Dining

Zoo Dining Options

  • Alberts
    Location: Lost Forest

    A Restaurant in a Treehouse
    Visit Albert's website for special event listings and menus.

    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.

  • Poppy's Patio
    Location: Discovery Outpost

    Located in front of the Children’s Zoo and 4-D Theater, Poppy’s Patio is the only location where you will find gourmet funnel cakes served with a variety of toppings. In addition, you will find Hebrew National All-Beef hot dogs, burgers, chicken sandwiches, and chicken tenders. Kid’s Meals, soft-serve ice cream, and ICEE products are also available.

    Opens at 10:30 a.m.

    Poppy’s Patio menu (pdf)

  • Sabertooth Grill
    Location: 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—result in a meal as noteworthy as the breathtaking exhibit the restaurant overlooks.

    Opens at 10:30 a.m.

    Sabertooth Grill menu (pdf)

  • Zoo Brew
    Location: Lost Forest

    Specialty coffee drinks and craft beer.

  • Jungle Java
    Location: Lost Forest

    Conveniently located near the front plaza, Jungle Java specializes in hot and iced coffees to enhance your day. Jungle Java offers pastries, ice cream treats, and fresh popcorn to enjoy while exploring the Zoo.

  • Treetops Cafe
    Location: Lost Forest

    Located in the Lost Forest, Treetops 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.

    Treetops Cafe menu (pdf)

  • Hua Mei Cafe
    Location: 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 Vegetable Chow Mein. Our 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.

    Hua Mei Cafe menu (pdf)

  • San Diego Zoo Sandwich Co.
    Location: Front Street

    Start your Zoo visit with a delicious, hearty meal from the San Diego Zoo Sandwich Company. Located just inside the entrance, breakfast favorites and delicious coffee are served daily until 11 a.m. For lunch, the menu features favorites like the Californian, with toasted bread, turkey, bacon, avocado, and jack cheese. For something on the lighter side, try a seasonal salad or bowl of soup. In the afternoon, cool off with some delicious soft-serve ice cream in a waffle cone.

    Open for breakfast 8:30 to 11 a.m.; open for lunch at 11 a.m.

    Sandwich Company menu (pdf)

  • Lagoon Terrace
    Location: Front Street

    Located just outside 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.

    Lagoon Terrace Menu (pdf)

  • Front Street Café
    Location: Front Street

    Across from the Reptile House, Front Street Café offers a variety of Mexican and American entrées: tacos, burritos, nachos, fish & chips, burgers, chicken sandwiches, snacks, and soft-serve ice cream.
    Opens at 10:30 a.m.

    Front Street Cafe menu (pdf)

  • Safari Kitchen
    Location: Front Street

    The Safari Kitchen is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a variety of gourmet burgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken strips basket, and snack items. Try the Loaded Tater Tots topped with nacho cheese sauce, crumbled bacon bits, and diced green onions! Enjoy a specialty coffee drink and pastry at the adjacent Jungle Java.

    Opens at 10 a.m.

    Safari Kitchen menu (pdf)

  • Sydney's Grill
    Location: 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 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.

    Open at 10:30 a.m. Monday–Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

    Sydney’s Grill menu

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