Food at the zoo

Carnivore? Herbivore? Locavore? You'll find your food at one of the zoo's many eating venues: from seasonal snack carts to a cozy, lodgelike dining room.

Visitors are permitted to bring their own food and drink into the zoo.

Cascade Grill

The grill, located in the entry plaza, offers the zoo's most extensive menu, with soups, hot and cold sandwiches, salads and coffee drinks. An open-beamed ceiling, wall of windows, Douglas fir booths and hand-crafted metalwork evoke the feel of a national park lodge. Outside, a deck is sheltered by native Douglas fir, larch and Western red cedar trees. Zoo admission is not required to dine at Cascade Grill.


The Cascade Grill is on summer hours. Hours may vary.

Summer: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fall: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Winter:  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and during ZooLights
Full menu service begins at 11 a.m.

Cascade To Go

Open on busy days, this kiosk adjacent to the Cascade Grill sells coffee drinks and more. It's the place for a quick graze before you head into the zoo, with drinks, popcorn, hot dogs and light snacks.


AfriCafe is a watering hole for humans in the heart of the zoo. See how many birds you can spot in the adjacent Howard Vollum Aviary while you enjoy your meal. The menu includes hamburgers and hot dogs.

BearWalk Café

Sit outdoors on picnic tables or the concert lawn, or on cold days inside AfriCafe. Menu includes snacks and quick lunch items like pizza slices and hand-scooped ice cream.

Black Rhino Hut

Coffee drinks.

Snack carts

Open in the summer, carts offer popcorn, snow cones and, in honor of Packy, elephant ears.