I am almost ashamed to admit that this lounge for members only open for lunch is a major reason why I renew my AGO membership every year ! Located within the old Grange mansion this exquisite café is by far the best place to retreat after visiting an exhibit here. The space offers a choice of sinking into beautiful modern Danish leather armchairs or sofas or pull up to an old fireplace with ornate hearths and mantles. French doors lead out to a beautiful green area that can be viewed from most spots inside. The entrance is like a foyer in an old home complete with a grand staircase and flowers on a center table. Makes you feel like you are a guest in a private home. The menu is limited but exquisite and the service is friendly, yet formal. My favorites are the smoked salmon croissant ( with generous amounts of salmon!) and the delicate "deconstructed" Salad Nicoise. They also have pricey - but utterly wonderful - wine by the glass ( recently enjoyed a glass of white Rioja - at $13 a glass this is definitely "a treat"). I have also treated friends to lunch here and it is the perfect spot for a "ladies" get together ! The best butter tarts, too by the way !
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