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A table of people share a pre-show picnic of sushi.

Picnics & Dining

Dining before the opera is a time-honored OTSL tradition! Kick off your visit with a delicious pre-show meal in our beautiful David W. Mesker Festival Gardens. 

Don’t want to worry about packing up your food or washing dishes? Let us take care of that for you! Operagoers can pre-order a variety of boxed dinners or deluxe picnic baskets created by Ces & Judy’s Catering.

Browse our 2022 picnic menu

You are also welcome to bring your own food and beverage to the opera. Drinks, snacks, and desserts may be purchased at the pavilion tent before and after the opera, as well as during intermission.

 

If picnicking isn’t for you, consider supporting one of our fabulous local restaurants by visiting them for a pre-show meal. All the restaurants listed below are within 1.2 or fewer miles of our theater.

 

Name Cuisine Location Distance
Cyrano’s Café American 603 E Lockwood Ave 0.3 miles
Big Sky Cafe American 47 S Old Orchard Ave 0.4 miles
Guerilla Street Food Filipino 43 S Old Orchard Ave 0.4 miles
Cravings Restaurant American 8149 Big Bend Blvd 0.5 miles
Webster Wok Chinese 8162 Big Bend Blvd 0.5 miles
Chiang Mai Thai 8158 Big Bend Blvd 0.5 miles
Balkan Treat Box Balkan 8103 Big Bend Blvd 0.5 miles
Webster Garden Vietnamese 5 S old Orchard Ave 0.5 miles
Racanelli’s Pizzeria NY Style Pizza 8161 Big Bend Blvd 0.5 miles
O+O Pizza Italian / Brunch 102 W Lockwood Ave 1.1 miles
The Block Restaurant American 146 W Lockwood Ave 1.1 miles
C.J. Mugg’s Bar & Grill American 101 W Lockwood Ave 1.1 miles
Perennial Seasonal Organic 216 W Lockwood Ave 1.2 miles
Olive + Oak American 216 W Lockwood Ave 1.2 miles
Layla Burgers / Shawarma 20 Allen Ave #130 1.2 miles
The Parkmoor Drive-In American 220 W Lockwood Ave 1.2 miles
The Sushi Station Japanese 29 North Gore Ave 1.2 miles
DD Mau Vietnamese Eatery Vietnamese 20 Allen Ave 1.2 miles
San Jose Mexican Restaurant Mexican 35 North Gore Ave 1.2 miles