A great place to eat…
Frog Commissary Catering got its start in the restaurant business in the 1970s with Steve Poses’ legendary eateries Frog and The Commissary. Today, we are proud to operate the fine restaurants of the Franklin Institute, which are open to museum visitors as well as the general public, offering high-quality family-friendly fare at an exceptional value.
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Our cafeteria-style eatery in The Franklin Institute is a lively, sun-filled place for a family meal. Our house-made soups and chicken tenders, crisp French fries, fresh salads and sandwiches, juicy hamburgers and pizzas plus fresh-baked cupcakes and other desserts are familiar enough for kids yet sophisticated enough for parents’ palates. Franklin Foodworks occupies one of the museum’s two original wings on the main floor, a grand space with soaring ceilings, enormous windows and spectacular views of the Parkway and Swan Fountain. Franklin Foodworks is open to the public Monday — Friday, 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.Click here for our menu.
A centrally located cafe in The Franklin Institute Atrium offering fresh breakfast pastries, soups, salads, sandwiches and vegetarian options, as well as coffee, healthy snacks, candy and popcorn to be enjoyed in the IMAX theater. Franklin Foodworks Express is open to Franklin Institute visitors Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. Click here for our menu.
Located in The Franklin Institute’s second floor portico, Cleo’s Portico serves specialty cocktails (the Cleopolitan!) and mezze or Mediterranean-style light dining (salads, skewers, hummus) on the portico terrace with spectacular views overlooking Benjamin Franklin Parkway. A children’s menu is also available. No reservations. During days of operation Cleo’s Portico can accommodate groups of 20 or more. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, private parties are welcome. For more information, please call 215-448-1369. Cleo’s Portico is open to Franklin Institute visitors Thursday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday, noon- 5p.m. Through late September. Closed for the season. See you next spring! Click here for our menu.
Frog Burger is a no-frills hamburger and shake stand open during the summer months on the front lawn of The Franklin Institute. Featuring hamburgers — so juicy you might want a bib, potato chips and shakes made with Bassett’s ice cream, Frog Burger is informal and homegrown — reminiscent of a backyard barbecue with a tent, big grill and picnic tables. Other specialties include fried green tomatoes, grilled corn with chili-lime butter and the signature “Love Burger” a hamburger with two grilled-cheese sandwiches in lieu of a roll and topped with special sauce. Frog Burger also serves beer, wine and sangria. Frog Burger is open to the public daily, 11:30 a.m.-dusk, weather permitting through the end of October. Closed for the season. See you next spring! Click here for our menu.