Dining at the Zoo

Walking around the zoo can sure work up an appetite! Luckily, there are plenty of fabulous food options. And they are located across the park so it is easy to grab snacks on the go, or sit down with the family for a larger meal. Check out this list of our most popular, and delectable, restaurants and plan your day to dig in, explore, and relax.

[ ** ] Vegetarian Offerings are available at selected restaurants

 All American Popcorn
Located near BZ Red Hots Map location F12
Saturday-Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Caramel, cheese, Chicago mix popcorn and bottled beverages

pulled pork sandwichAustin Blues Bar-B-Que **
Located near the North Gate Map location C8 
Monday-Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Enjoy lunch barbecue style! Choose from pulled pork, pulled chicken, or BBQ beef brisket sandwiches or one of our specialty Blues Baskets. Include some BBQ beans, chips, or mac ‘n cheese to satisfy your backyard barbecue craving. Complete the experience with a cold Miller Lite Draft or fountain drink.

Bison Prairie Grill **

Located near Great Bear Wilderness Map location F5
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Does trekking through Great Bear Wilderness make you hungry? Stop for a breath and a bite. From hot sandwiches, all beef hot dogs, pizzas and specialty salads, you are sure to satisfy the hunger of your entire group. Kids’ Animeals are also available. Choose from fountain drinks, water, juice, coffee, and a selection of beers. Top your day off with a sweet treat, from root beer floats to Dippin’ Dots!

Bistro to Go
Located near Play Zoo entrance Map location G10
Closed for the season
Sandwiches, salads, snack items and beverages

BZ Red Hots **
Located near Seven Seas Map location E13
10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Choose from a variety of summer foods—Chicago style! From Chicago hot dogs to Italian beef, you are sure to satisfy your hunger. Just a leap away from the dolphin show, choose from nachos, a hot pretzel, or chips for a quick snack. Also available are Miller Lite, seasonal brews, and an assortment of beverages.

Café del Sol **
Located near Living Coast Map location H5
Monday-Friday: 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Emerge from the Living Coast exhibit, hit the splash pad, and then feast on fish tacos, burritos, or a crunchy taco salad. Choose from chicken, ground beef, steak, or pork. Also available are sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and desserts, including Dippin’ Dots.

dippin dotsDippin’ Dots
Located near the Nature Stage Map location E9
Saturday-Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Stay in the shade or take it to go. Choose from Dippin’ Dots, soft serve ice cream, root beer floats, or an ICEE to go with your jumbo pretzel, popcorn, or nachos. Located near The Nature Stage.

ICEE World

Located near Formal Pool Map location G6
Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
More than ICEE’s, this stand offers fountain drinks, water, and snacks such as popcorn and potato chips. Choose from Dippin’ Dots, soft serve ice cream, or a dreamy creamsicle or root beer float.

Leinie’s Lodge

Located near North Gate Map location C9

Closed for the season
Cool your heels and quench your thirst with a cold beer or a Mai Tai.   Choose from Leinie’s Honey Weiss, Seasonal Brew, or Miller Lite.  This one-stop North Gate shop offers bottled soda, water, popcorn, and potato chips to keep the whole troop happy!

Scoops Ice Cream **
Map location H8
Monday-Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy a BZ Blaster with your choice of toppings, from Heath Bars, M&M’s, Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and more at this ice cream and sandwich shop, located behind the Wildlife Trading Post shop. Here are all your dessert favorites, including sundaes and funnel cakes. Save some room for lunch! Choose from our sandwich board, a la carte or in a combo.

South Gate Coffee and Snacks
Located near the South Gate Map location H11
Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Satuday-Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fuel up with Starbucks as you enter the South Gate. Choose from brewed hot or iced coffee, Frappuccino, lattes, and more. Pick a snack or dessert, from cheese nachos to Dippin’ Dots.