Zoo Dining Options
AlbertsLocation: Lost Forest
A Restaurant in a Treehouse
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Located in Lost Forest in the heart of the Zoo, Albert’s offers full-service dining where you can enjoy open-air deck seating overlooking a private waterfall. The menu features a variety of unique dishes: seafood specialties, beef and chicken entrees, healthful pastas, pizzas, exotic salads, sandwiches, and a children’s menu. Our full service bar offers an extensive selection of craft beers, fine wines, and exotic cocktails.
Albert’s is open for lunch and summer evening dining.
Zoo BrewLocation: Lost Forest
Specialty coffee drinks brewed from triple-certified beans and craft beer.
Lagoon TerraceLocation: Front Street
Located right next to the San Diego Zoo Sandwich Company, enjoy a specialty hot dog, fresh-baked pizza by the slice, or a meatball sandwich at Lagoon Terrace. Offering a variety of beer selections, including draft beer.
Opens at 11 a.m
Poppy's PatioLocation: Discovery Outpost
Located in front of the Children’s Zoo, Poppy’s Patio serves Poppy’s serves Hebrew National All-Beef hot dogs, burgers, chicken sandwiches and chicken tenders, Kid’s Meals, soft-serve ice cream, and ICEE products. Enjoy the adjacent Discovery Picnic Area.
Opens at 10:30 a.m.
Sabertooth GrillLocation: Elephant Odyssey
Sabertooth Grill at Elephant Odyssey is leading Zoo dining into a new era focusing on fresh California cuisine using cutting-edge service concepts. Featuring fresh ingredients from local farms, the menu offers delicious entrees mindful of environmentally sensitive initiatives in support of the community promoting sustainability. The offerings—ranging from our Peterson Farms salads, wraps, and unique sourdough burgers to a Jidori Farms chicken rice plate and fresh fruit salads—results in a meal as noteworthy as the breathtaking exhibit the restaurant overlooks.
Opens at 10 a.m.
Treehouse CafeLocation: Lost Forest
Located in the Lost Forest, Treehouse Cafe, with its spectacular views from multilevel decks, offers Italian cuisine including California-style lasagna, ravioli, meatball sandwiches, entree salads, and draft beer.
Opens at 11 a.m.
Jungle JavaLocation: Lost Forest
Specialty coffee drinks brewed from triple-certified beans.
Hua Mei CafeLocation: Panda Canyon
Located between Asian Passage and Panda Canyon, Hua Mei Café offers a variety of Asian favorites such as Orange Chicken, Kung Pao Chicken, Mongolian Beef, Teriyaki Chicken or Beef. Vegetable Chow Mein. Asian Chicken Salads, Ginger Teriyaki Chicken Wraps, Potstickers,Vegetable Eggrolls, and Edamame complete this delicious new menu. Also available are Bacon Cheeseburgers, Teriyaki Chicken Sandwiches, Garden Vegetable Burgers, and Kid’s Meals. Beverages include soft drinks and specialty Asian Beers: Sapporo and Tiger Beer.
Opens at 10:30 a.m.
Safari KitchenLocation: Front Street
The Safari Kitchen is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a variety of burgers, corn dogs, chicken sandwiches, and fish ‘n’ chips. Try the Safari Basket-fries, onion rings, chicken strips, and mozzarella sticks! Enjoy a specialty coffee drink and pastry at the adjacent Jungle Java.
Opens at 10 a.m.
San Diego Zoo Sandwich Co.Location: Front Street
Located just inside the Zoo’s entrance, the San Diego Zoo Sandwich Company provides air-conditioned indoor dining with a great view of the Flamingo Lagoon and the Front Plaza. We serve breakfast favorites until 11 a.m. daily. For lunch, try one of our specialty sandwiches, such as the Chipotle Chicken (chicken breast, Monterey Jack, mild roasted chili peppers, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo), the Californian (turkey breast, Monterey Jack, bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo), Steak & Cheese (slow-roasted beef, sautéed onions and peppers, with sliced Jack cheese), and Tuna Melt (wild albacore tuna salad, melted cheddar cheese, and pepperoncinis). You can enjoy a selection of salads, sweets, or soup of the day.
Open for breakfast 8:30 to 11 a.m.; open for lunch at 11 a.m.
Sydney's GrillLocation: Australian Outback
Nestled in the Australian Outback, Sydney’s Grill offers a variety of hot entrees including the Queensland Gyro Pita Sandwich, our Walkabout Fish & Chips, and the Northern Territory Sausage Sandwich, as well as delicious wraps, fresh salads, and burgers from the barbie. The menu also includes our Kid’s Meals, ice cream, desserts, and a large selection of beverages. Stop in with your mates to enjoy the shaded dining area while watching the koalas, giraffes, and rhino.
Opens at 10:30 a.m. Monday–Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday