Dining at the San Diego Zoo
If you’re planning on spending the entire day at the Zoo, all the walking will surely work up your appetite. Fortunately, the San Diego Zoo is home to 10 restaurants, one being a full-service establishment, so you can get your fill and continue touring the Zoo.
Full-Service San Diego Zoo Restaurants
Albert’s Grill is the only full-service, sit down restaurant at the San Diego Zoo. Located in the Lost Forrest, diners can enjoy their meal indoors or outside overlooking a private waterfall. The menu features everything from soups and salads to sandwiches and beef and poultry dishes, all highlighting various cuisines from around the world. Don’t worry, Albert’s also has a children’s menu for younger guests. With their meal, guests can also enjoy wine and beer, as Albert’s is the only dining establishment in the zoo that offers alcoholic beverages.
Another unique restaurant at the San Diego Zoo is the Sabertooth Grill at the Elephant Odyssey. This restaurant focuses on fresh, California cuisine with meals that feature fresh ingredients from local farms. All entrees are mindful of environmentally sensitive initiatives and support community efforts in promoting sustainability. Some of the most popular offerings include the Jidori chicken rice plate and the crispy spiced chicken wrap.
Other dining options in the San Diego Zoo offer a variety of different types of cuisines. Check out this short list to see which restaurants you may be interested in:
- Front Street Café – A selection of Mexican and American entrees
- Safari Kitchen – Entrees including corn dogs, fish and chips and chicken sandwiches
- Poppy’s Patio – Classic kid’s meals such as hot dogs, burgers, chicken tenders and more
- San Diego Zoo Sandwich Company – Specialty sandwiches, with breakfast options available
- Hua Mei Café – Asian option including orange chicken, Mongolian beef and chow mein
- Treehouse Café – Italian cuisine such as ravioli, lasagna and meatball sandwiches
- Sydney’s Grill – A combination of hot entrees, wraps, salads and burgers
- Lagoon Terrance – Something for everyone including pizza by the slice and hot dogs
Eating near the Theme Park
Because the pricing of food inside the zoo is a bit on the expensive side, some visitors bring snacks and opt to eat and restaurants near the San Diego Zoo. There are a handful that can be found in Balboa Park including the popular Prado restaurant, as well as in neighboring Banker’s Hill and the Gaslamp Quarter. Visitors staying at the budget Marina Inn near San Diego Zoo also have easy access to a variety of harbor restaurants as well as the authentic Italian options in Little Italy.