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Restaurants at the San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the United States and attracts numerous visitors from around the world each year. To accommodate the appetites of its diverse visitors, there are many restaurants in the San Diego Zoo that highlight various cuisines. From sit-down restaurants to grab-and-go kiosks, there is something to satisfy your individual cravings.

Popular Places to Dine for Families

One of the most popular San Diego Zoo restaurants is the Hua Mei Café. Located near the Giant Panda exhibit, the Hua Mei Café offers a variety of Asian favorites including spicy Thai peanut noodles, sweet and sour chicken or beef, and teriyaki bowls. Smaller dishes are also available and include potstickers, edamame and Asian chicken salads. If you’re looking for more classic entrees or have picky eaters dining with you, the Hua Mei Café also has a small selection of hamburgers and sandwiches.

Zoo visitors who are health and environmentally conscience will enjoy the menu at the Sabertooth Grill, located by the elephant exhibit. The Sabertooth Grill is a San Diego Zoo restaurant that serves California cuisine, highlighting fresh ingredients from local farms. Sabertooth’s delicious salads, wraps, burgers, chick rice plates and fruit salads are entrees that are mindful of the zoo’s environmental initiatives that promote sustainability.

Who said that zoo dining can’t be classy? Zoo visitors looking for a fine dining experience can enjoy the gourmet salads, fresh pastas and fish and beef entrees of Albert’s Restaurant. At this Italian San Diego Zoo restaurant, diners can also enjoy a cocktail from Albert’s full-service bar while overlooking a private waterfall.

For indecisive visitors or those with children who are picky eaters, there are always the options of the Lagoon Terrace and Sydney’s Grill, whose simple menu is perfect for a quick bite to eat. At these restaurants, visitors can choose from their selection of pizza, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, hotdogs and nachos.

Other Tips for Dining & Saving at the Zoo

Knowing your options for restaurants in the San Diego Zoo ahead of time can help you plan and make the most of your trip to the zoo. Small snacks and water bottles are also allowed, so pack some and enjoy additional savings.

For other ways to save when visiting the zoo, stay at the Pacific Inn Zoo Hotel in San Diego. We offer complimentary hot breakfast daily, a perfect way to start your zoo adventure and have a convenient location downtown, minutes from the airport. Contact a Reservation Manager today for more information and don’t forget to ask about our discounted Zoo admission tickets and our hotel discounts for zoo visitors.

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