8 am – 5 pm
  • Friday Graphic 8 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday Graphic 8 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday Graphic 10 am – 5 pm

Museum member hours take place on Saturdays from 9-10 am and the First Thursday of each month from 5-7 pm.

We are closed on Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.